Here was a Black Cats side struggling for confidence and the former Manchester United midfielder could have swayed proceedings towards the visiting Baggies and helped secure a valuable win.
Instead, it finished 0-0 and Fletcher didn't produce anywhere near what he could have. And West Brom fans were far from impressed with the Scottish midfielder's display at Sunderland.
Nor were they happy with James Morrison's performance out wide. The duo were criticised by the Baggies faithful for being 'ineffective' against Gus Poyet's men and Tony Pulis will hope his inability to secure a win at the Stadium of Light doesn't prove too costly come the end of the season.
A point away from home, of course, is not disastrous, while Sunderland will have been relieved to stop the rot somewhat. In some ways, then, the result suited all - neither side are in the Premier League relegation zone at present, while the likes of Queens Park Rangers and Burnley didn't register wins to catch them up.
But the football match itself, filled with tedium, didn't impress supporters. And West Brom fans were keen to single Fletcher and Morrison out for criticism on Twitter after the game...
Pleased or disappointed? Defensively fine, going forward not ambitious enough. Morrison back to his usual poor self #wba— Jord Muckley (@JMuckleyPR) February 21, 2015
Morrison is ineffective on the wing, needs to play central role #wba— Danny Wright (@dannywright_92) February 21, 2015
Please let me be wrong but it looks like Morrison and Brunt are back to normal #wba— 3DEGREES (@sehingley) February 21, 2015
The most worrying thing for me was that fletcher was a passenger today and wasteful with ball. Mozza out wide isn't as threatening #WBA— Andrew Beech (@beechyboy90) February 21, 2015
So far, Yacob/Fletcher poor. McAuley solid - struggling with injury at present #wba— Ryan Hunt (@Ryan_G_Hunt) February 21, 2015