Sam Allardyce admitted that West Brom’s fate remains out of their hands despite his side recording back-to-back wins as they thumped Southampton 3-0 at The Hawthorns on Monday night.
Two goals in three first-half minutes through Matheus Pereira and Matt Phillips put Sam Allardyce’s men in control before Callum Robinson’s fine finish completed the Baggies’ biggest home win in the Premier League since November 2016.
Albion remain eight points from safety with seven games to go. But Allardyce was just happy with another improved display from his men.
He told BBC Sport: “The performance in the first half probably warranted more than 2-0.
“I warned them about the changes Southampton would make and I think they did better. But probably on the back of a lot of our sloppy passes giving the ball away.
“Our defensive unit has been good for long time and that shows why we are winning football matches. It’s resilient, won’t give much away and that’s been a long time coming for this club from when I first started when five, three and four were going in.
“That gives us the platform to break way and score the third goal to finish the game off.”
All Albion have is hope
As for the chances of the Baggies staying up, Allardyce added: “It’s not a big chance, just a hope that we keep winning and hope the other teams lose, that’s all we can do.
“Sadly at this stage we have to rely on other teams and obviously that’s a very difficult one for us.
“It should have come sooner than this; the level of our two performances [against Chelsea and Southampton] are not unusual to the previous seven or eight but because we we didn’t win them, the team didn’t get the credit they deserved.
“Now they are winning they are getting the praise they deserve but they have deserved that for many, many games.”