Sam Allardyce admitted that West Brom are approaching a stage of their season where they will need to win every game if they are to complete an unlikely escape.
Allardyce has struggled to lift the side he inherited in December out of the relegation zone. They missed a major chance to close the gap with the sides above them by drawing 0-0 with Newcastle.
The Magpies have looked like one of the teams most likely to be dragged into the drop zone out of those above the Baggies. However, Albion could not cut the distance between them.
It leaves Allardyce’s side eight points from safety with 10 games to go. Some of the teams they are trying to catch have games in hand as well.
Hence, Albion will need nothing short of a miracle if Allardyce is to preserve his record of never being relegated.
The one-time England manager has noticed a common theme recently, which affected them against Newcastle as well – not taking their chances.
Allardyce said: “I sound like a record which is stuck, looking back to the chances we missed in the last four or five games.
“I can’t knock the lads too much because of the effort after playing against the odds on Thursday.
“The big disappointment is we didn’t finish Newcastle off. We’re giving ourselves a great platform to finish teams off but we fail to do so.
“It means we have to win the next game to stay alive. It’ll mean at one stage we will have to win every single game that’s left.
“The performances have become a part of our DNA. We are tactically aware, the performances are at a high level, our fitness has improved. The only thing which has been missing is the quality of finishing.”
Bruce dealing with similar issues
Newcastle boss Bruce was equally frustrated that he didn’t have someone to put their chances away, with a number of his attackers unavailable.
He said: “We have been hamstrung a bit with big players at the top end of the pitch. For their effort and attitude, I could not ask for anything more.
“That little bit of quality at times we lacked a bit, but that is what you pay money for. Where we have invested over the last few months, unfortunately they are all injured.”