Manager Sam Allardyce admits West Brom now need a miracle to stay in the Premier League after Monday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies knew that anything other than victory would leave them staring relegation in the face. And they were 1-0 down at the break after Fabio Silva’s deflected goal on the stroke of half time. In driving rain, Albion fought for an equaliser and it duly came via Mbaye Diagne’s header on 62 minutes.
Both sides searched for a winner but neither could find a way through. And Allardyce could not hide his frustration at the fact his men did not get the rub of the green.
“It’s massively disappointing because overall we deserved a victory on the chances we created and how clear-cut they were,” he told BBC Sport. “You look at how lucky their goal was.
“We didn’t play so well in the first half an hour and had to change system. We had one cleared off the line. They got their massively lucky goal off a massive deflection.”
And the former England chief was full of praise for the way his charges battled throughout the 90 minutes.
“To be fair the lads didn’t let their heads go down,” he added. “I just said play the way you’re facing because the rain is coming down more and more.
“The opposition will make more mistakes if we get quality balls forward quickly – and that brought us back into the game.”
Allardyce rallies the troops but seeks divine intervention
The result leaves West Brom 19th in the table with just four games remaining. They have 26 points and need to win all four to stand any chance of overhauling those just outside the drop zone.
It is an unlikely scenario and the Championship beckons for the Baggies.
Allardyce felt his side had enough chances to win the game but acknowledged it is now probably forlorn hope.
“Conor Townsend and Conor Gallagher were one on one and neither of them converted,” he continued. “That would have had us smiling and fighting.
“Well we’re still fighting – we can still get to 38 points. It’d be a miracle if all the other teams above us lose their games.”
West Brom are next in action when they travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal on Sunday. They look certain to accompany Sheffield United and Fulham in England’s second-tier next term.