Manager Sam Allardyce admits West Brom now needs a miracle to stay in the Premier League following Monday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies knew anything other than winning would leave them staring relegation in the face. And they were 1-0 at the break after Fabio Silva goal deflected at the stroke of half-time. In pouring rain, Albion fought for an equalizer and he duly came via Mbaye Diagne header over 62 minutes.
Both sides looked for a winner, but neither could find a way. And Allardyce couldn’t hide his frustration that his men hadn’t had the friction of the green.
“It’s extremely disappointing because overall we deserved a win on the chances we created and how clear they were,” he said. UKTN Sport. “You look at how lucky their goal was.
“We didn’t play well in the first half hour and had to change the system. We had a clear of the line. They got their extremely lucky goal thanks to a massive deflection.
And the former English chef was full of praise for the way his charges fought throughout the 90 minutes.
“To be fair, the guys haven’t let their heads drop,” he added. “I just said play like you do because the rain is falling more and more.
“The opposition will make more mistakes if we push quality balls forward quickly – and that got 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 to go. They have 26 points and must earn all four to have a chance to revise those just outside the drop zone.
It is an unlikely scenario and the Championship beckons Baggies.
Allardyce felt his team had enough chances to win the game but admitted it was now probably desperate.
“Conor Townsend and Conor Gallagher were one on one and neither of them converted,” he continued. “It would have made us smile and fight.
“Well, we’re still fighting – we can still get to 38 points. It would be a miracle if all the other teams above us lose their games.
West Brom will be next in action when they travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Sunday. They appear certain to accompany Sheffield United and Fulham in England’s next second-tier term.