Sam Allardyce has insisted that West Brom “will carry on to the end” after their 1-1 draw with Wolves brought them closer to relegation.
Monday night’s Black Country Derby was a must win for West Brom. A win would have moved them within eight points of Newcastle and Burnley with four games to go and that would have kept their survival hopes slim.
Mbaye Diagne saw his effort cleared off the line in the 42nd minute before Wolves took the lead in the stoppage time. Fabio Silva’s deflected effort came full circle on Sam Johnstone and into the net.
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Mbaye hit his goal in the second half by converting a cross from Conor Townsend. He finished 1-1 but which is really not good enough for the Baggies.
This result means that even if Allardyce’s side won their last four games, Newcastle and Burnley would still only need one win to be safe.
Speaking after the match, quoted by BBC Sport, Allardyce said the draw made life “even more difficult” for his team:
“You cannot miss such opportunities, in the position we are in. The two chances in the second half, only the goalkeeper to beat, are a big failure for us and make life even more difficult. We can only hope that everyone else loses above us and we win all four games. These two additional points would have given us a little more.
“We are dedicated professionals, had a very good form. One thing we lack is victory and conversion of chances. We have come so close, but so far. We have to keep going until the end and we have to believe.
West Brom defender Kyle Bartley said after the game that they had “enough chances” to beat Wolves:
“We need three points. The players have to be proud of themselves – we continued towards the end.
“We had enough chances to win the game. We came out in the second half and showed character and spirit.
“They surprised us by changing their formation, so the manager thought we didn’t need five in the back. We looked better when we changed.
“As long as it is not mathematically impossible, we will continue.”