Sam Allardyce admits West Brom need a miracle to beat the drop after being held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves.
Big Sam’s men went into the clash at The Hawthorns with high hopes of seeing off their Black Country rivals as they looked to leapfrog Fulham in the bottom three.
Any lingering hopes of Premier League survival were dealt a massive blow in stoppage time at the end of the first half when Fabio Silva’s fortunate effort put the visitors in front.
The Baggies battled back after the break and drew level in the 62nd minute when Mbaye Diagne headed home Conor Townsend’s cross.
But they were not able to find the net again and Allardyce cut a frustrated figure in the dugout as the hosts were forced to share the spoils.
The Baggies boss, 66, said: “We owe it to everyone to keep a professional attitude and go out and try to win every game we’ve got left.
“We have to hope every team above us loses every game and then, by some magic miracle and some fairy dust, we stay up.
“I can’t believe we haven’t won or taken the chances we created. I’m very sad for the players that they haven’t converted this game into a victory.”
Did you know?
Wolves remain winless in their last 10 away league games against West Brom (drawn five and lost five). They have not won at The Hawthorns since a 4-2 success in September 1996.
Allardyce has faced Wolves without losing more often than any other side in the Premier League. He has managed teams against them seven times, winning four and drawing three.
Wolves remain the only team not to lose when scoring the first goal in a Premier League game this season (won eight and drawn two).
Only Ruben Neves and Pedro Neto (five each) have scored more league goals for Wolves this season than 18-year-old Silva (four).
Townsend’s assist for Diagne’s equaliser was his first in 46 league games for West Brom. He last set up a goal for the Baggies in a Championship clash with Barnsley in October 2019.
Wolves captain Conor Coady and goalkeeper Rui Patricio both played their 109th Premier League games for Wolves, making them the outright record appearance makers for the club in the competition.