On this day eight years ago, West Bromwich Albion suffered a 3-1 defeat to West Ham United, missing out the opportunity to narrow the gap to seventh-placed Liverpool in the Premier League table.

Andy Carroll scored either side of a Gary O’Neill effort to put Albion to the sword, and the Baggies’ surprise pursuit of a European spot fell apart after that – Steve Clarke’s men lost five and drew two of their last eight league games.

West Brom could have gone within a point of Liverpool had they beaten West Ham but the ended the season 12 points adrift, winning just one of their previous nine. Albion were lucky not to have been caught by ninth-placed Swansea City in the table too, but it’s a shame their form fell apart.

The last time West Brom were in Europe was all the way back in 1981/82, but they lost in the first round of the UEFA Cup to Grasshoppers. Before the West Ham defeat, Romelu Lukaku was one player talking up Albion’s aspirations of making the Europa League, but they fell considerably short at the end.

And now the Midlands outfit sit 19th in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of safety with nine games remaining, so relegation back to the Championship looms.