West Bromwich Albion played out a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, leaving them 10 points adrift of safety with only four games remaining. Sam Allardyce’s men look down and out in the Premier League this season, so Read West Brom looked at the last time they pulled off a great escape.
It was back in 2004/05 when Bryan Robson was manager. West Brom finished 17th in the league with 34 points from 38 games, one point clear of 18th-placed Crystal Palace. The Baggies secured survival on the final day of the season after beating Portsmouth 2-0 while Palace could only draw 2-2 with Charlton Athletic.
Albion weren’t so lucky the following season, however, as Robson took the Midlands outfit down in 19th place with 30 points. Ironically, West Brom actually won more games in the campaign they were relegated in (7), but they also suffered more defeats (22).
Allardyce has improved the side’s points-per-game ratio (0.9) in the Premier League from Bilic’s (0.54), but he’s still fallen short. West Brom’s relegation could be sealed if they fail to win away to Arsenal on May 9 and it’s hard to see Big Sam sticking around for a season in the Championship.