Stoke relegated, West Brom survive Spurs

Rex Christensen
May 6, 2018

Tears flowed yesterday when Stoke City were relegated in the penultimate week of the Premier League season but West Bromwich Albion showed there was some fight still left in them. With six matches remaining, they were seven points adrift of 19th place.

"They are excellent managers but for me it's about being in the game with the players and getting a result". A Southampton-Swansea draw isn't a likely result, because a draw is never a likely result.

Spurs' bid to lock down a top four spot in the Premier League stuttered at the Hawthorns as West Brom grabbed a 1-0 win to keep their slim chances of survival in the top flight alive.

Ryan Fraser blasted home with a quick free-kick from the edge of the area in the 37th minute.

But Mark Hughes' side do climb out of the relegation zone, sitting above Swansea on goal difference heading into that crunch clash in midweek.

West Brom will now ensure they win against Crystal Palace in their next game to avoid relegation. The two teams immediately above it, Swansea and Southampton, have played a match less and meet each other on Tuesday.

The Lilywhites are five points clear of the fifth-placed Blues with two games left, though if Antonio Conte's side win their game in hand tomorrow - a visit of Liverpool - then it could set up a nervy conclusion to the season for Spurs.

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West Brom has dropped 26 points from winning positions this season - the most in the league - but there were few hints it would take the lead at The Hawthorns.

Spurs carried the greater threat and Ben Foster needed to be alert when Erik Lamela threatened before he palmed away Christian Eriksen's free kick after 62 minutes.

Harry Kane went closest for the visitors in the first half and nearly scored an own goal after the break.

Jake Livermore grabbed a stoppage-time victor against his old club as Tottenham went down 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

But, with just seconds left in stoppage time, Tom Davies' deflected strike rescued a 1-1 draw for Everton and saved West Brom from being relegated for now.

Less than three hours later, it seemed their heroics could be all in vain as Nathan Redmond's header for Southampton at Goodison put the Saints, who later had Maya Yoshida sent off, in sight of the three points that would condemn Albion.

Southampton received a pre-match boost with the absence from Everton of Wayne Rooney (calf) and Theo Walcott (knee), and despite early half-chances from Davies and Cenk Tosun the visitors remained composed and controlled.

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