Few would have suspected that West Brom were to have a say in the title race.
The Baggies beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday; Jay Rodriguez’ solitary strike resulting in Manchester City being confirmed as Premier League champions.
It was just West Brom’s fourth win of the season, and the club – rooted to the bottom of the table – look set for the drop. Darren Moore’s side are nine points from safety with just four league games remaining.
Despite the impressive result in Manchester, a great escape looks unlikely.
But then, they’ve done it before…
May 15, 2005…
Premier League history was made on May 15th, 2005.
For the first time since the league’s modern inception, no team was relegated before the final day of the 2004/05 season.
Four teams entered ‘Survival Sunday’ knowing that only one team could beat the drop.
West Brom were bottom of the table with just 31 points, trailing Southampton and Crystal Palace – who completed the bottom three – by a point. The Baggies had looked dead and buried at Christmas, eight points adrift of safety.
Norwich sat uncomfortably in 17th place, just two points clear of the bottom. The Canaries held a slight advantage on the day, as they were the only club to have their fate solely in their own hands.
West Brom faced Portsmouth at home, while Southampton hosted Manchester United, Norwich took on Fulham, and Palace travelled the short distance to Charlton…
9′ Fulham 1-0 Norwich
Brian McBride gives Fulham the lead inside the first 10 minutes at Craven Cottage.
10′ So’ton 1-0 Man Utd
Graham Le Saux’s corner is inadvertently turned into his own net by John O’Shea in the 10th minute.
19′ So’ton 1-1 Man Utd
Darren Fletcher heads John O’Shea’s cross past Niemi to draw the Red Devils level.
30′ Charlton 1-0 Palace
Bryan Hughes gives the Addicks the lead against Palace on the half hour mark.
35′ Fulham 2-0 Norwich
Papa Bouba Diop adds a second with a stunning 25-yard free-kick.
54′ Fulham 3-0 Norwich
Zat Knight makes things even worse for the Canaries, who started the day in 17th position.
58′ WBA 1-0 Portsmouth
Substitute Geoff Horsfield scores with a superb volley at the Hawthorns to give West Brom hope.
58′ Charlton 1-1 Palace
Eagles striker Dougie Freedman draws Palace level two minutes after being introduced off the bench. Game on.
63′ So’ton 1-2 Man Utd
Ruud van Nistelrooy nods United in front after Alan Smith’s cross. The Saints need a goal.
71′ Charlton 1-2 Palace
Palace lead! Andy Johnson puts the Eagles ahead from 12 yards. They are safe as it stands.
72′ Fulham 4-0 Norwich
Steed Malbranque inflicts further misery on Norwich, who are limping towards the Championship.
75′ WBA 2-0 Portsmouth
Kieran Richardson doubles the Baggies’ lead, but they are still heading down due to Crystal Palace’s winning scoreline.
82′ Charlton 2-2 Palace
Jonathan Fortune heads Charlton level from Jerome Thomas’ free-kick! Palace need to find a late winner to avoid the drop.
86′ Fulham 5-0 Norwich
Brian McBride grabs his second to extend Fulham’s lead to five.
90′ Fulham 6-0 Norwich
Andy Cole rounds off a resounding Fulham win with a tap in during the dying seconds at Craven Cottage.
WEST BROM ARE SAFE!
It’s all over! West Brom are safe! Norwich, Southampton, and Palace go down.