Jake Livermore struck the winning goal in second-half stoppage time as West Brom kept their slim survival hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at The Hawthorns.
Harry Kane missed a gilt-edged chance to give Spurs the lead in the first half and almost scored at the wrong end as his attempted clearance forced Hugo Lloris into a smart reaction save with 15 minutes remaining.
But the winner came in injury time as ex-Spurs midfielder Livermore turned the ball into the net from a yard out after a goalmouth scramble to hand West Brom a Premier League lifeline.
Darren Moore’s side needed three points to have any chance of staying in the division – but a Southampton win a few hours later against Everton would still have sent them down to the Championship.
Instead, Tom Davies struck a last-gasp Everton equaliser at Goodison Park to grant Albion another reprieve – until Tuesday’s Sky Live meeting between Saints and Swansea at least.
Kane has not been at his prolific best since returning from an ankle injury last month and he snatched at a good opportunity midway through the first half after being picked out by Kieran Trippier.
West Brom rallied towards the end of the half and had two great chances to score, Jay Rodriguez latching onto a hopeful long ball into the box to lob over Hugo Lloris, only to see Toby Alderweireld head his effort over the bar on the goal line.
Moments later, Ahmed Hegazi rose highest inside the box to meet Matt Phillips’ in-swinging corner but his header drifted just wide of the far post.
Spurs continued to find it difficult to break West Brom down in the second half and went closest through Christian Eriksen’s free-kick from distance that stung the palms of Foster down to his right.
Shortly afterwards there was a flashpoint between Danny Rose and Allan Nyom on the left touchline which resulted in the latter going to ground clutching his face following a push. Both players were booked after the incident and Nyom had to be restrained by his team-mates after remonstrating furiously with the referee.
As the game wore on, West Brom grew increasingly confident and they almost snatched the lead through an unlikely source as Kane – off the pace again – shinned the ball towards the goal inside his six-yard box. Fortunately for him, Lloris was equal to it, flinging himself acrobatically at the ball to divert it over.
Jan Vertonghen went off injured with five minutes to go and Spurs missed the Belgian badly as West Brom took advantage of his absence to score from a corner, Craig Dawson’s initial header eventually falling to Livermore, whose finish sparked jubilant scenes.
West Brom’s final game of the season is away to Crystal Palace next Sunday and depending on results between now and then, they will know whether or not a win would be able to save them.
Tottenham are now in danger of surrendering their top-four place and will be looking for a better result against Newcastle on Wednesday before ending their campaign against Leicester at Wembley next Sunday.
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