Great escape still alive as West Brom win

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Sam Allardyce has spearheaded a number of unlikely, late-season escape acts in the Premier League down the years.

Leading West Bromwich Albion to safety this season would be his biggest triumph yet.

It's improbable but certainly not out of the question after the Baggies' second big win in about a week, 3-0 over Southampton

Make that eight goals in two games for next-to-last West Brom, who were coming off a scarcely believable 5-2 victory at Chelsea at the start of April.

It's a huge turnaround for a side which, until this recent flurry of goals, wre the lowest scorers in the league with just 20 from 29 games.

From appearing virtually certain of going down, West Brom suddenly have a fighting chance of staying up given the gap to Newcastle United, who occupy the spot above the bottom three, is eight points with seven games remaining.

"It's not a big chance," said the 66-year-old Allardyce, who has never been relegated from England's top division in a managerial career spanning three decades.

"Just a hope that we keep winning and the other teams lose. That's all we can do."

The fixture schedule certainly isn't on the side of the man known as "Big Sam," with games still to come against Leicester, Liverpool and West Ham - teams fighting for Champions League qualification - as well as trips to Arsenal and Leeds.

No team will be scrapping harder than West Brom, though.

Certainly Southampton, whose players possibly had one eye on Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Leicester at Wembley Stadium, couldn't cope with Allardyce's team.

Matheus Pereira, from the penalty spot, and Matt Phillips scored in a four-minute span from the 32nd and Callum Robinson added a third in the 69th.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl called it a "non-performance" from his players.

Meanwhile, Brighton & Hove Albion are inching closer to safety, with a goalless draw against Everton moving the south-coast team seven points clear of the drop zone.

Everton were toothless without England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was missing because of a hamstring problem, and their ambitions of qualifying for a European competition next season are fading.

The Toffees are eighth - six points off fifth-place Chelsea but with a game in hand.