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Faith Castro
May 7, 2018

West Bromwich Albion held on to their slim hopes of avoiding relegation albeit for a few hours after a stoppage-time goal by Jake Livermore gave them a lifeline 1-0 home win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The Baggies needed to beat Spurs to stand a chance of staying in the Premier League and left it late at The Hawthorns.

Stoke have spent 10 seasons in the Premier League, but a run of 13 games without a victory ensured that streak would come to an end.

Only Liverpool, who take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, are on a longer unbeaten run in the Premier League than his West Brom side.

Chelsea can close the gap to two points with a home win over Champions League finalists Liverpool on Sunday, and they face Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United next week, with Spurs hosting Newcastle and Leicester City.

The latter of those - which came courtesy of a last-gasp Jake Livermore strike this afternoon - saw West Brom climb off the bottom of the table for the first time since January, and they now sit just two points from safety with one game remaining.

Ahmed Hegazi planted a header wide just before the break as the Baggies wasted their only opportunity of the first half.

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Harry Kane was denied by Ben Foster while Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen were also thwarted by the goalkeeper.

But the hosts kept pressing and grabbed the victor in stoppage time when Rose and Livermore went for the ball during a goalmouth scramble and Livermore poked it in to spark wild scenes.

Moore's men could still be down before they kick a ball on the final day in the event of midweek results going against them, but one of the most staggering feats of escapology in the Premier League era remains possible.

"We didn't create enough chances, maybe we created more (than West Brom) but we're a team who need to create more to have the capacity and then to score".

Swansea should have taken an early lead but Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic got down brilliantly to keep out Mike van der Hoorn's low shot from a set-piece, and then stopped Nathan Dyer's effort from the follow-up with the game only 10 minutes old. The two teams immediately above it, Swansea and Southampton, have played a match less and meet each other on Tuesday. The unlikeliest is a Stoke win over Swansea, with the Potters already relegated.

So, in conclusion, other than Stoke being jettisoned today, the rest of the Premier League relegation triumvirate is still in flux.

Brighton broke the deadlock 12 minutes after the interval.

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