West Brom wins again as Allardyce launches latest escape act | Buffalo Sports

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

Certainly Southampton, whose players possibly had one eye on Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal 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.

“If we play like this, we have no chance on Sunday,” he said. “When the first duel was lost, you could see we weren’t sharp enough to compete with a team like West Brom.”

Brighton is inching closer to safety, with a 0-0 draw against Everton moving the south-coast team seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Everton was toothless without England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was missing because of a hamstring problem, and its best chance fell in the 90th minute to Alex Iwobi, who blazed a shot over the crossbar when free just inside the area.

Everton’s ambitions of qualifying for a European competition next season are fading, with Carlo Ancelotti’s team in eighth place — six points off fifth-place Chelsea. Everton has a game in hand over all the teams higher in the standings, however.