Top Five: Premier League Great Escapes - featuring West Brom and West Ham

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West Brom, West Ham, Wigan, Portsmouth and Southampton have all escaped relegation from the Premier League.

Sunderland Great EscapeSunderland secured their top flight status yesterday, drawing 0-0 with Arsenal to guarantee a Premier League place.

They looked out of the picture a few months ago, but Dick Advocaat was appointed manager, and oversaw a great turnaround.

It may not be an amazing feat, as they have never truly been in the depths of the relegation places, but at one point of the season they did look dead and buried.

To celebrate the incredible feat, we take a look at five other ‘great escapes’ in the Premier League survival race.

Southampton - 1997

 

Four points adrift at the bottom of the table in 1996/97, the Saints went unbeaten in their next seven games - winning four - to head into the final day safe. They may have lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in that last match, but they had picked up an incredible 15 points in the games before that.

Portsmouth - 2006

With 10 games left Pompey were eight points adrift of West Brom in 2006, only to start a great turnaround after a stoppage time winner against Manchester City. They secured six victories in their last 10 games, two more than managed in the season up to that point.

West Ham - 2007

A Carlos Tevez inspired fightback ensured West Ham stayed up on the final day, thanks to his winning goal over future employers Manchester United - at Old Trafford. He netted six in the last nine matches to ensure that they made up 21 points in nine games, moving from 20th to 15th.

Wigan - 2012

Managed to recover 21 points in nine games, including consecutive victories over Manchester United and Arsenal. Secured safety in the penultimate game of the season by defeating Blackburn, their seventh win in the last nine matches.

West Brom - 2005

Arguably THE greatest Premier League survival, having gone 15 games without a victory and sitting bottom of the table on Christmas. They broke the curse of relegation by surviving despite their bottom placing, with a 2-0 victory over Portsmouth on the final day ensuring they remained one point clear of the relegation places.

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