Despite having nothing to gain from doing so, West Bromwich Albion couldn’t resist jamming a spanner, hammer and the rest of the toolbox in Tottenham Hotspur’s title works.
Spurs will almost certainly lose out to Leicester City in the race to top the Premier League after 38 games following their 1-1 draw with the Baggies at White Hart Lane.
It was a result that left the Foxes requiring just three points from their final trio of fixtures to seal the deal, while Mauricio Pochettino’s side have the same amount of time to claw back a seven-point deficit.
Clearly, the ramifications of sharing the spoils with West Brom were huge for Spurs, but for Tony Pulis’ troops the result carried no significance at all.
Having reached the 40-point mark prior to kick off, they almost certainly weren’t going to be relegated, while they were too far adrift to realistically aim for a top-ten finish even with a win.
Perpetually dull to watch and seemingly interested in little else beyond mere Premier League survival, this season in particular has led many to question exactly what the purpose of West Brom actually is.
Never has the answer to this issue been made more abundantly clear than in their 1-1 draw at the Lane – the Baggies are the top-flight’s maestros of misery infliction.
In addition to derailing Spurs’ title bid, they threatened to do the same to Leicester (who Pulis had previously said he hopes win the league), with their 2-2 King Power tie making them just the second team since Valentine’s Day to take points from the Foxes.
West Brom also recently beat Crystal Palace in the match that followed the Eagles booking their FA Cup quarter final place and Manchester United when Marcus Rashford fever hit pandemic stage.
They’ve accounted for several managers losing their jobs too – Mick McCarthy, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Mancini and Chris Hughton on two separate occasions have all found themselves out of work after a throwing down with the Throstles.
Even Sir Alex Ferguson was denied a winning send off in his Man Utd swansong, with West Brom inexplicably scoring five goals against the Red Devils to earn a 5-5 draw on the last day of the 2012-13 campaign.
This being the case, they must be backed win at 12/5 when they host top-six-chasing West Ham United this weekend.