West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has named the two players he needs to turn his side around.
"Give us Rio Ferdinand at the back and Fernando Torres up front and I suggest we would be in the top 10," he quipped following the 4-2 defeat by Manchester City. "We are just a few ingredients short of having a good team to challenge in the Premier League."
The reality is they were nudged closer to the Championship after extending their run without a league win to 11 games.
West Brom are nine points from safety with only five matches remaining and the short-term future looks increasingly bleak; although Mowbray has promised his team will fight to the end - they entertain fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday.
He said: "Why would we give in when we do not have to? We have a good chance of winning our next game.
"I cannot gauge how other teams are going to do, so we will just play our matches and see what happens. We look like a very spirited team against City with a lot of drive on the back of not winning in 10 games. That is great credit to the players."
Mowbray felt City's second goal should have been disallowed as he claimed goalkeeper Scott Carson was impeded.
He said: "It was an obvious foul that was not picked up. But you have got to take it on the chin. But we came back into the game, then shot ourselves in the foot by giving away a penalty straight after. Ultimately we were not good enough. We missed chances and conceded four goals."
City have an outside chance of clinching seventh place, which may yield a European place.
The only downside was a hamstring injury sustained by Pablo Zabaleta, which could see him sidelined.
Manager Mark Hughes said: "We needed a win to keep in touch and we have done that. We are in the mix.
"At times we did not have enough energy to stop West Brom's creative play but we showed a lot of commitment, dug in and got the result we wanted."