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 3-2 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 Coca-Cola Championship after extending their run without a league win to 11 games.
Yet West Brom were in sight of a point after a brace from Chris Brunt hauled them level at Eastlands following goals from Robinho and Nedum Onuoha.
However, Mowbray's side caved in after Jonas Olsson conceded a needless penalty, which Elano converted, and substitute Daniel Sturridge added a fourth in stoppage time.
West Brom are nine points from safety with only five matches remaining and the short-term future looks increasingly bleak.
Mowbray has promised his team will fight to the end - they entertain fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday.
"Why would we give in when we do not have to? We have a good chance of winning our next game," he said. "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."
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