West Brom caretaker boss Darren Moore believes Albion have started their healing process – even if their heroic survival bid fails – after a dramatic 1-0 win over Tottenham.
Jake Livermore’s injury-time strike against his former club kept Albion’s improbable survival hops alive as they try to pull themselves back from the brink.
He prodded in from close range as Albion lifted themselves off the bottom of the Premier League for the first time since January.
They will still be relegated if Southampton beat Everton in the evening game and will then need to rely on other results but Moore hopes the fractured relationship with the fans after a disastrous season has been repaired.
Moore, with Albion two points from safety with a game left, said: “I really do hope so. We’ve come together and there’s been some pride restored and the feelgood factor within the community and within the supporters.
“I feel from the crowd there was an excellent energy in the football club. If it has restored that I’m really happy for the club, that’s all anyone would want so we’re really happy.
“The important thing for me is that we come together for the importance of the club, if we do that we’ll make the right decisions for the future.”
Moore has now beaten Mauricio Pochettino, Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho in his five-game management career but remained humble.
“You’ve reeled those names off and they’re excellent managers but I don’t really look at it in terms of that,” he said.
“They are excellent managers but for me it’s about being in the game with the players and getting a result. It could’ve been anybody out there.”