Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admitted his relegation-threatened team are running out of time.
The Capital One Cup semi-finalists will head into Christmas with just 10 points banked from their opening 17 league games, and they will need a turnaround of epic proportions if they are to match West Brom's feat of escaping the drop after entering the festive period at the foot of the table.
Poyet's men were unable to reprise their midweek heroics against Chelsea as they struggled to create clear-cut chances in this goalless clash, and their fortunes took a further turn for the worse when defender Wes Brown was sent off in stoppage-time.
"We are losing time, we are losing games. I said in the beginning, we needed to win 11 to think, 'Can we get to 40 [points]?', and we can't win a football game, so who are you going to blame?" said Poyet.
"Today was a day to win and we didn't, so we are responsible for where we are and it's getting more and more difficult."