Spurs 1-1 West Brom: (Match report)
Tottenham Hotspur’s title hopes took a great blow last night as they drew one all against the baggies at White Hart Lane, in what was an extremely frustrating night for all involved with the club. Leicester now lead at the top by seven points with just three games remaining, the foxes could clinch the league title this Sunday with victory over Manchester United. The game started well for Spurs as Christian Eriksen forced a fine save out of Boaz Myhill on six minutes, after his free kick from just outside the area was thwarted wide from the Welshman as Eriksen’s precise effort was heading for the bottom left hand corner of the net. Spurs went close again three minutes later this time via Harry Kane who after being played through in the box by Alli, struck a low effort which was superbly tipped onto the post by the alert Myhill. Eriksen again came desperately close to opening the lead for Spurs, as 14 minutes in the Denmark international hit an excellent curling free kick which struck the top of the bar, Myhill was helpless in the West Brom net. However, shortly after the half hour mark Pochettino’s men took the lead after Christian Eriksen whipped a delicious free kick in to the area which made contact with the unfortunate Craig Dawson who put the ball beyond Myhill and into his own net.
The second half started positively for the Lillywhites as they continued to attack against a well structured West Brom defence. Shortly before the hour mark Erik Lamela almost doubled Spurs’s lead after the Argentinian received a cross from Eriksen which Lamela hit first time, his fine effort came off the bottom of the right post before being cleared away by a west brom player. With less than 20 minutes remaining on the clock West Brom went the closet they had come all night after Salomón Rondón fired an effort at goal from within the six yard box. However the Venezuelans effort was superbly tipped over the bar by Lloris however, the baggies equalised from the resulting corner after Craig Dawson planted his header into the back of the net after rising high in the box. The match finished disappointingly as the final score was one-one, it was a hugely frustrating point for the lads in a game in which we controlled from the offing but just couldn’t put to sleep as the baggies persistence and defensive game play halted our lads in the final third. Christian Eriksen was my man of the match as he consistently created chances and the Dane came close to scoring on two occasions last night. It’s Chelsea up next for Mauricio Pochettino’s men who will be itching to play the blues next Monday night at Stamford bridge as we look to maintain second place with three imperative matches remaining, as our tenacious players look to end the season by finishing in our highest position of the premier league era. COYS⚽️
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier (Mason 76), Dembele, Lamela (Son 85) Alli (Chadli 90), Eriksen, Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Carroll.
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Myhill, Dawson, Olsson, McAuley, Evans, Gardner, Yacob, McClean, Fletcher (c), Sessegnon (Sandro 90), Rondon. Substitutes (not used): Palmer, Chester, Anichebe, Lambert, Roberts, Leko.
Goals: Spurs – Dawson (OG) 33; West Brom – Dawson 72.