Spurs 1-1 West Brom: (match report)
Spurs battled from a goal down to draw 1-1 with West Brom at the Hawthorns yesterday, it was a game in which Pochettino’s side will be disappointed with despite their best efforts West Brom’s solid defence was excellent but most of all it was the Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster who denied us all three points. Foster had an incredible game making seven saves in what was a man of the match performance from the former Manchester United goalkeeper. Spurs started the brightest of the two sides and they dominated play creating a string of early chances including efforts from Lamela and Davies that went close to breaking the deadlock. We continued to have the upper hand on the game and shortly after the half hour mark Dele Alli came close to scoring on two occasions. Alli’s first effort came inside the penalty area as the England international poked an effort at goal which was denied by Foster after the Baggies goalkeeper charged towards Alli. Shortly afterwards Alli came close again after his over head kick went narrowly wide of the right post. With seven minutes remaining till half time the England international yet again got into an excellent goal scoring opportunity after Alli was played in by Janssen who had excellently held up the ball before playing Alli in. One on one Alli tried to find the far corner with his effort however, Foster spread himself well to make another top save.
We continued the second half with the same intensity and our hold on the game didn’t weaken in the slightest. The Lillywhites yet again created numerous chances but just couldn’t find a way past Pulis’s stubborn defence. We again saw chances go close, Sissoko had an effort deflected narrowly wide shortly after the hour mark and we seemed destined to take the lead at some point in the second half. With eight minutes to go Spurs were stunned after West Brom took an unlikely lead from former Spurs man Nacer Chadli who joined West Brom in the summer. Chris Brunt flicked the ball into James McClean from the resulting corner and McClean who’s first time shot was saved excellently by Lloris before falling into the path of Chadli who lashed home from close range. With little time remaining, Pochettino’s resilient Spurs side persevered and in the 89th minute they found a well deserved equaliser courtesy of a fine goal by Dele Alli who converted a chance from inside the area with an excellently taken jabbed finish much to the relief of the Spurs faithful. The Lillywhites almost grabbed a dramatic late winner after Eriksen’s whipped free kick forced a fine save from Foster. The final score Spurs 1-1 West Brom, we are still the only unbeaten team in the league and despite disappointment the lads can be proud of their efforts today, we go again on Tuesday as we face Bayer Leverkusen away in the UEFA champions league. COYS
My man of the match: Dele Alli, Alli was undoubtedly our best player on the day, the 20 year old got himself into countless goal scoring opportunities netting the all important equaliser and on another day the England international may well have had a hat trick.
Spurs (4-1-4-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld (Dier 60), Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama; Sissoko (Dembele 64), Eriksen, Alli, Lamela (Son 72); Janssen. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Nkoudou, Onomah.
West Brom (4-4-1-1): Foster; Nyom, Dawson, McAuley, Evans; Phillips (Brunt 68), Fletcher (c), Yacob, McClean; Chadli (Gardner 87); Rondon. Substitutes (not used): Myhill, Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Morrison, Leko.
Goals: West Brom – Chadli 82; Spurs – Alli 89
Yellow cards: West Brom – McClean 44, Dawson 90+4; Spurs – Vertonghen 54, Dembele 86.
Referee: Kevin Friend.