English Premiership

Defoe gives Tottenham win

2012-01-04 07:43
Jermain Defoe (AFP)

London - Tottenham consolidated third place in the English Premier League on Tuesday after Jermain Defoe's goal secured a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom's stubborn resistance took until the 63rd minute to be broken down when Spurs slickly produced the goal that pushed them five points above fourth-place Chelsea with a game in hand.

Fed by Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale crossed from the left to Defoe, who found space in a crowded penalty area to shoot on the turn into the net.

"It was a hard night," Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said. "They set up to be difficult to beat ... it was hard work breaking them down.

"I couldn't see (a Spurs win) at halftime. They were sitting in deep there was no space. We like to hit teams on the counterattack but if they aren't coming out it is very difficult."

Tottenham endured a nervy end to the match after being disrupted by injuries.

But unlike on Saturday when a late equalizer was conceded at Swansea, Harry Redknapp's side clung on amid intense West Brom pressure to stay six points behind leader Manchester City with a game in hand.

"You're not going to rip teams every week. It's not easy," Redknapp said. "You only need to look at the results over the holiday period. There are no easy games. Blackburn proved that at Old Trafford (beating Manchester United), Sunderland proved that beating Man City, Fulham beating Arsenal."

Spurs had to cope throughout without the defensive shield provided by Scott Parker due to a knee injury, while hamstring troubles are still denying them the lightning pace of Aaron Lennon on the right wing.

It didn't prevent a storming Spurs start to the fixture, winning five consecutive corners in the opening minutes and preventing the visitors from getting a touch of the ball or encroaching in their half.

A well-organized Tottenham side dominated without causing any serious trouble for West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.

It took 25 minutes for Foster to be seriously tested when Van der Vaart's first-time shot from Bale's cross was tipped over.

Sandro, who was filling Parker's role, lasted just 30 minutes before limping off with a calf tear and Jake Livermore taking his place.

West Brom also had an early injury setback, with Jerome Thomas replaced by Gonzalo Jara in a defense that had to remain constantly alert.

The back four was rarely allowing the Tottenham forwards to get sight of goal, with Van der Vaart restricted to a low shot that Foster easily collected toward the end of the half.

Before Defoe's 10th goal of the season, he backheeled wide early in the second half from Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross.

The deadlock had barely been broken when Tottenham had to deal with another injury: Captain William Gallas limped off with a calf tear like Sandro's, with Sebastien Bassong coming on.

With 15 minutes to go, Tottenham's plans were disrupted by more injuries after Livermore cut his lip in a clash with teammate Younes Kaboul. While Kaboul recovered, Livermore had to be switched with Niko Kranjcar, adding to Tottenham's casualty list ahead of Saturday's FA Cup third round against Cheltenham.

West Brom was 15th in the standings, seven points above the relegation zone. Manager Roy Hodgson was unhappy that his side had 24 hours less to recover having lost to Everton on Sunday.

"We tried to have the game moved to Wednesday, which Spurs were happy with," Hodgson said. "But for some reason it wasn't moved."

Read more on:    epl  |  jermain defoe
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Liverpool, Arsenal draw 2-2

2014-12-21 20:28

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
Fixtures
22 December 2014
Stoke City v Chelsea, Britannia Stadium 22:00
26 December 2014
Chelsea v West Ham United, Stamford Bridge 14:45
Everton v Stoke City, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v Aston Villa, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Newcastle United, Old Trafford 17:00
Crystal Palace v Southampton, Selhurst Park 17:00
Sunderland v Hull City, Stadium of Light 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 17:00
Burnley v Liverpool, Turf Moor 17:00
Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers, Emirates Stadium 19:30
28 December 2014
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United, White Hart Lane 14:00
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 16:05
West Ham United v Arsenal, Boleyn Ground 17:00
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion, Britannia Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Burnley, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Queens Park Rangers v Crystal Palace, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
Hull City v Leicester City, The KC Stadium 17:00
Aston Villa v Sunderland, Villa Park 17:00
Newcastle United v Everton, St. James' Park 18:15
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.