English Premiership

Spurs held by lowly West Brom

2017-11-25 20:01
Mauricio Pochettino (AP)

London - Tottenham's troubles against defensive teams resurfaced as they were held to a damaging 1-1 draw against managerless West Bromwich Albion at Wembley on Saturday.

After complaining this week that his team had struggled to break down teams that defend deep, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated again as lowly West Brom held on.

They took a surprise early lead through Salomon Rondon before Harry Kane gained a point for Spurs with an instinctive near-post finish in the 74th minute.

It was the Baggies, led by caretaker boss Gary Megson in the first match following Tony Pulis's sacking, who could easily have claimed all three points as Hal Robson-Kanu missed a fine chance at the end.

Pochettino's men are some way off the title pace and now sit 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, who visit Huddersfield on Sunday.

West Brom showed the spirit needed to lift them away from the drop zone and with upcoming matches against Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Swansea, whoever takes charge at the Hawthorns will have reason for cautious optimism.

Tottenham had restored their pride following their derby defeat at Arsenal with a fine comeback victory against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

West Brom were on a 10-match winless run, yet it was Spurs who started poorly as the Baggies took the lead after just four minutes.

Ben Davies's throw to Dele Alli was difficult to control and Alli's England colleague Jake Livermore was quick to pounce.

Livermore's perfectly weighted through-ball picked out Rondon.

Davinson Sanchez tried to challenge but bounced off Rondon's muscular frame and the Venezuelan's well-placed effort deceived the stranded Hugo Lloris and trickled into the bottom corner for his second Premier League goal of the season.

Alan Pardew, sacked by Crystal Palace in December 2016, has been heavily linked to the position, but the Baggies' first half display would have done Megson's prospects no harm.

West Brom looked miles better than the team that tamely rolled over during the 4-0 home defeat against Chelsea last week to seal Pulis' fate.

The visitors looked fresh and Christian Eriksen, Kane and Son Heung-Min were reduced to shots from distance with Ben Foster in goal rarely troubled.

Son's deflected strike on 45 minutes that looped on to the roof of the net was the closest Spurs came in the first 45 minutes.

Despite 70 per cent possession in the first half, Pochettino's men lacked guile and the forward movement was too slow.

On came Fernando Llorente, who is yet to score for Spurs following his move from Swansea, while Mousa Dembele added extra thrust in midfield.

Tottenham poured forward and the equaliser arrived on 74 minutes.

Kieran Trippier and Alli doubled up on the right and as Alli crossed, Kane's movement to the near post wasn't tracked.

His instinctive finish from close range went through the legs of Foster for his 10th Premier League goal this season.

Spurs though couldn't find a winner and were grateful at the end that Robson-Kanu failed to connect to Matt Phillips' cross deep in stoppage-time.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Liverpool v Stoke City, Anfield 13:30
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Selhurst Park 16:00
Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion, St. James' Park 16:00
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth, St. Mary's Stadium 16:00
Huddersfield Town v Everton, The John Smith's Stadium 16:00
Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion, Turf Moor 16:00
Swansea City v Chelsea, Liberty Stadium 18:30
Sunday, 29 April 2018
West Ham United v Manchester City, London Stadium 15:15
Manchester United v Arsenal, Old Trafford 17:30
Monday, 30 April 2018
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford, Wembley Stadium 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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