Match Report: Spurs vs West Brom
After losing their manager midweek, West Brom will be very happy with a point against Spurs at Wembley. Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon netted for the Albion within four minutes in a shock start for Tottenham. Jake Livermore showed his strength in the midfield as he muscled Dele Alli off the ball before getting the ball to Rondon, who kept Davinson Sanchez at bay before trickling the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. West Brom seemed to be disciplined at the back and were able to maintain their one-goal lead up until the half-time break.
The visitors came out back out strong, testing Lloris once or twice as Tottenham still struggled to get up to speed. However, with 15 minutes to go, Harry Kane was able to break the Baggies defence as he converted a Dele Alli cross by slipping the ball through the legs of Ben Foster. After scoring West Brom changed their formation to put five defenders at the back; they looked to protect the three points they desperately needed. Their compact formation meant that Spurs struggled in the middle of the park; it was only when Spurs managed to use the width of the pitch against the Baggies that they had any luck of comprising the West Brom backline. Kane eventually managed to do so, and the match ended a goal apiece.
Spurs vs West Brom Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 65,905
Team Line-ups: Spurs vs West Brom
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Dier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Eriksen, Winks, Alli, Davies, Kane, Son
West Brom: Foster, Nyom, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs, Philips, Livermore, Barry, Field, Rodriguez, Rondón
“We are disappointed. We conceded the first goal, and then they had the belief. For us it was difficult, it was a massive impact for us, and difficult to come back to the game… in the second half I think we created enough chances to score and win the game, but were unlucky because we didn’t have enough time to score the second goal.”
Man of the Match
Salomon Rondon wins Man of the Match away from home. He scored the only goal for Baggies, which only the strikers second goal of the Premier League campaign. As well as scoring the goal, Rondon held the ball up well and was managed to get the better of Sanchez strengthwise on a few occasions.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Spurs head to Leicester on tuesday before a second away match to Watford on the weekend.