A first half goal from Christian Eriksen direct from a free-kick was cancelled out within two minutes as West Bromwich Albion took a point at Tottenham in Tim Sherwood’s first game as manager since his permanent appointment.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 West Bromwich Albion 1
Scorers: Erikssen Olsson
Team: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose; Chadli (Lamela), Eriksen, Holtby (Bentaleb), Sigurdsson; Adebayor, Soldado Subs: (unused) Friedel, Fredericks, Naughton, Veljkovic, Capoue
Tim Sherwood made just two changes from the team which won at Southampton. Lewis Holtby replaced the injured Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli started on the right ahead of Erik Lamela. Three young players made it on to the bench – Ryan Fredericks, Nabil Bentaleb and for his first time versatile the young defender/midfielder Milos Veljkovic.
Totttenham dominated possession (65%), hard the territorial advantage and had 20 attempts on goal to Albion’s 6 but the visitors managed to have 4 on target while Spurs could only muster 4.
Tottenham went ahead from a free-kick by Eriksen which he curled round the wall and in off the underside of the bar after 36 minutes. Hugo Lloris, however, had been called upon to make two good saves – saving one for a corner and then diving at the feet of the Albion player on the edge of his box.
Spurs lead was short lived as two minutes later Albion were awarded a free-kick. It was hit into he area and the ball hit Emanuel Adebayor as he jumped in the centre of the penalty area, the ball broke loose to Olsson who shot past Lloris.
After half-time Spurs continued to have the greater share of possession with Albion looking to hit them on the break. Spurs played numerous crosses into the box but Albion were well set up to defend and when the ball ran loose it was usually a defender who got there first. The nearest Spurs came to scoring was from a free-kick, the ball was played across to Kyle Walker who shot from 20 yards but Foster kept the ball out.
With ten minutes to play from one of Tottenham’s 12 corners, Roberto Soldado flicked the ball on at the front post but it drifted past the back post.
Disappointing for Tottenham as they continue their run of home games without a win. They have now taken only 2 points from the last 4 games at White Hart Lane. The style of play was an improvement in an entertaining game but the end result was the same.