Tim Sherwood sets out as Tottenham manager against West Bromwich Albion looking to improve Spurs’ home form which has seen them take only one point at White Hart Lane since an unconvincing win over Hull City at the end of October. He will also want to see his team playing with the style which was missing under Andre Villas-Boas ans brought criticism upon the former coach.
Last Meeting at the Lane
Last season Tottenham and West Brom met in August in Spurs’ first home league game of the season. The match ended in a 1 – 1 draw when Albion scored a late, deserved equaliser to deny AVB his first win as Spurs’ manager. Assou-Ekotto had put Spurs ahead in the 72nd minute with a shot from 25 yards following a corner. Albion under their new manager Steve Clarke had defended stubbornly but after going behind they playwed with greater purpose and unsettled the Tottenham defence in which Jan Vertonghen was making his debut. It was the introduction of Romelu Lukaku which started the difficulties and in added time Morrison scored the equaliser.
At the Lane on Boxing Day
Albion visited the Lane on Baxing Day 1955 and suffered a 4 – 1 defeat against a Tottenham battling against relegation. The Spurs goals were scored by Maurice Norman, Len Duquemin (2) and a penalty by Johnny Brooks.
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Spurs Home League Record against WBA (inc. PL):
P 60 W 29 D 17 L 14 For 102 Ag 62
Home Premier League Record against Albion:
P 7 W 4 D 3 L 0 For 11 Ag 6
Albion finished in 8th position in the Premier League last season but after a poor run of results Steve Clarke was sacked a few weeks ago. Albion are currently 16th with 16 points, just 3 points ahead of Crystal Palace in 18th position. They have achieved only one away win this season with 4 draws and 7 defeats. They won 3 – 2 at Old Trafford at the end of September and they drew 2 – 2 at Chelsea in early November when they were denied a deserved victory by a late, controversial penalty awarded against them. Including that draw at Stamford Bridge they have gone 7 games without a win, including a run of 4 successive defeats which brought Clarke’s time in charge to a close. They ended that run with a 1 – 1 draw at home to Hull City last Saturday.
Albion’s leading scorers in all competitions are Berahino with 6 goals, Shane Long with 3 and Amalfitanowho has 2 goals.
Tim Sherwood will want to get his time in charge off to a good start in his first league game at White Hart Lane. He will also want the team to play in an attacking style and his selection will no doubt reflect the success they achieved against Southampton last Sunday. Adebayor and Roberto Soldado linked well as strikers and if they can receive the same service as last week, they will he hopeful of improving their meagre goal tally at the Lane.
He will want the defence to tighten up but with injury problems he is restricted in what alterations he cam make.
Tottenham will be without Paulinho who completes the third match of his suspension. Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend are injured and there is a doubt over Sandro’s fitness. Mousa Dembele who went off early in the second half at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday should be fit for selection.
Expectations will be high at White Hart Lane this afternoon. Everyone will be looking for a better performance from Spurs while a win is essential to keep them in touch with the other top teams.