Tottenham Hotspur recovered from three down to draw at West Bromwich Albion but which players earned their Spurs for their performance in the fightback?
After thirty minutes at the Hawthorns, with West Brom three up and Spurs defending like schoolboys plus the missed penalty, it was looking bleak for Tottenham. I was expecting another of our embarrassing ‘match of shame’ reports but after receiving a glimmer of hope through Olsson’s won goal, things looked up with the second half recovery.1st Half
The first half was a nightmare for the Tottenham defence, with Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul unable to deal with Albion’s long ball forward or the forwards running at them with pace. Hugo Lloris was beaten three times but couldn’t be blamed as he received so little cover from the defenders in front of him and he again managed to prevent it getting any worse. Going forward, Spurs did get some joy but Albion worked hard and made it very difficult for them with Ben Foster making a good double save from Paulinho and Danny Rose. the goalkeeper’s earlier penalty save was made easy by the poor strike from Emmanuel Adebayor – where was Roberto Soldado when you need him?2nd Half
After the interval Zeki Fryers replaced Chiriches and played sensibly and with control. It was made easier for Spurs as Albion decided to sit deeper and failed to pose the same threat as they had in the first half. Lloris had nothing to do with Foster the much busier keeper with a number of good saves.
Christian Eriksen started to dictate the game bringing Adebayor and Kane more into it. Spurs dominated possession and Aaron Lennon started to get the better of the defenders. he had an assist for the first goal before the break with his cross deflected into his own goal by Olsson and added a second with the cross for Kane’s header. He beat his man and took the ball into the area before crossing to the striker. Kane was busy throughout, getting into positions in the area and causing Albion difficulties when he was on the ball.
The second half improvement enabled Paulinho to be much more involved in the game as Spurs dominated the middle of the pitch. Adebayor improved in the latter stages of the match, linking up with the players around him and then Eriksen scored with a great shot when another Lennon cross was deflected to him, making everyone feel so much better than they had done an hour earlier.
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