Search

Spurs fight back from three goals down to grab a draw at West Brom

17:08 12 April 2014

Tottenham

Tottenham's Harry Kane (left), who scored his second Premier League in two top-flight starts, holds off West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Premier League: West Bromwich Albion 3 Tottenham 3

Emmanuel Adebayor missed a first-half penaltyEmmanuel Adebayor missed a first-half penalty

Tottenham recovered from another nightmare start, fighting back from three goals down after half an hour to grab a draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Spurs have recently conceded goals inside the opening minute or two against Arsenal and Liverpool, and they were 2-0 down inside four minutes at The Hawthorns today.

Emmanuel Adebayor then missed a penalty and the Lilywhites conceded a third goal on the half-hour mark.

But an own goal from West Brom’s Jonas Olsson narrowed the gap to 3-1 at the break, and Harry Kane made it 3-2 in the 70th minute before Christian Eriksen hit a dramatic equaliser in injury-time.

The draw leaves Spurs sixth, three points ahead of Manchester United and four points behind fifth-placed Arsenal, with both of their rivals having a game in hand and a far superior goal difference.

Tim Sherwood named an unchanged line-up from the side that had thumped Sunderland 5-1 on Monday. The game kicked off seven minutes later than usual, at 3.07pm, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster – and there was a minute’s silence before kick-off.

The crowd had barely sat back down and collected their thoughts when the Baggies took the lead after 32 seconds. Danny Rose appeared to have Morgan Amalfitano trapped in the corner, but the Frenchman wriggled free and, when Hugo Lloris dived to intercept his low cross, he could only palm it to Matej Vydra, who fired home.

Moments later, West Brom had a penalty appeal turned down as Stephane Sessegnon went down just inside the box under a challenge from Paulinho - and, with less than four minutes on the clock, the hosts doubled their lead.

Steven Reid crossed from the right and, as the cluster of bodies in the centre tried to get their head on it, the ball was flicked to the back post, where the unmarked Chris Brunt pounced with a crisp volley across Lloris.

Tottenham rallied and Danny Rose got around the back, crossing the ball in for Kane, who arrived at the near post but missed the target from three yards.

Rose was soon in an advanced position again, and this time he was tripped just inside the penalty area by Amalfitano. Referee Neil Swarbrick pointed to the spot, giving Adebayor the chance to halve the deficit, but the Togo international’s effort was pathetically weak and Ben Foster saved.

It was a breathless, end-to-end game and Albion threatened again as Vlad Chiriches’ poor clearance fell to Brunt, who whipped in a cross – and Vydra got to the ball ahead of Younes Kaboul but couldn’t get enough power on his effort to trouble Lloris.

Youssouf Mulumb then came forward, twisted and turned on the edge of the box and freed Amalfitano, who fired at goal from the right side of the box, forcing Lloris to palm the ball over the bar.

Paulinho shot at Foster at the other end, but Albion went 3-0 up after 31 minutes as Kaboul’s back-header near the halfway line left Sessegnon in a sprint with Chiriches. The Baggies man won the race and, as Lloris advanced, he slotted home.

Tottenham hit back less than three minutes later though, with Kane playing a through ball to Kyle Naughton, whose low cross deflected off Olsson and looped over the unfortunate Foster into the net.

Despite their woeful defending, Spurs probably deserved the goal – and they nearly got another one. Paulinho forced Foster into a low save and, when Rose followed up, Foster was there to block the attempt again.

Sherwood took steps to improve the rearguard at half-time, swapping the nervy Chiriches for 21-year-old Zeki Fryers at centre-back, and Spurs started the second period brightly.

Rose sent a low volley narrowly wide of the far post and Aaron Lennon then forced Foster into a low save from the edge of the box before CEriksen tested the Baggies keeper at his near post with a free-kick.

Rose then tried to win his second penalty of the game, throwing himself to the ground as he tried to beat Reid, but he was rightly booked for diving.

Spurs were dominating the second half and they went close again as Naughton crossed for Eriksen, whose close-range backheel was brilliantly blocked by Gareth McAuley – and Kane then narrowly failed to connect with a low, inswinging cross.

Spurs’ second goal arrived shortly afterwards as Lennon dropped his shoulder and jinked to the by-line before hanging up a cross, and Kane leapt to head powerfully home from six yards, netting his second Premier League goal in his second top-flight start.

Rose had a chance to equalise as the ball ran loose to him in the box, but he blazed it over the bar shortly before being replaced by Andros Townsend as Sherwood went for broke.

There was incredulity around The Hawthorns as six minutes of injury-time were added on – and when Lennon made his way into the box, the ball fell to Eriksen, who created some space and fired home to send the travelling supporters into delerium and break the Baggies’ hearts.

Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Chiriches (Fryers 45), Kaboul, Rose (Townsend 85), Lennon, Paulinho, Chadli (Chadli 78), Eriksen, Kane, Adebayor

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

Related articles

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 16:21
Haringey Borough's Daniel Aristidou (right) scored twice in Monday's 3-1 home win over Maldon & Tiptree. Pic: Tony Gay

Haringey Borough continue their FA Cup campaign with another home tie at Coles Park on Saturday, coinciding with the annual Non-League Day.

Yesterday, 16:07
Hampstead's Liam Hughes hit a century. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead secured their survival in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League with a game to spare after beating relegation rivals Twickenham on Saturday.

Yesterday, 07:31
Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

Most of the lads have got some relaxation over the last week or two – and now we’re re-energised and ready for the big push.

Spurs Ladies defender Renee Hector. Pic: Tottenham Hotspur via Getty Images

Spurs Ladies made a strong start to their FA Women’s Premier League campaign on Sunday, beating Swindon Town 4-1 – and summer signing Renee Hector feels they could have been even more prolific.

Tue, 13:15
Highgate captain Jake Sharland was dismissed for a duck in their defeat to Brondesbury on Saturday. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate skipper Jake Sharland expects no favours from neighbours Hornsey when his side attempt to clinch survival by beating them in Saturday’s derby showdown.

Tue, 12:14
Brondesbury's Buddy Mason (left) celebrates after dismissing Highgate's Chris Arul at Harman Drive. Pic: Max Flego

James Overy believes Brondesbury have proved they are on the right track even if they miss out on promotion to the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League this weekend.

Tue, 07:11
Mesut Ozil (left) and Alexis Sanchez celebrate at Vicarage Road as Watford's Jose Holebas looks on

OK Arsenal fans, you can come out now…for the time being at least. The dismantling of Watford on Saturday evoked distant, pre-navel gazing memories of how things used to before Arsenal scrutiny became ‘hip’ in the football industry.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Michel Vorm (left) slides in to tackle Liverpool's Sadio Mane

Reserve goalkeepers can be easily forgotten - just ask Michel Vorm.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The showroom is located in Hayes

After 25 years as a trade-only business, family-run door manufacturers Composite Door Master are set to open their first public showroom in Hayes this weekend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now