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  • 25 August 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 36166
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  • Tottenham lacked creativity in the centre of midfield, and could have done with Dawson's no-nonsense defending to deal with a rampant Lukaku. Spurs controlled a quiet first half, but West Brom had an excellent second half, forcing Friedel into a number of good saves and putting the Tottenham backline under relentless pressure.
  • The introduction of Lukaku changed the game in West Brom's favour. The Belgian powerhouse troubled Gallas and Vertonghen constantly. Tottenham scored against the run of play, but West Brom found a well deserved equaliser in the dying minutes.
  • FULL TIME!! Tottenham 1-1 West Brom. Morrison's last gasp winner denies Villas-Boas a first win in charge of Spurs.
  • 90' + 3'
    Vertonghen puts the ball into the back of the net, but it's been disallowed. Gallas, who flicked the ball on, is ruled offside.
  • 90'
    AssistGareth McAuley
  • 90'
    GoalJames Morrison
    GOAL!! Spurs struggle to clear yet another corner. Lukaku's header is cleared off the line, but West Brom cross the ball back into the box and the ball drops to Morrison who tucks it past Friedel. A deserved equaliser for West Brom.
  • 89'
    Goal mouth scramble. A corner, won by Lukaku, is whipped in. Spurs fail to clear it and McAuley heads the ball towards goal. Assou-Ekotto heads the ball onto the crossbar and off the line.
  • 87'
    The introductions of Adebayor and Lukaku has provided both sides with a stronger focal point. Lukaku especially continues to worry Spurs, who are looking to see out the game.
  • 84'
    End-to-end action at White Hart Lane. Adebayor saunters forwards and offloads to Bale. His low curling shot is well saved by Foster.
  • 82'
    Friedel fails to deal with a back pass and gifts possession to Lukaku. The Belgian feeds Morrison inside the box but the Spurs defence swarm him and recover the ball.
  • 81'
    Yellow CardSteven Reid
  • 80'
    Lukaku is causing Vertonghen all sorts of problems. Lukaku rolls Vertonghen on the edge of the box but the centre-back recovers to slide in and block the striker's goalbound effort.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionMarc-Antoine Fortune Markus Rosenberg
  • 78'
    Steve Clark responds to going a goal down by bringing on Chris Brunt for Graham Dorrans, and taking off the often dangerous Fortune for new signing Markus Rosenberg. It's a more attacking formation for West Brom now.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionJermain Defoe Jermaine Jenas
  • 76'
    Just as West Brom looked to be threatening to score, Spurs make the breakthrough. Villas-Boas responds to the goal with a defensive substitution, taking off Defoe for Jenas.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionGraham Dorrans Chris Brunt
  • 74'
    GoalBenoit Assou-Ekotto
    GOAL!! Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner is cleared as far as Assou-Ekotto whose deflected shot goes in at the far post. The touch appeared to come off Dorrans.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionSandro Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • 73'
    In an attacking move, Villas-Boas brings on Sigurdsson for the defensive Sandro. Bold move.
  • 72'
    Spurs have taken hold of the ball and taken some of the heat out of the match. Bale picks up the ball, runs inside, and fires the ball towards Foster's goal. The swerving shot is put behind for a corner.
  • 69'
    Fortune is played through and Assou-Ekotto struggles to stay with the run. Fortune is 10-yards out but fires the ball right at an onrushing Friedel who makes the stop. All West Brom at the minute.
  • 67'
    West Brom are enjoying a period of dominance now, with Lukaku instrumental. The substitute is a wrecking ball, overwhelming the Spurs central defence. The game is incredibly open now, and West Brom look very dangerous.
  • 65'
    Jermain Defoe thinks he's scored, but the flag is up. West Brom waste no time in playing the ball up to Lukaku, who shrugs off Vertonghen and fires the ball towards the bottom corner, but Friedel makes the save.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionShane Long Romelu Lukaku
  • 62'
    SubstitutionRafael van der Vaart Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 62'
    Emmanuel Adebayor replaces van der Vaart for his second Spurs debut. Adebayor has scored in all his previous debuts for Arsenal, Man City Real Madrid and Spurs (the first time).
  • 60'
    A scrappy battle emerges in central midfield, with Sandro and Yacob going toe-to-toe, tackling hard. Spurs emerge with the ball and Walker releases Lennon, who finds van der Vaart on the edge of the box, but the Dutchman procrastinates and the opportunity is lost.
  • 57'
    Livermore releases Defoe who runs at McAuley before cutting inside and dragging his shot wide of the near post. Poor effort.
  • 55'
    Dorrans dribbles through the Spurs defence, evading four white shirts, and shoots across goal. Friedel gets down low to make the save.
  • 53'
    Defoe wriggles past several West Brom defenders before being barged over by Yacob. Spurs have a dangerous free-kick about 25-yards out from goal. Assou-Ekotto takes it and forces Foster into a good save.
  • 50'
    Bale makes a great run into the box and is picked out by van der Vaart with an excellent crossfield pass. Bale chests the ball down but fires a half volley over the bar with his weaker right foot.
  • 48'
    Yellow CardJan Vertonghen
  • 48'
    A long ball from Foster is headed down by Long for Mulumbu, who is taken out by Vertonghen. The Belgian receives the first yellow card of his Premier League career. The resulting free-kick amounts to nothing.
  • 47'
    Spurs make a good start to the half. Lennon plays the ball into van der Vaart, who returns it to Lennon, who tries to feed Defoe but his pass rolls into the hands of Foster.
  • 46'
    We're back under way at White Hart Lane. Both sides remain unchanged.
  • West Brom had an excellent second half against Liverpool, with substitute Romelu Lukaku giving Jamie Carragher a torrid time, and Steve Clarke may decide to introduce another forward to support an isolated Shane Long. Spurs' defence has looked fragile at times, and West Brom will look to exploit that.
  • West Brom have looked vulnerable at fullback, and Bale and Lennon have repeatedly got in behind Reid and Ridgwell respectively. Villas-Boas may send Adebayor on in the second half to add greater threat, especially aerially, as Spurs seek to convert one of the many crosses fired in by Bale and Lennon.
  • HALFTIME! Tottenham have controlled the game but have yet to really test Foster. West Brom have looked increasingly dangerous on the break, though they too have been unable to trouble Brad Friedel.
  • 44'
    Yacob plays a searching pass for Fortune, but Vertonghen just gets a stud on the ball and prevents a one-on-one opportunity. Spurs break and the ball reaches Defoe, whose shot is straight at Ben Foster.
  • 42'
    A well worked move releases Fortune through the middle, but Vertonghen slides in and removes the danger.
  • 41'
    Spurs win another corner, which is cleared by West Brom. The Baggies try to launch a counter attack and a long ball aimed at Fortune is intercepted and headed back into the grateful arms of Friedel by Walker, who gets just enough power on his header.
  • 36'
    Spurs win a free-kick on the edge of West Brom's box, but van der Vaart misses the target.
  • 34'
    Spurs are playing well and finding players in dangerous areas, but have yet to produce a clear cut goalscoring opportunity. Mulumbu is walking a fine line in midfield, and risks picking up another yellow card.
  • 31'
    Livermore fouls Mulumbu about 30-yards out from goal. Stephen Reid takes the resulting free-kick, but it drifts harmlessly over. Neither Friedel or Foster have made a save yet.
  • 30'
    Yellow CardYoussouf Mulumbu
  • 29'
    Jermain Defoe cuts inside and is wrestled off the ball by Mulumbu, who picks up the first yellow card of the match.
  • 26'
    There’s rapturous applause around White Hart Lane during the 26th minute to honour club legend Ledley King – wearer of the number 26 shirt – who announced his retirement over the summer.
  • 24'
    Vertonghen bursts forward from defence and releases Bale, Yacob fails to clear Bale's cross and the ball drops to Vertonghen, who continued his run into the box, but the Belgian centre-back fails to connect properly with his shot. That's Spurs' best effort of the game so far.
  • 21'
    Spurs are keeping the ball well and are creating most of their chances via their quick wingers. West Brom's best chance of scoring looks like being on the counter, though they've shown little bite on the break thus far.
  • 17'
    Walker plays a pass in behind the defence for Lennon who pulls the ball back for van der Vaart, but the Dutchman fires wide. Spurs are having sustained possession in West Brom's half, and Shane Long is becoming increasingly isolated.
  • 14'
    Van der Vaart releases Bale down the left and the Welshman fizzes in a low cross which picks out Lennon in space inside the box, but he drags the shot wide.
  • 12'
    Fortune beats a stretching Vertonghen to a loose ball and races towards goal, but Sandro gets back and tackles, saving Vertonghen's blushes.
  • 10'
    Bale escapes Mulumbu by the corner flag and drills in a low cross that Defoe can't quite reach at the near post. Spurs on top so far, and looking dangerous.
  • 8'
    Kyle Walker is picked out on the overlap and charges down the line. His cross reaches Bale but the Welshman is leaning backwards and his shot goes high and wide.
  • 6'
    Lennon races down the right hand side and pulls the ball back for van der Vaart, who cushions the ball into the path of Sandro. The Brazilian fails to control the ball inside the box, and West Brom escape.
  • 5'
    Tottenham work the ball from back to front with great speed. The ball eventually reaches Gareth Bale who whips in a dangerous cross that evades everyone.
  • 2'
    Gareth Bale bursts forwards and fires an effort wide of Foster's goal. James Morrison is down and receiving treatment, but he should be able to continue.
  • 1'
    And we're off.
  • There's a friendly embrace between Andre Villas-Boas, who has opted for a suit today, and Steve Clarke - the pair worked together at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho. Villas-Boas' last league game in charge of Chelsea was a 1-0 defeat to West Brom.
  • The teams are coming out at White Hart Lane. Gallas and Olsson captain the sides. We're minutes away from kick-off
  • Villas-Boas may have selected Defoe over Adebayor due to the England forward's excellent recent record against West Brom. Defoe has scored three goals in his last three games versus the Baggies.
  • Look away Baggies fans, West Brom haven’t won at White Hart Lane since 1984.
  • West Brom make two changes to the side that beat Liverpool last week, with Marc-Antoine Fortune and Graham Dorrans replacing goalscorers Zoltan Gera and Peter Odemwingie respectively. The Nigerian isn’t even on the bench, though Romelu Lukaku and new signing Markus Rosenberg are.
  • New signing Emmanuel Adebayor has to make do with a spot on the bench as Andre Villas-Boas sticks with Jermain Defoe up front, who scored last weekend against Newcastle. Jan Vertonghen will make his debut for Spurs, replacing the injured Kaboul (knee). Rafael van der Vaart starts in place of Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • West Brom: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Yacob, Morrison; Fortune, Long, Dorrans. Subs: Myhill, Brunt, Rosenberg, Jones, Gera, Dawson, Lukaku.
  • Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Livermore, Sandro; Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale; Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Caulker, Naughton, Jenas, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Adebayor.
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