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26 December 2013
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 35545
C. Eriksen 36'
West Bromwich Albion
J. Olsson 38'
That's all from me for this afternoon guys and girls! Thanks for joining me, and enjoy the rest of your Boxing Day.
FULL-TIME: SPURS 1-1 WEST BROM – It ends all square at White Hart Lane despite a late flurry of attacking play from the hosts. They went ahead in the 36th minute courtesy of a brilliant free kick from Eriksen, but the Baggies levelled shortly after from a set piece of their own. The visitors stood firm in the second half to leave London with a point, and ensure that Spurs' fans leave their home stadium once again shaking their heads.
90' + 4'
And there is the final whistle!
90' + 3'
STAT: Spurs have dominated possession, boasting 65% of it over the course of the game, but the score is level as we head into the final minute of added time.
90' + 2'
The fourth official has signalled there will be four minutes of added time at White Hart Lane. Time for either side to grab a late winner!
90' + 1'
That's either a dive or a free kick as Lamela goes down on the right after going past a challenge from Reid. The referee gives neither – despite the claims of players from both teams – and instead opts to settle for a goal kick to the visitors.
Eriksen and Lamela work the corner short, before Olsson flicks the ball clear well for West Brom with his head.
Corner for Spurs with seconds left on the clock...
Moments later it is Soldado that is lambasting the officials, after he thinks Olsson blocks a cross with his arm on the right-hand side. Again, the referee deems the appeal unworthy, though he is eventually forced to stop play after an enraged Soldado fouls Ridgewell from behind.
Yellow CardRoberto Soldado
Lamela goes down looking for a penalty after trying to meet a return pass from Adebayor, but there appeared to be little in the challenge from Yacob.
Berahino robbed the ball from Bentaleb in the centre circle for West Brom, but Morrison failed to find Sessegnon with his cross from the right as Downing's side looked to launch a clinical counter.
The visitors' final change is to bring on Saido Berahino for Vydra, who put in an accomplished display on his first start for West Brom.
Rose thunders down the left AGAIN and wins a corner for Spurs, that Soldado so nearly flicks into the far corner with a glancing header.
Vydra, on the other side, has been equally impressive this afternoon. His latest play is to run at Chiriches down the left before winning a corner for his team after trying to find Sessegnon with a cross.
Danny Rose has really transformed Tottenham's left-hand side since his return from injury a few weeks ago. The Englishman just burst past Reid for the umpteenth time today and swung a cross into the box that Soldado should really have tested Foster from.
SIGURDSSON HEADS INTO THE SIDE NETTING! Lamela does more in 60 seconds than Chadli did in 75 minutes, as he whips a fine ball to Sigurdsson at the far post, that the Icelandic midfielder nods into the side netting.
And now Downing chooses to make another change for the visitors. Gera – who has impressed on his first Premier League start in a year – is replaced by Stephane Sessegnon.
Lamela is the man to replace the beleaguered Belgian, with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Chadli has a chance to set Adebayor up for a simple finish from close range, but rather than teeing him up with a cushioned touch he prods it past him from the byline. That decision appears to have made Sherwood's mind up, as No.21 appears on the fourth official's board.
The familiar groan of the Spurs fans is rearing its ugly head as the game moves into the final stages. Never the most patient of supporters they are starting to make their feelings heard as their side continue to struggle to test West Brom.
West Brom make their first change of the afternoon as Amalfitano makes way for Youssouf Mulumbu.
Adebayor's touch lets him down as he looks to control a searching long pass from Eriksen. The Togolese forward tried to take the ball in his stride with the outside of his right boot, but instead of doing that he only succeeded in flicking it straight into the arms of Foster.
STAT: The last time Tottenham lost on December 26 was in 2003 when David Pleat was temporary boss after the sacking of Glenn Hoddle. (via Opta)
Reid is receiving a fair amount of stick from the Spurs fans over on the opposite side after that dangerous challenge on Rose. They seem as bemused as I am that the player is still on the pitch.
Yellow CardJonas Olsson
GREAT STOP FROM FOSTER! The former England goalkeeper produces a super save to tip Walker's long-range rasper out for a corner after Spurs opted to tee the free kick off to the full-back.
Reid flies into a challenge on Rose and somehow doesn't pick up a second yellow card. The West Brom full-back got none of the ball and caught Rose near the ankle. He is a very lucky boy to still be on the pitch.
A tame cross from Chadli is gobbled up by Foster as the hosts pass up another chance to utilise the height of Adebayor.
The young Frenchman has just under half an hour to have an impact on his home debut here, after playing a key role in Spurs' win over Southampton four days ago.
That is his last involvement today, as he makes way for Nabil Bentaleb.
HOLTBY SHOOTS WIDE! The former Germany U21 international flashes an effort wide from 20 yards after shifting it onto his favoured left rather than taking it on with his right.
Spurs have lacked a cutting edge in the second half, and it looks like Sherwood is set to make a change or two as we edge past the hour-mark.
TIMELY TACKLE FROM DAWSON! The Spurs skipper dives in to boot the ball away from Morrison just as the former Middlesbrough man looks to meet a cutback from Vydra on the edge of the penalty area.
Walker does brilliantly to keep the ball in play after sliding off the pitch, but he wastes that good work by then dragging Ridgewell back, which results in a free kick for the visitors and him getting a yellow card in the process.
Yellow CardKyle Walker
STRONG STOP FROM THE FRENCHMAN! Reid whips the free kick towards goal and Lloris has to deflect the ball away with his fists.
West Brom counter from the last of those set pieces and are gifted a free kick as Chiriches hurtles into a challenge on Vydra 30 yards from Lloris' goal.
The home side waste a couple of corners from either side as Foster is called into action to punch the ball away.
Spurs fans will have had flashbacks of Rose's stunning strike on his Premier League debut against Arsenal back in 2010 as he struck from long range there.
FINE EFFORT FROM ROSE!! The Spurs left-back rifles a shot inches over Foster's crossbar from 35 yards after being allowed to push forward by a retreating West Brom backline.
Soldado slips in the penalty area just as he tries to sweep a cross in to Sigurdsson and Olsson is able to block the ball away from danger. There was a good spell of pressure from Spurs leading up to that chance too.
Chadli fires a cross into the stands behind Foster's goal, an involvement which is greeted with jeers by the Spurs fans. The Belgium international has had a game to forget today.
Michael Dawson invites pressure on his own side by slipping a pass to Eriksen, despite the midfielder being clearly marked by Morrison. The West Brom man nicks the ball off the Dane, but fortunately for Dawson the visitors are unable to capitalise on his haphazard pass.
West Brom get the second half underway but quickly concede a throw-in after pumping the ball straight out of play.
Out come the teams for the second half...
Spurs have looked dangerous going forward and shaky in defence, which perhaps comes as no surprise when you look at their lightweight midfield. Sherwood has shown a commitment to attack, but will need to be careful in the second half, with West Brom guilty of missing a couple of clear chances on the counter already in this game. A morale-boosting win at Southampton did the trick to secure him a permanent contract, but the fans at White Hart Lane will no doubt voice their disappointment should the hosts drop points this afternoon.
HALF-TIME: SPURS 1-1 WEST BROM – Christian Eriksen was involved in both goals in the first half at White Hart Lane as he put the hosts ahead with a thumping free kick before conceding one seconds later that West Brom scored from through Olsson. Both teams have had other chances to impact on the scoreline, with Matej Vydra particularly wasteful for the away side.
45' + 3'
And there is the half-time whistle!
45' + 2'
CHANCE FOR WEST BROM TO GO AHEAD! Morrison drags a shot wide from 15 yards after bursting into the penalty area on the right-hand side.
45' + 1'
The fourth official signals for two minutes of added time.
Chadli is not long for this game. Surely. The midfielder offers a half-hearted run for Adebayor as the striker pushes through the centre before feeding a pass into the West Brom box. Chadli had decided to stop his run though, which meant the ball ran kindly through to Foster.
Spurs keep possession well under pressure from West Brom on the right, before quickly switching the play to Rose on the opposite side. The ball eventually lands at the feet of Eriksen, and only a strong parry from Foster stops the midfielder's rasping strike from finding the far corner.
STAT: West Brom are seven games without a win in the Premier League but they have threatened in spells in this first half, and it looks like they will go in at the break level at the Lane.
Eriksen went from hero to villain in the space of a minute there, scoring a divine free kick before giving one away which resulted in a West Brom equaliser.
Where was the Tottenham marking there?! Credit to Olsson though, he kept his cool under pressure from Walker.
THE BAGGIES ARE LEVEL!! Amalfitano swings the free kick into the box, and an inadvertent flick-on from Adebayor takes the ball into the path of Olsson, who makes no mistake from close range.
Yellow CardChristian Eriksen
Seconds after putting Spurs ahead Eriksen finds his way into the book after catching Amalfitano inside his own half.
WHAT A STRIKE FROM ERIKSEN!! The Danish playmaker crashes the set piece past Foster, with a little bit of help from the crossbar. His curling strike beat the wall, thumped onto the woodwork, and bounced over the line with Foster nowhere to be seen.
Free kick for Spurs in a very dangerous position 25 yards from goal after Morrison stops Walker illegally with the right-back in full-flight.
Chadli has got to be doing more for the home side out on the right. The Belgian winger has been included at the expense of Lamela today, and has featured in all three of the matches Sherwood has overseen so far, but he is yet to make a telling contribution in a Spurs shirt.
Yacob pulls back Chadli on the right and Spurs have a free kick. Eriksen's delivery is not quite up to scratch on this occasion as Ridgewell flicks it away at the near post.
Ridgewell is involved at the other end now as he throws his body in front of a shot from Soldado on the right side of the West Brom box. Spurs win a corner from the deflection, but that is quite easily cleared by Olsson on the penalty spot.
Yellow CardSteven Reid
HUGE MISS FROM VYDRA!! The Slovakian forward has a glorious opportunity to put the away side in front on the half-hour mark, but he glances a header wide after meeting a fine cross from Ridgewell.
STAT: Happy Birthday Hugo Lloris – the Frenchman turns 27 today.
There is a break in play at the Lane after Olsson blocked a rising shot from distance with his face. Rather him than me! That one has got to hurt.
Rose thunders down the left for not the first time this game, and again he produces a decent cross at the end of it. Adebayor controls the ball with his back to goal on the penalty spot, but cannot conjure up any magic to get away from Lugano and unleash a shot.
STAT: Tottenham are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games played on December 26, having won six and drawn two. (via Opta)
Craig Dawson catches Soldado from behind and the West Brom full-back is a tad lucky not to be the first into Taylor's little black book, if I'm perfectly honest. He went through the back of the Spaniard and did not get near the ball.
Eriksen has put some dangerous set pieces into the West Brom box in the opening 20 minutes, the latest of which forced Foster into punching the ball clear.
BRILLIANT FROM LLORIS! West Brom counter from that Spurs corner and Vydra has a great chance to put the visitors ahead. He sprints towards goal and tries to glide past Lloris – who has come rushing from his line – but the France No.1 put out a very strong arm to block the ball and keep the score level.
GOOD DEFENDING FROM DAWSON! The right-back gets in front of Adebayor to deflect Chadli's inviting cross behind for a corner. A slip-up there and that could well have been 1-0 to the home side.
Chiriches has looked a little too comfortable in possession for Spurs in the opening exchanges of this game. He's given the ball away on two or three occasions already, which has invited pressure on their backline.
LOVELY PLAY FROM MORRISON!! The West Brom midfielder dummied a pass out to the right before turning inside and threading it through to Vydra. He then played a neat one-two with Gera before forcing Lloris into a smart stop at his near post with a low shot.
Eriksen's cross is headed away but only as far as Sigurdsson on the edge of the box. The former Reading man took a touch before looping a half volley a yard or so wide of Foster's left-hand post.
Walker bursts down the right and wins a corner off the legs of Ridgewell...
Spurs' central midfield duo of Holtby and Eriksen is looking a tad overrun when West Brom get the ball, but Sherwood's attacking line-up is benefiting the hosts when they push forward. So often Soldado has looked isolated in attack this season, but today there are white shirts queuing up to support him.
VYDRA STRAYS OFFSIDE!! The West Brom forward thinks he is in one-on-one with Lloris after racing onto a pass from Gera, but play is pulled back by the man in black because of an offside flag on the near side.
STAT: Almost five years have passed since West Brom last beat Tottenham and the Midlands club have not won at White Hart Lane since 1984.
West Brom made some half-hearted appeals for a penalty a few minutes ago after Holtby appeared to catch Amalfitano inside the Spurs box, but the referee Anthony Taylor was having none of it, and replays have shown he got that decision bang on, as Holtby clearly won the ball fairly.
Vital block from Dawson! The West Brom defender moves in from right-back to throw himself in front of a Eriksen drive. The ball looped up after clipping his leg and fell into the arms of the grateful Ben Foster.
Ridgewell pumps a free kick on the halfway line into the Spurs box, and only an alert clearance from Walker stops Vydra from testing Hugo Lloris.
Spurs win the first corner of the game as Kyle Walker's hopeful pass forwards takes a deflection off Liam Ridgewell. Christian Eriksen's set piece evades a cluster of white shirts in the box though, and West Brom are able to break down the right.
Clever from Soldado! The Spurs frontman flicks the ball to Sigurdsson on the left-hand side, but his cross into the box lands right on the forehead of the dashing Diego Lugano, who is able to head the ball away.
The hosts make a bright start as Danny Rose, Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson combine neatly on the left, only for the move to peter out when the Iceland international's touch lets him down inside the box.
Spurs get the ball rolling through Soldado and Chadli...
Emmanuel Adebayor partners Roberto Soldado upfront for the hosts today, having been re-integrated into the team after being expelled from the first-team squad by AVB. The Togo international does seem to pick his moments to behave himself – new managers and impending transfer windows often seem to coincide with a rich run of form. He's been brilliant in the first two games of Sherwood's tenure, let's see if he continues that today.
The two teams are in the tunnel and we are just minutes away from kick-off at the Lane...
The away side, meanwhile, boast changes aplenty, as seven players make way from the team that drew their last league match against Hull. Matej Vydra is handed his full league debut while Craig Dawson makes his first top-flight start of the season and Diego Lugano comes into a re-jigged backline. Steven Reid, Morgan Amalfitano, Claudio Yacog and Zoltan Gera also return to the starting XI.
Sherwood makes a couple of changes to the Spurs side that triumphed at Southampton on Sunday, as Nacer Chadli and Lewis Holtby start in midfield at the expense of Erik Lamela and the injured Mousa Dembele.
SUBS: Myhill, McAuley, Brunt, Sessegnon, Sinclair, Berahino, Mulumbu
WBA (4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Reid; Gera, Morrison, Amalfitano; Vydra
SUBS: Friedel, Fredericks, Naughton, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Capoue, Lamela
TOTTENHAM (4-4-2): Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose; Chadli, Eriksen, Holtby, Sigurdsson; Adebayor, Soldado
Without further ado, let's have a quick look at the two starting line-ups for this Premier League clash...
The Baggies have been confronted with managerial issues of their own after Steve Clarke was dismissed on December 14 following four straight defeats. Keith Downing took the reins for last Saturday's draw with Hull City, and will do so again this afternoon as the club continue their search for Clarke's permanent successor.
Sherwood was appointed permanent manager at White Hart Lane until the end of the 2014-15 season after guiding the Lilywhites to a thrilling 3-2 victory against Southampton on Sunday. The former Spurs midfielder had been named interim boss following Andre Villas-Boas's departure earlier this month.
My name is Charlie Scott and I'll be bringing you potentially exciting updates from this game as it unfolds in London.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to LIVE coverage of West Brom's visit to White Hart Lane, where Tottenham will try and continue their bright start to life under Tim Sherwood.
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