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23 April 2011
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: S. Attwell
• Attendance: 36160
R. Pavlyuchenko 27'
J. Defoe 67'
West Bromwich Albion
P. Odemwingie 5'
S. Cox 81'
90' + 4'
FULL TIME! Tottenham 2-2 West Brom. A superb Simon Cox strike ten minutes from time secured a vital point for the visitors who continue their fine form under Roy Hodson. Spurs had take the lead from strikes from Pavyluchenko and Defoe following Odemwingie's opener, but their failure to hold onto the lead hands the initiative to Manchester City in the race for fourth place
Yellow Card Michael Dawson
Poor challenge from Dawson on Odemwingie sees the Spurs captain go into the referee's book. Free-kick from the halfway line
Pavyluchenko makes way for Peter Crouch with two minutes plus stoppage time left to play
West Brom playing the ball well around the middle, before Morrisons through ball fails to find Odemwingie and is instead collected easily by Gomes
Wasteful from Mulumbu, who looks to find Vela on the break but overplays his pass which sails out for a throw-in
Assist Nicky Shorey
Goal Simon Cox
GOAL! Tottenham 2-2 West Brom (Simon Cox). Great finish from Cox, who cuts inside Gallas on the edge of the box and curls a right footed shot into Gomes top right hand corner. Superb strike from the substitute
Defoe does well to skip past two West Brom defenders and into the box, but Van der Vaart takes the ball off Defoe just as he is about to pull the trigger, and the Dutchman's shot is then blocked
Good ball by Modric finds Bale in space in the box unmarked. He takes the shot first time on the volley from a tight angle, and his shot bounces across the goal mouth and out for a goal kick without threatening Carson
Casual play by Scharner sees West Brom lose possession in their own box. Spurs play the ball back and retain possession
Penalty shout. Odemwingie takes the ball forward well, before the interception makes its way to Vela. The Mexican plays it across the box to Morrison whose effort is blocked by Dawson, with shouts for handball coming from the West Brom contingent
Brunt looks to find Vela in the box, but Bale intercepts well
Poor challenge by Scharner on Bale, with the midfield man lucky not to receive a second yellow card. Van der Vaart wastes the free kick. Jerome Thomas is replaced by James Morrison.
Scharner loses the ball cheaply, which makes its way to Van der Vaart. The Dutchman strikes first time, but his shot drags across the face of goal and goes wide
Assist Rafael van der Vaart
Goal Jermain Defoe
GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 West Brom. Superb goal from Defoe. The striker collects a misplace Van der Vaart pass before turning Meite inside out and striking from 22-yards into Carson's bottom left hand corner
Van der Vaart takes, but the ball goes high and wide
Lennon cuts in well from the right hand side, but his shot is judged to have been blocked by a Chris Brunt arm. Spurs free-kick from 25-yards out
Sandro gives away his third foul in succession but is still yet to go into the referee's book. Brunt takes the kick from the halfway line, this time collected comfortably by Gomes
Huddlestone comes off to be replaced by Aaron Lennon.
Gomes spills Brunt's ball in from the half way line, but gets lucky as a free-kick is given in his favour
Great cross by Kaboul finds Modric, but the Croatian loses his footing. Ball finds its way to Bale, who plays a decent cross which is cleared for a corner. Corner is cleared
Gomes delays his clearance as Odemwingie chases the ball down, and the keeper is caught as the strikers momentum takes him through the Brazilian. Free kick
West Brom play the ball around well down the left hand flank but lose the ball cheaply in the final third
Carson and Shorey both nearly caught in possession in quick succession
Van der Vaart finds Bale well on the left hand side, who drives to the by-line once again, but his low cut back is easily cut out and cleared
West Brom looking very lively here as they begin to see a good amount of attacking possession. Odemwingie makes space again, and fires a shot across Gomes goal, but doen't threaten the Spurs keeper
SAVE! Odemwingie beats his man again and wins the header, which is saved well by Gomes
Sandro takes a shot from 30-yards and Scharner blocks. The ball is played out to Bale on the left, who cuts in and wins the corner. Van der Vaart takes, but the ball is cleared as far as Modric
Modric does well to find Sandro, who finds Huddlestone with the midfielder play neat first time ball to Defoe. The striker turns, but over runs instead of shooting and the ball is cleared
Tottenham get the second half under way, as Huddlestone plays the ball to Kaboul
45' + 4'
Yellow Card Paul Scharner
45' + 3'
HALF TIME! Tottenham 1-1 West Brom. The Baggies took an early lead through a great piece of counter-attacking play, with Odemwingie finding the net after just five minutes. Spurs managed to convert their majority possession with a deserved leveller through a great Pavyluchenko strike
45' + 2'
Good play by Huddlestone, who finds Bale in space on the left. Bale drives forward and crosses from the edge of the box, only to be blocked and then cleared by the West Brom backline
Good work by Bale, whose cross is blocked by Steven Reid. Van der Vaart takes the resulting corner and again the ball is cleared. Referee pulls up play for an injury, with Olsson laid out in the middle of his own box following
Modric finds Kaboul well on the left hand side, who works down the left hand flank and wins the corner. Van der Vaart takes but West Brom clear well again
Defoe brings the ball towards the box and opts to cut inside instead of finding Bale down the left. Modric receives the ball, but his shot hits his own player and goes out for a goal kick
CHANCE! Van der Vaart fires the ball across goal from a tight angle, but his drive is parried by Carson. The ball falls to Pavyluchenko, but the forward cannot control his rebounded effort, as the ball goes wide
Vela caught cheaply offside, quiet performance from the Mexican so far today
Meite brings Huddlestone down just outside the box, and Bale and Van der Vaart line up the free-kick 25-yards from goal. Bale takes, but his effort glides over the bar without troubling Carson
Goal Roman Pavlyuchenko
GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 West Brom (Pavlyuchenko). The Russian recieves the ball 25-yards out, before turning well past Chris Brunt and unleashing a strike into the bottom right hand corner of Carson's goal. Deserved for Spurs.
Quick Gomes throw finds Bale on the left hand side. Spurs retain the ball in the middle before Bale looks to play in Defoe, but his pass is easily intercepted by the West Brom defence
West Brom beginning to struggle to keep possession here, but both teams have lost the ball cheaply in the middle in successive minutes
Great run by Bale down the left hand flank after collecting a superb cross field ball by Modric. The wide man plays in a cross which is met by the head of Pavlyuchenko, who cannot steer it towards goal
West Brom fail to clear a Van der Vaart corner, and Spurs immediately are back on the front foot before Bale overhits his cross, which goes out for a goal kick
Ambitious effort from Baggies captain Chris Brunt, who collects the ball 30-yards from goal before striking on the half volley only to see his effort sail wide of the goal
Pavlyuchenko wins a free kick at the edge of the box 25-yards out. Van der Vaart takes, and met by the head of Gallas 3-yards from goal but the Frenchman hides high over the bar. Poor.
Sandro does well down the right hand side, but is unable to make enough space for the cross as Shorey blocks. Bales swings in a great cross but Olsson is there to head away under pressure from Defoe
Pavlyuchenko looks to slot Defoe through, but the ball is cleared for a corner. Van der Vaart takes, but fails to beat Odemwingie at the near post.
Meite concedes the throw as Bale makes his way down the left flank. Sandro takes the shot and wins a corner, which is cleared well by Carson
Sandro comes on to replace Assou-Ekotto who was injured in the build up to the West Brom goal. Bale moves to left back
Assist Carlos Vela
Goal Peter Odemwingie
GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 West Brom (Peter Odemwingie). Good play from the striker, who receives the ball well on the break in the box, shrugs off the challenge from Assou-Ekotto before cutting inside and curling into the left hand side of Gomes goal.
Van der Vaart skips inside before playing a good crossfield ball to Assou-Ekotto, who then finds Defoe, but the striker can't keep the ball under control as it goes out for a goal kick
And we're under way as West Brom kick off
Gareth Bale has been passed fit to play today despite picking up a knee injury in the midweek draw with Arsenal which looked to have ruled him out. The visitors also welcome Gunner loanee Carlos Vela to the starting XI having impressed against Chelsea last Saturday.
Referee today is Stuart Attwell
West Brom: Scott Carson, Steven Reid, Abdoulaye Meite, Jonas Olsson, Nicky Shorey, Chris Brunt, Youssouf Mulumbu, Paul Scharner, Jerome Thomas, Peter Odemwingie, Carlos Vela. Subs: Boaz Myhill, Somen Tchoyi, Ibanez Pablo, James Morrison, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Simon Cox, Gonzalo Jara.
This afternoons team line ups, starting with the home side Tottenham Hotspur: Heurelho Gomes, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson, William Gallas, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Rafael van der Vaart, Tom Huddlestone, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Carlo Cudicini, Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas, Peter Crouch, Sebastien Bassong, Sandro, Steven Pienaar.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com UK's LIVE! coverage of Tottenham v West Brom in the Premier League. Despite a run of just one win in their past six games, Spurs are in search of a vital three points to keep up with Manchester City in the race for fourth place. West Brom will look to continue their great run under new boss Roy Hodgson, who suffered his first defeat against Chelsea last weekend.
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