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February 3, 2013 9:30 PM SGT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 24978‎
 
 
Gareth Bale 67′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

Spurs remain in pole position for fourth place after Gareth Bale's stunning strike in the 67th minute against the 10-man Baggies

By Greg Stobart

  • Ben Foster
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ben Foster

    The West Brom goalkeeper made several excellent saves, including quick reactions to deny Bale, Holtby and Dempsey, to keep his side in the game.

  • Steven Reid
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven Reid

    The full-back returned from injury and produced a decent display. Rarely ventured forward but solid enough defensively, although he looked more rusty as the game went on.

  • Jonas Olsson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jonas Olsson

    The centre-back took up good defensive positions as West Brom defended deep and challenged Spurs to break them down.

  • Goran Popov
    0
    0
    1.00

    Goran Popov Flop of the Match

    Sent-off early in the second-half after disgustingly spitting at Kyle Walker. Deserved to go and he was struggling up against Lennon anyway.

  • Gareth McAuley
    0
    0
    2.50

    Gareth McAuley

    Strong against Defoe in the first-half as he stayed tight on the striker and then kept his concentration after the Baggies went down to 10 men.

  • Claudio Yacob
    0
    0
    2.00

    Claudio Yacob

    Recent injury problems appeared to show as he was off the pace with his tackling and passing but worked hard in central midfield.

  • James Morrison
    0
    0
    2.00

    James Morrison

    Tidy on the ball but never really had a chance to cause Spurs significant problems. Beaten by a quick drop of the shoulder from Bale for the Welshman's goal.

  • Chris Brunt
    0
    0
    2.50

    Chris Brunt

    The Baggies captain had few opportunities to trouble the Spurs defence. Good tactical discipline especially after his side went down to 10 men.

  • Graham Dorrans
    0
    0
    2.00

    Graham Dorrans

    Lovely ball to play in Long in the first-half but that was his only major contribution as he was largely on the periphery of the action.

  • Shane Long
    0
    0
    2.50

    Shane Long

    Forced Lloris into a sharp save in the first-half and hassled and harried the Spurs defence with his tireless running. Very isolated after the sending off.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    0
    0
    2.50

    Romelu Lukaku

    Physical power and pace caused Spurs problems in the first-half but the Belgian striker's finishing was wayward. Replaced by Ridgewell in the 52nd minute following the red card shown to Popov.

Substitutions

  • Liam Ridgewell
    0
    0
    2.50

    Liam Ridgewell

    Replaced Lukaku in the 52nd minute and was fairly solid at left-back.

  • Markus Rosenberg
    0
    0
    2.00

    Markus Rosenberg

    Came on for Dorrans nine minutes from time.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    0
    0
    2.00

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Looked bright after replacing Yacob in the 82nd minute.

  • Hugo Lloris
    0
    0
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    The Frenchman was alert in the first-half to deny Lukaku and Long and was quick off his line. A virtual spectator after the break.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    The Belgian was relatively untroubled defensively and classy on the ball as he looked to march into the midfield.

  • Michael Dawson
    1
    0
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    Appeared a little uncomfortable early on with the power and movement of the West Brom forwards but grew into the game to produce a solid display.

  • Kyle Walker
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    0
    2.00

    Kyle Walker

    West Brom took advantage of the right-back's poor positioning, especially in the first-half, as he was often caught ball-watching.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    0
    0
    2.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Overlapped well to provide an outlet on the left but his final ball was often poor.

  • Aaron Lennon
    0
    0
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    The winger showed his pace and trickery to skip past Popov early on but thereafter flitted in and out of the game.

  • Scott Parker
    0
    0
    2.50

    Scott Parker

    Ponderous on the ball but provided a solid base for the visitors' more eye-catching players.

  • Gareth Bale
    0
    0
    4.00

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    Kept Spurs in pole position for fourth place with a wonderful goal in the 67th minute, drilled into the top corner from 25 yards. Had always looked like the man to break the deadlock as he popped up all over the pitch - often in central areas - and ran at the West Brom defence.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Excellent dribbling ability and solid positioning in central midfield as Spurs controlled possession and territory, especially after the red card.

  • Clint Dempsey
    0
    0
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    The American was diligent both on the left and then and an unfamiliar role as the lone forward. Headed into the ground and wide in the first-half when he should have hit the target.

  • Jermain Defoe
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Tottenham's only recognised available striker was replaced by Holtby in the 39th minute after twisting his left ankle in a challenge with Long. Had been very quiet before that point - but Spurs will hope the injury is not as severe as it appeared.

Substitutions

  • William Gallas
    0
    0
    2.50

    William Gallas

    Replaced Walker in the 78th minute as Spurs looked to hold on to the result.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Came on for Lennon four minutes from time.

  • Lewis Holtby
    1
    0
    3.00

    Lewis Holtby

    A very impressive display from the German midfielder after replacing Defoe in the 39th minute. A creative fulcrum with his one- and two-touch pass and intelligent awareness of space in the final third.

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