Tottenham came from behind to rescue an awful start and earn a 3-3 draw at the Hawthorns. Although it means little in the long run, a draw on the road should not be ignored, the performance however deserves every bit of negativity thrown at it.
The game could not have begun in a poorer fashion for Spurs. After a horrendous mix up at the back, Tottenham found themselves behind as Vydra fired Albion into the lead after only 28 seconds after Lloris punched straight to Vydra from Amalfitano’s cross.
It was to get increasingly worse from that moment onwards. West Brom’s Skipper Brunt volleyed in at the back post after Sessegnon headed on Reid’s cross. Spurs were in a state and it was to continue for the rest of the half. Harry Kane attempted to find a goal as he cut inside from an Adebayor pass to drag a shot across goal, but inches wide on the left hand side of Foster.
After 11 minutes, West Brom had a penalty shout. Vydra went down inside the area following Chiriches’ tackle but referee Neil Swarbrick waved play on. Spurs then attempted to resurrect the poor start. Kane’s close-range effort went narrowly wide of the left post from Rose’ left-wing cross, a chance that he should have scored from.
A glorious chance then presented itself to Tottenham to get themselves back into it. Danny Rose came flying in from the left hand side, only to be tripped and earning a penalty. Emmanuel Adebayor stepped up to take it, only for the striker to hit a timid shot towards goal, leaving Foster to save it. The penalty summed up the first half for Spurs.
A spell of unprecedented dominance from the home side was the shown. A Paulinho strike from distance was Spurs’ only chance for quite some time and then the Baggies struck again. Sessegnon made it 3-0 after a mistake from Chiriches let him clean through, to slip past Lloris. Spurs were in disarray and proved to have taken nothing from the win against Sunderland. But then Tottenham were given a lifeline. Harry Kane picked out Kyle Naughton on the wing, only for the defender to hit an effort towards goal, for Olsson to then deflect the shot into his own goal. Spurs had pulled one back but were still in trouble.
The second half was much better for Spurs. Substitute Zeki Fryers replaced the abysmal Vlad Chiriches whom had a shocker of a half. After the interval, Rose volleyed a yard wide of the right post from the edge of the area after Reid cleared Albion’s lines. Pressure continued as Foster had to be at full stretch to turn it past the left post. Rose was cautioned minutes later for simulation after going down inside the area with Reid appearing to make no contact.
Spurs then made it 3-2. Harry Kane leapt like a salmon to head home an Aaron Lennon cross, of which proved a very rare assist for the winger. Spurs were back in it with little time left however had a long way to go to win the game. There was a crucial block from Dawson after Adebayor turned McAuley inside the box, moments after, Rose struck over.
The final minutes of the game proved to be a typical Tottenham ending. Christian Eriksen made it 3-3 after a tremendous cut inside from the wing, to power home a thunderous effort into the top corner. Spurs were level however it proved to late to go on and win the game. The fixture finished West Bromwich Albion 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3. It was far from a tremendous performance from Spurs, but a point on the road shouldn’t be forgotten.
Lloris – Despite conceding 3, his class was shown throughout. (Very good)
Naughton – A decent shot to set up the own goal but it was his main valuable contribution (Average)
Kaboul – Tried desperately to get the game flowing and did well to do so. (Good)
Chiriches/Fryers – Vlad’s worst performance. Fryers did well to cover. (VC Poor/ZF Good)
Rose – Dreadful, utterly dreadful. (Poor)
Paulinho – Not very effective today. Provided little attacking-wise. (Poor)
Chadli – Poor performance after a better display against Sunderland (Poor)
Lennon – When he tries to deliver, he can be effective. Good assist. (Good)
Eriksen – MOTM. The only man to really prove effective (Excellent)
Kane – Worked hard and was unfortunate. Top header. (Very good)
Adebayor – Awful penalty, shocking display. (Poor)