Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 West Bromwich Albion
Premier League, White Hart Lane
Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw tonight by West Bromwich Albion, with West Brom defender Craig Dawson scoring at both ends of the pitch.
Dawson managed to bundle in an own goal in the first half while trying to defend a Christian Eriksen free-kick, but made amends in the second half by powering in a header from a corner.
The result spells the probable end of Tottenham’s title hopes.
The game opened with Spurs dominating possession, and the atmosphere inside White Hart Lane was electric, the optimism amongst the home support almost tangible. By the end of the evening, the optimism was gone.
Tottenham dominated possession from kick-off, stroking the ball from left to right while searching for openings in the West Brom defence, carving out opportunities where they could.
It didn’t take long; within the first ten minutes, Harry Kane had a shot tipped against the post, and Christian Eriksen curled a free-kick from just outside the area on to the bar.
Tottenham capitalised on their early dominance; the first goal came after Erik Lamela was fouled by Craig Gardner. Christian Eriksen whipped in the free-kick, and Craig Dawson managed to bundle the ball past his own keeper from six yards.
Spurs were 1-0 up at half time and seemed comfortable, but slipped into complacency, allowing West Brom to grow into the game from the start of the second half.
Despite Spurs hitting the woodwork for a third time just before the hour mark, and nerves started to creep into Tottenham’s game. With their composure gone, Tony Pulis’ team started to play more confidently. Salomon Rondón had a shot tipped over the bar; from the resulting corner, Dawson – making up for his earlier mistake – towered above his marker to power home a headed equaliser.
Spurs were rattled and unable to find their rhythm again, and as the minutes ticked away the fight drained from Pochettino’s team, who have fought to keep themselves in the title race. At the final whistle, the Spurs players were dispirited, some on the verge of tears.
On a night when they needed to win, Tottenham just couldn’t force a way through. The title is not entirely out of reach, mathematically at least, but it will take a more assured team than the one on show tonight to wrench the title from Leicester City’s hands.
Tottenham: Lloris (C); Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier (Mason, 75’) , Dembélé; Lamela (Son Heunng-Min, 84’) , Alli (Chadli, 89’), Eriksen; Kane.
Subs: Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Carroll, Mason (75’), Chadli (89’), Son Heung-Min (84)
West Brom: Myhill; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans; Yacob, Fletcher (C), Sessegnon, Garnder, McClean; Rondón.
Subs: Chester, Anichebe, Lambert, Sandro (89’), Palmer, Roberts, Leko