Dawson derails Tottenham’s title charge.

 

Football Soccer - Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion - Barclays Premier League - White Hart Lane - 25/4/16 Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds the fans after the gafme Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane applauds the fans after the game

Craig Dawson scores at both ends to earn West Brom a point at White Hart Lane to all but diminish Tottenham Hotspur’s hope of winning a first ever Premier League title.

Spurs were full of confidence going in to the game from their scintillating form of late, and unsurprisingly started off the much brighter of the two teams, confining the Baggies to their own half for the opening 15 minutes of the game.

It wasn’t long before the deadlock was almost broke, Harry Kane’s shot from close range in the seventh minute was tipped on to the post, after Deli Alli neatly played him through in a flowing Tottenham move.

Christian Eriksen was next to rattle the woodwork with a 25 yard free kick that skimmed the top of the crossbar. Tottenham were cruising it seemed, but without a goal. Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier were dictating the play as usual.

Chances continued to fall for Tottenham, Kane trying his luck from the edge of the box, before Boaz Myhill, making his first appearance since January for the injured Ben Foster, tipped another Eriksen free kick wide.

West Brom offered very little in the opening 30 minutes, but signs of pressure began to slightly show in the Tottenham midfield. Claudio Yacob, West Brom’s anchor man, had a coming together with Alli mid way through the first half after persistently fouling the PFA Young Player of the Year.

But nobody could begrudge Spurs their fortuitous goal in the 33rd minute to open the scoring. A dangerous Eriksen free kick delivered in to the six yard box to a diving Jan Vertonhen, and defending Craig Dawson, the latter bundling it into his own net.

After a presumably rallying half time team talk from Tony Pullis, West Brom came out a different opposition. Tottenham continued to create chances, Lamela hitting the post 15 minutes in to the second half, but it was the visitors who struck next.

In the 73rd minute Craig Dawson made amends for his first half own goal, heading in a Craig Gardner corner from six yards after some poor Tottenham marking.

West Brom continued to frustrate their opponents, highlighted by 20 year-old Alli, who appeared to punch Yacob during a tussle in the away side’s box.

Spurs were out of ideas after the equaliser and left to rue missed first half opportunities. The 1-1 draw has left Tottenham 7 points behind Leicester, who now know that a win at Old Trafford will seal the Premier League for Claudio Ranieri’s men.

 

Links: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/matchcentre/tottenham-hotspur-vs-west-bromwich-albion-25042016/

http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/matchday/league-table.html?season=2015-2016&timelineView=played&matchNo=35&tableView=CURRENT_STANDINGS

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/match-reports/tottenham-1-west-brom-1-11237190

 

Featured Stories
2017 Belfast in bloom runners up work hard to secure first place this year

The local people who run Whiterock’s community garden in Belfast are set for a successful season of growing following a few months hard work. Last year they entered the annual Belfast in bloom competition, hosted by Belfast City Council and secured second place. They are encouraging people to get involved …

Featured Stories
Bangor bar hosts its very first “doggy day”

The Hop House bar in Bangor hosted their very first “doggy day” event. The popular bar partnered up with animal charity Assisi and Glenn’s Veterinary Clinic to provide a venue for dog owners so they would have a space to bond with their loyal canine friends. Guests were welcomed with …

Featured Stories
Premier League 2017/18 Season Review.

  On the 13th May 2018, the curtain fell on yet another season of Premier League football. Despite the title being wrapped up quite early by the magnificent Manchester City, who will rightly receive their well-deserved plaudits from critics and fans alike, there was individual brilliance throughout the league as …