Dawson derails Tottenham’s title charge.

 

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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

 

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