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West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur

By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Christian Eriksen

West Brom lost a three-goal lead against Tottenham as Christian Eriksen's injury-time goal left them three points clear of the drop zone.

Matej Vydra volleyed West Brom ahead on 25 seconds before Chris Brunt doubled the lead with another volley.

Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor had a penalty saved, before Stephane Sessegnon slotted in to make it 3-0.

Jonas Olsson's own goal and Harry Kane's header were followed by Eriksen's top-corner leveller.

It was the second successive home match in which West Brom have conceded an injury-time equaliser to deny manager Pepe Mel his first home win, and leaves them still in a fight for top-flight survival.

Fulham's win over Norwich means the Baggies are just three points clear of the bottom three, while Spurs edged to within four points of fifth-placed Arsenal.

West Brom appointed Mel as manager in January, following the sacking of Steve Clarke the previous month, with the club 14th in the Premier League and four points above the relegation zone.

Despite just two wins under him - both on their travels - Mel's side have shown some fighting spirit in recent weeks, including a crucial win at Norwich last time out, and they again showed their character with a perfect start.

Morgan Amalfitano worked his way past Danny Rose on the right, before sending in a dangerous low cross that was parried away partially by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The ball fell to Vydra, who volleyed home the opener.

It got even worse for Spurs soon after as Brunt, making his first appearance for five weeks, volleyed into the net after Steven Reid's looping cross caused chaos in the box.

Tottenham's hopes of qualifying for Europe had taken a battering in recent weeks, with three defeats in their previous four league matches, leaving manager Tim Sherwood facing an uncertain future.external-link

Sherwood had hoped Monday's 5-1 drubbing of Sunderland would spark a revival in fortunes but chances of a swift response were blown when Adebayor's low penalty was easily saved by Ben Foster, after Rose was upended by Amalfitano.

The Tottenham boss had vowed to provide an attacking brand of football but it looked to be at the expense of their defensive duties as, after a miscued header by Younes Kaboul, Sessegnon raced clear of the hesitant Vlad Chiriches to slot past Lloris.

The visitors pulled a goal back fortuitously before the break, when Olsson's block from Aaron Lennon's cross looped over Foster, and Spurs emerged a better side in the second half.

Their pressure paid off when Kane headed in after brilliant wing play from Lennon, and they deservedly grabbed an equaliser when Eriksen cut inside to fire high into the net from inside the area in the dying seconds.

West Brom manager Pepe Mel:

"We had a good first half but the result has gone against us.

"The problem is we are so keen to win the points, we need to play the same way regardless of being 3-0 up or if 0-0.

"This is very difficult for me, the players are very down but we have five games to come. Every point is very important."

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood:

"It was crazy. We might as well put 1-0 up on the scoreboard before we start. At 3-0, I thought we were going to win the game. We totally dominated.

"They never had a shot on goal in the second half. Hugo [Lloris] was getting frostbite out there.

"I thought our supporters got us back in the game. They never left us, they are knowledgeable and knew we were battering West Brom.

"Expectations to be challenging for Champions League are too great. I am proud to be the manager of this great football club and long may it continue."

For a gallery of photos from Saturday's Premier League action, head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.external-link

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1FosterBooked at 90mins
  • 2ReidBooked at 64mins
  • 6RidgewellBooked at 84mins
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 23McAuley
  • 3OlssonSubstituted forDawsonat 78'minutes
  • 18Amalfitano
  • 17DorransBooked at 62mins
  • 20VydraSubstituted forBerahinoat 72'minutes
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forYacobat 58'minutes
  • 11Brunt

Substitutes

  • 5Yacob
  • 13Myhill
  • 16Anichebe
  • 25Dawson
  • 28Jones
  • 38Berahino
  • 50Bifouma Koulossa

Tottenham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Lloris
  • 16Naughton
  • 3RoseBooked at 55minsSubstituted forTownsendat 85'minutes
  • 8Paulinho
  • 6ChirichesSubstituted forFryersat 45'minutes
  • 4Kaboul
  • 7Lennon
  • 21ChadliSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 78'minutes
  • 37Kane
  • 10Adebayor
  • 23EriksenBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 17Townsend
  • 22G Sigurdsson
  • 24Friedel
  • 35Fryers
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 51Veljkovic
  • 62Winks
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
25,398

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home6
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

  3. Booking

    Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  5. Booking

    Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Post update

    Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Ezekiel Fryers tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Danny Rose.

  10. Booking

    Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Younes Kaboul.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Nacer Chadli.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Dawson replaces Jonas Olsson.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool33235590405074
2Chelsea33226565244172
3Man City31224584295570
4Everton33199553312266
5Arsenal33197756401664
6Tottenham34186104848060
7Man Utd331761056381857
8Southampton34139125045548
9Newcastle34144163852-1446
10Stoke341110133848-1043
11West Ham33107163744-737
12Crystal Palace33114182439-1537
13Hull33106173440-636
14Aston Villa3397173549-1434
15Swansea3389164549-433
16West Brom33615124051-1133
17Norwich3488182653-2732
18Fulham3493223474-4030
19Cardiff3478193064-3429
20Sunderland3267192954-2525
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