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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Harry Kane
Harry Kane has now scored 40 goals for Spurs in 2017

Striker Harry Kane said Tottenham's performance was "not good enough" after his late equaliser denied managerless West Brom an important win at Wembley.

Spurs fell behind on four minutes as Jake Livermore played in Rondon, who nudged off Davinson Sanchez and rolled the ball past Hugo Lloris.

But England forward Kane finally broke the visitors' resistance by tapping a Dele Alli cross through Ben Foster's legs on 74 minutes.

The draw leaves Spurs 10 points behind leaders Manchester City and five behind second-placed Manchester United.

"It leaves us quite far behind in the league," said Kane, who has been involved in 100 Premier League goals in 128 games.

"We have to look back and see why we were slow getting going in the first half. But it's not good enough."

Kane's equaliser denied the away side a first victory in any competition since August and they are now 12 games without a win, a point ahead of 18th-placed West Ham.

The match came six days after West Brom sacked manager Tony Pulis, with his former assistant Gary Megson in temporary charge and Alan Pardew favourite for the job.

Former Bolton boss Megson had not managed a Premier League team since 2009.

He told Match of the Day: "The players are in tomorrow, but whatever else goes on is nothing to do with me."

Baggies show fighting spirit

West Brom's heatmap
West Brom's heatmap (right) shows how much defending they did compared to Tottenham (left)

Megson said during his pre-match interview that he was "not Tony Pulis with ginger hair".

His team produced a performance not far removed from the Pulis era, and the spirit they showed will encourage the incoming manager.

Megson made only two changes to the side that lost 4-0 at Chelsea last weekend, with Sam Field and Allan Nyom replacing Grzegorz Krychowiak and Gareth McAuley.

After snatching the early lead, they were content to sit back and restricted Spurs to just two shots on target in the first half.

Foster frustrated the hosts by slowing the game down at every opportunity, and he was eventually booked by referee Mike Jones in the 82nd minute.

In front of him, captain Jonny Evans epitomised a disciplined defensive performance, marshalling his backline alongside Ahmed Hegazi and Nyom.

It was therefore unfortunate that Evans' one lapse in concentration let Kane in for the equaliser as the West Brom defence was finally breached.

The Baggies struggled at the other end - having just six touches in the Spurs box - though Rondon did have a chance to nick a win at the end.

Spurs' Premier League blip continues

Tottenham looked tired after their midweek win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, and they switched off for West Brom's opener.

The Londoners had 72.6% possession in the game, but failed to carve out many clear-cut chances.

A lack of willing runners hindered their attacks in the first half, with Son Heung-min their only real threat. Kieran Trippier put in cross after cross, but could not find Kane.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino took something of a gamble early in the second half, sending on midfielder Mousa Dembele and striker Fernando Llorente for midfielder Harry Winks and centre-back Jan Vertonghen.

The change certainly gave Spurs' more attacking impetus, and their equaliser - when it came - was deserved.

But they have gone off the boil in domestic competition, winning just one of their past four league games.

Man of the match - Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans almost captained his team to an important and unexpected win. Kane's equaliser aside, he was excellent in defence alongside Hegazi and will be crucial to West Brom's fortunes this season.

Both managers left disappointed

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to Match of the Day: "I think we are disappointed because the effort from us was massive but we conceded the goal so early in the game, and they had the belief to play deep, so it was hard for us to move the ball.

"In the last 15 minutes we increased our level and created a lot of chances to score but we weren't clinical. It is always difficult in the Premier League when you concede a goal so early, it changes the way the team wants to play.

"I'm disappointed because we lose two points. Now, we need to look forward now and try to win the next game."

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Spurs dropped two points - Pochettino

West Brom caretaker manager Gary Megson, speaking to Match of the Day: "Having led for so long it was disappointing to concede the manner of the goal we did, whoever we're playing against - a team as good as Spurs or whoever.

"They've had a lot of possession, but not many clear chances, so we defended really well actually, apart from their goal. In terms of the week we've had, the performance we've put in and the energy the players had - I'm really happy with them, they can be really pleased with their efforts."

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Spurs' Real Madrid tactics did not work against Baggies - Megson

What's next?

West Brom host 13th-placed Newcastle in the league on Tuesday (20:00 GMT), while Tottenham travel to 11th-placed Leicester (19:45 GMT).

Stats - Kane's goalscoring feats continue

  • Kane has been involved in 100 Premier League goals in his 128 games - 87 goals and 13 assists.
  • Kane has scored 47 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions for club and country in 2017.
  • Four of the last five Premier League games between these two sides has been drawn. Of all Premier League fixtures to have been played at least 20 times, only Everton v Leicester (56.5%) has been drawn a larger percentage of the time than Tottenham v West Brom (47.8%).
  • Spurs have dropped as many points in their first seven Premier League games at Wembley this season than in their previous 23 league games at White Hart Lane (nine points dropped).
  • Tottenham have conceded in four of their last five Premier League games, this after recording four clean sheets in their previous five.
  • West Brom have kept just two clean sheets in their last 25 Premier League away games.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 15DierBooked at 58mins
  • 6Sánchez
  • 5VertonghenSubstituted forLlorenteat 60'minutes
  • 2Trippier
  • 23Eriksen
  • 29WinksSubstituted forDembéléat 61'minutes
  • 20Alli
  • 33Davies
  • 10Kane
  • 7Son Heung-min

Substitutes

  • 13Vorm
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Llorente
  • 19Dembélé
  • 21Foyth
  • 24Aurier
  • 37Walker-Peters

West Brom

  • 1FosterBooked at 82mins
  • 2NyomBooked at 77mins
  • 26Hegazi
  • 6Evans
  • 10Phillips
  • 18BarryBooked at 26minsSubstituted forYacobat 79'minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 28FieldSubstituted forMcCleanat 67'minutes
  • 3GibbsBooked at 60mins
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 67'minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 5Yacob
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 17Burke
  • 20Krychowiak
  • 23McAuley
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
65,905

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home25
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies tries a through ball, but Fernando Llorente is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu tries a through ball, but Matt Phillips is caught offside.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

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

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) with an attempt from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ahmed Hegazi tries a through ball, but Salomón Rondón is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Claudio Yacob replaces Gareth Barry because of an injury.

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Booking

Allan Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dele Alli with a cross.

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jake Livermore.

Attempt missed. Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matt Phillips.

goal

As It Stood

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2Man Utd139222862229
3Chelsea1382324111326
4Tottenham1373321101124
5Liverpool136522518723
6Arsenal127142216622
7Burnley12642129322
8Watford136342221121
9Brighton134451314-116
10Huddersfield12435817-915
11Leicester133551719-214
12Bournemouth134271114-314
13Newcastle134271117-614
14Southampton12345914-513
15Stoke133461626-1013
16Everton123361224-1212
17West Brom132561019-911
18West Ham132471226-1410
19Swansea13238715-89
20Crystal Palace13229825-178
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