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West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

West Brom celebrate
West Brom are now five games unbeaten under caretaker manager Darren Moore

Jake Livermore's last-gasp goal gave West Brom a victory against Tottenham which ensures they still have a chance of avoiding Premier League relegation.

Livermore forced the ball over the line in the 91st minute with relegation certain had they lost or drawn at The Hawthorns.

Just hours later, the Baggies were seconds from relegation again when Southampton were denied victory over Everton by a 96th-minute Tom Davies' equaliser.

A Saints win would have sent West Brom down but they can still stay up if a series of results go their way.

In a first half of few clear-cut chances, Harry Kane had the best of Spurs' opportunities and his header from Erik Lamela's cross was saved by Ben Foster.

West Brom's Jay Rodriguez went close as half-time approached, sneaking in behind Victor Wanyama only for his header to be cleared off the line.

Kane nearly became the Baggies' hero when a mis-hit clearance almost flew into the back of his own net with Hugo Lloris acrobatically keeping it out.

Tottenham's Danny Rose and West Brom's Allan Nyom were both booked following a second-half altercation, with Nyom's team-mates desperately trying to keep the defender calm to avoid a red card in the aftermath.

And The Hawthorns exploded when Livermore found the back of the net after a scramble from a corner.

What needs to happen for West Brom to stay up?

It would be one of the greatest ever survival stories, against all the odds.

There is only one way West Brom can stay up, and this is how.

On Tuesday, Swansea and Southampton must draw in their meeting in Wales, and on the final day of the season on Sunday, 13 May Swansea must lose at home to Stoke and Southampton must be beaten at home to Manchester City.

West Brom have to win at Crystal Palace in their final match and the Baggies must improve their goal difference to be better than Southampton's.

Bottom of the Premier League table
How it looks at the bottom of the Premier League table

Moore gives Baggies glimmer of hope

Whatever the outcome at the end of the season, it has largely been a dismal campaign for West Brom. But because of their side's resurgence in recent weeks, it's one the fans won't forget in a hurry.

Caretaker boss Darren Moore has given them a glimmer of hope since taking over at the start of April when the Baggies were 10 points from safety with six games remaining.

West Brom's season had started promisingly, when they picked up seven points from their opening three games, but it wasn't until mid-January - 20 games later - that they picked up their next win.

By that point, they were 19th in the table and Alan Pardew was eight games into his brief reign following Tony Pulis' sacking.

It was only when Moore was made caretaker boss that their season turned around, although it might still be too late.

A 1-0 win at Manchester United on 15 April was the second of a four-game unbeaten streak that also included a draw with Liverpool and victory over Newcastle.

Saturday's win over Tottenham was the most thrilling - an astonishing lesson in never giving up when all seemed lost.

Jake Livermore scores West Brom's winning goal against Tottenham
Jake Livermore forces the ball over the line to give West Brom victory

Missed opportunity for Spurs

This could, and perhaps should, have been a routine win for Tottenham, but they found themselves up against a resolute West Brom defence.

Though they enjoyed a huge 74% of possession during the match, chances on goal were few with only two shots on target in the first half.

Victor Wanyama had one of those, a curling effort sent towards Foster's top left corner, and it was the goalkeeper's agility that kept West Brom in the game.

Kane went close on multiple occasions, including a fluffed chance when in scoring territory, and his missed opportunities may well have cost him the Golden Boot with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah four goals clear in the standings.

Tottenham's Champions League place for 2018-19 is not guaranteed either. Had they beaten West Brom and Chelsea lost to Liverpool on Sunday, their place in the top four would have been confirmed but they must wait with five points separating the Blues and Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Man of the match - Chris Brunt (West Brom)

Chris Brunt
West Brom captain Chris Brunt led his side to a inspired comeback and had more attempts on goal than any of his team-mates

'We wanted to get some pride and commitment back' - what they said

West Brom caretaker manager Darren Moore: "It was a pulsating game, up against a very good team who asked us a lot of questions. We trusted the commitment of the players and needed to play a tight game because of the quality Spurs possess. It worked in the end and we got the goal.

"We have been on this road for four, nearly five weeks. We wanted to get some pride and commitment back. The supporters have been excellent. I am the one up here but it is we as a football club - the supporters, staff and officials - and through hard work and commitment results are coming."

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Moore will not watch relegation rivals' games

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "Of course I am disappointed. We are in a race to be in the top four and play in the Champions League next season and that defeat disappoints us. It is certainly a bad feeling after the game.

"We dominated the game. We created enough chances but didn't score. In the end West Brom have quality and physical condition at set pieces and can create problems for any team. If you do not score you put at risk the game.

"I am not upset or angry, only disappointed because we created chances and did not score. We need to be clinical."#

BBC pundit Martin Keown on Match of the Day: "West Brom were compact, well organised, disciplined and focused.

"The manager has to take an enormous amount of credit. They were trying to force Tottenham wide and had some magnificent defending. They're well drilled and look a completely different animal.

"The two central defenders were pillars. When they did get in Dawson was there and he was immense.

"They took responsibility and communicated. Spurs just couldn't find a way through. Where were Spurs leaders? West Brom peppered them. They wouldn't be denied. You could see what it meant to them.

"Fair play - the spirit is back within that football club."

The stats

  • Tottenham have lost 20 Premier League games thanks to goals scored in the 90th minute or later, more than any other side in the competition.
  • West Brom are unbeaten in their past five Premier League games (W3 D2) - only Liverpool (six) are on a longer current run in the competition.
  • The Baggies are the only non-'big six' side to avoid defeat against two 'big six' sides in the Premier League this season (W1 D1 v Spurs, D2 v Liverpool).
  • Indeed, West Brom have won 10 points against big six sides in the Premier League this season - only Man City (24), Man Utd (19) and Spurs (13) have won more.
  • Spurs failed to score for the first time in 24 Premier League games, since a 2-0 loss at Arsenal in November.
  • Jake Livermore has scored two goals in his past three Premier League games for West Brom, after failing to score in his first 46 for the club.
  • Indeed, Livermore's strike was West Brom's only shot on target in this match.

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2NyomBooked at 65mins
  • 25Dawson
  • 26HegaziBooked at 61mins
  • 3Gibbs
  • 10Phillips
  • 8Livermore
  • 11BruntBooked at 82mins
  • 14McCleanBooked at 79minsSubstituted forKrychowiakat 87'minutes
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forChadliat 79'minutes
  • 9RondónSubstituted forSturridgeat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 5Yacob
  • 6Evans
  • 13Myhill
  • 15Sturridge
  • 20Krychowiak
  • 22Chadli

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 6Sánchez
  • 5VertonghenSubstituted forLlorenteat 85'minutes
  • 2Trippier
  • 23Eriksen
  • 12Wanyama
  • 3RoseBooked at 65mins
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 78'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forSon Heung-minat 67'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 7Son Heung-min
  • 13Vorm
  • 15Dier
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Llorente
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 33Davies
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
23,685

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Nacer Chadli.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Attempt saved. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Rose with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Victor Wanyama.

Foul by Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur).

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Grzegorz Krychowiak replaces James McClean.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Fernando Llorente replaces Jan Vertonghen because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Nacer Chadli replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Booking

James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Erik Lamela.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Daniel Sturridge replaces Salomón Rondón.

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Dele Alli.

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

Booking

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City353032102267693
2Man Utd36245767283977
3Liverpool362012480374372
4Tottenham36218768323671
5Chelsea35206960342666
6Arsenal351761267481957
7Burnley361412103532354
8Everton371310144355-1249
9Leicester361111144954-544
10Newcastle36118173646-1041
11Crystal Palace371011164355-1241
12Bournemouth371011164360-1741
13Watford37118184463-1941
14Brighton36913143347-1440
15West Ham36911164567-2238
16Huddersfield3598182756-2935
17Southampton36615153655-1933
18Swansea3689192753-2633
19West Brom37613183154-2331
20Stoke37612193367-3430
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