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English Premier League: West Brom Equalize Late Against Tottenham

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  James Morrison (R) of West Bromwich Albion celebrates his late goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on August 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2012

For the first 65 minutes of Tottenham's home opener against West Brom, the score was tied at zero and there were very few legitimate scoring chances.

For the last 25 minutes, two substitutes made an instant impact and the score ended at 1-1.

Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor and West Brom's Romelu Lukaku both came on to the pitch at the same time in the 65th minute and the pace of the match revved up a few notches.

Nine minutes after the first substitutions were used by managers Andre Villas-Boas and Steve Clarke, Tottenham were the first team to find the back of the net.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto was the goal scorer for the home side in the 74th minute after his shot deflected off of West Brom player Graeme Dorrans and into the net.

After the Tottenham goal, West Brom began to dominate the match with the help of the 19-year-old loan signing from Chelsea.

Lukaku gave Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen plenty of problems in attack and was able to earn five corners in the time that he was on the pitch.

The threatening attacks from West Brom almost resulted in a goal in the 89th minute as Gareth McAuley's header was headed off the line by Assou-Ekotto.

Just two minutes later after the next West Brom corner, James Morrison was able to score the equalizer.

After a melee in the box which involved a header off the line by Spurs defender William Gallas, the ball fell to Morrison who struck the ball into the right corner of the net past keeper Brad Friedel.

After the equalizer, Spurs almost went ahead in the last minute of the match but Gallas was ruled offside in the penalty area before Gareth Bale found the back of the net.

Right after the offside call was made, the full-time whistle was blown and the match ended in a draw.

The draw continued Villas-Boas' misery in trying to earn his first win at Spurs; the former Chelsea manager has only won three of his last 14 matches.

As for West Brom, they sit in fourth place for now with four points before hosting Everton at The Hawthorns next Saturday.

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