Tottenham vs West Bromwich Albion Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

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Tottenham vs West Bromwich Albion Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
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A 1-1 draw was probably a fair result at White Hart Lane as Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion played out an entertaining and open Boxing Day encounter.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring for Spurs with a brilliant set piece, but moments later he committed the foul which allowed West Brom captain Jonas Olsson to equalize from the resulting free-kick.

The first half was an extremely open encounter, with chances coming thick and fast at both ends.

Matej Vydra, Zoltan Gera and Ravel Morrison combined well for West Brom to trouble the Tottenham defense on several occasions, but could have done better with some of their chances.

The front men for Spurs, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, looked lethargic at times and did not threaten West Brom's goal enough considering the fine work done behind them by the likes of Lewis Holtby and Eriksen to create attacking opportunities.

The visitors looked the more likely side to find a second goal for much of the match, though Tottenham finished the stronger and could have snatched it at the end with a series of dangerous attacks.

This is what WBA manager Keith Downing had to say after the game, as reported by the club's official Twitter account:

Criticism for Tottenham was strong in many quarters:

 

 

Player Ratings

 

Tottenham

Lloris 7: Made a couple of excellent saves and did the little things well.

Walker 7: Looked dangerous going forward and was solid in defense.

Chiriches 4: He was the weak link at the back for Spurs. Caught dallying on the ball several times and fairly sloppy overall.

Dawson 6: Did not make as many mistakes as his partner in the center of defense, but did not appear completely comfortable.

Rose 7: Like Walker, he got forward well and caused some troubles for WBA.

Chadli 5: Achieved very little in his time on the pitch. Will surely lose his spot to Erik Lamela next time around.

Eriksen 7: Scored a sensational free kick goal and linked the attacking play well.

Holtby 7: Combined well with Eriksen and Sigurdsson and often looked menacing when on the ball.

Sigurdsson 7: Had a handful of dangerous forays into the attacking zone. It's a shame Tottenham's strikers weren't able to contribute more to finish off some of the chances.

Adebayor 5: Seemed as though he was going to do something on several occasions, but in the end he was ineffective.

Soldado 5: Like Adebayor, got involved every now and then, but did not really threaten the goal enough.

 

WBA

Foster 7: He had a couple of shaky moments, but did his job in the end.

Lugano 6: Offered an aerial threat from set pieces, and did a solid job in defense.

Olsson 9: Strong in defense, showed good leadership and even scored a goal. Man-of-the-match performance.

Dawson 6: Allowed a bit too much space to Tottenham's wide men, but was good when West Brom had the ball.

Reid 7: Frequently joined the attack to good effect.

Amalfitano 5: The most disappointing of West Brom's attacking players, he was largely a blunt weapon.

Yacob 7: Did his job of distributing from the base of midfield well. 

Morrison 7: Not quite as active as some of the players in front of him, he was nevertheless a good link man.

Ridgewell 7: Like Morrison, he kept WBA's passing game ticking over in midfield.

Gera 8: Combined extremely well with Vydra. Buzzed about the attacking zones with lethal intent.

Vydra 8: A constant thorn in Tottenham's side, he perhaps could have done better with some of his half-chances.

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