West Brom vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterApril 12, 2014

West Brom's Matej Vydra, left, celebrates after scoring against Tottenham during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, England, Saturday, April 12, 2014.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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West Brom 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur came from three goals down to salvage a point in injury time against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Matej Vydra opened the scoring after just 28 seconds before Chris Brunt gave Albion a 2-0 advantage inside the first four minutes of the game.

Stephane Sessegnon hit a third for the home side in the 31st minute as they looked to cement their Premier League status.

However, Jonas Olsson put through his own goal three minutes later to give Tim Sherwood's team hope.

Harry Kane drew Spurs back to 3-2 in the 70th minute before Christian Eriksen salvaged a point in injury time.

Spurs must now attempt to find a return to winning ways to ensure themselves of European football next season.

Albion, though, need to stop losing leads to make sure their place in the top flight is assured for next season after losing three-goal advantages in successive weeks.

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But Spurs were also left to rue a missed Emmanuel Adebayor penalty in the first period, which could have kept their slender Champions League hopes alive.

Tottenham kept the same team that defeated Sunderland on Monday night, and Albion were celebrating an opening goal within the first minute of the game.

Morgan Amalfitano beat Danny Rose on the wing before sending over a great cross. Hugo Lloris palmed the ball away, but only as far as Vydra, who fired beyond the France international.

Three minutes later, the home side doubled its advantage through Brunt, who volleyed home another cross from the right to send Albion fans wild at The Hawthorns.

Spurs looked to settle after a woeful opening to the game, with Harry Kane sending a 20-yard drive just wide of goal. He missed another opportunity shortly afterward when he sidefooted wide of goal from a Rose cross.

In the 16th minute, Spurs were denied a route back into the game by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Rose pushed the ball beyond Amalfitano inside the area but was clipped by the Albion player and went to the ground. Adebayor stepped up to the spot, but his penalty was poor, and Foster comfortably stopped it.

Spurs were all over the place, though, and Sessegnon found space with ease to unleash a 26th-minute drive that Lloris did well to save.

The visitors were undone again in the 31st minute, as Sessegnon got the better of Vlad Chiriches before sliding the ball under Lloris for Albion's third.

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Three minutes later, Spurs pulled a goal back but still needed the help of a home player to do so when Olsson deflected a Kyle Naughton cross over Foster.

The own goal did not interrupt the flow of West Brom's attacks, and Younes Kaboul produced a brilliant interception to prevent Vydra connecting with a Brunt cross. But Foster was required to make a tremendous double save from Kane and then Rose on the rebound. 

Sherwood took off the ineffective Chiriches at half-time and brought on Ezekiel Fryers as his replacement.

Foster did well again to tip away an Aaron Lennon strike as an improved Tottenham emerged from the interval before tipping over a great Kaboul header from a Eriksen free-kick.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 12:  Goalkeeper Ben Foster of West Bromwich celebrates as his team takes a two goal lead during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on April 12, 2014 in West
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Rose was cautioned in the 54th for diving after he went down under a challenge from Steven Reid.

West Brom replaced Sessegnon with Claudio Yacob in the 57th minute, as the home side attempted to batten down the hatches with the substitute sitting in front of the defence.

Graeme Dorrans entered the book in the 62nd minute for his foul on Lennon as Spurs sought to haul themselves back into the game, and Reid soon followed with a yellow card for bringing down Kane.

In the 70th minute, Kane drew Tottenham right back into the game at 3-2. Moments after Gareth McAuley had blocked a goal-bound effort from the Spurs youngster, Kane headed home a fine cross from Lennon.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 12:  Harry Kane of Spurs is pursued by Morgan Amalfitano of West Bromwich during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on April 12, 2014 in West Bromwich, Engla
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Pepe Mel made two changes, as Saido Berahino came on for Vydra while the injured Olsson was replaced by Craig Dawson.

Sherwood brought off Nacer Chadli for Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 78th minute of the game in the chase for an equaliser before adding Andros Townsend for Rose.

And in the fourth minute of injury time, Spurs' pressure paid off when Eriksen rifled Adebayor's flick into the roof of the net to salvage a point for the Londoners.


Selected player ratings

Emmanuel Adebayor: B

Poor penalty miss summed up the Tottenham striker's day. Denied an impact by a lack of service in the opening 45 minutes, but looked out of sorts.


Stephane Sessegnon: A-

An excellent display for the home side by the Albion man. Deserved his goal for his efforts throughout the game before his 57th-minute withdrawal by Mel.


Ben Foster: A

A fine performance by the West Brom goalkeeper underlined by a tremendous double save in the first half. Adebayor's spot-kick was poor, but still required the goalkeeper's save.


Harry Kane: A

The one Tottenham player to impress throughout the 90 minutes. Deserved his goal for his efforts and was unfortunate to find Foster in such great form at times. Was at the heart of Spurs' second-half fightback.


What's ahead

Tottenham's next outing comes in the Premier League next Saturday when struggling Fulham visit White Hart Lane.

Albion face a daunting league trip to title challengers Manchester City a week from Monday.


Post-match reaction