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    Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Brom: Match Report

    By Tom Regan

    Tottenham Hotspur’s title ambitions were dealt a severe blow as Craig Dawson’s second-half equaliser for West Brom put Leicester within one victory of winning the Premier League.
    Mauricio Pochettino was able to field an unchanged side. The Baggies kicked off towards the Paxton end, but were pegged back in their own half for long periods as Spurs dominated the early exchanges.

    On three minutes, Christian Eriksen saw his free kick saved by Boaz Myhill. A couple of minutes later, Dele Alli stole the ball and found Eriksen who played in Harry Kane to his right. Myhill made an outstanding save, pushing Harry’s effort onto his right post.
    Danny Rose was fouled on the edge of the box, and Eriksen’s free kick skimmed the top of the bar. On 19 minutes, the home side had a chance through Kane following a throw, but Myhill saved Harry’s shot low down to his left.

    In the 33rd minute, the north Londoners deservedly took the lead. Eriksen curled in a free kick from the right, and at first it looked as if Jan Vertonghen had scored, but Craig Dawson had sent the ball past his own keeper.
    As the first half came to a close, referee Mike Jones was forced to have words with Kyle Walker and Salomon Rondon over a tussle.

    Hugo Lloris was forced into action after Mousa Dembele was penalised for a foul on 52 minutes, but the French shot-stopper comfortably saved Craig Gardner’s deflected effort.
    West Brom were posing more of a threat after the break. On 57 minutes, the Lilywhites broke incisively from their own half, with Alli finding Eriksen. The Danish playmaker advanced down the left and crossed to Lamela, but Erik’s effort rebounded off the inside of Myhill’s left post. Kane’s follow up was blocked.

    Tottenham were given a warning when Rondon headed wide from Gardner’s cross. A tidy move from Spurs ended with Alli feeding Eriksen, who fired a shot just past Myhill’s left post. Kane was fouled on 66 minutes, and when Eriksen’s free kick was cleared, Dembele saw his shot go just outside the left post.
    As long as Pochettino’s side didn’t score a second, the Baggies were very much still in the game. Lloris made a good save from Rondon, and the visitors then silenced the home crowd when Dawson headed in Gardner’s corner. Eric Dier suffered a blow to the head during the equaliser, and had to be replaced by Ryan Mason.

    The north Londoners introduced Son Heung-min and Nacer Chadli for the last few minutes, but they had lost their sting and the visitors were offering just as much of a threat as the home side in the closing moments.
    The Lilywhite supporters inside White Hart Lane urged their side on, but they just couldn’t deliver that all important goal. Mike Jones blew his whistle for full time, and the dream of securing the Premier League title has surely ended. Champions League football is almost certain, for that reason, nobody connected with the club should be too downhearted.
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