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Tottenham 1-1 West Brom

SAMANTHA MILLER reports from Wembley

West Bromwich Albion took advantage of a lethargic Spurs side to earn themselves a point at Wembley stadium on Saturday.

Tottenham topped their Champions League group after beating Dortmund during the week, but they struggled to beat the Baggies after Salomon Rondon opened the scoring early on, showing his strength against Davinson Sanchez to put the ball in the back of the net. 

Harry Kane converted Dele Alli’s inch-perfect cross to draw Spurs level but Mauricio Pochettino felt it was two points dropped rather than a point gained.

Slick passing, pressing and getting numbers back to defend while Spurs attacked left Pochettino’s side frustrated. 

“We moved the ball slow and couldn’t find the space to penetrate. There was a massive impact when we conceded the goal. It affected the team situation. We created chances and rescued one point but we dropped two,” he said.

“We need to assess that when you play Champions League during the week, and Premier League, it’s massive pressure for the team.”

West Brom stuck to the same formation (3-5-2) and defender Jonny Evans explained the change of tactics with a formation that looks to flood the midfield.

“Our mindset today was to get higher up the pitch and put more pressure on the ball. It paid off in the first five minutes when we got the goal.”

Interim manager Gary Megson took charge of the match after the departure of Tony Pulis — Megson was previously Pulis’s assistant.

He was pleased with Salomon Rondon’s contribution, saying that “his performance should give him confidence, I thought he was really good. He worked hard and brought people into the game.”

West Brom currently sit just above the relegation zone while they search for a replacement for Pulis to help them climb up the table and avoid relegation.
 

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