Tottenham were lucky to escape with a draw against a determined West Brom side who dominated the last half hour of the match. Although Spurs did dominate the first half, clear cut chances were few and far between and at the break it was still goalless.
In general, Spurs looked like they were still getting used to the new system and adjusting to AVB’s High Line, but it appeared that we would get away with it when a long range BAE shot was deflected in in the 74th minute. But even before that goal, West Brom were on top and had a few great chances themselves – the presence of Romelu Lukaku up front was a major hindrance to Vertonghen and Gallas at the back for Spurs.
So when James Morrison scored a 90th minute equaliser for West Brom, after a frantic goalmouth scramble, the whole ground could sense it was coming. Spurs just couldn’t clear the ball out of their own area, West Brom were piling on the pressure and deserved their goal. Spurs were so ragged by the end that even after West Brom’s goal there was a threat of us conceding again.
But the players were clearly still adjusting to AVB’s new system, but there were some promising signs.
By Alex Beck
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