Tottenham Hotspur take on West Brom at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a must-win game for the North London outfit.
Spurs’ season has completely collapsed after sitting top of the league in December; they now sit ninth before today’s game. Spurs lost their last three matches to Liverpool, Brighton and Chelsea and only managed to score one goal. Jose Mourinho’s job is under huge pressure and his side simply have to win this match and show some attacking flair. West Brom are still stuck down in 19th place and are now 11 points from safety.
Harry Kane comes back into the side after being substituted at half time of the Liverpool game due to an ankle injury that caused him to miss the defeats to Chelsea and Brighton. Davinson Sanchez comes into the team for Eric Dier who has been poor. Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura replace Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn for Spurs.
West Brom make five changes from their defeat to Sheffield United last time out. Lee Peltier, Romaine Sawyers, Conor Gallagher and Karlan Grant all come in as Sam Allardyce looks to shore up the defence and midfield. Ainsley Maitland-Niles makes his debut for the baggies, after joining on loan from Arsenal for the rest of the season.
1′ Kick off
Tottenham get us underway, with Lamela taking kick-off; Can Spurs end their three-match winless run?
5′ Early Spurs Pressure
As expected, Spurs start the match with the control of possession and look to create an early chance but West Brom’s defence has been solid so far.
8′ Bright From Spurs
Moura beats two players with some great dribbling and is almost in on goal, but Kyle Bartley makes a good tackle to end the attack.
12′ Spurs Chance
Lamela played in Serge Aurier down the right-wing and the full-back set the ball back to the Argentine whose shot flew just over the crossbar.
15′ Spurs Chance
Aurier breaks away down the wing and picks out Kane on the edge of the box; the England captain can’t keep his shot down and Spurs waste a huge chance.Embed from Getty Images
18′ Spurs Chance
Kane misses another huge chance. The ball falls into his path in the box but the striker drags his shot wide of the goal. He had to score there.
23′ Spurs Pressure
The home side are all over West Brom and had a flurry of corners that the baggies managed to deal with. Will Spurs break the deadlock soon?
28′ West Brom staying strong
West Brom are somehow still level in this match and forward Grant made a brilliant last-ditch tackle to stop Aurier crossing the ball.Embed from Getty Images
33′ Rare West Brom Attack
West Brom manage to get themselves up into Spurs’ half but the attack ends with a hopeful cross straight into Lloris’ arms.
37′ Spurs Chance
Moura finds Kane in the box who works an inch of space and fires a ferocious shot at Sam Johnstone, but the keeper pushes it out for a corner.
42′ Huge Spurs Chance
The ball falls to Aurier at the back post from a corner, but Johnstone makes a fantastic save and then Toby Alderweireld’s shot is brilliantly blocked.
45′ Huge West Brom Chance
Robert Snodgrass breaks away down the right-wing and floats a cross towards Mbaye Diagne who headers the ball towards goal and luckily for Spurs Hugo Lloris is equal to it.
Spurs have been much better in this game and have created enough chances to be easily ahead in this match. However, Kane has missed some big chances and West Brom have defended resolutely leaving Spurs frustrated at the break. Will Spurs win this in the second half?
46′ Spurs Chance
Kane plays the ball perfectly in behind for Heung-Min Son, but the South-Korean drives his shot straight at Johnstone.
51′ Spurs dominance
Tottenham have started the second half in the exact same vein as the first and are completely dominating West Brom. Can Spurs breakthrough this sturdy defence?
Spurs are finally ahead. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg slides in Kane with an inch-perfect pass and the England captain makes no mistake with this one. Kane slides the ball into the far corner and Spurs are deservedly ahead.Embed from Getty Images
Son has Spurs’ second. Kane set Moura away with a brilliant pass with his chest and the Brazilian drove towards the penalty area, before setting up Son who blasted the ball past Johnstone. Could this be a hammering for West Brom?
60′ Disallowed Goal
West Brom think they are back in it thanks to a header from Sawyers. However, the linesman raises his flag and the replay shows the midfielder had drifted slightly off.
65′ Spurs booking
Lamela becomes the first player to go into the book after an aggressive challenge.
Aurier goes down holding his calf and Spurs take no precautions; Matt Doherty replaces the Ivorian. West Brom also replace Grant with Matt Phillips.
Lamela is replaced by winger Bergwijn. The Argentine has been a bright spark for Spurs throughout the game and showed he deserved his place in the starting team.
Sawyers is replaced by Turkish international Okay Yokuslu in midfield. Snodgrass is also booked for a challenge on Ben Davies that looked like he just followed through a bit on the Welshman. The Baggies also bring on Matheus Pereira in midfield for the booked Snodgrass. Can the away side get something from this game?
82′ Disallowed Goal
West Brom have the ball in the net, but it is yet again disallowed for offside. Diagne finished well, but he had just strayed offside behind Sanchez.
88′ Spurs control
Spurs are just seeing out this comfortable victory over West Brom by knocking the ball around and keeping possession in midfield.
What a moment this is for Dane Scarlett. The 16-year-old striker makes his premier league debut for Tottenham, replacing Son late on. Gallagher is put into the book for a challenge on Sanchez.Embed from Getty Images
Spurs get back to winning ways in the league after three defeats in a row. Goals from Kane and Son gave the side a deserved victory; the England striker’s early return from injury gave Spurs a new lease of life. The North London side played some nice attacking football. Lamela and Lucas’s introductions into the starting line up made a huge difference, giving Spurs more pace and creativity.
However, West Brom look in a dangerous position, now being 11 points off safety having played a game more.
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