Adebayor scores 2 as Tottenham beats West Brom 3-1
Emmanuel Adebayor scored his fourth goal in six days for
Tottenham as Harry Redknapp’s side kept up the pressure for a
Champions League spot by beating West Brom 3-1 Saturday in the
Tottenham’s club-record fifth straight Premier League win came
despite West Brom taking an early lead at the Hawthorns through
Youssouf Mulumbu’s header.
Tottenham leveled through Adebayor after his initial penalty
kick had been parried by Ben Foster.
Jermain Defoe, who earnt a recall in place of injured Rafael van
der Vaart, struck his seventh goal of the season with nine minutes
remaining. Defoe beat Foster with a low drive from a flick by
Adebayor after the Baggies defence back-tracked.
Defoe then had another close-range attempt deflected wide before
Adebayor, on target twice against Aston Villa on Monday, grabbed
his second goal off a pass from Gareth Bale in injury time.
Tottenham has now picked up 28 points from a 10-game unbeaten
Spurs always threatened when they pushed forward as Albion ran
out of steam and were unable to maintain the high tempo performance
which served them well in the opening half.
Adebayor was a constant menace while midfielder Scott Parker was
more of an influence in the final 45 minutes.
Foster looked unconvincing when fumbling a low 30-yard drive
from Sandro around the post. But after 10 minutes Mulumbu put
Albion ahead with his first goal of the season.
Zoltan Gera turned the ball back to Steven Reid whose cross was
met by the unmarked Mulumbu who glanced a header past Brad Friedel
into the corner of the net.
After 26 minutes Adebayor put Tottenham level with his sixth
goal of the season.
Referee Lee Probert awarded a penalty after Aaron Lennon was
pulled back by Nicky Shorey, the third penalty West Brom has
conceded in its last three home games.
Adebayor’s spot-kick was blocked by Foster but the on-loan
Manchester City striker converted the rebound and then put the
result out of doubt in injury time.