Clinical Spurs see off Baggies

Albion were given an early lead through Youssouf Mulumbu’s header

but levelled through Adebayor after his initial penalty had been

parried by Ben Foster. Jermain Defoe struck his seventh goal of the

campaign with nine minutes remaining and then Adebayor, on target

twice against Aston Villa on Monday, added a third in injury time.

It was no more than Tottenham deserved after dominating the second

period and they have now picked up 28 points from a 10-game

unbeaten league run in their push for a place in the Champions

League. They 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. Albion keeper Ben 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 campaign. 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. Albion

suffered a setback after 20 minutes when Gera went down clasping

his left knee unchallenged. He was unable to continue after

treatment and was replaced by Simon Cox. Sandro became the first

player to be yellow carded a minute later for a challenge on James

Morrison. After 26 minutes Adebayor put Tottenham level with his

sixth goal of the campaign. Referee Lee Probert awarded a penalty

after Aaron Lennon was pulled back by Nicky Shorey, the third

Albion have conceded in their last three home games. Adebayor’s

spot-kick was blocked by Foster but the on-loan Manchester City

striker converted the rebound. Albion appealed in vain for a

penalty after Kyle Walker challenged Thomas but it was an

optimistic shout as there appeared little contact. Foster held on

to a curling attempt from Defoe while Albion defender Gareth

McAuley was adjudged to have fouled Friedel as Albion claimed he

had carried a Reid cross over his own goal-line. Mulumbu was booked

for dissent after making his feelings known to referee Probert when

brought down by Sandro. Friedel blocked a low shot from Mulumbu

with his legs after he had made a purposeful run Tottenham made a

bright start to the second period and Parker teed up an early

chance for Adebayor. But Foster was equal to his rising shot which

he parried out. Cox should have done better when unmarked but he

headed straight at Friedel from Morrison’s inviting centre. Reid

came to Albion’s rescue when he cleared Defoe’s goal-bound shot

from a narrow angle after he had evaded Olsson and Foster. Foster

made another fine save to block a point-blank range effort from

Adebayor after a deflected cross from Bale had broken to him. Brunt

was booked for hauling back Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Roy Hodgson made

his first change after 72 minutes with the limping Long replaced by

Peter Odemwingie. Reid made a crucial tackle to take the sting out

of an Adebayor shot which trickled through to Foster. At the other

end Brunt fired over from 10 yards out after a pull-back by Thomas

as Albion came more into the game. With nine minutes left Defoe

beat Foster with a low drive from an Adebayor flick after the

Baggies defence back-tracked. Defoe then had another close range

attempt deflected wide and Adebayor shot past the post from close

range. Adebayor made it 3-1 in stoppage time from a Bale pass.