Tottenham held to 2-2 home draw by West Brom
Tottenham Hotspur blew the chance to reclaim a Champions League
spot as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to West Bromwich
Albion in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Substitute striker Simon Cox salvaged a point for West Brom when
he cracked a curling shot past Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes with
nine minutes remaining at White Hart Lane.
Spurs, vying with Manchester City for fourth place in the
league, looked in control after Jermain Defoe scored his 100th
Premier League goal to put the home side 2-1 up after 66
West Brom had taken a fifth-minute lead through its Nigerian
winger, Peter Odemwingie, but Roman Pavlyuchenko made it 1-1 in the
Tottenham stays fifth, one point behind City, which visits
Blackburn Rovers on Monday. West Brom is 12th, six points above the
It was a frustrating afternoon for Harry Redknapp’s side, which
could not build on the stirring comeback it mounted in a 3-3 draw
with derby rival Arsenal in midweek.
And Spurs’ hopes of securing another season in the Champions
League look bleak given that the club must face City, Chelsea and
Liverpool in the run-in.
”It’s going to be difficult but it’s still all to play for,”
”I find it hard that now everyone expects us to be in the
Champions League. Tottenham had never been in it before until this
season and suddenly it is like ‘we have to be in the Champions
”Manchester City have gone out and spent God knows what to get
above us. Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are there every
year, Liverpool will be there next year. It’s difficult to get
fourth. It has been a great season but it’s not over yet.”
Redknapp even suggested Spurs were close to becoming a serious
challenger for the league title.
”This is the closest we have ever got to Arsenal and Chelsea,”
he said. ”I think we can compete with the top clubs every year. I
think there is a championship in this club, not just a Champions
League place. It will need a bit of investment but the nucleus is
West Brom started brightly on Saturday and took the lead when
Odemwingie latched on to Carlos Vela’s pass to outmuscle Benoit
Assou-Ekotto and bend a delightful 20-yard shot past Gomes for his
13th of the season.
Pavlyuchenko missed one chance before he made his presence tell.
The Russian stole the ball off a West Brom defender and rifled past
Scott Carson with a 20-yard strike that went in off a post.
Five minutes into the second half Nicky Shorey found Odemwingie
unmarked in the box but Gomes pulled off a sharp save to tip his
header around the post.
The home side’s frustration at not finding a second ended after
66 minutes when West Brom paid the price for backing off Defoe, who
found the bottom right-hand corner of Carson’s goal with a
Every one of Defoe’s team-mates, the keeper aside, ran across
the pitch to congratulate the striker on reaching his 100th Premier
League goal. It was also his 100th goal for Spurs and the club’s
1000th in the division.
Redknapp replaced Pavlyuchenko with England striker Peter Crouch
with three minutes left but Spurs’ efforts petered out.