West Brom scores in 90th to deny Tottenham victory
Andre Villas-Boas was narrowly denied his first win in charge of
Tottenham after West Bromwich Albion equalized in the 90th minute
to draw 1-1 Saturday in the Premier League.
James Morrison scored from close-range 30 seconds into stoppage
time after William Gallas had cleared off the line at White Hart
Benoit Assou-Ekotto smashed home a deflected half-volley in the
74th to put Tottenham ahead.
Led by former Chelsea coach Villas-Boas, Tottenham has one point
from two league matches after losing to Newcastle in the
Tottenham dominated the first half but Jermain Defoe, Rafael van
der Vaart, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale were all guilty of spurning
The 34-year-old Villas-Boas, who replaced Harry Redknapp as
coach, insisted he was not panicking about Tottenham’s season.
”It is very, very important to get that first win but there are
still 36 games ahead of us,” Villas-Boas said. ”There is a good
feeling about what we are doing. We are just waiting for the
results to accompany us a little bit more.”
Tottenham was on top throughout the first half, but the only
difficult save Ben Foster had to make before Spurs opened the
scoring was from Assou-Ekotto’s free kick just after the break.
Van der Vaart looked a shadow of the player who has frightened
Premier League defenses for the last two seasons and despite
looking sharp on occasions, Defoe struggled to make an impact on
his own up front.
Emmanuel Adebayor caused problems when he came off the bench in
the second half.
West Brom now has four points after its win over Liverpool in
the opener under new manager Steve Clarke.