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

Lane.

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

opener.

Tottenham dominated the first half but Jermain Defoe, Rafael van

der Vaart, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale were all guilty of spurning

good chances.

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.