Baggies dent Spurs’ title hopes

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Craig Dawson scored both goals as West Brom held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Monday night, all but ending the London side’s title hopes.

  • Tottenham 1 West Brom 1
  • Early Eriksen free-kick hits the bar
  • Dawson own goal hands Spurs the lead
  • Lamela hits the woodwork after half-time
  • Dawson makes amends with 73rd min equaliser
  • Spurs trail leaders Leicester by seven points

Match summary

Tottenham went into the Monday night encounter aiming to move within five points of champions-elect Leicester, and they appeared to be on their way to victory when Craig Dawson bundled the ball past his own keeper in the first half.

However, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela both hit the woodwork as Spurs failed to add to their advantage.

And, despite creating a whole host of chances, the hosts failed to find the breakthrough after the half-time break as Dawson made amends for his own goal by heading home the equaliser in the 73rd minute.

The result means leaders Leicester need only one win from their remaining three games to be crowned Premier League champions, with Claudio Ranieri’s men set to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Full report

Spurs started the first half on the front foot as they put the Baggies under some serious pressure with a series of good chances in the opening 15 minutes.

Having seen efforts from Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen blocked, Tottenham went close to claiming an early lead as Toby Alderweireld fired wide from inside the danger area on five minutes.

They lodged their first shot on target just two minutes later, through none other than Premier League top scorer Harry Kane, but the striker’s goal-bound effort was kept out well by Boaz Myhill in the Baggies goal.

Another chance presented itself in the ninth minute after Erik Lamela sent an inviting cross into the box, but Vertonghen fired wide of the left-hand post.

And the hosts were left ruing their luck in the 13th minute when Eriksen struck the bar with a curling free-kick from outside the box, while Kane was again denied by Myhill on 20 minutes.

West Brom eventually created their first chance of note just moments before the half-hour mark, but Craig Gardner fired over the bar after being teed up by a Dawson cross.

The sustained pressure from Spurs finally took it’s toll on the visitors in the 33rd minute as Eriksen’s free-kick bounce off Vertonghen and then Dawson before squirming through the legs of Myhill.

A scrappy opening goal but we'll take it! We lead West Brom 1-0 at half-time. #COYS #THFC

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The goal sparked a reaction from the visitors, who redoubled their efforts in the remaining minutes in a bid to force an equaliser.

However, Tottenham’s slender lead remained intact as Claudio Yacob fired wide of the left-hand post on the stroke of half-time following a corner.

Having no doubt been on the receiving end of the hairdryer treatment at half-time, West Brom came flying out of the traps at the start of the second stanza.

Olsson headed high and wide from just six yards out after two minutes of play, while Gardner saw his long-range effort saved in the top-left corner by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

However, Spurs still posed a real threat when the managed to get on the ball, and they were again denied by the woodwork in the 58th minute, Lamela’s shot striking the right-hand post from the centre of the box.

At the opposite end of the pitch, West Brom were growing in confidence as the half wore on, efforts from Salomón Rondón and Dawson going close to levelling the scores.

Mousa Dembélé and Kane then squandered good chances for Spurs, and they were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal as the Baggies went on to draw level in the 73rd minute, Dawson getting above Eric Dier to head home past Lloris at the back post.

The goal seemed to suck the life out of Spurs, who were unable to muster a response in the remaining minutes. In fact, it was West Brom who looked more likely to score, with Stéphane Sessegnon twice going close to finding the back of the net in the space of four minutes.

And that was the last action of note as West Brom comfortably saw out the remainder of the match, claiming a share of the spoils.

An extremely frustrating evening as we draw 1-1 at home to West Brom. #THFC

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