West Bromwich Albion (Away)
Premier League

Saturday 11th September 2010

Well, two weeks away from Premier League football has not helped the Spurs players that much, although having lost two to injury, we have gained four new arrivals during the transfer window.

With a league defeat by Wigan the last memory of domestic football, West Bromwich Albion away may be a tough nut to crack now the Premiership re-commences after international week.  Their home record is good and our record at the Hawthorns is not.  Our last win on their turf coming in 2003 - five games ago.

Baggies manager Roberto Di Matteo has got his side playing an attacking game, with some experienced heads among some talented younger players.

The strike-force at Albion might be an area which disappoints Hawthorns fans in the long run, with no stand-out twenty goal a season striker in their ranks.  Marc Antoine-Fortune has been brought back from Glasgow Celtic, Peter Odemwingie signed from Lokomotiv Moscow and Paul Scharner who left Wigan Athletic and was a free agent.  It is possible that Scharner could be played either up front, at the back or possibly in midfield, as he has that versatility.  Fortune had a tough time in Scotland, although did score a few times for WBA last time he was with them in the top flight, but Odemwingie is an unknown quantity, but he took his goal against Sunderland well giving them a single goal win.  With Ismael Miller out injured, Luke Moore looking to be loaned out, Simon Cox not in favour, Roman Bednar a big strong forward who is an erratic scorer and Chris Wood, who is also looking for a loan spell away from the Hawthorns, choices look limited up front.

There may be more value in getting the midfielders forward to fire shots in on goal.  Already at the club, Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans are both frequent scorers, both from open play and dead ball situations.  Missing the injured Jerome Thomas and the suspended James Morrison, Albion might lack some of the service for the strikers, leaving a lot of that creativity on the shoulder so Dorrans and Brunt.  Steven Reid is the former Millwall and Blackburn Rovers midfielder is the ball-winner there and he can score, but has done so less often since injury hit him at Ewood Park.

Spurs may find some comfort in the fact that Scott Carson has often been in goal for some of the big wins we have had over clubs he has played for.  An assured keeper, who has weaknesses and these include his positioning and handling of crosses.  Some of the defenders in front of him could include Jonas Olsson, Marek Cech, Pablo Ibanez, Nicky Shorey, Gianni Zuiverloon, Gabriel Tamas and Gonzalo Jara.  A veritable United Nations of a defence could be constructed from the options available to Di Matteo, so it would be interesting to know how communication works between them.  Shorey has Premier League experience with Reading and Aston Villa, while Zuiverloon and Olsson were both in the Albion side that went down two seasons back.  Jara is an interesting addition and he has been playing following his displays in South Africa at the World Cup finals with Chile.  He will be on the opposite side to Shorey and Olsson and Tamas have been paired in the centre.  Without Jermain Defoe, it will be left to Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko to work them and create space for the midfielders to come through to support the attack.

The injuries that have hit Spurs have done so in areas where the club do not have a great depth of squad.  Defoe's absence is especially damaging, as he was starting to look on the top of his form and Dawson's injury will allow Gallas to come in, but maybe before Harry had imagined he might need to use his new free signing.  There are options to fill in the centre of defence, but Corluka doesn't fit there that well and Huddlestone is better employed in the middle of the park, while Hutton is not a natural central defender either.  Any more injuries will damage our progress on a number of fronts, but this is one of those games where, despite the home advantage, WBA might take the pragmatic approach of getting a point by stymieing Spurs rather than nothing from trying to play their football against us.  For that reason, I reckon it might be more points dropped ...

PREDICTION : -    West Bromwich Albion    1      Tottenham Hotspur    1

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WEST BROMWICH ALBION :  - Jerome Thomas (out - ankle); Joe Mattock (out - ankle); Ismael MIller (out - thigh); James Morrison (out - suspended); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Jermain Defoe (out - ankle), Michael Dawson (out - knee & ankle), Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin), Jamie O'Hara (out - back), - (-); - (-);


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West Bromwich Albion   1    Tottenham Hotspur   1      (Half-time score : 1-1)

Premier League
Venue :  The Hawthorns
Saturday 11th September 2010
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   23,642
Referee :  Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Spurs kicked off and played towards the Smethwick Road end in the first half.
Weather :  Cloudy, but warm; heavy rain shower before the game
Teams : - 
West Bromwich Albion :

  1  Carson  (c)

36  Jara     
30  Tamas
20  Shorey

11  Brunt       (  8  Barnes  78)
21  Malumbu

33  Scharner (12  Reid  73)
14  Thomas

28  Fortune
(  5  Tchoyi  86)
24  Odemwingie

Unused subs: 
31  Myhill

  9  Bednar
31  Cox

Tottenham Hotspur :

21  Cudicini

22  Corluka
  4  Kaboul
13  Gallas     
  3  Bale

  7  Lennon  (15  Crouch 77)
11  van der Vaart
12  Palacios
  6  Huddlestone
14  Modric  (c)   (21  Kranjcar 32)

  9  Pavlyuchenko (10  Keane 64)

Unused subs: 
37  Pletikosa
  8  Jenas
32  Assou-Ekotto
19  Bassong

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
West Bromwich Albion

  Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
West Bromwich Albion

Brunt 41

Tottenham Hotspur

Modric 27

Cards : -  
West Bromwich Albion

Lara (foul)  45
Brunt (foul)  60


Tottenham Hotspur  

Gallas (foul)  55


Match Report : -  
What started as a patched together team of new faces and new tactics that seemed to work a treat, ended up with Spurs hanging on for a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns this afternoon.  Tiredness and injury hit Tottenham, leaving the home side the strength and determination to get something more than a point out of the game, but in the end, Spurs were grateful to Carlo Cudicini for keeping the Baggies out in the last ten minutes.

With Roman Pavlyuchenko playing as a lone striker, with Luka Modric and debutant Rafael van der Vaart linking well behind him, Tottenham looked potent and comfortable in possession, but after Modric had departed injured and Gallas (and some others who had been away on international duty) started to flag, the fresher legs of Albion's players took them forward.

Spurs began by passing the ball around with good movement and a zip in their passing that saw short inter-play opening up the Albion defence.  Within the first couple of minutes, Modric got on the end of Bale's low ball into the box from the left, but could not keep it down and in the seventh minute, a fine passing movement that had Modric and van der Vaart pulling the home players around the edge of the box, the Dutchman back-heeled a pass inside the box for Aaron Lennon to have a shot, but with two defenders closing him down, he tentatively shot too high.

It was a sight that a lot of Spurs fans had waited a long time to see, with van der Vaart linking up in an attacking midfield role.  His passing opened up the pitch and a ball out to Bale saw the defender go past one WBA player before Jara was on hand to stop him getting any further forward.  Then Bale was played in by a left footed chip from Huddlestone, but the low ball was cut out before it got to the six yard box.  The Welshman was rampaging down the left and one run from the halfway line, ended with a ball across the face of goal, with no Spurs player on hand to administer the touch it needed.

Then Spurs opened the Baggies up one more time.  27 minutes on the clock and van der Vaart played a ball in from the right towards Pavlyuchenko, but he was outnumbered by Tamas and Olsson.  But the ball was headed from one onto the other and dropped in the box for Luka Modric to run in and sweep the ball into the net past Carson, thus giving Tottenham the lead.  It was a lucky bounce, but one we don't usually get, so to capitalise was a joy to see.

What wasn't a joy to see was two heavy challenges on Modric ... one that calamity referee Howard Webb gave as a free-kick to WBA !! ... and he soon had to limp off to be replaced by Niko Kranjcar.  Luka was seen using crutches to go down the tunnel at the break, so it looked a serious one.

Albion started to press forward and a couple of shots caused Cudicini to hit the floor to make sure he had his body behind the ball and when Fortune broke forward on the left.  He seemed to easily out-pace Gallas to hit a fierce cross that Cudicini saved, but the ball cannoned off him high into the air at the near post.  Odemwingie leapt higher than the keeper to win the ball in the air and headed across goal to the other post and with Gareth Bale trying to get goal side, Chris Brunt managed to get his head on the ball to bundle it over the line as Bale crashed into the post.  Although the goal came a bit against the run  of play and with Spurs looking reasonably comfortable, there had been a period inside the first quarter of an hour, where Albion had won a couple of corners in a spell of pressure, when Spurs failed to clear the ball adequately.

So, five minutes to the break and all square.  Cudicini once more had to get down to get behind Ogemwingie's low shot before the teams trooped off to the field hospital that is the Spurs dressing room these days.  And when they came out, a lot had changed, including the flow of the game.

While Tottenham had a five minute spell when things could have been swung in their favour, the bulk of the second half saw Spurs pushed back by the home side's resurgence.  Twice in a minute, Spurs could have been ahead, with van der Vaart putting Bale through on the left, but he tried to dink the ball over Carson, but the keeper spread himself well to stop the shot, then Kaboul struck a fierce low shot from a 25 yard free-kick that got through the wall and Carson pushed it aside.

It was just after this that West Brom realised there might be something in the game for them.  Fortune should really have done better with a free header in the box from a corner, then Jerome Thomas got away on the Albion left, but Gallas went over to cover and had to haul the winger down when he got past him, earning the Frenchman a yellow card on his debut.  Spurs had a half-chance when Kranjcar headed on Bale's corner and Gallas was lurking at the far post to turn and get a foot on the ball, but he did not control his effort and put it over the bar from about five yards out.

Both sides had made changes, with Spurs trying their luck from distance, but the shots from van der Vaart (with a deflection) and Huddlestone's volley were off target.  And it was back in defence that Hud's next action came, with him getting in the way of Thomas' volley and with three minutes remaining, Barnes put a pacy corner in to the near post and Olsson got to it unmarked and his downwards header was sharply fallen on by Cudicini and Wilson Palacios was there to slam the ball out of danger. 

Two minutes later, Carlo made an even better stop, with the Nigerian striker Odemwingie cutting inside from the left to curl a shot that seemed to be heading inside the post, until Cudicini threw himself full length to fingertip it wide for a corner. 

Spurs almost lost the one point they had in the last minute of the 90.  The ball was lost in mid-pitch and Tamas picked it up and strode forward with the ball.  He played it to Odemwingie on the right of the box and he cleverly back-heeled the ball into his path (much the same way that van der Vaart had in the first half).  Luckily for Tottenham, the result was the same, because as Tamas moved onto it, the Spurs keeper rushed out and the Romanian shot hurriedly wide and was caught by Cudicini as he dived at him.  Into injury time, substitute Robbie Keane saw the ball pop up and he took a quick volley at goal, but although he did well to get it on target, it was straight at Carson and lacked a little venom.

They were both great opportunities to win it at the death and as some of the Spurs players were struggling with the pace they had played at in the first half, it would have been a steal for Spurs.  In the final analysis, a draw might have been a fair result, with another two points dropped, but picking up points away from the Lane will only be successful if we win our home matches.

Not something we have to worry about for a week, as the team are off on their travels again, with their first Champions League group match at Werder Bremen.  A better performance will be needed, but without players through injury before the game and with Modric limping out of the action, it might be a similarly patched up side that takes to the pitch in Germany.  A similar result might not be too bad an outcome there.

purcell cole


Fan Reaction : -



This was another of those games that Spurs have become infamous for.

Teams we are expected to put away, but fail to do so.

While Tottenham enjoyed most of the possession, it was the shots on target that left them lacking and left them thankful to Carlo Cudicini for stopping those shots on target that the home side managed near the end.

But despite the fact that the game ended 1-1 and Tottenham failed to take all three points, they did take one. And that is better than we had managed at the Hawthorns on our last two visits and better than we managed against one of last season's relegated teams.  Not that I can see WBA getting relegated, as they were well organised and fit.  They kept going long after our players faded.  They are well set-up to stay up this season and with a decent enough start, they might gain confidence as they go.

But if Tottenham are serious about finishing fourth again, these are the games they need to be taking even more out of.  not because we have some sort of divine right to do so, but because we need to work hard and learn how to break teams down and take our chances when they come.

Easily said, but that will be a test of Harry Redknapp's credentials to take Spurs to a level of consistency we have longed for.

perry stephens




Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal 4 Bolton Wanderers 1 Saturday
Everton 3 Manchester United 3 Saturday
Fulham 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Saturday
Manchester City 1 Blackburn Rovers 1 Saturday
Newcastle United 0 Blackpool 2 Saturday
West Ham United 1 Chelsea 3 Saturday
Wigan Athletic 1 Sunderland 1 Saturday
Birmingham City 0 Liverpool 0 Sunday
Stoke City 2 Aston Villa 1 Monday




League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 4 4 0 0 17 1 12 +16
2 Arsenal 4 3 1 0 13 3 10 +10
3 Manchester United 4 2 3 0 13 7 8 +6
4 Blackpool 4 2 1 1 8 8 7 0
5 Birmingham City 4 1 3 0 6 5 6 +1
6 Fulham 4 1 3 0 6 5 6 +1
7 Aston Villa 4 2 0 2 5 8 6 -3
8 Manchester City 4 1 2 1 4 2 5 +2
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 1 2 1 5 5 5 0
10 Sunderland 4 1 2 1 4 4 5 0
11 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 4 1 2 1 4 4 5 0
12 Bolton Wanderers 4 1 2 1 6 7 5 -1
13 Liverpool 4 1 2 1 2 4 5 -2
14 Newcastle United 4 1 1 2 7 6 4 +1
15 Blackburn Rovers 4 1 1 2 4 5 4 -1
16 West Bromwich Albion 4 1 1 2 2 8 4 -6
17 Wigan Athletic 4 1 1 2 2 11 4 -9
18 Stoke City 4 1 0 3 4 7 3 -3
19 Everton 4 0 2 2 4 6 2 -2
20 West Ham United 4 0 0 4 2 12 0 -10


Position before the match :  11th
Position after the match :  11th
Position after the weekend :  11th


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