The Flying Dutchman

by Simon Baystead

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Spurs Vs West Brom. Another low-key fixture this weekend, but perhaps with the debuts of Gallas and Van Der Vaart for Spurs, this game had something to offer.

The match began in Spurs’ favour, they dominated possession and troubled Carson early on. West Brom were very much on the back foot for the majority of the first half, despite their home advantage. Spurs finally found a reward for their troubles on the 27th minute after a looped ball was scrambled down by Pavluychenko, allowing Modric to steam into the box and smash into the bottom corner. It was looking like the Yids day, until Harry Redknapp saw himself with another injury blow as Modric was forced to come off for Kranjcar. Spurs lost the initiative late on in the half allowing West Brom to come back into it and on the 41st minute they paid the price as Chris Brunt levelled for the Baggies after a scramble in Cudicini’s box.

It was a typical first half that sums up Spurs as a team, good moves from Van Der Vaart looked to give the away fans some hope for the second half. West Brom would definitely have something to say to the Spurs new boys however, as they ended the half the better team looking to maintain their 100% home record, so early in the season.

The second half started brightly with both teams looking for a goal. A wonderful counter-attack produced a great chance for Bale who ran away from his marker, but was denied by Carson after a great move from Lennon perhaps should have resulted in Spurs regaining the lead. Odemwingie was handed a good chance after a West Brom corner found him with space in the box, he headed well over, but a shaky Spurs defence was highlighted once again.

Spurs seemed to regain their control as the second half went on, with West Brom enjoying some short spells of pressure. Chances became less clear cut and the game needed something special to ignite it once again. Spurs looked very dangerous on the break, with great quality attacking the Baggie’s defence, however the final ball let them down many times on their quest for a second. West Brom still felt they could spoil Spurs’ hopes of leaving The Hawthorns with all three points.

The 87th minute saw West Brom come within inches of winning it, a corner wasn’t dealt with and West Brom’s late pressure was paying off as Spurs narrowly cleared in a desperate attempt to now just leave with a point. Cudicini stretched to deny Odemwingie on the 89th minute after a run and curling effort nearly stole the show, but Spurs hung on once again. Seconds later and it should’ve been West Brom’s win, a wonderful move tore Spurs apart much like the Wigan game Tottenham had fallen to pieces and somehow they escaped with a point, in another mediocre performance despite the potential for a thumping.

It was however a good double debut for the Spurs new boys, whom both played a part in the draw, Gallas dominated in defence and Van Der Vaart was very much a part of the Spurs attacks, just lacking the debut goal to top it off. The Dutchman does however look to be the best deadline day signing of the year, showing his capabilities in the game and for only 8 million it must be a good one for spurs, especially when they regain their winning form, which can’t be soon enough for the Yiddo fans.West Brom will be happy with their point against Spurs but it was so close to being all three.

West Brom 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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  • Darren

    If the spuds are serious contenders then they really have to go to places like West Bron and pick up 3 points. As it stands they are already 5 points behind Arsenal and 7 behind the Chavs.

    Can’t wait to see the Spuds in the CL, could b comedy genius!

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