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West Brom v Spurs report

West Brom
1 - 1
Spurs

The Hawthorns

11 September 2010

Attendance: 23,642

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The proverbial game of two halves in which Tottenham's quality in the first half meant was more than matched by West Brom's industry and determination in the second half.

The Baggies couldn't get near Spurs in the first 30 minutes or so as Van Der Vaart and Modric pulled the strings in the centre and Gareth Bale took full advantage of the uncertainty of Odemwingie on the wing. Having said that Tottenham actually created very little aside from shots from the free kicks generously awarded by Howard Webb. The Spurs goal came from a ball into the box that Tamas and Olsson failed to deal with, in fairness Olsson was pushed by Pavlyuchenko in the build up which allowed Modric space to drill his shot low past Carson.

From then on the Baggies began to work their way back into the game first with a long range shot from Scharner that just went above the bar and then a surging run from Thomas who managed to play in Fortuné who easily went past debutant Gallas before firing a hard low shot that Cudicini could only push up into the air for Odemwingie to head on and Brunt to finish off by out jumping the defensively frail Bale. Odemwingie followed up the goal with a rasping shot from outside the area that Cudicini did well to hold onto.

The second half again started with Tottenham putting on the pressure with Carson saving well from Bale and then from another free kick given just outside the box.

From then on it was all Albion with Odemwingie's free header just hit over the bar and then Cudicini saved from a close range Olsson header. A superb run and strike from Odemwingie was then saved full stretch by the Italian keeper and the Spurs keeper did just enough to put off Tamas after a surging penalty box to penalty box run.

On this evidence the Baggies might just be finding their feet at this level but Spurs fans will be doubting that they can achieve fourth place this season. Up front they looked lightweight and at the back their defence looked a shambles at times when pressure was exerted.

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Writer:S Wilton
Date:Monday September 13 2010
Time: 8:08PM

Comments

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Of course we didn't look like a 4th place contender. When we are without Defoe, Dawson, Modric, King and Gomes we tend to look a bit shaky at both ends. Just look at the difference on saturday - with and without modric...he's the one unlocking defenses. Anyway, good luck to you for the rest of the season. I like your style and hope you manage to stay in the PL - hopefully at the expense of anti-football teams like Stoke and Bolton :)
NorwaySpurs
13/09/2010 21:10:00
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Totally agree with Norway Spurs. Good luck
HuddersfieldYiddo
13/09/2010 21:24:00
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well done baggies football was played by both sides much better than see how high you can kick the other players
jljyid
13/09/2010 21:43:00
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well done baggies football was played by both sides much better than see how high you can kick the other players
jljyid
13/09/2010 21:43:00
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Wondering if we can get 4th?...we did last season with exactly this type of performance in a fair few games. It's early doors still and we have a massive injury list, with a whole spine of a team out...gomes, dawson, modric, defoe to name a few so i'll take 1-1 away against a team that knows it has to get its points at home. Thats said i hope you lot stay up this time, once you find your feet you play the game the right way and deserve to be in this league a lot more than the likes of stoke.
Himwhatwhats
14/09/2010 17:01:00
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We shouldn't forget that the Baggies were also missing Dorrans, Morrison, Miller and Cech. It's something you have to put up with in a season, that's why you have a squad.
Lord Shepherd
17/09/2010 22:02:00
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