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  • Date:03 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:36,062
Goal!

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94mins

Short corner taken by Gareth Bale.

94mins

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.

93mins

Simon Cox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Simon Cox is given a yellow card. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.

92mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Shorey, Brad Friedel makes a save.

92mins

Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey to the near post, clearance made by Rafael Van der Vaart.

91mins

James Morrison takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

91mins

Paul Scharner takes a shot. Blocked by Younes Kaboul.

89mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scharner on Luka Modric. Paul Scharner goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Sebastien Bassong takes the direct free kick.

88mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.

87mins

The official flags Jermain Defoe offside. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

87mins

The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale.

87mins

Short corner taken by Gareth Bale.

87mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in.

86mins

Nicky Shorey takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Rafael Van der Vaart.

85mins

Nicky Shorey takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.

85mins

Nicky Shorey produces a cross, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.

83mins

Centre by Gareth Bale, Close range header by Rafael Van der Vaart goes wide of the left-hand post.

82mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Gonzalo Jara Reyes, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

82mins

Somen Tchoyi takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.

81mins

Simon Cox produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.

79mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Cox by Niko Kranjcar. Somen Tchoyi on for George Thorne. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.

78mins

Gonzalo Jara Reyes has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

77mins

Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Peter Odemwingie results in a free kick. Niko Kranjcar on for Jake Livermore. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

76mins

The ball is sent over by James Morrison, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.

74mins

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

73mins

The ball is delivered by Jake Livermore, Craig Dawson makes a clearance.

71mins

Unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Craig Dawson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Paul Scharner.

70mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.

70mins

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.

67mins

(Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Sebastien Bassong coming on for William Gallas.

65mins

James Morrison is brought on as a substitute for Graham Dorrans.

65mins

The ball is crossed by Graham Dorrans, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.

63mins

Jermain Defoe gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Gareth Bale.

62mins

Kyle Walker produces a cross.

60mins

Simon Cox crosses the ball, Brad Friedel makes a save.

59mins

Rafael Van der Vaart fouled by Simon Cox, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

57mins

Paul Scharner concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Luka Modric produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

57mins

Gareth Bale sends in a cross, clearance by Gareth McAuley.

56mins

Gareth Bale crosses the ball.

55mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

54mins

Inswinging corner taken by Graham Dorrans, Craig Dawson produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

52mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Graham Dorrans. Caution for Graham Dorrans. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from right wing, Nicky Shorey manages to make a clearance.

51mins

Short corner taken by Luka Modric.

51mins

The ball is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Nicky Shorey gets a block in.

49mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, clearance by Gareth McAuley.

49mins

Foul by Peter Odemwingie on Younes Kaboul, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by William Gallas.

48mins

Gareth Bale sends in a cross.

48mins

Handball by Simon Cox. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Craig Dawson.

47mins

Billy Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Billy Jones goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.

47mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Graham Dorrans.

46mins

Effort on goal by Jermain Defoe from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

46mins

Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance made by Billy Jones.

45mins

A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, clearance by George Thorne.

43mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

41mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

41mins

The ball is sent over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

41mins

Centre by Rafael Van der Vaart, Ben Foster makes a save.

41mins

Short corner worked by Rafael Van der Vaart.

39mins

Unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Simon Cox results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

39mins

Handball by Younes Kaboul. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

38mins

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line played to the near post.

38mins

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Gonzalo Jara Reyes gets a block in.

38mins

Kyle Walker delivers the ball, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.

37mins

Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Craig Dawson.

37mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, clearance made by Billy Jones.

36mins

The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Simon Cox makes a clearance.

35mins

Graham Dorrans takes the inswinging corner, Simon Cox has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

34mins

The offside flag is raised against William Gallas. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Dorrans on Luka Modric. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Ben Foster.

33mins

The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, Billy Jones makes a clearance.

31mins

Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

30mins

Jake Livermore replaces Raniere Sandro.

28mins

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, blocked by Gareth McAuley.

28mins

Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.

27mins

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.

27mins

Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line, clearance by Craig Dawson.

27mins

Gonzalo Jara Reyes replaces Jerome Thomas.

26mins

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

25mins

The official flags Jermain Defoe offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

23mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jerome Thomas on Gareth Bale. The referee cautions Jerome Thomas for unsporting behaviour. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart.

20mins

The referee blows for offside against Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

18mins

Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Gareth McAuley takes the direct free kick.

17mins

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in.

15mins

Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Ben Foster makes a save.

15mins

The referee blows for offside against Peter Odemwingie. William Gallas takes the free kick.

14mins

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

12mins

Raniere Sandro concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. The ball is sent over by Graham Dorrans, Headed effort from inside the area by Craig Dawson misses to the left of the target.

10mins

Paul Scharner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.

8mins

The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.

7mins

The ball is swung over by Kyle Walker.

5mins

Shot from outside the area by Jermain Defoe misses to the left of the goal.

4mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luka Modric, Close range headed effort by Rafael Van der Vaart misses to the right of the goal.

4mins

The ball is swung over by Luka Modric, clearance made by George Thorne.

4mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by George Thorne.

4mins

The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.

4mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line, George Thorne manages to make a clearance.

3mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric played to the near post, clearance by Graham Dorrans.

3mins

Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Graham Dorrans.

2mins

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in. Luka Modric takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.

1mins

Simon Cox is caught offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Fitness test for Parker Tottenham will give a test to Scott Parker before their game against West Brom after the midfielder came off in the second half of Saturday's draw at Swansea with a knee injury. Ledley King could be back after missing the last two games with his long-standing knee problem while Aaron Lennon may return from a hamstring injury. Sebastien Bassong (illness) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (ankle) are likely to return after missing the game in Wales, but Tom Huddlestone remains sidelined with a long-term ankle injury. Emmanuel Adebayor has called on Tottenham to cement their place in the top four by taking maximum points from their home games this month. Tottenham passed up an opportunity to close on Manchester City and Manchester United on Saturday when they could only draw at Swansea. A win would have put Harry Redknapp's men within four points of joint leaders United and City, who suffered shock defeats to Blackburn and Sunderland respectively this weekend. But with home games against West Brom, Everton, Wolves and Wigan coming up this month, Spurs have a perfect opportunity to show that they can achieve the top-four spot that escaped them last term. Adebayor told Spurs TV Online: "We have four games at home we have to focus on them and make sure we get maximum points out of them. "Now 2011 is over, we are looking forward to 2012 and we have a big chance to finish in the top four, or maybe get second or third. "The season will be long and tough but we just have to keep going, keep believing we can get in that top four and if you want to finish in the top four these are the games you cannot lose or draw. "West Brom is going to be an important game for us." Head coach Roy Hodgson has thrown down the challenge to West Brom's fringe players as their injury list threatens to lengthen. Hodgson is already without defender Jonas Olsson and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and now skipper Chris Brunt (leg) and striker Shane Long (back) are struggling to be fit to face Spurs. It means the likes of Somen Tchoyi, Simon Cox and Graham Dorrans will come into contention to step up from the substitute's bench as Albion look to bounce back from the 1-0 home setback against Everton. Hodgson said: "At the moment it is fair to say our injury situation is a fairly drastic one. "Players who have been sitting on the bench for a long time will get a chance to show what they can do. "It is not helped by the quick turnaround in fixtures although that is the same for most clubs. "A lot of them have got two matches in three days. "But, for the next game, we are going to be stretched to put out the type of team I would like to put out. "We won't be able to field our strongest team, we will only have one day's rest after the exertions of Sunday, and it's not something I am looking forward too at this moment."

Formation:442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

Formation: 451Manager: Roy Hodgson

West Brom

  • Brad Friedel
  • Kyle Walker
  • Younes Kaboul
  • William Gallas
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • Rafael Van der Vaart
  • Luka Modric
  • Raniere Sandro
  • Gareth Bale
  • Emmanuel Adebayor
  • Jermain Defoe
  • SUBS
  • Carlo Cudicini
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • Dos Santos Giovani
  • Sebastien Bassong
  • Niko Kranjcar
  • Danny Rose
  • Jake Livermore

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Match Report

Defoe strike enough for Spurs Tottenham moved to within three points of second-placed Manchester United after Jermain Defoe finally broke through West Brom's stubborn resistance with a second-half winner at White Hart Lane. The striker, recalled after a month spent in the treatment room and on the bench, swivelled and poked home in the 63rd minute after holding off the challenge of four Baggies defenders. The goal came after a drab opening hour in which Tottenham looked anything but genuine title challengers. Sloppy passing, wayward finishing, and a failure to carve open an organised West Brom defence meant Spurs were in danger of passing up another opportunity to put pressure on United and leaders Manchester City, before Defoe reminded manager Harry Redknapp of his killer instinct with a precise finish from 10 yards to ensure they started 2012 with a win. Tottenham are now within striking distance of United and have a chance to confirm their status as contenders in their upcoming home games against Everton, Wolves and Wigan. One troubling note for Redknapp will be his ever-increasing injury list. Jake Livermore, William Gallas and Sandro all had to come off with injuries and Spurs dearly missed the presence of Scott Parker and Ledley King, who were ruled out due to knee problems. After seeing their rivals stutter over the festive period, Spurs had a golden chance to establish their position as London's top team and make serious inroads in to the grip the two Manchester sides hold on the league. Injuries to Chris Brunt and Shane Long further boosted their hopes, but Parker's absence for the first time since he signed from West Ham left a gaping hole in Spurs' midfield. Defoe, who has hinted he could seek to leave this month, looked keen to make a good impression, testing Ben Foster twice in the opening five minutes on a chilly night in north London. Foster punched clear a teasing cross from Gareth Bale before Jerome Thomas hacked down the Welshman down to give Spurs a dangerous free-kick which Van der Vaart wasted by firing in to the wall. The Dutchman quickly made amends by sneaking in front of his marker to clip a delicate shot with the outside of his boot which Foster tipped over at full stretch. West Brom were forced in to a change when Gonzalo Jara came on for Thomas and Sandro then had to come off for Tottenham just before the half hour after pulling up with an injury. Livermore took his place. Billy Jones put in a crucial block to deny Emmanuel Adebayor deep inside the Baggies' box after a one-two with Bale as Spurs continued to dominate. West Brom boss Roy Hodgson cut a worried figure on the edge of his technical area, barely taking his seat during the opening half. But despite their dominance, Spurs were failing to trouble Foster and organised defending from the visitors lead to an air of frustration inside the ground. Van der Vaart drilled a low shot towards goal but Foster saved and Redknapp shook his head in disappointment at the half-time whistle. Adebayor's clever backheel found Defoe inside the box just after the break but the striker shinned his effort way over. He then flicked a deflected backheel of his own from Van der Vaart's cross that dribbled just wide. Graham Dorrans and Jones went in to the book for two late challenges on Bale after failing to handle the winger's pace. Craig Dawson flashed a header just wide in a rare West Brom attack before Spurs came close with a curling Luka Modric free-kick that sailed just wide. Sloppy passing led to further frustration, but concerns the game was heading for a goalless draw ended in the 63rd minute when Defoe bagged his 10th of the season. The ball ricocheted off Van der Vaart from Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross and fell to Bale, who squared for Defoe. The England striker held off the challenge of the Baggies defence before turning and firing home with a low drive. A full-hearted celebration followed at the relief of finally breaking the deadlock and the tension eased at White Hart Lane. Tottenham's injury worries deepened soon after when Gallas hobbled off and was replaced by Sebastien Bassong. Defoe, now full of confidence, had a goalbound shot deflected wide before Redknapp was forced in to another change. A clash of heads between Younes Kaboul and Livermore left blood pouring from both players' heads and Livermore had to come off for Niko Kranjcar. A poor tackle from the Croatian allowed Simon Cox some space on the edge of the box but the forward blazed over. Brad Friedel then palmed away a strong effort from substitute Somen Tchoyi and Van der Vaart cleared desperately in the six-yard box as West Brom applied the pressure in search of a third. The match almost ended on a sour note as Bale charged angrily towards Simon Cox after being fouled by the Baggies player, but he was held back and Cox entered the book.

Form Guide

    WLWDWD
  • Tottenham
  • VS
  • West Brom
  • DLWWDL

Last Meetings

  • West Brom
  • 1 - 3
  • Tottenham
  • 26/11/2011
  • Tottenham
  • 2 - 2
  • West Brom
  • 23/04/2011
  • West Brom
  • 1 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 11/09/2010
  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 0
  • West Brom
  • 02/05/2009
  • West Brom
  • 2 - 0
  • Tottenham
  • 28/12/2008
  • Tottenham
  • 2 - 1
  • West Brom
  • 27/03/2006

Top Scorers

Tottenham

  • E Adebayor 8
  • G Bale 7
  • J Defoe 6
  • R Van der Vaart 6
  • A Lennon 2
  • R Pavlyuchenko 1
  • L Modric 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • K Walker 1

West Brom

  • S Long 5
  • PO Odemwingie 4
  • P Scharner 2
  • J Morrison 2
  • S Reid 1
  • J Thomas 1
  • G McAuley 1
  • C Brunt 1
  • J Olsson 1
  • Y Mulumbu 1

Goals

Tottenham

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 35
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

West Brom

    • Total goals 39
    • Goals per game 19
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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