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Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gareth Bale, Jonas Olsson fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner taken by Giles Barnes.
Shot from outside the area by Jerome Thomas misses to the left of the goal.
Shot from 25 yards from Robbie Keane. Save by Scott Carson.
Effort from deep inside the area by Gabriel Tamas misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken by Giles Barnes.
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
Jerome Thomas takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Somen Tchoyi coming on for Marc-Antoine Fortune. Corner taken right-footed by Jerome Thomas from the left by-line to the near post, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
Giles Barnes delivers the ball, Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Vedran Corluka gets a block in.
Younes Kaboul gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Reid. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
Corner from right by-line taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
Shot from outside the area by Tom Huddlestone misses to the left of the target.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Giles Barnes coming on for Chris Brunt.
Peter Crouch is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Lennon.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gareth Bale, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
Steven Reid on for Paul Scharner.
Tom Huddlestone produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Younes Kaboul fouled by Paul Scharner, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
Jerome Thomas has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Roman Pavlyuchenko goes off and Robbie Keane comes on.
Close range shot by William Gallas clears the bar.
Foul by Gabriel Tamas on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
Unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul by Youssouf Mulumbu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
Vedran Corluka delivers the ball, clearance by Gonzalo Jara.
Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Nicky Shorey gets a block in.
Chris Brunt is penalised for a handball. Chris Brunt is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Younes Kaboul restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul by Marc-Antoine Fortune. Direct free kick taken by Wilson Palacios.
Nicky Shorey concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort direct from the free kick.
William Gallas challenges Peter Odemwingie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for William Gallas. Jerome Thomas delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Peter Odemwingie has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Huddlestone.
Rafael Van der Vaart challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.
Roman Pavlyuchenko is ruled offside. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
Gabriel Tamas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Scott Carson makes a save.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
Rafael Van der Vaart challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonas Olsson takes the free kick.
Shot by Peter Odemwingie from just outside the area goes over the net.
Shot from just outside the area by Jerome Thomas goes over the bar.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
Niko Kranjcar is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
Gonzalo Jara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart. Gonzalo Jara goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Shot on goal comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick, save by Scott Carson.
Foul by Gonzalo Jara on Roman Pavlyuchenko, free kick awarded. Roman Pavlyuchenko takes the direct free kick.
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
Chris Brunt grabs a headed goal from close in. West Brom 1-1 Tottenham.Peter Odemwingie provided the assist for the goal.
Shot by Paul Scharner from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
The official flags Marc-Antoine Fortune offside. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
Unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Vedran Corluka results in a free kick. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Rafael Van der Vaart, free kick awarded. Niko Kranjcar has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Scott Carson makes a save.
Niko Kranjcar is brought on as a substitute for Luka Modric.
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Gabriel Tamas produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The referee gives a free kick against Luka Modric for handball. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt from right wing.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gonzalo Jara by Luka Modric. Free kick taken by Gabriel Tamas.
Luka Modric gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Tottenham.
Gareth Bale produces a cross.
Gabriel Tamas challenges Younes Kaboul unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale, Scott Carson makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brunt on Younes Kaboul. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
Luka Modric fouled by Youssouf Mulumbu, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
Nicky Shorey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Carlo Cudicini takes the indirect free kick.
Marc-Antoine Fortune is caught offside. William Gallas restarts play with the free kick.
Wilson Palacios challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jerome Thomas delivers the ball, Paul Scharner takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Tamas.
Effort on goal by Aaron Lennon from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Peter Odemwingie is caught offside. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Chris Brunt, save by Carlo Cudicini.
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt to the near post, clearance made by Vedran Corluka.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by William Gallas. Jerome Thomas crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Gareth Bale.
Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
It is the end of the first-half.
The game kicks-off.
The referee signals the end of the game.
The referee starts the second half.
Olsson puts positive spin on tough start
West Brom defender Jonas Olsson believes it could be an advantage to play the difficult teams first in the Barclays Premier League season.
The Baggies were thrashed on the opening day at champions Chelsea and have since lost at Liverpool.
They face Tottenham at The Hawthorns on Saturday, but Olsson thinks it is better to face hard games early in the season.
He said: "I don't think you have to just get these games out of the way, because then you've already lost them. I think we have to look at it as an advantage to play them in the beginning.
"Traditionally new teams take more points from the top teams at the beginning of the season.
"When they're out of the way, so to speak, we have a slightly easier programme in the spring than a few other teams."
Olsson believes Spurs are a great side and are strengthened by qualifying for the Champions League.
"Of course, they're a great team. They did very well last year.
"They're one of the biggest sides in the league and you want to play against those teams. We're looking forward to it.
"We've got to focus on our bit and try to get three points. We're strong at home, no matter who comes here."
West Brom could be without creative midfielder Graham Dorrans for the game.
Dorrans is fit, but may not play due to what manager Roberto Di Matteo calls "personal reasons".
Midfielder James Morrison is suspended after being sent off in the defeat at Anfield, but Jerome Thomas may return after recovering from a foot injury.
Defender Joe Mattock (foot), striker Ishmael Miller (thigh) and defender Marek Cech (foot) will also miss out.
Paul Scharner could be in line for his Baggies debut after playing an hour of a reserve-team match on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp is ready to hand William Gallas and Rafael van der Vaart their Tottenham debuts as he prepares to rotate his squad for their maiden Champions League campaign.
Spurs boss Redknapp admits he may have blundered in not making changes for the shock 1-0 defeat to Wigan last time out following the club's historic European victory over Young Boys.
And with their hectic schedule set to continue between now and at least December, Redknapp is ready to make full use of his squad, starting at the Hawthorns.
He said: "Obviously, we play Saturday; then we play Champions League Tuesday; then in the league on Saturday; then we play Arsenal in the Carling Cup; then the league and another Champions League. We've got a busy schedule.
"The one thing I did learn - a lesson - last week was maybe I should've changed the team that played against Wigan.
"We went to Stoke and had a great result on the Saturday, came back, won the Champions League qualifier with Young Boys.
"And then I really went with the same team, more or less, on the Saturday against Wigan.
"Maybe I should've rested one or two and changed a few around, and it might have worked better for us.
"It's easy, in hindsight, to look back on those things."
Redknapp has selection dilemmas all over the field this weekend, starting in goal.
With Heurelho Gomes likely to miss out again with a groin injury, Redknapp must decide whether to hand a reprieve to Carlo Cudicini following the latter's costly error against Wigan or give a debut to Stipe Pletikosa.
Gallas appears certain to start at the heart of defence following Michael Dawson's injury playing for England.
And Redknapp has no qualms about throwing the former Arsenal captain in at the deep end.
He said: "You don't play in teams that win championships, like he did at Chelsea, you don't play for your country as many times as he has - been there and done it all - unless you're a top player.
"He's got a bit of pace, he's a great defender, and he'll be a big asset. I think he'll be a great signing for us."
Redknapp may not risk skipper Ledley King's notoriously-fragile knees ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Group A opener at Werder Bremen, which would mean a recall for Sebastien Bassong.
Midfield and attack pose the most interesting conundrum for the Spurs boss.
With Luka Modric now fit, Redknapp could choose between the Croatian and Van der Vaart.
Or he might field both and play a lone striker, especially as his forward options have been depleted by the loss of Jermain Defoe for around three months.
Sandro may also be handed his debut at some stage, with Redknapp having left the Brazilian out of his Champions League squad in order to get him up to speed in the Premier League.
Brunt rescues Baggies
Chris Brunt scored the 50th league goal of his career to rescue a point for West Brom in the 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Tottenham at the Hawthorns.
The former Sheffield Wednesday player cancelled out Luka Modric's opener four minutes before the interval.
Harry Redknapp's side dominated the first half with Gareth Bale causing constant problems down the left flank. But they lacked the killer instinct in front of goal, and appeared to miss the influence of Jermain Defoe who will be out for three months with the ankle injury suffered on England duty.
It was a different story after the break with the Baggies more than matching their north London opponents and they came close on three occasions in the final 10 minutes to snatching a winner.
Tottenham started brightly and Bale got to the by-line and then turned back inside before his cross picked out Modric. His first-time flick flew high over Scott Carson's crossbar but it was an early warning to the home side.
Aaron Lennon should have done better after seven minutes when a back flick from debutant Rafael van der Vaart found him in space 12 yards out and he sent his shot wide.
Bale was troubling the Albion defence and one superb cross just failed to pick out the run of Lennon.
It came as no surprise when Modric put Spurs ahead after 27 minutes. Van der Vaart's lofted cross hit the back of the head of Gabriel Tamas under pressure from Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Modric was first to react to the the loose ball and beat Carson from 10 yards out with a low drive into the corner of the net.
But it was his last meaningful contribution as he was replaced five minutes later by Niko Kranjcar after suffering a leg injury in a challenge with Brunt.
Tamas had chance to make amends for his error but he headed just wide from Brunt's corner.
Carson held onto a dipping free-kick from Kranjcar as Spurs continued to dictate play and the home side were chasing shadows.
It was completely against the run of play when Brunt equalised after 41 minutes.
Spurs goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini beat out a shot from Marc Antoine-Fortune but the ball looped up in the air and Peter Odemwingie got a touch before Brunt headed home from close range.
Cudicini then got his body behind a well struck drive from Odemwingie.
Gonzalo Jara was booked for a late challenge on Van der Vaart just before the interval.
Tottenham began the second half on the offensive and Carson had to make two saves within five minutes of the restart.
The England keeper did well to parry an attempt from the ever-dangerous Bale after he had surged into the box from the left flank.
Then Carson was forced to block a powerful 35-yard free-kick from Younes Kaboul.
But Albion tried to retaliate and William Gallas was yellow carded for pulling back Odemwingie after 54 minutes.
The home side were now more in the game than in the opening 45 minutes although Brunt was yellow carded after an hour for deliberate hand ball.
Gallas fired over with a shot on the turn before Robbie Keane replaced Pavlyuchenko.
Chances were now few and far between although Tom Huddlestone dragged two attempts wide from the edge of the box.
The Spurs skipper came to the rescue when blocking a volley from Jerome Thomas with four minutes remaining.
Albion came close to snatching all three points with Cudicini blocking Jonas Olsson's close-range header and turning aside a curling shot from Odemwingie.
Then in the dying seconds Tamas shot wide from 12 yards out.
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