West Brom vs Tottenham Player Ratings

Tottenham's bid to secure Champions League football was strenghtened as Andre Villas-Boas' team saw off 10-man West Brom 1-0.

Football News: West Brom vs Tottenham

By FOX SPORTS staff

Gareth Bale was once more the man of the hour for Tottenham, after a blistering second-half strike from outside the penalty area wrapped up all three points for his team against West Brom.

Baggies fans watching at the Hawthorns were certainly not surprised when Bale broke the deadlock, as their opposition were in the ascendency after Goran Popov was sent off for spitting at Kyle Walker early in the second period.

West Brom

Ben Foster - 6.5

The West Brom goalkeeper was not the steadiest pair of hands in this round of fixtures, flailing during his attempts to deal with Tottenham set-pieces in the first half. However, Foster managed to redeem himself when his goalmouth came under siege in the second period by admirably dealing with attempts by Lewis Holtby and Gareth Bale.

Steven Reid - 6.5

Certainly not the most agile of defenders, Reid did the best he could to keep up with Bale and Assou-Ekotto, making up for his lack of speed with bravery and good positioning. The Baggies full-back turned in an attentive shift alongside the rest of his defensive team-mates after going a man down.

Gareth McAuley – 6.5

The West Brom defender did a good job to keep Jermain Defoe quiet for the most part of the first half before channelling his efforts to protecting Foster’s goalmouth in the second-period. Although McAuley would have liked to finish the game with a clean sheet, he could do little about Gareth Bale’s winner.

Jonas Olsson - 6.5

Keeping one eye on his attacking team-mates, Olsson was on a constant lookout for Lukaku's positioning in hopes of initiating a counter from the back. The Swede also did reasonably well in defence, holding his ground and outmuscling Dempsey to prevent the forward from making use of his team's numerical advantage.

Goran Popov - 5.0

Losing his head three minutes into the second-half, Popov severely damaged his team's chances of emerging with a win by getting himself sent-off for spitting at Kyle Walker.

Graham Dorrans (off 80') - 6.5

One of the Baggies most energetic midfielders, Dorrans' skill on the ball was evident in this game as he dragged Assou-Ekotto and Vertonghen out of position on several occasions. The Scot was also conscientious in tracking back, closing down opponents the moment possession changed hands.

Claudio Yacob (off 80') - 6.5

The Argentinean anchored his midfield well in the first half, frustrating the Spurs attackers and prevented Andre Villas-Boas' team from making good use of their possession. Forced to double up his efforts after the Baggies went a man down, Yacob grew tired as the game wore on and was unsurprisingly taken off.

James Morrison - 6.0

A revelation for West Brom in the first half of the season, Morrision's influence on his team's performance has somewhat dulled. The midfielder attempted to rediscover his good form by playing passes to team-mates in space and pressuring opponents, but he was overzealous, resulting in early balls and needless fouls.

Chris Brunt – 6.5

The best aspect of Brunt’s performance in this match was his tactical positioning, denying the Spurs midfielders from running the game until the latter stages of the fixture. However, the West Brom captain certainly would have liked to influence his team’s attacking play more.

Shane Long - 6.0

As the more speedy options for the Baggies upfront, Long found himself on the end of several through passes to his team-mates. However, the forward was a disappointment, squandering a couple of one-on-one situations either by taking a touch too many or shooting directly at Hugo Lloris.

Romelu Lukaku (off 51') - 7.0

The Belgian demonstrated good footballing intelligence throughout the game, placing himself in prime positions to get on the end of through-balls by hanging on the shoulders of the Tottenham defenders.  Looking the most likely of the West Brom attackers to score, Lukaku was the biggest thorn in Lloris' side by shooting whenever an opportunity presented itself.

Substitutes

Liam Ridgewell (on 51') - 7.0

Thrown into the deep end after his team lost the services of Popov, Ridgewell did commendably to ward off Lennon from using his flank.

Markus Rosenberg (on 80') - 6.0

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Marc-Antoine Fortune (on 80') - 6.0

N/A

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris - 7.0

A calming influence from the back, Lloris was attentive throughout the game and held his ground well when faced with the pace and physicality of West Brom forwards Long and Lukaku. The Frenchman also protected his goal-mouth from the threat of set-pieces by coming out to punch clear several attempts from the opposition.

Kyle Walker (off 77') - 6.5

Surging runs from the back are a delightful characteristic of Walker's game. The Englishman demonstrated a willingness not only to carry the ball upfield, but also to take up forward positions down the flank whenever he was afforded the space to, offering himself as a supportive option to his team's attackers. His defensive display was just as admirable, putting his body on the line to keep out the hulking Lukaku, winning fouls in the process.

Michael Dawson - 5.5

The Tottenham skipper was less impressive compared to partner Jan Vertonghen, appearing sluggish when trying to close down the West Brom attackers and during his attempts to initiate transitions from defence to attack. Aided in part by the bravery of his goalkeeper, Dawson could have been held responsible for one or two goals had it not been for Lloris' positioning.

Jan Vertonghen - 7.0

Playing with a high line entails a need for the Tottenham defenders to be on the lookout for through passes, something Vertonghen did very well. The Belgian followed West Brom's attacks attentively, shielding the ball and clearing passes that could have endangered Lloris' goal.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto - 6.5

Despite being less of a dribbler than Walker, the Cameroonian contributed just as much to the Spurs attack. Assou-Ekotto was often found in support of Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe down his flank, ensuring that Reid was outnumbered while trying to protect his area.

Moussa Dembele - 6.5

The former Fulham midfielder was a visionary in the first half, spotting team-mates in little pockets of space and laying paths to goal for them. However, he seemed to tire in the second period and his hesitancy cost Spurs several counter-attacking opportunities.

Scott Parker - 5.5

Usually the engine room of the Spurs midfield, Parker appeared slightly fatigued in this game. The Englishman was guilty of giving away possession on several occasions by playing sloppy passes and aggravated his mistakes by fouling opponents in his attempt to win the ball back.

Aaron Lennon (off 85') - 6.5

Popov was probably thankful that Lennon saw little of the ball during the game, as the winger tormented him with speedy charges down the flank whenever he was in possession. Tottenham could have benefitted from Lennon's abilities, as demonstrated by his far-post crosses to team-mates.

Gareth Bale - 8.0

The Welshman's blistering change of pace was a source of worry for Steve Clarke's men. As he moved all around the attacking third, Baggies defenders tried their best to slow Bale down but most of their efforts were in vain. It was only a matter of time before the winger would get his name on the score-sheet and he did so in the second half by lashing an effort home from outside the penalty area.

Clint Dempsey - 5.5

Although Dempsey has been in scoring form in recent games, he appeared slightly off tangent in this game. The American struggled to anticipate some of his team-mates' deliveries and would squander possession by reading their movements' inaccurately.

Jermain Defoe (off 39') - 6.0

Hardly getting a touch of the ball whilst he was on the field, Defoe would have been disappointed that his outing came to a premature end after picking up an ankle injury.

Substitutes

Lewis Holtby (on 39') - 7.0

The German took a little while to get going in the game, stumbling at times to read his team-mates' movements and positioning. However, he demonstrated his quality with good runs and proved that he was not overawed by the attacking responsibilities at his new club.

William Gallas (on 77') - 6.0

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Gylfi Sigurdsson (on 85') - 6.0

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