James McLean cancelled out Dele Alli’s goal to earn West Brom a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
- West Brom 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1
- Alli gives Spurs lead
- McLean heads equaliser for Baggies
- Kane and Olsson both miss great chances to notch a winner
- Tottenham miss chance to move into top four
Tottenham missed the chance to move into the top four of the Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Brom, after James McLean cancelled out Dele Alli's opener for the visitors.
Spurs group of young England hopefuls will have been hoping to impress national boss Roy Hodgson, who was in attendance at the Hawthorns, while Baggies boss Tony Pulis sprang somewhat of a surprise by naming former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans in central midfield.
The encounter was billed as Tottenham's style versus the substance of West Brom, but the roles were largely reversed in the first half, and the two goals summed this up perfectly.
With the blustery conditions making it difficult for Mauricio Pochettino's men, they opened the scoring with a goal straight out of Pulis' text book.
Defender Toby Alderweireld lumped a hopeful ball forward, which West Brom centre-back Gareth McAuley got caught underneath, allowing 19-year-old England international Alli to get a touch to guide the ball between goalkeeper Boaz Myhill's legs.
The Baggies arguably played the better football of the first half, as the North Londoners were forced to into a much more direct approach on the counter-attack, and the hosts were rewarded for their endeavor with a superb equaliser.
Stephane Sessegnon slipped a cute pass through to Darren Fletcher, who fired a cross through the box which was met with a bullet header from the onrushing McClean.
While the Midlanders may have had the ascendancy throughout the first period, in truth there was little else in the way of clear-cut chances, and Pulis was dealt a huge blow when Sessegnon was forced off with an injury and had to be replaced by Craig Gardner.
After the break Spurs appeared rejuvenated and should have taken the lead a few minutes into the second half.
Alli played a delightful chip into Harry Kane, but the England striker hesitated when he should have pulled the trigger, allowing Craig Dawson to clear away any danger.
Pochettino sent on Son Heung-min in place of Erik Lamela in an attempt to find a winner but, just like the first half, West Brom finished the stronger.
Centre-back Jonas Ollson was denied from close range by a point-blank Hugo Lloris save, before heading the resulting corner wide, and with that the best chance for a winner was squandered.