Tottenham were left frustrated by West Bromwich Albion after a 1-1 draw in their English Premier League clash at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
Tottenham 1 West Brom 1
Rondon scores shock opener
Baggies lead at the break
Kane equalises in 74th minute
West Brom out the drop zone
Tottenham could drop out top-four
Salomon Rondon’s fourth-minute goal shocked Tottenham, which was followed by a resolute and organised defensive display from West Brom.
It seemed like the home side were headed for a Champions League hangover as the second-half wore on but Harry Kane managed to find a 74th-minute equaliser.
Both sides had chances to win the game late on but the out-of-form Baggies were well worth their point at Wembley.
With West Bromwich last winning a game in August in the EFL Cup to Accrington Stanley, they acted by sacking manager Tony Pulis on Monday.
Caretaker coach Gary Megson issued a statement in midweek claiming he’s ‘no ginger Pulis’ and after four minutes the comment became all the more relevant.
Salomon Rondon, who scored just once in his last 31 games for the club, netted a shock goal after being played in by midfielder Jake Livermore. The towering striker shrugged off a challenge from Davinson Sanchez and rolled the ball beyond a stranded Hugo Lloris.
After losing two of their last three league games, the home side knew they had to spring into action or face the prospect of dropping out of the top-four by the end of this weekend.
And they held possession well but failed to break down the organised back-three who offered striker Harry Kane no joy in and around the area.
Spurs probed for an equaliser in the second-half and nearly found their way back in through Dele Ali in the 69th minute – but the influential midfielder failed to convert a pinpoint delivery from Kieran Trippier.
The near-miss didn’t come back to haunt Alli though, as he turned provider for Kane to steer home his 40th goal in 39 competitive appearances for Spurs this year.
Hal Robson-Kanu and Rondon had excellent opportunities to steal the win in stoppage-time but they failed to beat Lloris but nonetheless frustrated Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The point sees the Baggies move out the drop zone while Spurs missed the chance to move third and could still end outside the top-four by the end of the weekend.
?️ @trippier2: "It's frustrating and I'm disappointed that we didn't get the three points. When @HKane scored we felt like we could've gone on and won it but it wasn't to be today." pic.twitter.com/58h1oQDk1g
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 25, 2017