Tottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion

The Son and Kane show continued as the two scored to beat Sam Allardyce’s relegation stricken West Brom side.

After a difficult spell for Spurs, with them losing three games in a row – the first time in Jose Mourinho’s career – they faced West Bromwich Albion at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The loss against Chelsea meant that this game was even more important to win, with a match-up against top of the league Manchester City looming.

Allardyce’s men had missed out on points against Sheffield United in their previous game, despite going ahead in the game, and in desperate need of points to try and prevent relegation.

With the English manager never being relegated with the seven other clubs that he has taken charge of in the Premier League.

Tottenham reverted back to a 4-2-3-1 formation and Harry Kane returned earlier than expected from the injuries to both ankles that he picked up against Liverpool and took the place of Carlos Vinicius.

The South American trio of Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Davinson Sanchez also came in, replacing Steven Bergwijn, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier – who was dropped following his penalty giveaway, which won the game for Chelsea last match.

West Brom made five changes to their starting XI, with Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles the most notable of the changes, making his debut since his deadline day move from the red side of North London.

Conditions were snowy and blistery, as the game began at midday.

Mourinho’s men held the majority of the possession in the early minutes of the game, but both sides had early chances that amounted to nothing.

On the 15-minute mark, Spurs started to get into a groove, with the Baggies hardly able to leave their half.

The constant pressure resulted in Serge Aurier finding Harry Kane on the edge of the area.

He struggled to control the ball comfortably however, and his left-footed shot came close, but hit the side netting.

Pressure continued, and moments later Kane had another opportunity.

A Tanguy Ndombele pass which was aimed at Heung-Min Son, deflected towards the England captain whose left-footed shot dragged wide of the far post.

His third shot came a minute later and once again West Brom denied the striker, with Kyle Bartley deflecting the ball for a corner.

Opportunities ended momentarily as the game settled once more.

Spurs were comfortable on the ball, but unable to break their deep defending opponents, with their only player forward being Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne.

In the 37th minute, Sam Johnstone denied Kane again, with a save at the near post, which he pushed to safety.

And the shot stopper then made a fantastic stretching save five minutes later, when Serge Aurier met a Heung-Min Son corner with a header across the face of goal.

Tottenham still could not find the net, despite their immense pressure.

The constant defending almost paid off, when the last opportunity of the half came to West Brom.

A positive run by Robert Snodgrass, saw him drift onto his favoured left foot and deliver a cross to an unmarked Mbaye Diagne at the back post.

The Galatasaray loanee headed towards goal but could not generate the power to beat Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal, and the game was goalless at the break.

With the desire to get themselves into an early need, the North London outfit picked up where they left off.

Kane and Son linked up quickly in the opening minutes of the half, and the Korean had a left-footed low shot saved by the feet of Johnstone in the West Brom goal.

The Midlands club were unable to get a foothold of the game and eventually the deadlock was broken.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg delivered a lovely through ball to Spurs’ number 10, and this time he beat Johnstone, curling a ball with his right foot into the bottom right corner.

A goal on his return to the squad.

Making him the joint second top scorer of all time for the club, one goal from being ahead of Bobby Smith and behind Jimmy Greaves MBE.

This goal spurred on the home side to double their lead.

And they did so just four minutes later.

This season’s top goal scorer Heung-Min Son was the player to beat Sam Johnstone this time.

As West Brom tried to tie the game, Tottenham won the ball back, and counter-attacked devastatingly.

A chested pass from Harry Kane begun the attack, as he played it to Lucas Moura.

Running from his own half, the Brazilian reached the edge of the away sides area before cutting inside and finding his Korean teammate, who struck the ball across an already diving goalkeeper, making it 2-0 to his team.

From then on the game was set for a Tottenham Hotspur win.

Diagne headed a Snodgrass cross into the back of the net for the team in red and yellow but was called offside by the officials.

And then with 10 minutes left to play, the West African striker netted once more, but was evidently offside again.

Two close scares for Spurs, but they will be delighted to end the game with all three points and a clean sheet.

West Brom will face Manchester United in their next game as they continue to fight to stay in the Premier League for next season.

Tottenham Hotspur’s next match is away at Goodison Park, as they look to beat Everton in the FA Cup fifth round, before travelling to the Etihad Stadium to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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