Well as suspected Harry handed a full debut to both Willam Gallas and Rafael Van der Vaart but neither player managed to make their dream debut at the Hawthorns.
The game did start with a few half chances and Tottenham looked to be passing the ball well, Van der Vaart was playing some nice passes and looked to have great control. It was actually a Van der Vaart over the top pass which saw two of the West Brom defense try to header the same ball clear but it dropped kindly for Luka Modric to run on to and slam the ball pass Carson. Within 5mins of the goal Modric had to limp off and was later seen on crutches. Towards the end of the half Cudicini made a great low block only for the ball to rebound into the air, after a scramble in the box Brunt managed to beat Bale to the jump and header the ball in at the near post to make it 1-1.
The second half got underway and West Brom came out a completely different team, they looked to pass and move better than us and for some reason they looked to have much more stamina. The Tottenham boys looked tired and the West Brom players looked fresh and really started to take the game to us.
For the rest of the match Tottenham looked more and more tired, Pav didn’t really ever get in the game and was substituted for Keane. Spurs were looking to play more direct down the middle with the inclusion of Keane in the game but it just wasn’t falling Tottenham’s way. West Brom were looking more and more dangerous on the counter as the tired legs of the Spurs players were struggling to get back. In the last 10mins and a West Brom corner saw a glancing header saved down low by cudicini and only a few mins later he was at it again with a full stretch save down to his left. Carlo had made up for the tame shot he let in against Wigan by keeping Tottenham in this one.
The game finished at 1-1, wasn’t a great game really, could argue a draw was a fair result. Gallas done well at times but looked very tired towards the end. Van der Vaart during the match played a lovely through ball for Ball but Carson got the slightest touch to send Bale’s shot wide. Van der Vaart looked tired towards the end also. Van der Vaart and Gallas you can understand as they haven’t had much match time recently but there were other players looking lazy and tired. Corluka looked exhausted for the final third of the game so did Palacios. Maybe it was a case of players having their minds on Tuesday night. I thought Kaboul had a decent enough game, won most of his headers and didn’t really do too much wrong.
Overall fair result, if anything West Brom should have nicked it, wasn’t a great performance and now it makes the Wigan result look even worse. 1 point from Wigan and West Brom isn’t top 4 form.Follow @TrfficTottenham