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Spurs set club record in Premier League after 1-1 draw at West Brom

Published 05/12/2015

Tottenham's Dele Alli skips away from Jonny Evans in the 1-1 draw at West Brom.
Tottenham's Dele Alli skips away from Jonny Evans in the 1-1 draw at West Brom.

Tottenham extended their unbeaten run to 14 games to set a new club record in the Barclays Premier League as they were held 1-1 at West Brom.

Spurs have not lost in the league since the opening day and it is now their longest run without defeat in the top flight since a 14-game streak in 1985.

Dele Alli enhanced his growing reputation when he volleyed in after 15 minutes in front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson.

But James McClean levelled with his first goal since February and Spurs were indebted to Hugo Lloris for a wonderful reaction stop to deny Jonas Olsson in the second half.

The Baggies silenced Harry Kane as the striker was restricted to just one second-half chance which he failed to convert while Saido Berahino - who threatened to strike after Tottenham's deadline day bids were rejected by West Brom in the summer - was an unused substitute.

With Berahino benched for the fourth straight game Salomon Rondon spearheaded the Baggies and he drilled wide after seven minutes.

The striker should have done better and Albion paid the price when they were caught out eight minutes later.

Toby Alderweireld launched a deep ball from his own half and Alli split Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson to poke a first-time volley past Boaz Myhill from seven yards.

It was a poor goal to concede and Spurs looked to take the sting out of the game without seriously threatening again.

There was little suggestion the Baggies would launch a recovery as Rondon diligently toiled for little reward.

But they levelled after 39 minutes when a neat move opened Spurs up for McClean's first goal for the club.

Stephane Sessegnon linked with Darren Fletcher on the right for the former Manchester United man to burst into the box and cross for McClean who beat Kyle Walker to the ball to thump in a six-yard header.

Kane, who had been quiet, almost restored Spurs' lead three minutes after the restart but he could not bundle in before Erik Lamela headed straight at Myhill.

Alli continued to impress but neither side were able to take control of a scruffy game which lacked real quality. Spurs continued to look the most dangerous but the dogged Baggies forced them down dead ends.

Myhill claimed Mousa Dembele's low 25 yard effort after 63 minutes before Lloris was Tottenham's saviour 10 minutes later.

Chris Brunt's free-kick caused havoc in the Spurs box and it fell to Olsson four yards out and Lloris produced a stunning reflex save to turn his stabbed volley over the bar.

It inspired the Baggies and Rondon should have done better than to let Craig Gardner's cross run in front of him with the goal at his mercy.

Spurs lost their composure with Albion galvanised but the Baggies could not find a way through and had to settle for a point.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

Happy to see @SpursOfficial walk with a point from today's very grueling game! On to the next! #COYS - Man v. Food host and Spurs fan Adam Richman (@AdamRichman) was pleased to see Tottenham come away with a point.

West Brom

Boaz Myhill: 6

Craig Dawson: 6

Gareth McAuley: 6

Jonas Olsson: 6

Chris Brunt: 6

Darren Fletcher: 6

Jonny Evans: 6

Stephane Sessegnon: 6

James Morrison: 6

James McClean: 7

Salomon Rondon: 7

Subs:

Craig Gardner: 6

Tottenham:

Hugo Lloris: 7

Kyle Walker: 6

Toby Alderweireld: 7

Jan Vertonghen: 6

Eric Dier: 6

Mousa Dembele: 6

Erik Lamela: 6

Christian Eriksen: 6

Dele Alli: 7

Harry Kane: 6

Subs:

Son Heung-min 6

Clinton N'Jie: 6

STAR MAN

Dele Alli: In front of the watching Roy Hodgson the 19-year-old scored his fourth goal of the season and underlined his blossoming reputation. The midfielder took his goal well and offered a presence in the centre with strength and skill. He looks a snip after linking up with Tottenham in the summer following his move from MK Dons. Spurs began to lose their way in the second half but they could rely on Alli to give them an outlet and a way to ease any late pressure.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The Baggies had been undone by a route-one goal from Tottenham but levelled thanks to the best move of the match. There had been little hint of a leveller but James McClean's first goal for the club handed them a way back. Stephane Sessegnon and Darren Fletcher carved out the chance on the right for Baggies skipper Fletcher to cross for McClean to show more desire than Kyle Walker and head in from six yards. It gave the Baggies a deserved point as they maintained their own unbeaten run.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Harry Kane, who had scored nine goals in nine games for club and country leading up to the match, was quiet and failed to convert his only chance. The striker's scuffed shot from six yards was hacked away by Craig Dawson and his frustrating afternoon was summed up when he was booked for a late challenge on Dawson in the second half. He was well handled by the Baggies defence but it was an off day for the in-form England international.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted after Spurs extended their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League to 14 games. They rode their luck at times and needed Hugo Lloris to produce a world-class save to deny Jonas Olsson in the second half. The Baggies are unbeaten in their last three matches and look set for a mid-table stay this season as Tony Pulis tries to build at The Hawthorns.

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Liverpool v West Brom (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, December 12)

Tottenham v Monaco (Europa League, Thursday, December 10)

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