EPL 2017/18 : Tottenham 1-1 West Brom, Five talking points

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Tottenham 1-1 West Brom: Tottenham are losing ground on the Premier League title race as the Lilywhites lose two vital points against an out-of-form West Brom.

Tottenham 1-1 West Brom
Spurs couldn’t replicate their Champions League form once again, as West Brom seal a vital point at Wembley.
The London club started the game with a lot of ball possession, but their dominance soon turned a tide after Jake Livermore robbed the ball from Dele Alli in the midfield.
The midfielder found his teammate Saloman Rondon who scored past Lloris to give his team a shock lead.
However, his goal wasn’t enough at last, as a goal from Harry Kane in the second half meant the two sides share a point each.

Back to their disciplinary best

West Brom’s season has been uncharacteristically sloppy so far. The Baggies have suffered defensive lapses time and again, which eventually lost Tony Pulis his job.
However, they were impressive against Spurs with defensive co-ordination apparent for everyone to see. Tottenham couldn’t create many clear-cut opportunities because of their perfectly executed match plan.

Harry Kane saves a point

An unimpressive Spurs side looked at their star man to rescue them from a shocker, and the Englishman delivered.
He took advantage of the first real defensive error from West Brom with he easily escaped El Hegazi in the box to find plenty of room to aim at the goal.

Was it Tony Pulis all along?

West Brom sacked the Welsh manager following a dismaying run of games with just two wins in more than 20 games.
Pulis has always been known for installing defensive solidarity within a team, but their recent drubbing from Chelsea showed something wasn’t working at the Hawthorns.
Nevertheless, against Spurs, they looked like a well-drilled team with a clear objective in their mind. Perhaps, it was Pulis all along.

Has Spurs’ race run already?

Spurs have won just one in their last four in the Premier League, and could potentially fall outside of the top four.
After losing to Arsenal last weekend, the North London club needed to return to winning ways to find momentum once again- but face another setback.
Lloris assertion about Champions League football being a priority is more than a mere deflection now.
With ten points below the league leaders, City who also have a game in hand, Spurs are likely to have their eyes set on a top 4 challenge this season.

Baggies should build on

To be fair with West Brom, they had a challenging run of fixtures in recent weeks. The West-midlands club faced league leaders Manchester City just before the international break while they hosted the defending champions only a game week later.
Three games against last seasons top four was always going to be a humongous task for them. However, they now must be assessed based on their next three fixtures which includes Swansea, Crystal Palace and Newcastle.
 

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