Tottenham 0-1 West Brom: Morrison strikes to down dreadful Spurs

first_imgA poor Tottenham side slipped to back-to-back home defeats as James Morrison’s second-half strike sealed a 1-0 victory for West Brom at White Hart Lane.It was a dreadful display from the hosts, who struggled to break down the Baggies’ stubborn defence led by impressive debutant Joleon Lescott.Emmanuel Adebayor seems to be forever frustrating Spurs fans with his fluctuating form, and this was one his more forgettable performances as he attempted to spearhead Mauricio Pochettino’s attack.He, along with Erik Lamella and substitute Roberto Soldado, was guilty of squandering chances from decent positions, but most of the action occurred at the other end as West Brom proved a constant menace.But, despite a series of chances, they had to wait until the 74th minute for Morrison to finally break the deadlock.The 5ft 10in midfielder beat a host of bodies in the box to nod in from a corner, sealing the Baggies first win of the season to lift them from the bottom of the Premier League table.Alan Irvine’s men were the far more impressive throughout the opening half, and could have opened up an early lead with a number of early chances.First up was centre-back Craig Dawson, who fired over from a corner with a thumping header, with Saido Berahino shooting wide shortly after following a neat through ball from Craig Gardner.Spurs mustered an instant reply of pressure but couldn’t take their chance in front of goal, with Baggies stopper Ben Foster quick off his line to prevent Spurs’ forward push.But West Brom continued to pile on the pressure, with Jolean Lescott, on his first appearance for the Baggies since his summer switch from Man City, unintentionally denied a debut goal by team-mate Dawson who blocked the England international’s volley from another dangerous corner.Then Spurs had Lloris to thank for keeping them in the game after the Frenchman saved Gardner’s low effort.It was a very attacking game, with both sides looking to fly forward as soon as they steal possession, but Tottenham just couldn’t find that clinical pass or finish in the final third.And the hosts were lucky not to find themselves down earlier in the game, as they escaped what looked like a clear penalty shout for the visiting team.It looked a certain spot kick as Dawson’s header struck the outstretched arm of Adebayor in the area, but the referee didn’t give it despite furious appeals from the Baggies.Berahino then thought he had given the Baggies a deserved lead when he poked the ball past Lloris into the bottom corner, but his cheeky effort was correctly ruled out for offside.Lescott, meanwhile, may have given England manager Roy Hodgson some food for thought with a really solid performance in the Baggies’ back-four, denying Erik Lamela in the box with a strong challenge as Spurs made a quick start after the break.Both goalkeepers were in fine form throughout, as Foster denied Soldano from close-range following the Spaniard’s snap-shot, while Lloris pulled off a brilliant save to tip Berahino’s swerving drive round his post.But the France no.1 – let down by some sloppy defending – was eventually beaten, as Morrison’s late header secured the Baggies’ first three points of the campaign. West Brom forward James Morrison celebrates his winning goal at Tottenham 1last_img read more

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