Sunday 25 June 2017

Pochettino happy with point for profligate Spurs

West Brom 1 Tottenham 1

West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob (left) attempts to tackle Tottenham Hotspur's Vincent Janssen. Picture: PA
West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob (left) attempts to tackle Tottenham Hotspur's Vincent Janssen. Picture: PA

Nick Mashiter

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino refused to blame his wasteful stars after they missed the chance to go top of the Premier League.

Dele Alli scored an 89th-minute leveller to spare Spurs' blushes and earn a draw after Nacer Chadli's late strike against his former club looked to have given the hosts victory.

West Brom's Jonny Evans and Tottenham Hotspur's Moussa Sissoko battle for the ball. Picture: PA
West Brom's Jonny Evans and Tottenham Hotspur's Moussa Sissoko battle for the ball. Picture: PA

Spurs also lost Toby Alderweireld to add to their woes and he is a major doubt for Tuesday's Champions League trip to Bayer Leverkusen. The visitors dominated the first half and Ben Foster's star show twice denied Alli, Christian Eriksen and Ben Davies.

Arsenal's 3-2 win over Swansea also dropped Spurs down to third as they remained one point behind leaders Manchester City, who drew 1-1 with Everton.

"We missed the opportunity to achieve three points but it was a difficult game," said Pochettino. "When you are much better than the opposition during 45 minutes and create five or six big chances but don't score, you leave the door open.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world because it's always difficult. I am happy with the performance; we can talk about being more clinical but the team played very well in the first half."

Tottenham Hotspur's Moussa Sissoko (left) and West Bromwich Albion's James McClean tussle for possession. Picture PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Moussa Sissoko (left) and West Bromwich Albion's James McClean tussle for possession. Picture PA

Alderweireld was carried off in the second half after a collision with Salomon Rondon and Pochettino admits the defender's injury is a worry, saying: "He got a heavy knock in his leg. It is very painful. "

Baggies boss Tony Pulis said: "If you look at it as a whole we've got Ben to thank in the first half. I thought we still looked as though half a dozen of the players were still away on international duty. We never got up to the ball, we allowed Tottenham to play."

Elsewhere, Joe Allen extended his scoring streak with a brace as Stoke compounded Sunderland's problems with a 2-0 home victory. Manuel Lanzini got the only goal as 10-man West Ham eased their struggles with a win at Crystal Palace, for whom Christian Benteke missed a penalty.

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