West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Match info: Premier League at The Hawthorns

Date: 03/02/2013 KO: 13:30 Ref: M Clattenburg Att: 24,978

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W Brom



Gareth Bale 67

FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • West Brom 0 Tottenham 1. Bale's second-half thunderbolt settles the tie, with Popov's dismissal leaving West Brom with too much to do. Spurs move to within a point of Chelsea in third.

  • Bale away again and, guess what, he wins another corner. Spurs take the set-piece short, as they run down the clock.

  • Dawson concedes a late free-kick. One last chance for West Brom to snatch something. Foster makes his way forward. Brunt whips over the delivery, but Lloris comes and claims - at the second attempt.

  • Bale has a bloodied lip but soon re-joins the game. Looking increasingly likely that his spectacular strike will be the match-winner today.

  • Dawson with a tough challenge on Fortune, but he wins the ball while leaving the Baggies forward on the deck. Reid then catches Bale and he stays down holding his face. He was caught by an arm as he went over a Brunt tackle.

  • Ridgewell able to see out the threat of Bale, as he pops up on the right wing. From the throw, Holtby and Sigurdsson fail to combine on the edge of the box.

  • Four minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  • The set-piece is played short, before the ball is fed out to Parker. He ends up going all the way back to Lloris. When Spurs do look forward, Bale finds Sigurdsson in space on the right. He scuffs an attempted cross along the ground.

  • Fortune looking to get up alongside Long, with Clarke having sent on two forward-thinking players. No way through, though, and Bale moves up the other end to win another corner - Spurs' 16th.

  • Foster launches a free-kick long. Spurs can only half-clear to Morrison. He lobs the ball high into the box, where Lloris comes and claims. Olsson and Dawson collide, but nothing in that.

  • Spurs win yet another corner. They fare much better with this one, as Bale is able to get a head to the delivery. He makes powerful contact, but can't direct his effort goalwards.

  • Final change by Spurs sees Sigurdsson come on in place of Lennon.

  • Spurs move through midfield, with Parker picking out Lennon wide on the left. He is allowed to drift into the box and onto his right foot. His well-struck shot is kept out by a brave block.

  • Bale finding space all over the place now. He has been given freedom to roam by Villas-Boas and has been a constant threat this afternoon.

  • Bale brings the game down to a walking pace, with West Brom clearly tiring. They are doing their best to close down space and keep the score down, but there may be more joy for Spurs yet.

  • Double change by West Brom, with Dorrans and Yacob hauled off. Fortune and Rosenberg sent on by Clarke.

  • Bale with room to run into down the left flank. He skips past Reid with ease and fires over another dangerous cross. His delivery flashes across the face of goal and away on the far side.

  • Top defending from Dawson as he leans into Long and prevents him from getting on the end of a clever pass fed down the channel and into the Spurs box. Up at the other end, Dempsey concedes a needless free-kick. West Brom go to Long again, and he fires at Lloris from just inside the box. He had to strike early with Dawson once again in his face.

  • Yet another corner for Spurs comes to nothing. West Brom make a rare foray forward, but Yacob tries a difficult dinked pass over Parker and presents the ball back to Spurs.

  • Gallas on in place of Walker. He has slotted in at right-back.


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