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West Brom   1 - 1   Tottenham

By Jamie Lillywhite

Chris Brunt
Brunt bundles the ball in after the Spurs defence fails to clear

West Brom came from behind to secure a point against Tottenham thanks to Chris Brunt's 50th league goal of his career.

Tottenham, who gave debuts to William Gallas and Rafael van der Vaart, had plenty of the early play and went ahead as Luka Modric fired in from 12 yards.

But the Baggies hit back and levelled towards the end of the first half when Brunt headed in from close range.

Spurs keeper Carlo Cudicini made two key saves, keeping out a Jonas Olsson header and Peter Odemwinge's curler.

Spurs, who travel to Werder Bremen in the Champions League on Tuesday, dominated the early stages as Van der Vaart orchestrated the attacks with his skilful left foot, playing just behind lone striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Gallas settled into a new-look central defensive partnership alongside fellow Frenchman Younes Kaboul, despite jibes from the Baggies contingent who sang: "Gallas is an Arsenal fan."

Aaron Lennon should have done better having been set-up by a deft backheel from Van der Vaart, but the winger's left-foot shot was high and wide.

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However, the visitors were soon ahead and it was their new £8m signing Van der Vaart who instigated it, with a flighted pass dropping invitingly for Modric, who drove into the bottom corner clinically.

Modric, who was only just returning to the side following injury, was forced to hobble off soon after his goal.

The talented midfielder's attempted challenge resulted in a knock to the same leg that he fractured last season, and the Lilywhites will be fearful of a repeat of the three-month absence he endured then.

Gareth Bale, despite dropping to left-back to accommodate the return of Modric, enjoyed some typically scintillating runs down the flank, but Spurs failed to find the second goal their possession merited and were made to pay as the Baggies found their way back into the match.

Debutant Paul Scharner, who was in the Wigan team beaten 9-1 at White Hart Lane last season, headed a Brunt corner narrowly wide and came close again with a long-range effort.

But in the closing moments of the first half Marc-Antoine Fortune's forceful run resulted in a left-footed drive that looped up off Spurs keeper Cudicini, Odemwingie flicked on the loose ball and Brunt got in front of Bale to apply the final touch.

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With the Baggies in the ascendancy Odemwingie's low 25-yard shot was smothered by Cudicini and Spurs were grateful to hear the half-time whistle.

The Londoners started well after the break, and some intricate passing culminated in a delightful through ball from Van der Vaart to free Bale, but having cut inside, the Welshman did not get enough power in his shot and it was kept out by Scott Carson.

The England international goalkeeper was alert to deny Tottenham again moments later when he pushed aside a stinging drive from Kaboul, while at the other end an unmarked Odemwingie headed over.

Gallas had a steady debut but occasionally looked short of match fitness and was given a yellow card by World Cup final referee Howard Webb, officiating in his first Premier League match of the season, after hauling down Odemwingie.

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Spurs introduced Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch but were devoid of ideas as the Baggies dominated the final quarter of the contest.

Olsson's angled header was destined for the far corner as was a low effort from the tricky Odemwingie, but Cudicini, criticised for Wigan's winner at White Hart Lane last month, made stunning saves.

He was also quickly off his line to narrow the angle as Gabriel Tamas surged through to collect a neat backheel from Odemwingie, the defender's shot flashing wide as Spurs held on.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Brom 1-1 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Brunt 41
  • Modric 27

West Brom

Substitutes

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: H WebbAtt: 23,642
WEST BROM
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • West Brom 46%
  • Tottenham 54%

Attempts on target

  • West Brom 8
  • Tottenham 9

Attempts off target

  • West Brom 7
  • Tottenham 7

Corners

  • West Brom 9
  • Tottenham 4

Fouls

  • West Brom 12
  • Tottenham 9
  • Final Result
  • 94:57 The match has kicked off.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:35 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Jonas Olsson. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 90:00+3:07 Short corner worked by Giles Barnes.
  • 90:00+1:57 Jerome Thomas has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
  • 90:00+1:42 Effort on goal by Robbie Keane from 25 yards. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 90:00 The match has reached full-time.
  • 89:29 Effort from deep inside the area by Gabriel Tamas misses to the left of the target.
  • 88:37 Corner from right by-line taken by Giles Barnes.
  • 88:25 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
  • 86:38 Corner taken by Jerome Thomas from the left by-line to the near post.
  • 85:34 Inswinging corner taken by Jerome Thomas from the left by-line played to the near post, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
  • 85:34 Substitution Somen Tchoyi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc-Antoine Fortune.
  • 85:03 A cross is delivered by Giles Barnes, Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Vedran Corluka gets a block in.
  • 82:25 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Giles Barnes.
  • 80:42 Steven Reid fouled by Younes Kaboul, the ref awards a free kick. Gonzalo Jara takes the direct free kick.
  • 80:15 Corner from right by-line taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 80:04 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 78:02 Tom Huddlestone produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 77:20 Substitution Giles Barnes replaces Chris Brunt.
  • 76:47 Substitution Aaron Lennon goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.
  • 73:27 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 72:25 Substitution Paul Scharner goes off and Steven Reid comes on.
  • 72:05 Tom Huddlestone has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 70:00 Unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul by Paul Scharner results in a free kick. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:18 Effort from the edge of the box by Jerome Thomas goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 63:21 Substitution Robbie Keane comes on in place of Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 63:09 Close range effort by William Gallas clears the crossbar.
  • 62:20 Gareth Bale fouled by Gabriel Tamas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
  • 61:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul by Youssouf Mulumbu. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
  • 60:52 The ball is sent over by Vedran Corluka, Gonzalo Jara manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:49 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Nicky Shorey gets a block in.
  • 59:21 Younes Kaboul restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:21 Booking Chris Brunt is given a yellow card.
  • 59:15 The referee gives a free kick against Chris Brunt for handball.
  • 57:33 Marc-Antoine Fortune gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul. Wilson Palacios restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Nicky Shorey. Rafael Van der Vaart fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 54:11 Free kick crossed by Jerome Thomas.
  • 54:11 Booking The referee shows William Gallas a yellow card.
  • 54:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by William Gallas.
  • 52:50 Chris Brunt takes the inswinging corner, Peter Odemwingie has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
  • 52:40 Chris Brunt takes a shot. Tom Huddlestone gets a block in.
  • 51:47 Rafael Van der Vaart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
  • 51:18 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 50:50 Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
  • 50:08 Gabriel Tamas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 49:20 Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line, save by Scott Carson.
  • 49:03 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 47:46 Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Rafael Van der Vaart, the ref awards a free kick. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 46:51 Peter Odemwingie produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 46:51 Effort on goal by Jerome Thomas from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:23 Effort on goal by Rafael Van der Vaart from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 45:00+1:03 Niko Kranjcar handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Gonzalo Jara takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:00 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:21 Shot comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick, save by Scott Carson.
  • 44:21 Booking Gonzalo Jara is booked.
  • 44:14 Foul by Gonzalo Jara on Rafael Van der Vaart, free kick awarded.
  • 43:53 Gonzalo Jara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Roman Pavlyuchenko restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:31 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • Correction - 40:08 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
  • 40:08 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 40:07 Peter Odemwingie provided the assist for the goal.
  • 40:07 GOAL - Chris BruntWest Brom 1 - 1 Tottenham Chris Brunt grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Brom 1-1 Tottenham.
  • 39:08 Effort on goal by Paul Scharner from long range goes over the bar.
  • 36:01 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 35:36 Vedran Corluka concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 32:34 Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Van der Vaart. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Niko Kranjcar, save by Scott Carson.
  • 31:37 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Niko Kranjcar coming on for Luka Modric.
  • 29:40 Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Gabriel Tamas has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 28:51 Handball by Luka Modric. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt.
  • 27:34 Unfair challenge on Gonzalo Jara by Luka Modric results in a free kick. Gabriel Tamas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:30 GOAL - Luka ModricWest Brom 0 - 1 Tottenham Luka Modric finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Tottenham.
  • 24:08 Gareth Bale delivers the ball.
  • 21:56 Gabriel Tamas challenges Younes Kaboul unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale from left channel, save by Scott Carson.
  • 16:02 Chris Brunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Younes Kaboul. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
  • 14:15 Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Gareth Bale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:36 The referee blows for offside. Carlo Cudicini takes the free kick.
  • 11:00 Marc-Antoine Fortune is ruled offside. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 9:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Jerome Thomas. Jerome Thomas produces a cross, Paul Scharner takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 7:50 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 6:15 Effort on goal by Aaron Lennon from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 5:26 The official flags Peter Odemwingie offside. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
  • 4:34 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line, save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 4:03 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line played to the near post, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.
  • 3:20 William Gallas concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Thomas. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jerome Thomas, clearance by Gareth Bale.
  • 1:21 Effort on goal by Luka Modric from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 16 12
2 Arsenal 4 10 10
3 Man Utd 4 6 8
4 Blackpool 4 0 7
5 Fulham 4 1 6
6 Aston Villa 3 -2 6
7 Man City 4 2 5
8 Birmingham 3 1 5
9 Wolves 4 0 5
10 Sunderland 4 0 5
11 Tottenham 4 0 5
12 Bolton 4 -1 5
13 Newcastle 4 1 4
14 Blackburn 4 -1 4
15 Liverpool 3 -2 4
16 West Brom 4 -6 4
17 Wigan 4 -9 4
18 Everton 4 -2 2
19 Stoke 3 -4 0
20 West Ham 4 -10 0

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