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Tottenham 1-1 Blackpool

By Pranav Soneji

Jermain Defoe scores for Tottenham
Defoe netted only his fourth Premier League goal of the season in the draw

A late 25-yard strike from Jermain Defoe earned Tottenham a point against Blackpool after the hosts had conceded two second-half penalties in a minute.

Charlie Adam converted a 76th-minute spot-kick after Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes had fouled Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Gomes had saved a penalty moments earlier from the same player after Michael Dawson handled in the area.

But Defoe struck powerfully past Matthew Gilks in the 89th minute to level a dramatic encounter.

However, Tottenham could be without inspirational winger Gareth Bale for their remaining games - at Manchester City on Tuesday, at Liverpool on 15 May and at home to Birmingham on 22 May - after the Wales international left the pitch on a stretcher with an ankle injury following a rash Adam challenge.

The result will frustrate the north Londoners, whose prospects of qualifying for the fourth and final Champions League place look increasingly bleak ahead of Tuesday's trip to Eastlands - City effectively need a point to deny Spurs a second successive top-four finish.

Tottenham, who have only won once in nine Premier League matches, were once again profligate in front of goal with Rafael Van der Vaart, Bale and Luka Modric all spurning excellent chances, especially in the early stages of the second half.

Top four 'a tough ask' - Redknapp

However, the result gives Blackpool fresh impetus in their quest to maintain their Premier League status with games at home to Bolton next Saturday and away to Manchester United on the final day of the campaign remaining.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp made two changes to the team that controversially lost to Chelsea, with Danny Rose making his first appearance in a Tottenham shirt in over a year at left-back, while Defoe replaced Aaron Lennon, who was dropped to the bench.

A lively first half saw both sides create good chances, but neither could produce a deft finish in front of goal as opportunities were squandered.

A thumping left-footed volley by Adam was brilliantly saved by Gomes in the 24th minute, while a Van der Vaart pass dissected Blackpool's back four and found Defoe, but the striker's run was a fraction too early as he was rightly adjudged offside before rifling the ball into the back of the net.

The hosts dominated the opening exchanges of the second half as the introduction of Lennon, on for the redundant Roman Pavlyuchenko, allowed Redknapp's men to play the kind of expansive game which enthralled fans at the start of the season.

England winger Lennon's pace opened up Blackpool's defence, but numerous opportunities could not be converted as the crowd's impatience began to show.

Gomes made yet another excellent save, this time to deny DJ Campbell from eight yards after good work from David Vaughan sent the striker through.

Bale's withdrawal increased the home faithful's worries - further exacerbated when Dawson was adjudged to have handled an Adam corner in the 75th minute.

We're no pushover - Holloway

But the Scotland midfielder's low strike was brilliantly saved by Gomes, diving to his left - only for the Brazilian keeper to concede a thoroughly needless penalty less than 60 seconds later when he chased a bobbling ball through a throng of players inside his own box.

Referee Lee Probert deemed that Gomes had obstructed Taylor-Fletcher and Adam stepped up and hammered his second penalty into the top-left corner.

But Defoe grabbed a late equaliser for Spurs when he collected the ball 30 yards out before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the bottom right corner for only his fourth goal of the Premier League campaign.


"Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:
"We needed a win today, anything else was no good for us. We have drawn too many games - we haven't been able to kill teams off.

"We haven't been as good as we were a couple of months ago when we were beating teams instead of drawing so many games.

"Whether it's because we have gone flat after the Champions League run. It just wasn't meant to be today."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway:
"Jermain [Defoe] could have broken our hearts but we kept going, I couldn't have asked for more from the lads.

"Two points extra would have been nice but it will go to the wire, we look like a team who could win a game at at this level and we nearly did.

"Today has given me massive hope for the future, we don't want to relinquish this position at this level and we've come to a big side and taken four points almost six off them."

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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 1-1 Blackpool FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Defoe 89
  • Adam (pen) 76

Tottenham

Substitutes

Blackpool

Substitutes

Ref: ProbertAtt: 35,585
TOTTENHAM
BLACKPOOL

Possession

  • Tottenham 55%
  • Blackpool 45%

Attempts on target

  • Tottenham 11
  • Blackpool 7

Attempts off target

  • Tottenham 9
  • Blackpool 6

Corners

  • Tottenham 7
  • Blackpool 6

Fouls

  • Tottenham 5
  • Blackpool 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+7:20 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+7:09 Jason Puncheon has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 90:00+6:46 The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 90:00+5:51 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 90:00+5:25 Centre by James Beattie, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 90:00+3:11 A cross is delivered by Jermain Defoe.
  • 90:00+2:15 The ball is delivered by Niko Kranjcar, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
  • 90:00+1:48 Foul by Stephen Crainey on Jermain Defoe, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Lennon.
  • 90:00+1:22 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam to the near post, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
  • 90:00+0:24 Substitution James Beattie replaces Neal Eardley.
  • 90:00+0:24 Substitution Niko Kranjcar comes on in place of Danny Rose.
  • 88:56 Foul by Charlie Adam on Luka Modric, free kick awarded. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:13 Luka Modric provided the assist for the goal.
  • 88:13 GOAL - Jermain DefoeTottenham 1 - 1 Blackpool Goal scored by Jermain Defoe from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-1 Blackpool.
  • 87:47 Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 87:15 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, clearance by David Vaughan.
  • 86:49 Shot on goal by Jason Puncheon from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 86:23 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 85:55 Foul by Dudley Campbell on William Gallas, free kick awarded. Raniere Sandro restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:50 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball.
  • 83:38 Effort on goal by Raniere Sandro from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 80:12 Neal Eardley concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rose. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:49 Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
  • 78:49 Booking Aaron Lennon shown a yellow card.
  • 78:38 Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball. Aaron Lennon is penalised for a handball.
  • 76:45 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
  • 76:14 Substitution Gary Taylor-Fletcher leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Cathcart.
  • 75:30 Assist on the goal came from Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 75:30 GOAL - Charlie AdamTottenham 0 - 1 Blackpool Penalty taken left-footed by Charlie Adam and scored. Tottenham 0-1 Blackpool.
  • 75:08 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 74:42 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 74:29 A save by Heurelho Gomes from penalty by Charlie Adam. Tottenham 0-0 Blackpool.
  • 74:07 Booking The referee books Michael Dawson for unsporting behaviour.
  • 73:45 The referee gives a against Michael Dawson for handball.
  • 73:22 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Adam.
  • 73:05 Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 72:08 Younes Kaboul sends in a cross.
  • 70:53 Michael Dawson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 70:35 Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 70:28 The ball is sent over by Danny Rose, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
  • 70:21 The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon.
  • 69:37 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 69:15 Short corner worked by Luka Modric.
  • 68:17 Centre by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 66:54 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Peter Crouch.
  • 66:24 Rafael Van der Vaart concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Alex Baptiste takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Keith Southern. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
  • 64:50 Alex Baptiste concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 63:51 Substitution Gareth Bale leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Crouch.
  • 60:09 Jason Puncheon is ruled offside. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:50 Centre by Aaron Lennon, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Luka Modric goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 55:53 Jermain Defoe produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • Correction - 55:30 Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Jermain Defoe gets a block in.
  • 55:30 Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Blocked by Jermain Defoe.
  • 53:38 Gareth Bale has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 52:04 Ian Evatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Alex Baptiste.
  • 51:24 Effort from outside the area by David Vaughan goes wide right of the goal.
  • 49:40 Centre by Danny Rose, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 48:05 Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Gareth Bale from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 47:02 Shot from deep inside the area by Rafael Van der Vaart clears the bar.
  • 46:29 Corner from the left by-line taken by Charlie Adam, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 46:20 Dudley Campbell takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Aaron Lennon coming on for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 45:01 Substitution Jason Puncheon is brought on as a substitute for Sergey Kornilenko.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:14 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:46 Rafael Van der Vaart produces a cross, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
  • 43:03 Stephen Crainey concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Van der Vaart. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dudley Campbell on Danny Rose. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 41:53 Raniere Sandro produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 40:59 Sergey Kornilenko has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the target.
  • 39:52 Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
  • 39:52 Booking Sergey Kornilenko goes into the referee's book.
  • 39:44 Gareth Bale fouled by Sergey Kornilenko, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 38:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Alex Baptiste.
  • 38:46 Younes Kaboul produces a cross.
  • 38:36 A cross is delivered by Danny Rose, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 37:33 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale.
  • 36:56 The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
  • 35:58 The official flags Jermain Defoe offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 35:32 Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 35:00 Neal Eardley produces a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 33:41 Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:41 Booking William Gallas goes into the book.
  • 33:34 Charlie Adam fouled by William Gallas, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 32:17 Gareth Bale produces a cross.
  • 31:27 The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
  • 30:38 Handball decision goes against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
  • 29:19 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Keith Southern gets a block in.
  • 27:01 Effort on goal by Charlie Adam from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 25:38 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Comfortable save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 23:35 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line to the near post, Sergey Kornilenko produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • Correction - 23:07 Sergey Kornilenko takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in. Charlie Adam takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a brilliant save.
  • 23:07 Sergey Kornilenko takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in. Alex Baptiste takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 21:39 Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
  • 21:39 Booking Neal Eardley goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 21:19 Neal Eardley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose.
  • 21:11 The ball is sent over by Sergey Kornilenko.
  • 19:11 The ball is crossed by Roman Pavlyuchenko, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.
  • 18:17 The ball is delivered by Danny Rose, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:51 Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line.
  • 17:41 Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste.
  • 17:22 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.
  • 16:15 Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
  • 15:22 Jermain Defoe produces a cross, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
  • 14:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Vaughan on Luka Modric. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
  • 13:46 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, brilliant save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 13:35 The ball is crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 13:12 Corner taken by Luka Modric, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • 12:59 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 12:42 Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line.
  • 12:28 Danny Rose takes a shot. Blocked by Neal Eardley.
  • 12:23 Younes Kaboul crosses the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
  • 9:47 Younes Kaboul concedes a free kick for a foul on Dudley Campbell. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:41 Danny Rose delivers the ball, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
  • 7:31 Michael Dawson challenges Sergey Kornilenko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Neal Eardley from the free kick.
  • 6:42 Luka Modric takes a outswinging corner.
  • 6:23 Michael Dawson takes a shot. David Vaughan gets a block in.
  • 6:15 The ball is crossed by Jermain Defoe, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:47 The ball is crossed by Younes Kaboul.
  • 3:12 Stephen Crainey sends in a cross, clearance by Michael Dawson.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 7 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 35 38 73
2 Chelsea 35 38 70
3 Arsenal 35 32 67
4 Man City 35 21 62
5 Tottenham 35 7 56
6 Liverpool 35 15 55
7 Everton 36 6 51
8 Bolton 36 -1 46
9 Fulham 35 7 45
10 Newcastle 36 -1 44
11 Sunderland 36 -12 44
12 Stoke 35 0 43
13 West Brom 35 -14 43
14 Aston Villa 36 -13 42
15 Blackburn 36 -14 39
16 Birmingham 36 -18 39
17 Blackpool 36 -22 36
18 Wigan 36 -23 36
19 Wolves 35 -23 34
20 West Ham 36 -23 33

see also
Top four spot unlikely - Redknapp
08 May 11 |  Tottenham
Saturday football as it happened
07 May 11 |  Football
Premier League photos
07 May 11 |  Football



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