Tottenham remain unbeaten with West Brom win
The games of September began, and Tottenham
continued their unbeaten run in all competitions after 3 wins and a draw in August. This time, they faced a slightly tougher opponent in West Bromwich Albion,
read below to see how they got on...
The team Tottenham
fielded was Hugo Lloris - Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, Mattia De Sciglio - Paulinho, Mousa Dembélé - Stephan El Shaarawy, Christian Eriksen, Bébé - Roberto Soldado.
The formation was Mido's
4-2-3-1, changed from before. North London rivals Arsenal
manager Arséne Wenger
was spotted in the stands before kick off.
Débutant Mattia De Sciglio
got off to a rocket start, setting up fellow new signing Bébé
for a beautiful goal in the 4th minute, making the score 1-0
For the next 10 minutes, the game was pretty even, with both teams creating some dangerous chances, but the goalkeepers were the key. Stephane Sessegnon
was yellow carded in the 19th minute for a foul on Bébé,
but that lead to nothing serious. Just 2 minutes later, West Brom
created a chance which Lloris
couldn't get to, with Frimpong, Yacob
and goalscorer Gera
all playing vital parts in the equaliser. 1-1.
More chances came flying in the remainder of the 1st half, and other than a few yellow cards being dished out, nothing happened until half time. In the second half, Paulinho
and Chris Brunt
both needed treatment on the sidelines for separate injuries, but came back on within a few minutes. Débutant Stephan El Shaarawy
was later susbtituted after a less than satisfactory first game in Spurs
colours, being replaced by Erik Lamela.
The game looked destined for a draw. Lamela
was smashing shots at the goal from left, right and centre, but none could get into the back of the net. Then, in the 74th minute, Roberto Soldado
grabbed the winner, after a fierce shot was driven into the back of the net, assisted by Mousa Dembélé. Soldado
was then taken off to be rested, Emmanuel Adebayor
replacing him. After a few more chances, mainly from Lamela,
the game finished 2-1
in favour of the away side.
The man of the match, just, was again centre back Younes Kaboul,
who bagged a great rating of 8.2,
to a well deserved victory.
had some words to say after the match...
"I'm happy with how we played as well as the result. We worked hard and wouldn't back down. I'm impressed with Mattia [De Sciglio] and to an extent Stephan [El Shaarawy], as well as our man of the match Younes [Kaboul]. I hope this form continues for the remainder of the season, even though it's far too early to tell. I believe we can continue our form well into October, but that's if we can get a good result at the Etihad Stadium. But it's another good victory now, and I'm very happy with it."
The victory bumped Spurs
up one place to 7th, while Everton
and Manchester City
remained at the top. There were wins for the top 2, as well as Liverpool, Cardiff City
and Newcastle United.