Craig Dawson’s header tonight on 73rd minute could be the moment when Tottenham’s hopes of catching Leicester to the Premier League title vanished.
Coming in to the game tonight, Spurs knew they had to win the game to keep pushing Leicester all the way. Mauricio Pochettino’s men made a bright start and tested West Brom’s defense by coming close on numerous occasion.
Harry Kane came closest to breaking the deadlock when his shot struck the inside of goal-post and came out. Supporters at White Hart Lane were a bit twitchy knowing the importance of first goal tonight.
Then on 33rd minute, Craig Dawson’s deflected header gave Spurs the lead and it seemed as if the title race would go right down to the wire.
Spurs were expected to have more of the ball and dominate West Brom in the second half. Instead The Baggies came out with an intent to spoil the party for Spurs fans and looked threatening everytime they attacked.
At times, Spurs looked short on ideas as West Brom grew in the game. Unlike Leicester, they could not hold out and get the result even when opposition were dominating.
As the game was stretched, Tottenham’s key players Eriksen, Alli and Kane showed signs of nerves and played some reckless passes.
West Brom kept pushing for the equalizer with Salomon Rondon coming closest with his header at the near post. After coming close on numerous occasions, Craig Dawson finally got the goal for his team when he connected his header after an error from Hugo Lloris.
Spurs keeper came to collect the ball from a West Brom’s corner, instead he failed to reach the ball and Dawson headed home the equalizing goal, much to the dismay of Spurs supporters.
That really took the sting out of Tottenham’s performance and even though there were 20 minutes left in the game, one could see how hey had already given up.
Stadium looked flat, players looked dejected and in a way they surrendered the title after a valiant fight this season. Leicester fans must elated with this result who now are just a win away from winning the Premier League title.
Their next game is against Manchester United at Old Trafford which could end up being the game when we finally witness what has looked inevitable for last few months.
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