- Spurs vs Norwich

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Saturday 1 September 2012 | White Hart Lane | Referee: Mark Halsey | Attendance 36,142

  • Mousa Dembélé (68)
1 - 1
  • Robert Snodgrass (85)

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Tottenham Hotspur conceded a late equaliser at home for the second week running as Andre Villas-Boas' wait for his first win in charge continued.

Mousa Dembele thought he had won the match by scoring on his debut with an 18-yard strike, but Robert Snodgrass scored five minutes from time to deny Spurs as West Bromwich Albion did last week.

To make matters worse for Villas-Boas, Tom Huddlestone was sent off for a foul on Bradley Johnson with one minute left.

Had it not been for an excellent performance from Brad Friedel, Spurs could have gone behind before Dembele’s introduction as a substitute. The goalkeeper pulled off brilliant saves from Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington in his 307th consecutive Barclays Premier League game.

Spurs had started brightly. Aaron Lennon, fresh from signing a new four-year contract before kick-off, burst down the right flank and cut back for Gylfi Sigurdsson, but he shot wide in the opening minute.

After 15 minutes Norwich took hold of the game. Snodgrass floated in a cross for Russell Martin who headed on to the bar via the fingertips of Friedel. Martin then shrugged off Jermain Defoe and released Simeon Jackson, who ran 50 yards before slipping a shot just wide of Friedel's goal.

Spurs attack was limited to a tame Defoe shot that dribbled in to John Ruddy's arms.

Norwich, in contrast, grew in confidence by the minute. Howson's cross was cleared only as far as Johnson, who belted a screaming half-volley just over. Norwich then almost took the lead just before half-time when Pilkington crossed for Snodgrass who was denied by a brilliant one-handed save from Friedel.

Villas-Boas brought on Dembele for Sandro at half-time and the Belgian impressed early on. Sigurdsson also sprung into life, volleying a powerful shot but Ruddy saved with ease.

Pilkington a clever free-kick just wide, but Spurs hit back through Gareth Bale, who thumped a powerful drive just over the bar.

Friedel again proved his worth by saving a powerful low shot from Pilkington and then the home crowd’s mood was lifted after 68 minutes when Dembele opened the scoring.

Defoe drifted into the left-hand side of the box and laid the ball off to the Belgian, who shot beyond Ruddy.

Villas-Boas brought on Huddlestone for his first game in just over a year as he sought to close the game out, but Norwich snatched an equaliser through Snodgrass.

Moments after Kyle Walker had cleared off the line, the former Leeds player seized on a loose ball by smashing home through a crowded box with five minutes left.

Huddlestone thumped a powerful drive wide but his return ended in disappointment two minutes from time when he was given a red card.

Johnson almost won it for the visiting side with 30 seconds left when he powered a fierce shot that Friedel did well to save.

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Line-up All Fans BFR
24. Brad Friedel - -
5. Jan Vertonghen - -
28. Kyle Walker - -
13. William Gallas - -
32. Benoit Assou-Ekotto - -
7. Aaron Lennon - -
22. Gylfi Sigurdsson - -
11. Gareth Bale - -
30. Sandro - -
29. Jake Livermore - -
18. Jermain Defoe - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
33. Steven Caulker - -
10. Emmanuel Adebayor - -
16. Kyle Naughton - -
31. Andros Townsend - -
23. Carlo Cudicini - -
6. Tom Huddlestone - -
19. Mousa Dembélé - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy - -
20. Leon Barnett - -
5. Sébastien Bassong - -
2. Russell Martin - -
18. Javier Garrido - -
4. Bradley Johnson - -
12. Anthony Pilkington - -
8. Jonathan Howson - -
7. Robert Snodgrass - -
9. Grant Holt - -
10. Simeon Jackson - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
13. Declan Rudd - -
27. Alexander Tettey - -
16. Steve Morison - -
6. Michael Turner - -
11. Andrew Surman - -
23. Marc Tierney - -
14. Wes Hoolahan - -

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