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Tim Sherwood picked up a point in his first match as permanent Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by West Bromwich Albion.
Former Spurs midfielder Sherwood was handed the task of replacing Andre Villas-Boas on an 18-month contract after Sunday's 3-2 win at Southampton, but they found scoring much tougher in front of the White Hart Lane faithful.
Christian Eriksen had put them ahead with a thunderous 20-yard free-kick - his first league goal since moving to Tottenham - but Jonas Olsson bundled home a deserved equaliser almost immediately.
West Brom's interim head coach Keith Downing oversaw a gritty display, although the Midlands club are now eight games without a win.
Spurs racked up 20 shots to their opponents' total of six, but they couldn't secure victory.
The hosts came into the match unbeaten in their last eight Boxing Day fixtures and made two change, with Nacer Chadli and Lewis Holtby replacing Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela in an attacking set-up.
West Brom handed a full Barclays Premier League debut to Matej Vydra after his late heroics against Hull City last time out, in one of seven changes as they switched to a 3-5-2 formation.
The visitors looked for counter-attacks as Spurs dominated possession and Vydra was twice denied by Hugo Lloris as he sprung through the home defence.
Spurs were threatening as they surged forward with numbers, Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson lashing long-range strikes wide, while Roberto Soldado saw a dangerous effort blocked away.
Vydra missed a great chance on the half-hour as he nodded wide and was made to pay six minutes later as Eriksen sumptuously opened his Premier League account from the edge of the area.
Tottenham Hotspur's lead lasted less than two minutes, though, as Olsson turned home after the hosts failed to clear Morgan Amalfitano's free-kick.
Danny Rose thundered a 30-yard effort over the crossbar six minutes after the half-time break, while Lloris had to be alert to fist away Steven Reid's fierce free-kick with both sides looking for a second goal.
Lewis Holtby dragged a shot wide after the hour mark and was replaced by Nabil Bentaleb moments later, with the young Frenchman's presence giving Spurs a platform from which to control the closing stages.
Ben Foster displayed fine agility to keep Kyle Walker's long-range thunderbolt out and Sigurdsson could only nod substitute Lamela's cross into the side-netting as the win looked to be slipping out of Spurs' grasp.
It was ultimately the last action of the match as Spurs slipped to eighth in the Barclays Premier League table.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood: "West Brom came here to do a job and they did it well. The shame is that we scored a goal, - a fantastic free-kick from Christian - but before we drew breath they equalised.
"We didn’t carve them open enough and didn’t show enough quality in the final third, that was disappointing. It’s important we believe and risk a little more, playing one-touch in around the final third might open things up for us."
West Bromwich Albion interim head coach Keith Downing: "We had good discipline and organisation and showed big hearts. We knew we had big characters in dressing room and they showed that.
"We deserved our point and had better chances, especially first half. All in all there were some really good performances out there."
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