Tottenham Hotspur produced another stirring fightback to deny West Bromwich Albion three valuable points as a thrilling Barclays Premier League encounter at The Hawthorns finished 3-3 for the second time in a row.
Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood saw his side fall 3-0 behind after 31 minutes, but the visitors battled back to claim a draw as West Brom were unable to pull themselves clear of the relegation battle, the Baggies just three points above the bottom three. Last time at The Hawthorns, West Brom surrendered a two-goal lead to draw against Cardiff City 3-3.
The visitors had to come from behind to beat Southampton and Sunderland in recent weeks and Christian Eriksen's stoppage-time strike rescued them on Saturday, but their hopes of securing a UEFA Champions League berth now appear remote.
Matej Vydra put the hosts in front after only 30 seconds and a shell-shocked Spurs team were two goals down four minutes in, when Chris Brunt marked his return from injury by scoring a sweet left-foot volley. Emmanuel Adebayor had a penalty saved by Ben Foster and was made to pay when Stephane Sessegnon made it 3-0. But Jonas Olsson's own goal before half-time gave Spurs hope and Harry Kane pulled another one back as the visitors dominated the second half. Eriksen denied West Brom their first home win since New Year's Day three minutes into time added on.
Spurs conceded after only two minutes in their last away game at Liverpool and made another slow start as the home side took the lead just 30 seconds in. Morgan Amalfitano beat Danny Rose down the right and whipped in a cross that Hugo Lloris could only palm into the path of Vydra, who fired home with his right foot.
Sherwood would have been hoping that setback would serve as a wake-up call to his side, but things got worse with just four minutes on the clock. This time it was an unmarked Brunt who capitalised on some hesitant defending to volley home with his left foot at the back post after Sessegnon had headed a Steven Reid cross up in the air.
Adebayor spurned a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit when his tame spot-kick was saved by Foster, diving to his left, after Amalfitano was adjudged to have fouled Rose 14 minutes in. Lloris had to be alert to deny Amalfitano from making it 3-0, but he was beaten again on the half-hour when Sessegnon outpaced Vlad Chiriches and kept his cool to slide the ball under the France goalkeeper.
Spurs were given a lifeline three minutes later, with Kyle Naughton's cross hitting the unfortunate Olsson and looping over Foster and into the far corner. Foster produced a fine double save to deny Kane and Rose as the visitors looked increasingly dangerous going forward.
The visiting side went straight onto the front foot at the start of the second half and Foster produced a fine save to keep out Aaron Lennon's left-foot strike. Rose claimed a penalty, feeling Reid had upended him in the area but the left-back was booked for simulation.
Kane raised hopes of a Spurs comeback when he headed home Lennon's cross after 69 minutes to take his tally to two goals in as many Barclays Premier League starts for the club.
Sherwood cut a frustrated figure on the touchline as Spurs threw everything at West Brom in the closing stages and the visitors were rewarded when the ball fell to Eriksen in the penalty area and he kept his composure to fire a right-foot strike beyond Foster.
West Bromwich Albion head coach Pepe Mel: "We did start very well, we had a good first half but the result has gone against us.
“The problem is we are so keen to win the points, we need to play the same way regardless of being 3-0 up or if 0-0.
“This is very difficult for me, the players are very down but we have five games to come. Every point is very important."
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood: "It was crazy. We might as well put 1-0 up on scoreboard before we start. At 3-0 I thought we were going to win the game. We totally dominated this football match.
"I'm trying to think of as many excuses for our defending, which was horrendous. I thought our supporters got us back in the game. They never left us, they are knowledgeable and knew we were battering West Brom.”
|21 Apr 2014||v Man City (A)|
|26 Apr 2014||v West Ham (H)|
|04 May 2014||v Arsenal (A)|
|07 May 2014||v Sunderland (A)|
|11 May 2014||v Stoke (H)|