Spurs earn Baggies replay
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Tottenham earned a replay with West Brom after an entertaining 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.
Jermain Defoe's goal cancelled out Robert Earnshaw's opener for West Brom to secure a replay for Martin Jol's side in a fortnight.
West Brom started the brighter of the two sides and had the first noteworthy chance after 11 minutes when Earnshaw got on the end of Jonathan Greening's cross to fire a volley goalwards, but his shot lacked the power to trouble Paul Robinson.
The Welshman had another half chance three minutes later when Zoltan Gera's header fell into his path on the edge of the box, but he could only shoot straight at Robinson.
Defoe had Tottenham's first real chance after 16 minutes when he was fed by strike partner Fredi Kanoute on the edge of the box, but Russell Hoult easily collected his shot.
The lively Earnshaw was inches away from giving West Brom a deserved lead seconds later when he rattled the crossbar with a fierce left-footed shot from an acute angle.
Earnshaw got the goal he deserved a minute later when he got ahead of his marker Anthony Gardener to volley home Wallwork's cross from close range.
Kanoute wasted a good opening for Tottenham on 25 minutes when Defoe played him in with a neat back-heel, but the striker skewed his shot horribly wide.
Simon Davies then forced Hoult into a routine save three minutes later with a strike from 25 yards.
Tottenham were handed the chance to draw level on the half hour when they were awarded a penalty by referee Mark Halsey after Darren Purse dragged Defoe down in the box and the England striker picked himself up to rifle the spot kick past Hoult.
Earnshaw missed a golden opportunity to restore West Brom's lead six minutes before the break when he met Greening's cross from six yards out only for him to scoop his shot over the bar and his claims that he was held by Erik Edman before shooting were waved away by Halsey
Defoe fluffed a great chance to give Tottenham the lead three minutes after the restart when Davies slipped him in on goal, but the striker flashed his shot well wide of the target.
Purse then got in a vital block to divert a Defoe shot wide after Davies' header had sent the striker racing clear on goal.
Greening came close to restoring West Brom's lead just past the hour mark when he saw his shot from the edge of the area rebound off the post.
Seconds later Kanu carved a chance for himself out of nothing with a brilliant solo run into the box past three Tottenham defenders, but his poked shot was kept out by Robinson.
Davies should have given Spurs the lead on 70 minutes when he got on the end of Defoe's inviting cross six yards out, but somehow headed his effort wide of goal.
Substitute Robbie Keane should have grabbed the winner for Spurs in the dying minutes when he latched onto a poor backpass from Purse and rounded Hoult only to drive his shot into the side-netting.
|Team Name||West Bromwich Albion||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Shots On Target||5||3|
|Shots Off Target||3||7|
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