It’s frustrating to say the least but that’s the way Premier League football works. After the magnificent result against Manchester City last time out, much was expected from this game. Would Spurs be too strong for WBA? On paper perhaps, but football games aren’t played on paper.
In fact, as expected, Spurs dominated the game possession-wise but WBA’s negative tactics stifled our attempts to score. But at least Spurs were trying to score unlike WBA who were basically parked the bus and hope for the best at the other end.
What didn’t help, as usual, was a goalkeeper having a world-class performance against Spurs. Seems to happen only to us (but of course that’s not true – look at Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg’s superb performance against City yesterday, including TWO penalty saves!). This time, Ben Foster decided to play out of his skin and denied Spurs almost single-handedly.
As the game wore on, it was clear that lady luck was on WBA’s side and typically it was Spurs old boy Nacer Chadli who gave his team an utterly undeserved lead. Hugo Lloris was extremely unfortunate to concede that goal after a world-class save from McClean during a corner.
It was the 82nd minute and Spurs’ unbeaten record was under severe threat but to their immense credit, this Spurs side did not give up and mere 6 minutes later, drew level through Dele Alli. Substitute Son Heung-Min made headway in the penalty box on the left, slipped the ball to Christian Ericksen, whose initial effort was blocked and found Alli in space who then finished with some aplomb.
It was the least that Spurs deserved after such a dominant display. Even at the death, luck was not on Spurs’ side as Foster tipped a goal bound Ericksen free kick over the ball in the 95th minute. Two points lost and our winning streak has been halted. But lots of positives in our performance, even if Spurs lack of clinical finishing cost us in the end.
A bigger concern – the injury to Toby Alderweireld especially with the upcoming fixture congestion. Hopefully, it is not serious and he returns to match fitness soon. Spurs are still unbeaten and take this fighting spirit to Bayer Leverkeusen on Tuesday in the Champions League.
Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld (Dier), Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Alli, Sissoko (Dembele), Lamela (Son), Ericksen, Janssen.