We needed a second half equaliser from Harry Kane to salvage a point against a dogged West Bromwich Albion side at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
On what was the 2,000th home league game in our history, our England striker converted from close range in the 74th minute to cancel out Salomon Rondon’s early goal for the Baggies and, despite plenty of possession, it was another of those games in which we just couldn’t create enough opportunities.
Just four minutes were on the clock when the visitors opened the scoring and it was a poor goal to concede. Former Spur Jake Livermore robbed Dele Alli of possession just inside our half and released Rondon, who managed to fend off Davinson Sanchez and rolled a shot which crept into the far corner.
We huffed and puffed throughout the rest of the first half without really causing the visitors too many problems, Ben Foster saving well from Heung-Min Son before the South Korean striker tried a shot which looped over Foster and landed on the roof of the net.
The second period saw more tempo to our football and, after Matt Phillips had curled a shot just wide for Albion, our dominance was finally rewarded when Dele’s cross was diverted home by Kane, his 15th of the season and 114th of his Spurs career.
He almost put us in front moments later, but could only head over the top from Kieran Trippier’s cross and we kept piling on the pressure looking for that late winner. It didn’t come and instead, it was Albion with two glorious chances to snatch the points deep in stoppage time.
First, substitute Hal Robson-Kanu’s low drive was straight at Hugo Lloris before the Welsh international broke away down the right and sent in a low cross which Rondon prodded inches past the upright.