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Another win in the bag!

Posted on 26 November 2011  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe struck the vital goal as we came from behind to beat West Brom 3-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Jermain Defoe struck the vital goal as we came from behind to beat West Brom 3-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

It was a strike worthy of any stage as 'JD' ran onto Emmanuel Adebayor's flick on half-way, drove towards the West Brom box, shifted wide of Jonas Olsson and then fired home from 20 yards.

There are few better from that range and Jermain's 108th goal for the club saw us take the lead for the first time in the 81st minute.

Adebayor then converted his second goal of the afternoon and fourth this week with the last kick of the game to secure a ninth win and a draw in our last 10 matches in the Premier League.

The lads earlier found themselves behind in a Premier League fixture for the first time since August - indeed, it was Adebayor and Scott Parker's first time trailing as Spurs players - but levelled via Adebayor's penalty and looked a different side after the break.

Harry Redknapp made two changes to the team that beat Villa on Monday.

Defoe came in for injured Rafa van der Vaart while Sandro was back in the line-up after Luka Modric was taken ill.

The home side started well and were rewarded with the opener after 10 minutes.

Zoltan Gera slid to control the ball on the right before rolling back to Steven Reid and he whipped in a flat cross that Mulumbu only had to guide on target from 10 yards.

Our equaliser owed much to Adebayor's skill and Lennon's burst of pace.

Picking up the ball on the right, Lennon played it wide to Adebayor, who backheeled it back into the winger's path. Lennon burst into the box and was tripped by Nicky Shorey.

Adebayor placed the ball on the spot and saw his initial shot saved by Foster to his right, but Adebayor followed his effort in and tapped home the rebound.

Neither team was able to really establish authority, although there were chances at both ends.

Brunt curled wide from 25 yards, Ledley King glanced Gareth Bale's free-kick wide, Foster easily gathered Adebayor's 20-yarder and Brunt couldn't take advantage as Friedel palmed away Thomas's cross from the left byline.

Mulumbu's late breaks from midfield were a threat and he got in again just before half-time but this time Friedel stood firm to block the one-on-one chance.

Adebayor had an early chance in the second half saved by Foster and Friedel grasped Simon Cox's header diving to his right but we took over from just before the hour mark.

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Steven Reid cleared off the line from Defoe, who then somehow missed Sandro's low cross.

Ledley King headed Bale's corner just wide and then a sweeping counter-attack, Lennon into Adebayor who laid back for Scott Parker to curl just wide.

Foster saved bravely to deny Adebayor from close range as we poured it on.

Defoe released Adebayor through the centre but he failed to get hold of his shot and then a let-off at the other end as James Morrison squared for Chris Brunt, who angled his effort over, 78 minutes on the clock.

Defoe finally broke through from 20 yards in the 81st minute and that paved the way for a host of chances in the final few minutes.

Olsson deflected Defoe's shot onto the post, Foster cleared from Defoe, Adebayor curled wide and then Bale was even closer to that match-clincher as we ticked into three minutes of added time.

Surely the home side wouldn't make us pay? They might of, but substitute Peter Odemwingie headed their best chance wide in the 92nd minute.

Seconds later and it was all over as Younes Kaboul's clearance found Bale, he rolled into Adebayor and he found the corner.

Spurs (4-4-2): Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Parker, Sandro (Livermore, 79), Bale; Adebayor, Defoe. Unused subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Fredericks, Gallas, Pienaar, Kane.

West Brom (4-4-2): Foster; Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Shorey; Brunt, Mulumbu, Morrison, Thomas (Tchoyi, 86); Gera (Cox, 21), Long (Odemwingie, 73). Unused subs: Fulop, Dorrans, Jones, Scharner.

Goals: West Brom - Mulumbu (10). Spurs - Adebayor (26, 90+2), Defoe (81).

Attendance: 24.801.

Referee: Mr L Probert.