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FA Cup report:<br> WBA 1, Spurs 1

Posted on 29 January 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Jermain Defoe's penalty earned us a replay after Saturday's entertaining FA Cup tie ended all square at The Hawthorns.

A draw was about right after close calls at both ends although the home side will point to hitting the woodwork twice.

Baggies took the lead after 16 minutes before Jermain slotted from the spot having been brought down himself by Darren Purse on the half-hour.

We'll now do it again at the Lane on Saturday February 12 with our planned Premier League trip to Charlton to be rearranged.

We kicked off with six changes to the side that lost at Palace last weekend.

In came fit-again Fredi Kanoute and Simon Davies, Michael Brown was back from suspension, Thimothee Atouba started after coming on for injured Reto Ziegler last week while Anthony Gardner and Stephen Kelly came in for Noureddine Naybet and Noe Pamarot respectively.

West Brom had the better of the early exchanges and there could be few complaints when the went ahead.

Earnshaw had already had two shots at goal and struck the woodwork when Wallwork's cross cleared Gardner and the Welsh striker volleyed home from six yards.

We gradually worked our way into the game with Kanoute failing to hit the target twice and Davies forcing Hoult into a low save to his right after 28 minutes.

Two minutes later it was level as Defoe controlled a high ball on the edge of the box, turned outside Purse who certainly appeared to bring him down, despite home protests. Defoe certainly had no doubts, grabbing the ball with his hands as he hit the deck and he made no mistake from the spot, drilling low to Hoult's right.

The rest of the half was scrappy although the alarms rang again when Robinson and Edman looked at each other instead of dealing with Greening's cross - it was a carbon copy of Palace's first goal last week but this time Earnshaw volleyed over from close range.

The second half saw close calls at both ends. Defoe failed to hit the target from close range from Davies' clever pass the the same pair combined 10 minutes later with Defoe's shot this time deflected wide.

Baggies hit back and struck the woodwork again after 61 minutes when Greening's skidding shotbeat Robinson. Seconds later and the save of the match from Robinson as Kanu danced through only for the keeper's left hand to deny him one-on-one.

Our best chance of the half fell to Davies, rushing in from the right to meet Defoe's cross but missing the target under pressure from Clement.

Two substitutions on either side interrupted the flow of the game and there was one final chance as Robbie Keane latched on to Purse's poor header back, flicked the ball wide of Hoult but too wide and drilled the ball into the side-netting.

GUIDE TO THE ACTION

10mins: Hectic start, no chances yet, good pressure from Brown led to short-ish back pass from Purse that Kanoute charged down, no danger though.

11mins: Kanu cross from left met by Earnshaw on volley, 10 yards out, cushioned it straight at Robinson and might have done better.

14mins: Gera won big header from Greening's crossfield pass, nodded back to Earnshaw, low shot from 20 yards straight at Robinson.

15mins: Our first decent attack, Kanoute picked up wayward header, ran at defence, slipped it to Defoe, tame effort from 22 yards.

15mins: WOODWORK. Earnshaw clipped top of crossbar from close range.

16mins: GOAL. Wallwork cross from left perfect for Earnshaw to nip between King and Robinson and volley home from six yards.
West Brom 1, Spurs 0

24mins: Clever back heel from Defoe gave Kanoute a shooting chance from 16 yards but fluffed it with left foot.

25mins: Kanoute control from Atouba's flick and blasted over from 20 yards.

28mins: Kanoute's flick, Brown controlled for Davies to shoot low from 20 yards, easy enough for Hoult down to his right.

30mins: PENALTY/GOAL. Defoe controlled high ball, turned away from Purse who dived in and brought him down. Defoe picked himself up to drill home from the spot.
West Brom 1, Spurs 1

36mins: Scimeca bounced volley wide from 25 yards.

39mins: MISS. Greening cross from left caused mis-up between Edman and Robinson who appeared to leave it for each other, Earnshaw nipped in again but shot over from six yards.

Half-time: West Brom 1, Spurs 1

49mins: MISS. Great crossfield pass from Brown to Davies, he cut in from right before laying in Defoe who controlled but missed target from 10 yards.

51mins: Atouba tame dipping volley from 30 yards.

55mins: Kanu low shot through crowd on 18-yard line straight at Robinson.

58mins: Davies headed long Robinson clearance into path of Defoe, tricky bouncing ball allowed defenders to get back, shot deflected just wide.

61mins: WOODWORK. Greening low drive from 20 yards hit post and rebounded to safety.

61mins: SAVE. Kanu danced through the tackles with a couple of fakes to shoot, tried to dink it past Robinson who saved well one-on-one.

67mins: MISS. Atouba wide to Defoe, superb cross just over Kanoute but Davies met it a yard behind him, six yards out, under pressure from Clement but missed target.

68mins: YELLOW. Atouba for foul on Wallwork.

75mins: SUBS. Keane for Defoe, Marney for Davies.

78mins: SUBS. Horsfield for Kanu, Campbell for Earnshaw.

82mins: Atouba close control to hold off two defenders, shot deflected wide.

88mins: CHANCE. Purse poor header home intercepted by Keane, took ball past Hoult but wide, shot into side-netting from tight angle.

Injury time: Decent move, Carrick into Keane who laid ball back to Marney, blasted over from 15 yards.

Full-time: West Brom 1, Spurs 1

LINE-UPS
West Brom: Hoult, Albrechtsen, Purse, Clement, Robinson, Scimeca, Greening, Gera, Wallwork, Kanu (Horsfield, 78), Earnshaw (Campbell, 78). Subs: Gaardsoe, O'Connor, Kuszczak.

Spurs (4-4-2): Robinson; Kelly, Edman, King, Gardner; Atouba, Carrick, Brown, Davies (Marney, 75); Kanoute, Defoe (Keane, 75). Subs: Fulop, Bunjevcevic, Pamarot.

REFEREE
Mark Halsey.

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