We struggled to settle into any pattern of play faced with a two-fold opponent – West Brom’s defensive organisation and sheer hard work, typical of a Tony Pulis side, and strong winds swirling around the stadium.
We controlled possession – 65 per cent over the 90 minutes – but struggled to create clear-cut chances with space at an absolute premium in the final third.
Dele Alli opened the scoring in the 15th minute, James McClean levelled before the break and that’s how it stayed as we stretched our record unbeaten run in the Premier League to 14 matches.
West Brom carved out the best chance of the second half and we were again indebted to Hugo Lloris for another world-class save to deny Jonas Olsson from point-blank range.
“We had a tough team in front of us and tough conditions to deal with,” reflected Mauricio.
“Every time we were in possession they had 10 men behind the ball and that made it difficult for us. The conditions didn’t help either.
“But you know, sometimes in the season you have games like this and you can win or lose. I think it was a mature performance from the players.
“The effort was brilliant from the team but we are all disappointed because the feeling is that we dropped two points. We’re not happy, not upset, but in-between.”