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Harry Kane
Harry Kane has now scored 40 goals for Spurs in 2017

Striker Harry Kane said Tottenham’s performance was “not good enough” after his late equaliser denied managerless West Brom an important win at Wembley.

Spurs fell behind on four minutes as Jake Livermore played in Rondon, who nudged off Davinson Sanchez and rolled the ball past Hugo Lloris.

But England forward Kane finally broke the visitors’ resistance by tapping a Dele Alli cross through Ben Foster’s legs on 74 minutes.

The draw leaves Spurs 10 points behind leaders Manchester City and five behind second-placed Manchester United.

“It leaves us quite far behind in the league,” said Kane, who has been involved in 100 Premier League goals in 128 games.

“We have to look back and see why we were slow getting going in the first half. But it’s not good enough.”

Kane’s equaliser denied the away side a first victory in any competition since August and they are now 12 games without a win, a point ahead of 18th-placed West Ham.

The match came six days after West Brom sacked manager Tony Pulis, with his former assistant Gary Megson in temporary charge and Alan Pardew favourite for the job.

Former Bolton boss Megson had not managed a Premier League team since 2009.

He told Match of the Day: “The players are in tomorrow, but whatever else goes on is nothing to do with me.”

Baggies show fighting spirit

West Brom's heatmap
West Brom’s heatmap (right) shows how much defending they did compared to Tottenham (left)

Megson said during his pre-match interview that he was “not Tony Pulis with ginger hair”.

His team produced a performance not far removed from the Pulis era, and the spirit they showed will encourage the incoming manager.

Megson made only two changes to the side that lost 4-0 at Chelsea last weekend, with Sam Field and Allan Nyom replacing Grzegorz Krychowiak and Gareth McAuley.

After snatching the early lead, they were content to sit back and restricted Spurs to just two shots on target in the first half.

Foster frustrated the hosts by slowing the game down at every opportunity, and he was eventually booked by referee Mike Jones in the 82nd minute.

In front of him, captain Jonny Evans epitomised a disciplined defensive performance, marshalling his backline alongside Ahmed Hegazi and Nyom.

It was therefore unfortunate that Evans’ one lapse in concentration let Kane in for the equaliser as the West Brom defence was finally breached.

The Baggies struggled at the other end – having just six touches in the Spurs box – though Rondon did have a chance to nick a win at the end.

Spurs’ Premier League blip continues

Tottenham looked tired after their midweek win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, and they switched off for West Brom’s opener.

The Londoners had 72.6% possession in the game, but failed to carve out many clear-cut chances.

A lack of willing runners hindered their attacks in the first half, with Son Heung-min their only real threat. Kieran Trippier put in cross after cross, but could not find Kane.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino took something of a gamble early in the second half, sending on midfielder Mousa Dembele and striker Fernando Llorente for midfielder Harry Winks and centre-back Jan Vertonghen.

The change certainly gave Spurs’ more attacking impetus, and their equaliser – when it came – was deserved.

But they have gone off the boil in domestic competition, winning just one of their past four league games.

Man of the match – Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans almost captained his team to an important and unexpected win. Kane’s equaliser aside, he was excellent in defence alongside Hegazi and will be crucial to West Brom’s fortunes this season.

Both managers left disappointed

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to Match of the Day: “I think we are disappointed because the effort from us was massive but we conceded the goal so early in the game, and they had the belief to play deep, so it was hard for us to move the ball.

“In the last 15 minutes we increased our level and created a lot of chances to score but we weren’t clinical. It is always difficult in the Premier League when you concede a goal so early, it changes the way the team wants to play.

“I’m disappointed because we lose two points. Now, we need to look forward now and try to win the next game.”

Spurs dropped two points – Pochettino

West Brom caretaker manager Gary Megson, speaking to Match of the Day: “Having led for so long it was disappointing to concede the manner of the goal we did, whoever we’re playing against – a team as good as Spurs or whoever.

“They’ve had a lot of possession, but not many clear chances, so we defended really well actually, apart from their goal. In terms of the week we’ve had, the performance we’ve put in and the energy the players had – I’m really happy with them, they can be really pleased with their efforts.”

Spurs’ Real Madrid tactics did not work against Baggies – Megson

What’s next?

West Brom host 13th-placed Newcastle in the league on Tuesday (20:00 GMT), while Tottenham travel to 11th-placed Leicester (19:45 GMT).

Stats – Kane’s goalscoring feats continue

  • Kane has been involved in 100 Premier League goals in his 128 games – 87 goals and 13 assists.
  • Kane has scored 47 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions for club and country in 2017.
  • Four of the last five Premier League games between these two sides has been drawn. Of all Premier League fixtures to have been played at least 20 times, only Everton v Leicester (56.5%) has been drawn a larger percentage of the time than Tottenham v West Brom (47.8%).
  • Spurs have dropped as many points in their first seven Premier League games at Wembley this season than in their previous 23 league games at White Hart Lane (nine points dropped).
  • Tottenham have conceded in four of their last five Premier League games, this after recording four clean sheets in their previous five.
  • West Brom have kept just two clean sheets in their last 25 Premier League away games.
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Ashley Young scores for Manchester United against Brighton
Ashley Young has not scored a Premier League goal since May 2016

Manager Jose Mourinho said Brighton provided his Manchester United side with “probably the hardest match we’ve had this season” after a narrow win for the hosts at Old Trafford.

An unfortunate Lewis Dunk own goal was enough to earn United an 11th straight home win and cut Manchester City’s lead at the top to five points ahead of their game at Huddersfield on Sunday.

Brighton had been the better team up until Ashley Young’s attempt from the edge of the area hit Dunk and looped over keeper Mat Ryan into the net.

Earlier, Anthony Knockaert and Pascal Gross both went close after getting behind the United defence.

‘Brighton deserve more than the result they got’

“Honestly, I think Brighton were very good,” said Mourinho.

“I want to be honest and give them what they deserve, for me probably they deserve more than the result they got.

“They played really well, they had a good defensive organisation and then when they had the ball they were dangerous.

“They gave us probably the hardest match we’ve had this season.”

Brighton gave United hardest game this season – Mourinho

Ryan produced a double save to keep out Romelu Lukaku’s header and Paul Pogba’s follow-up on the stroke of half-time.

Yet Brighton, who remain ninth in the table, were more than a match for United.

“In a tight affair we were good value and I’m really disappointed not to come away with anything,” said Seagulls boss Chris Hughton.

“We looked to get into that final third as often as we could. I thought we were very brave on the ball.”

Slice of fortune seals it for United

Mourinho offered Hughton a hug at the final whistle – the Red Devils boss clearly relieved to have won a match despite a far from vintage display.

It required a huge slice of luck to finally breach the Seagulls defence in a scrappy game – Young’s shot deflected into the net off Dunk midway through the second half.

Young, who has not scored since May 2016, celebrated wildly. The dubious goals panel could yet rule in the former Aston Villa’s player’s favour.

United are now unbeaten at Old Trafford in 39 league and cup games – their last home defeat coming against Manchester City on 10 September 2016.

City are the next Premier League visitors to Old Trafford on 10 December and Mourinho knows his side will have to produce a better performance than this to beat their title rivals.

Lukaku looked flat throughout and now has one goal in his past 10 games while Paul Pogba was unable to have as much influence as he enjoyed the previous week against Newcastle.

This will go down as an ugly win but Mourinho and his players will not care if they are top of the table next May.

Positives for Hughton in defeat

Brighton failed to win any of their first three league games during a tough introduction to Premier League life.

Yet they showed on their first league visit to Old Trafford since 1983 that they have adapted to this level.

Hughton ‘proud’ of Brighton performance

Having lost 2-0 earlier in the season to both Manchester City and Arsenal,the Seagulls will treat this latest defeat against one of the big Premier League heavyweights as another lesson in their first season at this level for 34 years.

They were well organised, hard working and deserved something from the game.

Gross was a constant menace while Bruno caused problems with his pace.

Even when United did get behind Brighton’s defence, they found Ryan in fine form – his double save at the end of the first half added to the home team’s frustration.

“We’ve played three of the big six and we play Liverpool next Saturday,” added Hughton. “We haven’t been humiliated in any of them. That will go some way with confidence in the changing room.”

Man of the match – Pascal Gross (Brighton)

Pascal Gross in action against Paul Pogba
Brighton defended well with Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy both excellent yet it was Pascal Gross (left) who caused United problems at the other end of the pitch

What’s next?

A midweek trip to Watford is next up for Manchester United. They face the Hornets at Vicarage Road in the league on Tuesday (20:00 GMT), the same night as Brighton host Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT).

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Andre Gray of Watford
Andre Gray slides in for his second goal of the season, which sealed Watford’s win

Watford condemned Newcastle to a fourth straight defeat with a comfortable away win at St James’ Park.

Will Hughes put Marco Silva’s side into the lead in the first half with a well-taken shot that went in off the post.

DeAndre Yedlin’s own goal doubled Watford’s advantage just before the break, and Andre Gray struck from close range on 62 minutes.

Newcastle’s fourth straight defeat sees them slip down to 13th in the table, while Watford’s fourth away win of the season leaves them in eighth.

Rafa Benitez’s side looked short of threat up front, with two efforts from Joselu their only shots on target.

Watford were impressive in recording their second clean sheet in a row, and are only a point behind Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley immediately above them.

Silva’s road warriors

Marco Silva’s side soaked up Newcastle’s early pressure before asserting themselves.

For the seventh time this season, they scored at least twice in an away outing, pointing to a desire to not just sit back once a lead has been taken.

Marvin Zeegelaar
Marvin Zeegelaar’s touch map shows how he dominated from the left flank up and down the pitch in only his second Premier League appearance

Marvin Zeegelaar and Richarlison combined nicely on the left flank to give the Newcastle defence problems throughout the day.

Gray could have underlined Watford’s dominance by scoring a hat-trick, but he saw two shots slip a long way wide after finding himself in space.

The win came at the end of a week during which Silva had been the subject of renewed interest from Everton, and this win demonstrated why the ex-Hull boss is so highly-prized.

Watford, who can now call upon captain Troy Deeney following the end of his three-match ban for violent conduct, face Manchester United, Tottenham and Burnley next.

After that, all their December fixtures are against sides currently below them in the table, giving them a chance of extending their run in the top half of the Premier League.

Problems for Newcastle

Newcastle had risen as high as fourth in the table, albeit after five games of the season, but their downward trajectory is badly timed, given the talk of a potential £300m sale by club owner Mike Ashley to PCP Partners.

Chants for Aleksandar Mitrovic, who Benitez brought on to replace the struggling Joselu in the second half, summed up an air of frustration that was palpable after Watford took the lead.

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have failed to score while losing two in a row at home

Mohamed Diame made his second Premier League start of the season, replacing the suspended Isaac Hayden, but the Senegalese did not have the impact Benitez would have hoped for.

This defeat was the second successive time that Newcastle had failed to score at St James’ Park, and a tough-looking December is on the cards, with trips to Arsenal and Chelsea followed by the visit of current leaders Man City.

What they said

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: “We made a couple of mistakes and we paid for that. They had a couple of runs down their left which were difficult to control. We were pushing in the first half, we were on top for a while but then didn’t score.

Newcastle mistakes were punished – Benitez

“We have to realise where we are, what we have and where we want to be. I’ve said before it is going to be a tough season and we have to keep working as hard as possible.”

Watford boss Marco Silva: “We won the game, really important for us, we got a fantastic result.

Watford controlled the game – Silva

“We deserved the three points. We had very good moments, we scored the first goal through something we planned. The confidence in some moments was good, we knew they were strong in the long balls and first and second balls and I think we controlled really well.

“It is important for our players to play with this confidence. It is important for them to rest now and we have a hard game against Manchester United on Tuesday.”

Man of the match – Marvin Zeegelaar

Marvin Zeegelaar
Marvin Zeegelaar set up Watford’s first two goals and was a constant menace on their left flank

Hornets buzzing on the road – the stats

  • Watford have won more away Premier League points in their seven games this season (13) than they did in 19 on the road in 2016-17 (12).
  • This was also Watford’s biggest away win in the Premier League, and their biggest on the road in the top flight since a 5-1 victory vs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in May 1986.
  • Will Hughes has scored in back-to-back league games for the first time in his career.
  • No player has been involved in more away goals in the Premier League this season than Richarlison (four goals, three assists).
  • 21 points from 13 games marks Watford’s joint-best ever start to a top-flight season, equalling the number set in their first ever such campaign in 1982-83, when they finished second.
  • Newcastle have never won a Premier League game in which they’ve been two or more goals behind at half-time, drawing three and losing 64.
  • This is only the second time that Rafael Benitez has suffered back-to-back home defeats in the Premier League as manager, with the other occasion coming with Liverpool in January 2005 (vs Chelsea and Manchester United).

What’s next?

Both sides are in action again on Tuesday, 28 November – Newcastle travel to West Brom, while Watford will host Manchester United. Both matches kick off at 20:00 GMT.

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Harry Kane
Harry Kane has now scored 40 goals for Spurs in 2017

Striker Harry Kane said Tottenham’s performance was “not good enough” after his late equaliser denied managerless West Brom an important win at Wembley.

Spurs fell behind on four minutes as Jake Livermore played in Rondon, who nudged off Davinson Sanchez and rolled the ball past Hugo Lloris.

But England forward Kane finally broke the visitors’ resistance by tapping a Dele Alli cross through Ben Foster’s legs on 74 minutes.

The draw leaves Spurs 10 points behind leaders Manchester City and five behind second-placed Manchester United.

“It leaves us quite far behind in the league,” said Kane, who has been involved in 100 Premier League goals in 128 games.

“We have to look back and see why we were slow getting going in the first half. But it’s not good enough.”

Kane’s equaliser denied the away side a first victory in any competition since August and they are now 12 games without a win, a point ahead of 18th-placed West Ham.

The match came six days after West Brom sacked manager Tony Pulis, with his former assistant Gary Megson in temporary charge and Alan Pardew favourite for the job.

Former Bolton boss Megson had not managed a Premier League team since 2009.

He told Match of the Day: “The players are in tomorrow, but whatever else goes on is nothing to do with me.”

Baggies show fighting spirit

West Brom's heatmap
West Brom’s heatmap (right) shows how much defending they did compared to Tottenham (left)

Megson said during his pre-match interview that he was “not Tony Pulis with ginger hair”.

His team produced a performance not far removed from the Pulis era, and the spirit they showed will encourage the incoming manager.

Megson made only two changes to the side that lost 4-0 at Chelsea last weekend, with Sam Field and Allan Nyom replacing Grzegorz Krychowiak and Gareth McAuley.

After snatching the early lead, they were content to sit back and restricted Spurs to just two shots on target in the first half.

Foster frustrated the hosts by slowing the game down at every opportunity, and he was eventually booked by referee Mike Jones in the 82nd minute.

In front of him, captain Jonny Evans epitomised a disciplined defensive performance, marshalling his backline alongside Ahmed Hegazi and Nyom.

It was therefore unfortunate that Evans’ one lapse in concentration let Kane in for the equaliser as the West Brom defence was finally breached.

The Baggies struggled at the other end – having just six touches in the Spurs box – though Rondon did have a chance to nick a win at the end.

Spurs’ Premier League blip continues

Tottenham looked tired after their midweek win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, and they switched off for West Brom’s opener.

The Londoners had 72.6% possession in the game, but failed to carve out many clear-cut chances.

A lack of willing runners hindered their attacks in the first half, with Son Heung-min their only real threat. Kieran Trippier put in cross after cross, but could not find Kane.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino took something of a gamble early in the second half, sending on midfielder Mousa Dembele and striker Fernando Llorente for midfielder Harry Winks and centre-back Jan Vertonghen.

The change certainly gave Spurs’ more attacking impetus, and their equaliser – when it came – was deserved.

But they have gone off the boil in domestic competition, winning just one of their past four league games.

Man of the match – Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans almost captained his team to an important and unexpected win. Kane’s equaliser aside, he was excellent in defence alongside Hegazi and will be crucial to West Brom’s fortunes this season.

Both managers left disappointed

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to Match of the Day: “I think we are disappointed because the effort from us was massive but we conceded the goal so early in the game, and they had the belief to play deep, so it was hard for us to move the ball.

“In the last 15 minutes we increased our level and created a lot of chances to score but we weren’t clinical. It is always difficult in the Premier League when you concede a goal so early, it changes the way the team wants to play.

“I’m disappointed because we lose two points. Now, we need to look forward now and try to win the next game.”

Spurs dropped two points – Pochettino

West Brom caretaker manager Gary Megson, speaking to Match of the Day: “Having led for so long it was disappointing to concede the manner of the goal we did, whoever we’re playing against – a team as good as Spurs or whoever.

“They’ve had a lot of possession, but not many clear chances, so we defended really well actually, apart from their goal. In terms of the week we’ve had, the performance we’ve put in and the energy the players had – I’m really happy with them, they can be really pleased with their efforts.”

Spurs’ Real Madrid tactics did not work against Baggies – Megson

What’s next?

West Brom host 13th-placed Newcastle in the league on Tuesday (20:00 GMT), while Tottenham travel to 11th-placed Leicester (19:45 GMT).

Stats – Kane’s goalscoring feats continue

  • Kane has been involved in 100 Premier League goals in his 128 games – 87 goals and 13 assists.
  • Kane has scored 47 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions for club and country in 2017.
  • Four of the last five Premier League games between these two sides has been drawn. Of all Premier League fixtures to have been played at least 20 times, only Everton v Leicester (56.5%) has been drawn a larger percentage of the time than Tottenham v West Brom (47.8%).
  • Spurs have dropped as many points in their first seven Premier League games at Wembley this season than in their previous 23 league games at White Hart Lane (nine points dropped).
  • Tottenham have conceded in four of their last five Premier League games, this after recording four clean sheets in their previous five.
  • West Brom have kept just two clean sheets in their last 25 Premier League away games.
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Willian scores Chelsea's equaliser against Liverpool
Willian has now scored three goals in his past four games

Chelsea substitute Willian scored a late goal to earn the Blues a draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

The forward, who scored twice in a 4-0 win at Qarabag in the Champions League in midweek, struck in the 85th minute as what appeared to be a cross looped over Simon Mignolet and into the far corner.

It denied Mohamed Salah a dream outcome against his former club after the Liverpool winger had opened the scoring just after the hour with a close-range finish.

That was Salah’s 10th goal in just 13 Premier League games this season in what has been a superb start to the Egyptian’s Liverpool career.

Salah could even have won it for Liverpool in final minute but his powerful drive was saved by Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their past seven visits to Anfield, a run stretching back to 2013.

Sensational Salah unlucky not to have final say

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah has now scored 15 goals in all competitions this season

Salah, understandably, was the centre of attention in the build up to the match as he faced his former side for the first time since leaving Chelsea for Roma in the summer of 2016.

The 25-year-old made just 17 appearances and six league starts during his two-year spell at Stamford Bridge but has returned to England a much improved player.

Already the Premier League’s top scorer, Salah has been at his most effective when alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack but against Chelsea he had Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for company in Liverpool’s front three.

The triumvirate may have been different but Salah still showed his class. He was Liverpool’s most dangerous player in a first half light on chances, flashing an effort over the bar early on while a promising run along the edge of the box deserved more but there was no team-mate waiting in the box to meet his cut-back.

It felt, though, that Salah’s name was destined to be written into the story of the game and so it proved. He showed great instinct to anticipate Oxlade-Chamberlain’s poked pass and when presented with a clear sight of goal there was little doubt over the outcome.

Salah did not celebrate the strike, which saw him become Liverpool’s highest scorer in a single season since Luis Suarez hit 31 goals in the 2013-14 campaign.

Willian rescues cautious Chelsea

Chelsea had won two and drawn four in their past six Anfield visits, but despite that record Antonio Conte’s team selection suggested this was a must-not-lose game rather than a must-win.

The Blues lined up with nine defensive-minded players – five defenders along with three holding midfielders as Tiemoue Bakayoko started alongside former Leicester duo Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante in the middle.

That meant Eden Hazard carried all the creative responsibility, a task he grasped fully whenever the visitors had the chance to get forward. His darting runs and sudden changes of direction had the home side’s defence on almost constant edge. It was from his through-ball that Mignolet had to race off his line to deny Drinkwater and it was from his pass that Davide Zappacosta forced the Liverpool keeper to tip over the bar.

However, he visibility tired in the second half, weakening Chelsea’s attack, and when Salah scored it seemed a Liverpool win was inevitable.

Willian was unlucky not to have started after scoring twice and providing two assists in Chelsea’s midweek win in Azerbaijan and it took just 144 seconds for him to make a telling impact in this game.

His three goals in two games is as many as in his previous 25 combined. The Brazilian has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge but his impressive recent form suggests he could still play a part for the Blues this season.

What next?

Liverpool head to Stoke on Wednesday (20:00 GMT) looking for only their third away league win of the season while Chelsea host struggling Swansea on the same evening (19:45).

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