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EPL: West Brom hold Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 with last-minute goal

Associated Press
Aug 26, 2012 at 12:15am IST

London: Andre Villas-Boas was narrowly denied his first win in charge of Tottenham after West Bromwich Albion equalised in the 90th minute to draw 1-1 Saturday in the Premier League.

James Morrison scored from close-range 30 seconds into stoppage time after William Gallas had cleared off the line at White Hart Lane. Benoit Assou-Ekotto smashed home a deflected half-volley in the 74th to put Tottenham ahead.

Led by former Chelsea coach Villas-Boas, Tottenham have one point from two league matches after losing to Newcastle in the opener.

West Brom hold Spurs 1-1 with last-minute goal

James Morrison scored from close-range 30 seconds into injury time to deny Tottenham a win.

Tottenham dominated the first half but Jermain Defoe, Rafael van der Vaart, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale were all guilty of spurning good chances.

The 34-year-old Villas-Boas, who replaced Harry Redknapp as coach, insisted he was not panicking about Tottenham's season. "It is very, very important to get that first win but there are still 36 games ahead of us," Villas-Boas said. "There is a good feeling about what we are doing. We are just waiting for the results to accompany us a little bit more."

Tottenham were on top throughout the first half, but the only difficult save Ben Foster had to make before Spurs opened the scoring was from Assou-Ekotto's free-kick just after the break.

Van der Vaart looked a shadow of the player who has frightened Premier League defences for the last two seasons and despite looking sharp on occasions, Defoe struggled to make an impact on his own up front.

Emmanuel Adebayor caused problems when he came off the bench in the second half.

West Brom now have four points after their win over Liverpool in the opener under new manager Steve Clarke.

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