Tottenham 1 West Brom 1: Kane grabs a point as Spurs lose more ground

Salomon Rondon's early opener was cancelled out by Harry Kane but Tottenham had to settle for a draw with lowly West Brom.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored in the 74th minute to salvage his side a draw against West Brom on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

Harry Kane scored his ninth Premier League goal of the season but Tottenham's dwindling title hopes were dealt another blow as managerless West Brom left Wembley with a 1-1 draw.

Salomon Rondon gave Albion and its unheralded caretaker manager Gary Megson an early advantage five days on from Tony Pulis' sacking.

The visitor looked set for a first league victory since August until its massed defensive ranks were punctured by a typically expert piece of movement and poaching from Kane in the 74th minute.

MATCH CENTRE

A winner proved elusive and Mauricio Pochettino – who once again raised eyebrows pre-match by omitting Danny Rose from Tottenham's matchday squad – has presided over a solitary league victory in his past four attempts.

Spurs falls five points behind second-placed Manchester United, while leader Manchester City will be 13 points better off if it can beat Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

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A dispiriting week meant West Brom – who edged a point clear of the relegation zone - emerged at Wembley with few expectations but it stunned the majority of those inside the national stadium after four minutes.

Dele Alli was caught napping in midfield by fellow England international Jake Livermore, who fed Rondon to outmuscle Davinson Sanchez and smuggle a finish beyond a static Hugo Lloris and into the bottom left corner.

Tottenham's response lacked fluency or purpose, with Kane belatedly involved in the 27th minute when he turned Ahmed Hegazi and scuffed wide from the edge of the area.

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Ben Foster pushed to safety after Son Heung-min's drive took an awkward bounce in front of him and the West Brom goalkeeper held on to Eric Dier's header from Kieran Trippier's outswinging corner.

Son Heung-min established himself as Spurs' most threatening attacker during the closing moments of the first half – flashing a teasing low cross just beyond Kane before having a shot deflected on to the roof of the net in stoppage time.

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Kane shot goalwards from outside the box shortly after the restart but was off balance, making Foster's task easier than it might have been.

West Brom retained an occasional threat on the break and Rondon cut in from the right in the 55th minute to lash a powerful strike past the far post.

Spurs' play remained ragged and Dier was a symbol of its frustrations before the hour when he was booked for persistent dissent. Alli flung himself in at the back post in vain when Trippier's volley into the turf skidded across goal in the 68th minute.

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Six minutes later, Alli turned provider and left the poaching to Kane, who expertly guided his low cross home to lift the Spurs faithful out of its bubbling frustration.

The England striker was suddenly leading Tottenham's charge and tumbled on the edge of the area under a desperate Livermore challenge. Christian Eriksen – unusually ineffective for the host – fired the resulting free-kick into the wall.

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Kane was crowded out by West Brom defenders as he tried to head in from a Trippier cross and, despite the rousing win over European champion Real Madrid at the start of this month, Wembley still does not quite feel like home for Tottenham.

Albion substitute Hal Robson-Kanu almost supplied a sting in the tail during stoppage time when he blasted a volley at Lloris before tearing down the right flank and seeing Rondon touch his dangerous delivery wide.

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