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PICTURED: Salomon Rondon

WITH THE highs from their Champions League qualification and Group H top spot assured, Tottenham Hotspur were given a sharp Premier League reality check when West Bromwich Albion grabbed a draw at Wembley stadium.

The West Midlanders took the lead after just four minutes when Salomon Rondon outmuscled Davinson Sanchez to see his effort trickle past Hugo Lloris. Stunned but determined to respond, Spurs were held back time and time again with the green shirted wall of Ahmed El -Sayed Hegazi, Jonny Evans, Allan Nyom and former Gunner Kieran Gibbs holding firm in the Baggies defence.

The Spurs pressure however eventually got it's reward when Harry Kane clipped past Ben Foster to level after 74 minutes. Rondon and substitute Hal Robson-Kanu went close to restoring Albion's lead with Kane and Dele Alli almost scoring for the home side. Manager-less Albion were well worth the point, Gary Megson got his tactics spot on and his players were responding to his methods.

Long term, however, Alan Pardew is strongly linked with taking over from Tony Pulis, but for now, the plaudits were all for Megson, who felt his side could have won the game.

"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," said Megson.

"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," he continued.

Albion will benefit from their robust defence and as Spurs found out, they couldn't easily penetrate either aerially or along the pitch. Jonny Evans was their leader, marshalling, cajoling and willing his team to the end and that bodes well for whoever eventually takes the Albion helm.

Mauricio Pochettino admitted his team were unable to effectively move the ball, and rued the loss of two points.

" 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, " said Pochettino who will hope for a better result at Leicester next Tuesday. Albion host Newcastle on the same night, when they could also have another manager in place."

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