West Brom were left heartbroken by a late Harry Kane winner for Spurs, which snatched all three points away from an Albion side who put in a much better performance than the one against Fulham on Monday.
The first half was one with little chances. The Baggies started much better than they did against Fulham, and certainly looked the more likely to score.
The best chance of the half came when Robinson forced a goal line clearance from Dier to stop what would have been an inevitable tap in for the arriving Grant.
Like the game against Chelsea, Albion utilised the out ball of Furlong well. Because of it, numerous chances were created at the expense of the Spurs midfield who were conceding sloppy fouls. With Albion’s corner count also rising it was a shame they could not deliver a better final ball.Embed from Getty Images
Mourinho, who was visibly infuriated by his teams performance, was certainly looking for more, but for all of Albion’s good work the threat of Tottenham’s quality in attack always loomed.
It was a strong showing from the boys in the first half, Gallagher was ever industrious in the middle of the park and Robinson looked particularly lively playing with more licence to roam just off Grant.
Following the resumption of the second half the pressure of Spurs started mounting but Albion continued to hold firm. Gallagher saw a great strike flash off the outside of the post whilst Furlong had his header stopped by Lloris.
Johnstone made a crucial save to stop a low strike from Premier League debutant Vinicius. But with two minutes left to play, Johnstone who has been so good this season got caught in two minds and Kane glanced a winning header into an empty net.Embed from Getty Images
An extremely tough result to take. Huge improvements from the result against Fulham, they showed the fight of a team wanting to stay in the division.
Defensively the team was solid with Ajayi looking commanding, while Furlong and Townsend saw plenty of the ball on either flank. Gallagher put in another great shift and was unlucky not to score. Grant and Robinson ran the line from the front well too.
Bilic could not have asked for any more commitment from his team. The formation worked well and it was a far more cohesive side that worked as one unit. The absence of Pereira was certainly a loss considering the amount of set pieces we had, but it begs the question as to whether he is the best player to turn to when Albion are facing tough attacking opposition.
It will be interesting to see the lineup against what is a free flowing United attack. All being well Pereira will be available for that game but in a system that worked so well today who would be the sacrifice to slot him back in?
Realistically Albion were always up against it, and losing to a good Tottenham side was always the more likely outcome. On the positive it was an excellent response off the back of a woeful Fulham defeat, but to lose a game in such a way will leave many dejected and rightly so.
The search for a win continues.
Match Ratings: Johnstone (6); Furlong (7), Ajayi (8), Bartley (6), O’Shea (7), Townsend (7); Gallagher (8), Livermore (7), Krovinovic (7); Grant (6), Robinson (8). Subs: Diangana (6), Phillips (NA), Edwards (NA)
WBA: Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea, Townsend; Gallagher, Livermore (C) (Edwards 89′), Krovinovic; Grant (Phillips 84′), Robinson (Diangana 67′).
Spurs: Lloris (C); Doherty, Aldeweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko (Vinicius 79′), Ndombele (Lo Celso 64′); Bale (Lucas 78′), Son, Kane.