West Brom beats Spurs 1-0 to keep alive EPL survival hopes

He is one of the nominees for April's Premier League manager of the month, alongside Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and former England managers Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson, after four games unbeaten as caretaker.

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur - The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain - May 5, 2018 West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore celebrates scoring their first goal with Chris Brunt.

Mauricio Pochettino has blasted is Tottenham players after defeat to West Brom, but insists he still believes they will secure Champions League qualification.

Despite a mini-renaissance under interim manager Darren Moore, not many gave the Baggies a prayer against a Tottenham side chasing a Champions League place. However, anything other than a win will doom to the Championship.

The Belgian limped off during Monday's 2-0 victory over Watford with a twisted ankle. "I think it will be a massive battle for them, but also for us".

West Brom were effectively a Championship when Moore took over but he wasn't going down without a fight, no sir.

Darren Moore, meanwhile, has made a decision to stick with the same Baggies XI that beat Newcastle United a week ago, while Nacer Chadli returns to the bench following recovery from a hip injury. Allan Nyom and Kieran Gibbs are likely to be the full-backs once again.


James McClean and Matt Phillips will provide a burst of pace in the wide areas, while in-form Jay Rodriguez will be aiming to stretch the Tottenham defence with his nippy movement, aiming to create pockets of spaces for Rondon to get into. The mental side is 50-50 with the fitness.

As such, if Dembele is not fit to feature it leaves Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko as Pochettino's options in the centre of midfield.

The man to watch in this match will be Harry Kane.

The trip to West Brom on Saturday presents Spurs with an opportunity to extend that advantage to eight points, 24 hours before Chelsea entertain Champions League finalists Liverpool. Eriksen, as always, will also pose a threat with his dead-ball abilities.

He prodded in from close range as Albion lifted themselves off the bottom of the Premier League for the first time since January.

Harry Kane nearly scored a spectacular own-goal until Lloris turned his sliced clearance over with 17 minutes left.


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