Press Pass – WBA vs Tottenham Hotspur
‘Press Pass’ returned this weekend for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to The Hawthorns. Running in partnership with the West Bromwich Albion media team we offer an exciting opportunity for young writers to brush shoulders with the professionals to report on a live Premier league fixture!
This week we invited Wodensborough Academy pupils Reiss Chahal and Fatima Qauoum, here are their thoughts on the share of the spoils:
The team news showed that Nacer Chadli was playing for West Bromwich Albion against his former team Tottenham Hotspur. Another bonus for West Brom was Tottenham didn’t have their star striker, Harry Kane on the team sheet because of a foot injury.
West Brom started with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Rondon up front, four solid defenders, 2 holding midfielders Claudio Yacob and Darren Fletcher, with Matt Phillips and James McClean out in the wide positions.
The first half began with such a roaring atmosphere from the supporters of both Tottenham and West Brom. Tottenham started the game with a lot of possession in the first half however Ben Foster held the team back and had the crowd at their feet with many top saves from shots from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli who Foster denied from a 1 on 1.
Ben Foster had the match in the palm of his hands, winding the Spurs fans up with his amazing saves. First half gone and the score was 0-0, West Brom were delighted at the first half score. Nacer Chadli must have had mixed emotions playing against his former team, but he stilled played with high spirits.
West Brom raised the roof at the start of the second half with high pressing and caused problems to Tottenham defence. Corner to West Brom, Matt Phillips whipped a great ball in, Tottenham scrapped to get the ball out which fell to Craig Dawson who couldn’t find his feet and miss placed the ball from 2 yards out, great opportunity for the Baggies.
From that corner, Toby Alderweireld injured his right leg in the 60th minute and had to be stretchered off, due to this England international Eric Dier came into the centre back position. West Brom played very defensive through the first and second half with 10 men behind the ball. Dele Alli and Claudio Yacob were annoying each other having each other at their throats throughout the game. On the 75th Nacer Chadli ran at the Tottenham defence and got a corner. Chris Brunt whipped the ball in only for Vertonghen to clear the ball to James McClean who shot on target, Hugo Lloris made a wonderful save which was rebounded to Nacer Chadli who fired it into the roof of the net. 1-0 and the crowd went wild chanting for their team.
Celebrations were heard around the stadium but shortly after West Brom were struggling to clear the ball from Heung-Min-Son’s ball in, unable to scrape the ball away Dele Alli tapped the ball in from close range to make the scores level at 1-1 and the Tottenham fans went absolutely mental.
The points were shared, Tottenham deserved to win with 70% possession but West Brom held on. Man of the Match was West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster who pulled spectacular saves throughout the game to ensure his team went home with a point.
For us, this experience was very overwhelming, it was Fatima’s first match and we both really enjoyed the match. Thank you to The Albion Foundation for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
By Reiss Chahal and Fatima Qauoum (aged 15) – Wodensborough Academy pupils
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