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West Brom celebrate their late winner

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ByAlexander Netherton
05/05/2018 at 15:53 | Updated 05/05/2018 at 16:21

Premier League, The Hawthorns – West Bromwich Albion 1 (Livermore 90+2’) Tottenham 0

Jake Livermore poked home an injury-time winner as West Bromwich Albion kept their great escape dream alive with a 1-0 win over Tottenham.

West Brom started the match knowing they would have to win in order to stand a chance of survival, while Spurs were still in with a shout of a top-two finish after Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday.

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The Baggies sat back and looked to hit on the counter, but Harry Kane came closest with two chances in quick succession, and the hosts only came alive with two chances from set pieces as the first half came to a close.

In the second half, Christian Eriksen swerved a free kick at goal that was well-saved, while Hugo Lloris reacted quickly to Kane slicing towards his own net.

WBA seemed destined for a limp end to their season when, out of nowhere, Livermore and Danny Rose combined to tussle for a Chris Brunt flap in front of goal to send the ball over the line, and give them hope of survival if only for a few more hours before Everton take on Southampton.

TALKING POINT

Can West Brom survive? They spent the season sleepwalking to relegation, with no inspiration or organisation under Tony Pulis and then Alan Pardew. Darren Moore has sparked a superb revival, and he deserves to stay on for next season regardless of whether he can steer the side to another season in the Premier League.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom): One player at West Brom who will almost certainly not drop down to the Championship is Ahmed Hegazi. The 27-year-old Egyptian has been a solid presence at the back for most of his appearances this season, and against Spurs he was exceptional. Calm in the tackle, and in the penalty area, his bravery and anticipation kept Spurs at bay for the whole game.

Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur shoots past Chris Brunt

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PLAYER RATINGS

West Brom: Foster 7, Nyom 5, Gibbs 6, Dawson 7, Hegazi 8, Brunt 6, Livermore 7, McClean 6, Philipps 6, Rodriguez 5, Rondon 7. Subs: Sturridge 7, Krychowiak 7, Chadli 6.

Spurs: Lloris 7, Trippier 6, Sanchez 6, Alderweireld 6, Vertonghen 6, Rose 7, Wanyama 6, Eriksen 6, Lamela 6, Dele 6, Kane 6. Subs: Lucas 7, Son 6, Llorente 6.

KEY EVENTS

24' - WANYAMA CHANCE - Alli tries to pick out Kane in the box, but Hegazi intercepts. Wanyama is then teed up by Alli on the left, and he attempts a curling shot into the top corner, but Foster slaps it away.

29' - KANE CHANCES - Kane darts to the near post to run onto a through-ball from Trippier, and he turns a shot at goal from a tight angle, which Foster pushes away well. Moments later he gets on the end of an Eriksen cross, and he heads a yard wide of goal.

42' - ALDERWEIRELD CLEARANCE - Dawson goes for a high ball from a deep cross, misses it, and Alderweireld is on hand to prevent the ball creeping in at the back post

62' - FOSTER SAVE - Eriksen strikes a centrally placed free kick at goal from 30 yards out. It swerves to Foster's right, but he's able to leap towards it and tip it behind.

74' - LLORIS SAVE - A deep free kick meets Hegazi, who heads into the six-yard box from outside the box, and Kane flashes a volley that Lloris has to tip over the bar.

90+2' - GOAL! West Brom 1-0 Spurs. Livermore scores - Sturridge bends in a deep cross that Wanyama chests and bundles away. Corner on the left, curled into the back post. It's headed down, Brunt clips it on, and Livermore and Rose somehow bundle it over.

West Brom celebrate their late winner

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KEY STAT

Darren Moore's 11 points won are three more than Alan Pardew managed in 18 games in charge.

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