April 23, 2011
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Odemwingie’s goal – Assou-Ekotto’s injury allows Odemwingie time to get a shot away after an excellent cross-field pass from Vela
Carlos Vela has the ball on West Brom’s left, and William Gallas has pulled over to cover for Kaboul. The gap between our centre backs is already ominous…
Gallas backs off as Vela spots Odemwingie’s run.
It is a fantastic ball and, although Odemwingie’s first touch takes him a little wide, he has time as Assou-Ekotto has been caught up field.
Assou-Ekotto makes a great effort to get back at him but…
…in going shoulder to shoulder, he collapses, having seemingly pulled a hamstring. Odemwingie touches the ball around him as Dawson closes.
Dawson throws himself at the ball, but Odemwingie gets his shot away, and buries it beyond Gomes in the far corner.
Cox’s goal – Wonderful curled finish as Gallas stands off.
It’s 2-1 with 80 minutes on the clock. West Brom have possession high up the pitch, with Shorey on the ball.
Shorey passes back to Brunt under pressure from Kaboul, who is pressing hard to try to force them back.
Brunt feeds the ball into Cox, who makes a run off Gallas.
Gallas snaps at his heels, and forces Cox to play back out to Shorey.
As Kaboul is chasing shadows, Shorey zips a pass into Cox’s feet – he has stayed in his deeper position, but Gallas has dropped back to keep the defensive line.
Cox takes a touch and turns in one motion, and as Gallas backs off, he shimmies to make a yard. Notice how many Spurs defenders are in the shot, but also how many of them are not behind the ball. At this stage of the game we should have two banks of four, and should also be making it much more difficult for West Brom to get a shot away.
Cox takes one more touch to shift the ball slightly more to his right before letting fly.
It’s an exquisite finish – right into the top corner.