Gerry Francis explains half-time change which led to West Brom halting Tottenham's title challenge

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The Baggies first-team coach outlines the key role Salomon Rondon played in earning his side a draw at White Hart Lane.

West Bromwich Albion first-team coach Gerry Francis has revealed how the side went about turning the game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in their favour, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

Albion were 1-0 down at the break on Monday night after finding themselves on the end of a first-half onslaught which saw Craig Dawson put the ball in his own net and both Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen hit the woodwork.

However, the visitors rallied in the second half to restrict the home side and Dawson got his name on both team's scoresheets by heading home Craig Gardner's corner 17 minutes from time.

Former midfielder Francis, currently working on Tony Pulis' coaching staff at the Hawthorns, credited a half-time switch which saw striker Salomon Rondon press higher up the pitch and give the side a foothold in the Spurs half as being the key to Albion's revival.

Francis said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: "We changed it a little bit. Salomon Rondon was really important to us. We had to push him up a little bit and press higher up the pitch. Him holding onto the ball was a real out for us and allowed us to come into the game, break and get at Tottenham.

"Towards the end of the first half we got back into the game and that gave us confidence we could go out and cause them problems. Engaging higher up the pitch, which was one thing I said at half time, was really important. Rondon was really important in that, by pushing up and getting hold of the ball.

"When Tottenham had the ball and were playing across us Salomon had to follow the ball so that when we won it back he was in a position we could play straight off him. That worked really well second half."

The draw was just the Baggies' second point in the last six matches, but whilst it represented a small improvement for the Birmingham side, it did potentially irreparable damage to Tottenham's fading title bid.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are now seven points behind leaders Leicester City with just three matches remaining, meaning that all the Foxes have to do next weekend is match Spurs' result to win a first ever league title.

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