West Bromwich Albion held out for a 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday as they returned form the international break in a strong way.
West Bromwich Albion had to be on top of their game defensively against Tottenham Hotspur as they repelled a battering from the London side. While the entire team were compact and savvy, one man stood out as goalkeeper Ben Foster pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the scores level. Chris Brunt later spoke to the Express and Star about his teammate's performance.
Tottenham had over 70% of the ball throughout the game and they were camped outside of West Brom's box for much of the game. Tony Pulis had obviously set up not to lose the game, but it seemed to play right into the hands of Tottenham, with technically gifted players like Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli enjoying a lot of the ball.
However, the threat from them did not really materialise consistently with the Baggies' defence standing strong. When they were breached though, goalkeeper Foster was there to save them.
A string of fine stops was the reason West Brom gained a point on the day. It showed how much the Baggies needed him in one run from left-back Ben Davies, where he took the ball past multiple players and into the box but saw his shot saved by the English goalkeeper.
Nacer Chadli did rifle a shot into the back of the net before Dele Alli equalised, but the day belonged to Foster as he starred for his side.
Returning player Chris Brunt paid tribute to his goalkeeper too, as he told the Express and Star: "He’s a great goalkeeper, he came up trumps and made some fantastic saves".
"It was just disappointing that one crept in because if anyone deserved a clean sheet it was him. He hasn’t got anything to beat himself up about with the goal. There wasn’t much he could do about that".
The praise was heaped on Foster and rightly so, with the goalkeeper keeping the scoreline down throughout the game. It was a nightmare scenario for him though as he saw all of his, and the teams hard work unravel as Dele Alli's shot found the bottom corner.
Foster and his team must now dust themselves off and view the 1-1 draw as a point gained and not as two dropped.