Tottenham kept up the pressure on the title-chasing Manchester clubs with a hard-fought victory over West Brom.

The Baggies frustrated Spurs for more than an hour before striker Jermain Defoe broke their resolve.

The diminutive striker, sporting a blond haircut, spun on the spot before firing in after good work by Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale.

Van der Vaart also forced a save from Ben Foster, while West Brom's Somen Tchoyi and Simon Cox had shots blocked.

Redknapp credits 'tough' West Brom

For much of the match though, the Midlands side were content to defend and hit Spurs on the break.

They started with a 4-5-1 formation, leaving Peter Odemwingie up front as they searched for their fifth clean sheet of the season.

And, having stated before the match that survival was his side's primary aim, it was not a surprise that manager Roy Hodgson was playing the percentages.

The plan worked for much of the match, reducing a potent Spurs, who had scored in their previous 17 league matches, to only one clear chance in the first 45 minutes.

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But that opportunity, and the build-up to it, showed a slick Spurs at their finest. Left-sided marauder Bale sped down the wing and pulled the ball back for Dutchman Van der Vaart, whose flick at the near post had to be tipped over by Foster.

It was a half in which Tottenham won 10 corners, but failed to trouble the West Brom defence with any of them, Craig Dawson looking particularly impressive for the Baggies.

The London side needed someone to conjure up something special and it was produced by Defoe, who up to that point had only troubled the Albion goal with a backheeled flick that trickled a couple of yards wide.

Hodgson shrugs off fixture congestion

But he made the most of his second opportunity.

The move that led to the goal was sharp. Van der Vaart spread the ball out to Bale on the left of the box, who in turn found Defoe on the edge of the six-yard area. With four players around him, the England striker turned at pace and poked his shot past Foster.

Injuries to centre-back William Gallas and substitute Jake Livermore  , who was left bloodied after a clash of heads with team-mate Younes Kaboul, seemed to upset the Spurs balance. The Baggies sensed the unease and pressed for an equaliser in the closing moments.

The visitors won successive corners in stoppage time which caused mild worry in the Tottenham area, but Redknapp's side clung on for a victory that leaves them just three points behind second-placed Manchester United in the title race.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 24 Friedel
  • 03 Bale
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 13 Gallas (Bassong - 67' )
  • 28 Walker
  • 32 Assou-Ekotto
  • 11 Van der Vaart
  • 14 Modric
  • 30 Sandro (Livermore - 30' )
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 18 Defoe

Substitutes

  • 23 Cudicini
  • 19 Bassong
  • 21 Kranjcar
  • 25 Rose
  • 29 Livermore (Kranjcar - 77' )
  • 09 Pavlyuchenko
  • 17 Giovani

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 20 Shorey
  • 23 McAuley
  • 25 Dawson
  • 28 Jones Booked
  • 14 Thomas Booked (Jara - 27' )
  • 17 Dorrans Booked (Morrison - 65' )
  • 29 Thorne (Tchoyi - 79' )
  • 33 Scharner Booked
  • 24 Odemwingie
  • 31 Cox Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Fulop
  • 18 Jara
  • 30 Tamas
  • 05 Tchoyi
  • 07 Morrison
  • 27 Mantom
  • 32 Fortune
Ref: Halsey
Att: 36,062

Match Stats

Shots

20 8

On target

14 2

Corners

14 7

Fouls

3 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:54

Gareth Bale decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +3:47

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.

90:00 +2:15

Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

90:00 +2:15 Booking

Booking Simon Cox is given a yellow card.

90:00 +2:12

Foul by Simon Cox on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded.

90:00 +1:35

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nicky Shorey, Brad Friedel makes a save.

90:00 +1:18

Nicky Shorey takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Rafael Van der Vaart.

90:00 +1:00

Corner taken by James Morrison from the left by-line to the near post, Benoit Assou-Ekotto makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:46

Paul Scharner takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.

88:22

Sebastien Bassong takes the direct free kick.

88:22 Booking

Booking Paul Scharner receives a yellow card.

88:19

Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Paul Scharner results in a free kick.

87:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Luka Modric takes the free kick.

86:51

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

86:48

The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale.

86:33

Short corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line.

86:18

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Dawson.

85:11

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey played to the near post, Rafael Van der Vaart manages to make a clearance.

84:42

Nicky Shorey takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.

84:35

The ball is crossed by Nicky Shorey, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.

82:37

The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

81:46

Gonzalo Jara Reyes challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

81:37

Somen Tchoyi takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.

80:58

Effort on goal by Simon Cox from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

78:30

Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.

78:30 Substitution

Substitution George Thorne leaves the field to be replaced by Somen Tchoyi.

78:30

Niko Kranjcar concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Cox.

77:43

Gonzalo Jara Reyes has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

76:02

Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

76:02 Substitution

Substitution Niko Kranjcar comes on in place of Jake Livermore.

76:02

Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Peter Odemwingie results in a free kick.

75:16

The ball is sent over by James Morrison, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.

73:07

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.

72:35

Jake Livermore sends in a cross, clearance made by Craig Dawson.

70:45

Kyle Walker fouled by Craig Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Bale crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.

69:33

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Gareth McAuley.

69:23

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.

66:03 Substitution

Substitution Sebastien Bassong is brought on as a substitute for William Gallas.

64:54 Substitution

Substitution James Morrison on for Graham Dorrans.

64:21

The ball is delivered by Graham Dorrans, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.

62:20

Assist by Gareth Bale.

62:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Jermain Defoe - Tottenham 1 - 0 West Brom Jermain Defoe fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 West Brom.

61:34

Kyle Walker delivers the ball.

59:27

The ball is crossed by Simon Cox, save made by Brad Friedel.

58:24

Foul by Simon Cox on Rafael Van der Vaart, free kick awarded. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.

56:37

Paul Scharner challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Luka Modric from the free kick.

56:20

The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.

55:31

Gareth Bale sends in a cross.

54:37

The assistant referee signals for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

53:21

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Graham Dorrans from the left by-line, Craig Dawson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

51:18

Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.

51:18 Booking

Booking Booking for Graham Dorrans.

51:13

Graham Dorrans challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick.

50:50

Luka Modric takes a short corner.

50:29

The ball is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Shorey.

48:10

Younes Kaboul fouled by Peter Odemwingie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.

47:42

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale.

46:33

Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

46:33 Booking

Booking Billy Jones receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

46:29

Gareth Bale fouled by Billy Jones, the ref awards a free kick.

45:36

Effort on goal by Jermain Defoe from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +4:09 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +3:48

Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +2:30

Simon Cox is penalised for a handball. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball in from the free kick, Craig Dawson makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:07

Corner from right by-line taken by Graham Dorrans.

45:00 +0:19

Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.

44:28

A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, George Thorne makes a clearance.

42:30

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

40:53

The referee blows for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.

40:49

The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

40:22

The ball is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, save by Ben Foster.

40:06

Short corner worked by Rafael Van der Vaart.

38:58

Kyle Walker fouled by Simon Cox, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

38:13

The referee gives a free kick against Younes Kaboul for handball. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

37:54

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a outswinging corner.

37:31

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Gonzalo Jara Reyes.

37:18

The ball is swung over by Kyle Walker, clearance by Craig Dawson.

36:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.

36:22

The ball is swung over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Billy Jones makes a clearance.

35:51

Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, clearance by Simon Cox.

34:23

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Graham Dorrans played to the near post, Close range header by Simon Cox goes over the crossbar.

33:44

The referee blows for offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

32:59

Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Graham Dorrans results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from right channel, save by Ben Foster.

32:47

A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, Billy Jones makes a clearance.

30:02

Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

29:05 Substitution

Substitution Raniere Sandro goes off and Jake Livermore comes on.

27:46

The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, blocked by Gareth McAuley.

27:10

Corner taken by Luka Modric, clearance made by Paul Scharner.

26:48

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.

26:26

Outswinging corner taken by Luka Modric, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.

26:09 Substitution

Substitution Jerome Thomas leaves the field to be replaced by Gonzalo Jara Reyes.

25:43

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

24:11

The referee blows for offside. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.

22:52

Rafael Van der Vaart has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

22:52 Booking

Booking Jerome Thomas goes into the referee's book.

22:44

Jerome Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale.

19:05

The assistant referee flags for offside against Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

17:15

Jermain Defoe challenges Paul Scharner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth McAuley restarts play with the free kick.

16:13

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Dawson.

15:00

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, save made by Ben Foster.

14:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Odemwingie. William Gallas takes the indirect free kick.

13:06

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

11:39

Foul by Raniere Sandro on Peter Odemwingie, free kick awarded. Graham Dorrans crosses the ball, Header by Craig Dawson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

9:16

Luka Modric fouled by Paul Scharner, the ref awards a free kick. Luka Modric takes the free kick.

7:38

Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.

6:18

The ball is sent over by Kyle Walker.

4:29

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jermain Defoe goes wide left of the target.

3:55

Outswinging corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Close range header by Rafael Van der Vaart misses to the right of the goal.

3:51

A cross is delivered by Luka Modric, George Thorne makes a clearance.

3:37

Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric to the near post, George Thorne manages to make a clearance.

3:30

A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, Nicky Shorey manages to make a clearance.

3:02

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line, George Thorne makes a clearance.

2:39

Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Graham Dorrans.

2:09

Luka Modric takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Graham Dorrans.

1:08

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in. Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.

0:38

Simon Cox is caught offside. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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