Sherwood’s Danish treat

West Brom 3 Tottenham 3

Sherwood’s Danish treat

Normally, the air would turn blue around White Hart Lane at the mere mention of any Arsenal legend.

The Tottenham head coach’s choice of comparison for the Dane’s “ice-cold” 93rd-minute equaliser, then, caused raised eyebrows aplenty.

“It was Dennis Bergkamp-esque,” said Sherwood after Eriksen, at the back post, calmly cut inside before rifling home to complete a comeback from three goals down to snatch a point.

“You want someone to rush those chances as an opposition manager. But unfortunately for them when it lands to him you know he’s going to be ice cold.”

Eriksen certainly shares the same shock of blonde hair as the Gunners great.

The pair’s paths have, in fact, even already crossed at Ajax, where Bergkamp is head of the youth team. He remains a long way from the pedestal on which one of the Premier League’s all-time greats is already perched.

There was, however, the same ruthless poise and killer instinct from the 22-year-old here at The Hawthorns that made Bergkamp the toast of the red half of North London for over a decade.

Sherwood continued: “Once he cut inside I knew the net was catching the ball. He can’t be left out. He’s always liable to do what he did.”

The result did neither side any real favours.

Sixth-placed Spurs now trail fourth-placed Everton, who are in the final Champions League spot, by six points with just four matches remaining.

Rivals Arsenal, who occupy the fifth spot which guarantees Europa League football, are four points clear with a game in hand.

A first-half flurry of goals from Matej Vydra, Chris Brunt and Stephane Sessegnon within the opening 31 minutes had put the Baggies in control.

Yet a Jonas Olsson own-goal gave hope to Spurs, who had earlier seen Emmanuel Adebayor miss a penalty, before Harry Kane and Eriksen completed the comeback.

Defender Younes Kaboul said: “We showed some great character but we cannot start games like that. It [a poor start] has happened a lot of times this season.

“Maybe it is all about concentration. It was almost game over.”

Sherwood reckons his team can pocket maximum points from their four remaining matches against Fulham, Stoke, West Ham, Aston Villa.

“When we look at the games we’ve got left we believe we can win every game,” he said.

To stand any chance of climbing the table, they will need just that. But the dejected look on Pepe Mel’s face confirmed this was an even more damaging result for West Brom now sit just three points above the relegation zone after another shocking surrender two weeks after blowing two points against Cardiff. Baggies fans might have taken a point before kick-off – but even by their standards this one was tough to stomach.

Albion have now conceded late goals six times this season – costing them a total of 12 points.

That has been the difference between the comfort of mid-table and alarm bells at the bottom.

“It is very tight,” defender Liam Ridgewell said.

“Everyone has been dragged back into it that probably thought they were safe. It is in our own hands and we have to make sure we pick up the points to make sure we are safe.”

WEST BROM (4-2-3-1): Foster 7; Reid 5, McAuley 7, Olsson 6 (Dawson 78), Ridgewell 5; Mulumbu 7, Dorrans 6; Amalfitano 7, Sessegnon 7 (Yacob 58, 6), Brunt 7; Vydra 7 (Berahino, 72).

Booked: Foster, Reid, Ridgewell, Dorrans.

TOTTENHAM (4-4-2): Lloris 5; Naughton 5, Chiriches (Fryers 45, 6), Kaboul 5, Rose 4 (Townsend 86); Lennon 8, Chadli 4 (Sigurdsson 78), Paulinho 7, Eriksen 5; Adebayor 4, Kane 6.

Booked: Rose, Eriksen.

Ref: Neil Swarbrick

Att: 25,398

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