EPL 28/12/2005: West Brom 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
2 Final - The Hawthorns Attendance: 27,510
West Brom 2 - 0 Tottenham
Nwankwo Kanu (23)
Nwankwo Kanu (52)
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Updated: Dec. 28, 2005, 5:41 PM ET
West Brom 2-0 Tottenham: Unhappy return for Jol
Two Kanu goals earned West Brom a 2-0 win at home to Tottenham and three valuable points.
Wayne Routledge gets a foot in ahead of Steve Watson.On a bitterly cold night, with the pitchside temperature dipping to minus four before kick-off, Kanu brought a warm glow to manager Bryan Robson and the Baggies fans with a goal either side of the break.
• Robson delighted by decisive Kanu
Albion have now taken 10 points from their last four home games, all without conceding a goal, to ease their relegation fears.
Martin Jol's Spurs side never appeared as if they would stretch their unbeaten run to seven matches as they floundered in defence, while they were also easily snuffed out in attack.
Instead, it was Robson who was left beaming as his plan of playing three in attack - Kanu and Diomansy Kamara recalled to partner Nathan Ellington - worked a treat.
It was Kanu and Kamara who scythed through the visitors as early as the fourth minute, sparking a swift counter attack after fit-again captain Neil Clement had blocked a sidefoot shot from Jermain Defoe.
But with Albion the more creative, Robson's side duly grabbed the lead midway through the half, with Kanu scoring his fourth goal of the season.
Kamara and Ellington both played their part in the build up, although it was by good fortune the final pass sprung off Michael Carrick into Kanu's path.
The Nigerian first shook off the attentions of Dawson before coolly rounding the advancing Robinson and slipping a sidefoot shot into an empty net.
Jol's side barely raised the temperature of their own football above freezing point, and seven minutes after the break West Brom doubled their lead, with Kanu again finishing with quality.
Jol made changes, bringing on Robbie Keane and Mido who started on the bench as he rotated his squad, but Kuszczak was barely troubled.
• Robson delighted by decisive Kanu
West Brom boss Bryan Robson hailed the performance of match-winner Kanu as the Baggies continued their Hawthorns hot streak.
Kanu scored a goal in either half to sink visiting Tottenham 2-0, with Albion now having taken 10 points from their last four home matches without conceding a goal.
For the Nigerian, it was the first time he had scored two in a game since October 6, 2002, while with former club Arsenal.
Equally as remarkably, Kanu's tally is now five for this season, in comparison to a total of six for the previous two campaigns.
Both goals, in the 23rd and 52nd minutes, were courtesy of poor defending by Spurs, but there was no doubt about the quality of the crisp finishing.
Robson said: 'I had a chat with him in the summer and I told him he needed to add more goals to his game.
'There is no doubt he is an outstanding footballer and he works harder than people give him credit for.
'His build-up play in games has been good, and now he is getting the rewards as his goal return is also good.
'When he is playing like this he is someone who can make the difference between us staying up or going down this season.'
Overall, Albion were also defensively strong, comfortably snuffing out the threat of strikers Jermain Defoe and Grzegorz Rasiak.
Spurs boss Martin Jol brought in the duo as part of his rotation due the Christmas fixture list congestion, dropping Robbie Keane and Mido to the bench.
The duo were brought on in the second half as Tottenham chased the game, but they had little impact, with the visitors' six-match unbeaten run coming to an end.
'I think the last two home games are as good as we have played,' added Robson, whose side previously held Manchester City to a goalless draw.
'The results are being good because of the sides we have been up against, but more or less all of our general play has been excellent.
'Defensively we have looked solid as a unit, while up front we have attacked well and hard.
'The main thing is we have now taken 19 points from 19 games and we are on course for the target we set ourselves of having more points than games played for the start of the new year.'
The defeat is a real set-back for Spurs' Champions League ambitions.
Jol recognised the mistakes made by his team were uncharacteristic as he said: 'Kanu gave us a bit of a problem.
'But I don't think that was decisive, the only decisive situation occurred when we gave the ball away.
'I can't recall Paul Robinson making any great saves because although they had more ambition in the first half, I then felt in the second we did okay.
'But if you give away cheap goals, as we did, then it is very difficult to win games.'
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