Christian Eriksen drove home the equaliser in stoppage time as Spurs recovered from trailing 3-0 to earn a 3-3 draw at West Brom in a Premier League thriller at The Hawthorns.
Some fans were still making their way into the ground when Matej Vydra slammed the ball beyond Hugo Lloris for the opening goal on 27 seconds after the French goalkeeper could only palm out a Morgan Amalfitano cross.
Spurs were reeling and shipped a second goal when Chris Brunt tucked a volley into the corner of the net after the visiting defence had failed to head clear Steven Reid's cross . The game seemed up for Spurs after Emmanuel Adebayor had seen Foster save a woeful penalty-kick when Stephane Sessegnon outpaced Vlad Chiriches before placing the shot beyond Lloris on 31 minutes.
Tim Sherwood looked stunned amid taunts of 'Your getting sacked in the morning', but his side were thrown a lifeline when Kyle Naughton's cross spun over Ben Foster in the home goal via the unfortunate Jonas Olsson to reduce the deficit to 3-1.
The visiting side were utterly dominant in the second period as Chiriches departed to be replaced Zeki Fryers at the break. West Brom ultimately paid the price for trying to sit on their lead.
Harry Kane headed Aaron Lennon's cross into the net from six yards out with 20 minutes left before Eriksen pounced on a feeble header by substitute Craig Dawson to lash the equaliser high into the net, and send Sherwood into rapturous delight from the visiting technical area.
It was no more than the visitors had deserved after a day that summed up the phrase 'Jekyll and Hyde' performance.
1' - WEST BROM SCORE FIRST: Vydra slams a loose ball into the net after Lloris could only palm out the Amalfitano cross. Would you believe this? A 1-0 lead for the home side.
4' - BRUNT ADDS THE SECOND: Chris Brunt slams a volley into the net. And suddenly Spurs are two down. They failed to deal with the Reid cross into the middle this time. Awful defending.
16' - PENALTY TO SPURS: Rose is taken out late in the home box by Amalfitano. Looks a bit of a dive, but the referee has bought it.
17' - FOSTER SAVES THE PENALTY: He dives to his left. Easy save from Adebayor's dreadful effort. That was like a passback. Awful stuff.
31' - SESSEGNON GRABS A THIRD GOAL: Olsson with a long ball over the top. Headed on by Kaboul unintentionally beyond his team-mates, and Sessegnon with the finish after easing beyond Chiriches. 3-0 now.
34' - SPURS PULL ONE BACK: An own goal by Olsson loops over the head of Foster and into the net. Couldn't do anything about that. 3-1. A way back into this game perhaps for Spurs.
70' - THE COMBACK WELL AND TRULY ON FOR SPURS: Kane heads into the net from six yards out. Lovely cross from Lennon. And Spurs right back in this match trailing 3-2.
90+3' - A STUNNING EQUALISER BY ERIKSEN: The Danish midfielder drives the ball high into the net from 14 yards. 3-3 Spurs have equalised from Dawson's failed clearance.
West Brom have gone seven PL home matches without victory in the same season for the first time since Oct 2004-Jan 2005.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches against West Brom, since a 2-0 defeat at The Hawthorns in December 2008. Roman Bednar and Craig Beattie scored for West Brom. Benoit Assou-Ekotto was sent off for Tottenham.
West Brom record their 15th draw in the PL this season. They have only drawn more PL matches in one other season, when they drew 16 PL matches in 2004/05 (16).
TALKING POINT: Does Pepe Mel have any long-term future as West Brom manager? On this evidence, unlikely. Continues to wait for a first home win as the club's coach, but Christian Erkisen's late, late equaliser is bad news for West Brom in more ways than one. With Fulham overcoming Norwich, West Brom are now only three points clear of the relegation zone. Mel's negativity in swapping Stephane Sessegnon for Claudio Yacob before the hour-mark to go with one forward was a key reason why they failed to win this. Invited trouble onto them, and got plenty of it from self-inflicted poor decisions prompted by Mel.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Harry Kane (Tottenham) - Helped to drive the visiting side forward in the second half, combining well with Adebayor and Eriksen. A fine performance from him amid a rousing Tottenham recovery.
West Brom: Foster 6, Reid 6, McAuley 6, Olsson 6, Ridgewell 6, Amalfitano 6, Mulumbu 6, Brunt 7, Dorrans 7, Sessegnon 7, Vydra 6..subs: Berahin 6, Yacob 6, Dawson 6
Tottenham: Lloris 6; Naughton 7, Chiriches 4, Kaboul 5, Rose 5; Lennon 6, Chadli 6, Paulinho 6, Eriksen 7; Adebayor 7, Kane 7..subs: Fryers 6, Sigurdsson 6, Townsend 6
MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Christian Eriksen
- Stephane Sessegnon
- Hugo Lloris
- Emmanuel Adebayor
- Morgan Amalfitano
- Chris Brunt
- Matej Vydra
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