Defoe gives Tottenham 1-0 win over West Brom
Updated: January 03, 2012, 16:42
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LONDON(AP) Tottenham consolidated third place in the English Premier League on Tuesday after Jermain Defoe's goal secured a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
West Brom's stubborn resistance took until the 63rd minute to be broken down when Spurs slickly produced the goal that pushed them five points above fourth-place Chelsea with a game in hand.
Fed by Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale crossed from the left to Defoe, who found space in a crowded penalty area to shoot on the turn into the net.
Having been in complete control until that point, Tottenham endured a nervy end to the match after being disrupted by injuries.
But unlike on Saturday when a late equalizer was conceded at Swansea, Harry Redknapp's side clung on amid intense West Brom pressure.