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Spurs slip up again

EPL: West Brom, Newcastle make draw

Spurs slip up again

LONDON, Nov 29: Tottenham slipped up again in the Premier League by losing 2-1 at Leicester thanks to beautifully taken goals by Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez on Tuesday, report agencies. It was a third loss in its last five league games for Tottenham, which has slumped 13 points behind first-place Manchester City, having played a game more. The Vardy-Mahrez double act propelled Leicester to its improbable league title triumph in the 2015-16 season and their goals were a reminder of their class. Vardy met Marc Albrighton's left-wing cross with a volleyed lob in the 13th minute, leaving goalkeeper Hugo Lloris stranded. Mahrez made it 2-0 on the stroke of halftime when he ran down the right on a counter-attack, cut inside defender Jan Vertonghen, and curled a left-foot shot into the far corner. It was mostly Tottenham in the second half, and Harry Kane grabbed his 10th goal of the season by meeting substitute Erik Lamela's pass with a finish high into the net in the 79th minute. Lamela came on for his first appearance in 13 months. Leicester survived a penalty appeal when Danny Rose tumbled in injury time and claimed its biggest win under new coach Claude Puel. Tottenham has picked up just four points from a possible 15 in its last five matches. Earlier, Gary Megson nearly provided Alan Pardew with a welcome gift of three points, but Newcastle staged a late comeback last night to avoid defeat for the first time in five matches. West Bromwich appeared to be home and dry at 2-0 before giving it away. James McClean was culpable, coming on as a substitute and needlessly fouling DeAndre Yedlin to the right of the penalty area. Matt Ritchie hit the resulting free-kick hard and fast but that was no excuse for Salomon Rondon to fling out a lazy leg and divert the ball into his own net via Jonny Evans. Megson, so close to leading West Brom to a first win since August, looked on in despair. This was nearly a feelgood farewell for a popular figure. 'We are supposed to be a big side at set-pieces but we conceded awful goals,' he said. He will step aside for Pardew, who has agreed to take over and will be confirmed as Tony Pulis's successor today. His first job, beginning with the visit of former club Crystal Palace on Saturday, will be to address West Brom's inability to hold on to an advantage. This was the fifth occasion they have led in the 75th minute this season, only to end up drawing. For Rafa Benitez, the point provided solace after a bleak few weeks. The Newcastle manager had warned things could get worse before they got better and it was heading that way for most of last night. But Newcastle sparked into life late on, providing the Spaniard with cause for optimism in the battle against the drop. West Brom stay in deeper relegation trouble, just two points above 18th-placed West Ham having played a game more. Pardew was not in the stands as the club gave Megson space to sign off without that distraction. He has relished being the main man in the dugout for the first time in five years. Megson guided West Brom to two promotions in the early 2000s and his name was sung from the first minute by the hardcore fans of the Smethwick End. Rondon nearly gave the hosts an early lead with a 35-yard shot that had Karl Darlow beaten but dropped on to the top of the bar. Ahmed Hegazi's cross seven minutes before the interval gave Hal Robson-Kanu an opening but his header was tame and Darlow held on. Robson-Kanu had an even better chance when set up three yards out by Rondon, but shot wide. On the stroke of half-time, Robson-Kanu made it third time lucky. Evans hit a peach of a pass out to Kieran Gibbs and Yedlin was caught out as the West Brom left back pitched a perfect cross into the middle, enabling Robson-Kanu to rise above Chancel Mbemba and head in. Benitez was furious, flinging his coat down, and the Toon manager was still chuntering as he strode down the tunnel.

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