Manchester United threw away a two-goal lead for the first time in the Premier League era
Eyebrows were raised when Alan irvine was named Pepe Mel's successor at West Brom in the summer, with the Baggies' alarming start to the season exacerbating fans' concerns. But a deserved 1-0 win at Tottenham will have afforded Irvine some much-needed breathing room.
"Watching Match of the Day last night, the table didn't look very nice," Irvine said of the pressure on him.
"When you've got a game in hand, it does not necessarily mean you're going to get the points from that game, especially when you are coming to White Hart Lane.
"I suppose I would be lying if I said there wasn't an element of relief, but the over-riding emotion is one of real pleasure for the players, for the club as a whole, everybody involved and, of course, for our fans. I am more pleased than relieved."