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2 vs 1
Played
December 11, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 27529‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke City 2-1 Tottenham

Matthew Etherington struck twice against his former club as the the hosts flew out of the traps, but Emmanuel Adebayor slammed home from the spot to set up a tense finale

By Nick Price at the Britannia Stadium

  • Thomas Sørensen
    50
    9
    3.00

    Thomas Sørensen

    The veteran shot-stopper was barely tested in the first period but reacted well to an arrowed effort from Modric that had to be tipped wide and pushed a fine second-half effort from Parker over. Fortunate that a team-mate was on the line to head away Kaboul's strike after he put a shot into the defender's path.

  • Marc Wilson
    30
    7
    3.50

    Marc Wilson

    Nominally a centre midfielder, the Irishman looked untroubled at left-back despite the threat of Bale and Lennon. Put Defoe on his backside with a deft feint and dribble, summing up his composed display.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    33
    7
    3.50

    Ryan Shawcross

    The skipper had precious little to contend with in the first half but should have done better from an attacking point of view when a looping set play found its way to him at the back stick, only for Walker to shuttle it away for a corner. Made a vital diving header from a Bale cross flying towards Adebayor and then hooked Kaboul's shot off the line, though replays suggested it came off his arm. Denied a goal from a corner by Friedel's quick hands.

  • Jonathan Woodgate
    15
    16
    2.50

    Jonathan Woodgate

    The centre-back was again deployed wide right for Stoke and was unsurprisingly beaten for pace on a few occasions by Bale and Lennon. The latter was felled in a dangerous area by the former Spurs man, which earned a needless booking. Lucky not to pick up a second yellow after clattering into Parker and even more fortunate not to concede an own goal from a Walker cross. Replaced by Delap late on.

  • Robert Huth
    28
    4
    3.00

    Robert Huth

    Back once again in his preferred role in the middle, the German decisively dealt with an early and threatening Bale cross that could easily have wound up in the back of his net. Dependable.

  • Matthew Etherington
    82
    8
    4.00

    Matthew Etherington Top of the Match

    Downed his former team with two goals: the first from close range as he pounced on a reverse ball across the face of goal to slam home, and the second with a scuffed effort that looped over Friedel. The flying winger seems to be getting back to his best and nearly scored a stunner with a sweet volley that had the keeper at full stretch. Taken off to a standing ovation.

  • Dean Whitehead
    17
    4
    3.00

    Dean Whitehead

    The former Sunderland man was typically combative although he and Whelan too often sat back and allowed Tottenham's trio of central midfielders to dictate the play.

  • Glenn Whelan
    13
    11
    2.50

    Glenn Whelan

    Foolishly left his right leg out for Modric to trip over inside the box, gifting Spurs a way back into the game. Like his midfield partner, he alternated between snapping and standing back, allowing Modric and Co. too much space on occasion.

  • Ryan Shotton
    40
    5
    4.00

    Ryan Shotton

    A second successive league start for the local-born defender, who was again deployed in a more advanced role in lieu of Pennant. Whipped in the ball that led to the opener and hurled some handy throws, with one finding its way to Etherington and into the back of the net. Caused Assou-Ekotto problems by opening a handy box of tricks every now and then to create space to put in some dangerous crosses.

  • Jonathan Walters
    39
    6
    3.50

    Jonathan Walters

    The Irishman had a hand in the opener by flicking on the cross, dragging the back four all out of shape, and got a touch on Shotton's throw for the second. Tirelessly ran to pressure the centre-backs and offer options down the channels.

  • Peter Crouch
    39
    6
    3.50

    Peter Crouch

    Wasted an excellent chance to roll the ball out to a midfielder to thump in from the edge of the area after excellent work from Etherington, but made up for that by harassing his markers and teeing up his team-mate for a tap in – although there was a hint of handball as he challenged in the air.

Substitutions

  • Rory Delap
    16
    4
    3.00

    Rory Delap

    Came on for Woodgate but played in midfield as Shotton dropped back for the final few minutes.

  • W. Palacios
    15
    5
    3.00

    W. Palacios

    Introduced for two-goal hero Etherington.

  • Brad Friedel
    41
    11
    3.50

    Brad Friedel

    Made a good early stop from Etherington and popped up to make himself big at the near post, forcing the second effort wide. Could do nothing about either of Stoke's two first-half goals as he was left exposed by his back four. Forced into a fantastic reflex save to deny Shawcross from a corner, keeping his team in the contest with his quick reactions.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    20
    31
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    The Cameroonian was turned a few times in the first half by Shotton and was fortunate that the referee awarded a foul against him after Walters dispossessed him in the box following a sublime, but risky, first time control. Subbed off at the break for Bassong.

  • Younes Kaboul
    23
    65
    2.50

    Younes Kaboul Flop of the Match

    Sent off for two bookable offences – the second a needlessly cynical challenge on Walters that diminished his team's comeback charge. The Frenchman was a bystander for the opener, failing to react to the knock down and unaware of the red and white shirts running into space. A largely self-inflicted day of hurt for the defender, who had seen a shot cleared off the line at 2-1.

  • William Gallas
    15
    42
    2.50

    William Gallas

    Hapless against Crouch in the build-up to Etherington's first as he failed to clear his lines and allowed the forward to cut the ball back across goal. Highlighted the club's need to invest at the back in January.

  • Kyle Walker
    28
    20
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Caught out for the opener as he failed to spot Etherington steaming through unmarked, not moving off the line until the winger was inches away from slamming home. Had more opportunities to fly forward in the wing-back role after the break and swung in some terrific crosses.

  • Gareth Bale
    61
    16
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    Got the better of former team-mate Woodgate a few times before switching to the opposite flank, where he drifted infield and helped Modric and Co. recycle possession. Played as an out-and-out wing-back in the second period after Assou-Ekotto was taken off and became a real nuisance, though still far from his effervescent best.

  • Scott Parker
    37
    20
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    The England international was quiet as Stoke came flying out of the traps and nearly put his team in further trouble with a sloppy backpass that had to be intercepted by Walker as Walters chased it down. Stepped up a gear after the break and forced a stellar stop from Sorensen with a driven strike from range. Went into the book after lunging at Crouch in frustration.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    30
    50
    2.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    The Dutchman, who was left on the bench in the win over West Brom, replaced Defoe in the starting lineup but struggled to make his mark until he dropped deeper to give some passing relief to Modric and Parker - although even then he was far from instrumental. Taken off for Dos Santos late on after an almost anonymous second half.

  • Luka Modric
    103
    17
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    Tottenham's little wizard struggled to pull any tricks out of his sleeve in the opening exchanges as Stoke squeezed the play, but the Croat was instrumental when the hosts began to drop deep. Saw a long-range howitzer tipped round the post and had more of the ball after the break when Spurs switched formation, which allowed him to pull the strings from afar. Jinking run drew a foul out of Whelan in the box.

  • Aaron Lennon
    25
    27
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    The winger swapped flanks with Bale and looked much more threatening down the left, cutting inside Shotton and Woodgate. Rather surprisingly replaced by Defoe at half-time as Harry Redknapp shuffled his pack.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    39
    29
    3.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    The Togolese target man, so effective for Tottenham this season, scarcely got a kick in the first half and could only hit a tame shot straight down Sorensen's throat. Composed from the spot to slam home and almost curled in a sweet equaliser from 18 yards out.

Substitutions

  • S. Bassong
    28
    10
    3.00

    S. Bassong

    Replaced Assou-Ekotto at the break as Spurs switched to three at the back and missed a chance to test Sorensen when he banged a header into the stands from a corner.

  • Jermain Defoe
    23
    23
    2.50

    Jermain Defoe

    The impish striker came on to support Adebayor in the second half but rarely got involved in the play directly as he scuttled about with little purpose.

  • Giovani dos Santos
    26
    18
    3.00

    Giovani dos Santos

    Young Mexican could do nothing in his limited time on the pitch.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0