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1 vs 2
Played
May 12, 2013 1:30 PM BST
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 27531‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke 1-2 Tottenham

Emmanuel Adebayor struck seven minutes from time to ensure Andre Villas-Boas' men head into the final day of the season with their Champions League qualification hopes alive

By Liam Twomey at the Britannia Stadium

  • Asmir Begovic
    14
    2
    3.00

    Asmir Begovic

    Often the only point of resistance for the constant waves of Spurs attacks following Adam's dismissal. Perhaps could have shouted for Wilson to abort his clearance which led to the equaliser, but otherwise acquitted himself very well.

  • Robert Huth
    5
    3
    2.50

    Robert Huth

    Had come controversial moments, committing several cynical fouls and possibly getting away with a handball in the penalty area, but he was often effective.

  • Marc Wilson
    4
    4
    2.00

    Marc Wilson

    Had a poor moment of judgement when he cleared the ball into Dempsey's path for the equaliser, and had difficulty in dealing with Tottenham's quality in wide areas.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    6
    2
    3.00

    Ryan Shawcross

    Marshalled his defence reasonably well, ensuring Spurs were not simply able to play through them with their pace.

  • Ryan Shotton
    3
    4
    2.50

    Ryan Shotton

    His long throws were a nuisance, but Bale tormented him whenever he deigned to run at him.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    9
    0
    3.00

    Steven N'Zonzi

    Stole in well at the near post to give his side the lead, and looked quite assured in midfield until Adam's dismissal forced his team onto the defensive.

  • Charlie Adam
    9
    10
    1.50

    Charlie Adam Flop of the Match

    Put a very good ball in for N'Zonzi's goal, but changed the game to the detriment of his side by getting sent off foolishly two minutes after half-time.

  • Dean Whitehead
    7
    2
    2.50

    Dean Whitehead

    Industrious on his return to the team, but offered little in the way of real quality.

  • Matthew Etherington
    4
    3
    2.00

    Matthew Etherington

    Rarely troubled Walker but, in truth, his team-mates gave him nowhere near enough service.

  • Jonathan Walters
    4
    2
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Worked his socks off up front but, starved of the ball, he achieved little.

  • Peter Crouch
    3
    3
    2.50

    Peter Crouch

    Offered no more than nuisance value up front, as no chances came his way.

Substitutions

  • Andy Wilkinson
    3
    3
    2.50

    Andy Wilkinson

    Replaced Etherington on 57 minutes but couldn't help his side hold out against the Tottenham barrage.

  • Cameron Jerome
    3
    4
    2.50

    Cameron Jerome

    Came on for Crouch on 57 minutes and gave his team no more than fresh legs.

  • Hugo Lloris
    25
    2
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Occasionally flapped at crosses and might have done better with N'Zonzi's opener, but otherwise looked solid enough.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    36
    3
    3.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Drove forward whenever he could from left-back and was a serious, if wasteful, threat from set-pieces.

  • Michael Dawson
    21
    3
    3.50

    Michael Dawson

    Shackled first Crouch and then Jerome well, ensuring neither had the opportunity to seriously trouble Lloris.

  • Kyle Walker
    22
    1
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Kept Etherington quiet and his overlapping runs on the right caused Wilson problems.

  • Steven Caulker
    20
    1
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Looked as assured as ever in possession and didn't disgrace himself in the air either.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    22
    11
    3.50

    Tom Huddlestone

    Showed a typically expansive range of passing and put in a number of dangerous set-piece deliveries.

  • Aaron Lennon
    18
    9
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Not his most influential afternoon. Could not match the threat of Bale, and was withdrawn with 15 minutes left.

  • Scott Parker
    14
    12
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    Not the liability he was against Chelsea. Used the ball simply and intelligently.

  • Gareth Bale
    31
    9
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    Always dangerous, at times dragging three or four players towards him to create space for others, but did not make the difference himself.

  • Clint Dempsey
    82
    3
    4.00

    Clint Dempsey Top of the Match

    At the heart of everything Tottenham did well, and breathed life into their top four hopes with a brilliantly improvised equaliser from 25 yards. Also set up Adebayor for the winner.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    46
    9
    3.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Didn't hit the heights he did at Stamford Bridge, but got the goal which might do for Arsenal in the top four race.

Substitutions

  • Mousa Dembélé
    26
    2
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Added guile to the Tottenham midfield when he replaced Parker on 68 minutes.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    19
    4

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Came on with six minutes left as Dempsey tired.

  • Jermain Defoe
    16
    8
    2.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Replaced Lennon with 15 minutes remaining but wasn't needed to win the game in the end.

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