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April 9, 2011
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 32702
P. Crouch 11', 34'
L. Modrić 18'
M. Etherington 27'
K. Jones 41'
And that’s the final whistle. Spurs win it by a whisker. A late Stoke free-kick threatened to ruin the day for Harry Redknapp, but Gomes managed to collect the ball eventually after a messy clear-up. Spurs close the gap on Manchester City to three points as the Eastlands outfit have to wait till Monday to play their fixture, but Spurs will still have a game in hand after that game. However, this result adds to the misery Stoke have already incurred as they now have seven games without an away win and fail to get away from their relegation fears. But for now, that’s all from us. Thank you for joining Goal.com UK for the live coverage of Tottenham against Stoke City and we hope you’ll join us next time.
90' + 1'
Yellow CardTom Huddlestone
90' + 1'
Four minutes comes up on the board for added time, leaving Spurs with a cautions last few moments to hang onto their lead.
A great save by Gomes keeps Jones from getting his second and Stoke’s third. The striker tees the ball up outside the area and lets loose, but the Brazilian ‘keeper gets a hand to it to touch it over the bar.
Yellow CardMatthew Etherington
This could a nervy end to the game for Spurs; too many fouls are giving Stoke the chance to get the ball up-field and into the hosts’ area. Fortunately for Tottenham, the Potters aren’t making the most of it.
Looks like we might get to see Defoe in these last moments of the game. Remember the striker needs just one more goal to get his 100th in the league and for Tottenham
Not looking like another goal in this game after the first-half promised so much. Both sides, especially Spurs, are struggling to make chances pay as both sets of defenders seem to be doing their jobs a lot more efficiently this period.
Stoke meanwhile have their own chance at the other end. After succession of failed shots by the Potters attackers and the ball finally finds Pennant, but the effort is weak and Gomes collects easily.
Begovic makes a cracking save from a powerful Pavlyucheko effort. The Russian steps up to the shot just outside the area, but the Stoke ‘keeper makes a fantastic diving stop to put the ball out for a corner.
Tottenham have another dangers free-kick, but Kaboul puts it straight into the wall. A corner soon follows which is similarly wasted by Crouch. Stoke are having to defend strongly here and need to start creating chances again to get their third goal.
Yellow CardAndy Wilkinson
Free-kick in a great position for Spurs now as Bale gets body-checked by two Stoke defenders. Any number of candidates for the set-piece line-up, but Van Der Vaart gets the nod and pile-drives the ball into the Stoke wall and it’s a wasted opportunity.
The game has calmed down for now in terms of chances. Both sides look to be wanting to get the ball controlled in midfield, but a mix of fouls and loose balls is halting such play.
Chances galore in this game as Jones goes close with a header at the far post of Gomes’ goal after a cross whipped in by Pennant finds the former Sunderland man who towers over his marker, but like Pavlyunchenko before him the effort is wide.
Nearly a goal at the other end. Bale doing what he does best down the left side pops in a searching ball into the Stoke box and Pavlyunchenko gets his head on it, only to miss the target as the ball goes wide.
Yellow CardJermaine Pennant
Almost an equaliser for Stoke. Jones races in from the right and gets in a ball across goal from the by-line towards Walters and gets past a stretching Gomes leaving the striker with an open goal, but the ball ricochets off of his body and on to the post. A very lucky escape for Spurs.
Spurs are dominating this half already through possession with Stoke struggling to get a hold on the ball and need to improve their passing if they wish to get an equaliser, with the ever vocal Tony Pulis letting his players know what he wants from them .
Early corner for Spurs after some immediate pressure. Stoke easily get the ball away and Harry Redknapp’s team have to start again.
And Stoke gets us back under way.
And that’s half-time. A great battle so far where Spurs have dominated, but Stoke have taken their chances and taken them well. The second period promises to be a cracker if the two sides keep at it like this with both teams with a chance to take all the points.
45' + 3'
Some late pressure here from Spurs. Van Der Vaart lets Pavlyunchenko in, but Shawcross is there to cut it out for a corner. The Dutchman takes the corner to which nothing comes of.
Spurs need to collect themselves now and finish the half strongly. Stoke’s second showed how lack the hosts can be in defence as they easily let Jones through into their own area.
STOKE SCORE AGAIN!!! Jones collects the ball from 25 yards out after a pass from midfield and takes the ball just inside the Spurs box and cannons a shot with his left into the top corner of Gomes’ net. Turning into a great battle this one.
Whelan has an ambitious go at goal with a volley as the ball dropped from a clearance, but a lack of power helped Gomes smoother the ball neatly.
THREE TO SPURS!!!! Crouch scores with his head again! A fantastic first time ball from Huddlestone lofted over everyone in the Stoke box to the former Liverpool man at the back post and Crouch manages to clamber over his marker to put the ball in the corner of the net.
Another penalty claim from Crouch and the Spurs crowd as the striker goes to get his foot on a ball heading for Begovic’s hands, but the towering player is pushed off the ball by Shawcross. Never a penalty.
And Etherington puts Stoke back in it!!!! With pace and strength the midfielder holds off Huddleston down the left-side and slots the ball past Gomes and into the far corner to give the visitors hope.
AND IT’S TWO FOR SPURS!!! Modric doubles the hosts’ lead with a short range shot just in front of goal tucking the ball away into the bottom right side of the net from an angle. Another assist from Pavlyunchenko.
Tottenham are pushing for a second with a slight penalty shout from Crouch, but the lumbering striker seemed to just trip over his own feet. Stoke have a bit of work to do to put themselves back into this game.
And it’s a goal for Spurs!!! Pavlyunchenko the architect as the Russian striker puts in the ball for Crouch following a Van der Vaart corner and the big man gets his head on it amongst pressure from the Stoke defence to put the home side ahead.
Nearly a goal for Spurs. Bale races down the left side and into the Potter’s area to whip in a pass across the face of goal for Pavlyunchenko, but Shawcross is there to put the ball out for a corner, with the set-piece coming to nothing.
A solid long distance effort from Gareth Bale, turning onto his left foot from around 25-yards out and manages to force a save from Begovic as the ball heads towards the bottom corner and we have the game’s first shot on target.
Quite a positive start from the home side as they take the early possession, but Stoke taking what they can get as they approach the Spurs box, but the ball is easily put out of danger.
And we’re off as Tottenham get us under way.
Stoke (4-4-2): Begovic; Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson; Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington; Walters, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Fuller, Pugh, Whitehead, Faye, Diao.
Here's how the teams line up today, with Spurs first: Tottenham (4-4-2): Gomes; Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Modric, Huddlestone, van der Vaart, Bale; Crouch, Pavyluchenko. Subs: Jenas, Gallas, Defore, Bassong, Rose, Cudicini, Sandro.
Just a couple of facts and figures before the team news. Tottenham have only been beaten at White Hart Lane once in their past 25 league games, whilst striker Jermaine Defoe will be looking for his 100th goal in top flight football this afternoon. Stoke meanwhile have never drawn a game in London in 14 trips to the capital, winning three and losing 11. Also, the Potters have the highest percentage of second-half goals than any other team in the league this season.
Stoke meanwhile will be hoping to make their way past the 40 point mark to remove all fears of relegation. However, as tough as it will be to get any sort of points out of today’s clash at White Hart Lane, Tony Pulis’ side have lost their last six away games and will have quite the task ahead of them this afternoon if they wish to cancel that out with a win.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com UK’s live coverage of this Premier League game between Tottenham and Stoke City. All eyes will be on Harry Redknapp and his team as they look to bounce back from their devastating defeat to Real Madrid in the week and will the former Portsmouth manager claims the mood in the Spurs camp is ‘fantastic’, there are still a lot of points to be collected if they wish to be in next season’s Champions League and clinch a place in the top four.
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