• Date: Sat 20 March 2010
  • Venue: Britannia Stadium
  • Ref: Dean, M
  • Attendance: 27,575
Stoke City

Stoke City

Etherington (64) P

1 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

Gudjohnsen (46)

Kranjcar (77)

Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Team Lineups

Stoke City

Thomas Sorensen
Danny Higginbotham
Robert Huth
Danny Collins
Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye
Glenn Whelan (Sanli Tuncay, 84)
Dean Whitehead
Rory Delap
Matthew Etherington
Ricardo Fuller
Dave Kitson (Mamady Sidibe, 84)

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Younes Kaboul
Sebastien Bassong
Michael Dawson
Vedran Corluka
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Luka Modric
Niko Kranjcar (Jake Livermore, 90)
Roman Pavlyuchenko (Eidur Gudjohnsen, 36)
Peter Crouch

Match Report
Substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen scored one goal and helped to create another as Tottenham strengthened their challenge for a Champions League place by beating ten-man Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium. It was a fourth straight league victory for Harry Redknapp's men, but they were made to fight every inch of the way by a City side who had Dean Whitehead sent off during a disastrous start to the second half. Jermain Defoe was sidelined with a hamstring injury, so Redknapp teamed up giants Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko in attack. There was no place for Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, despite his availability following a three-match ban in the wake of the tackle which broke Aaron Ramsey's leg. Stoke made most of the early running, but it was Spurs who had the first serious dig at goal when the ball was played to Niko Kranjcar in the 18th minute. The Croatian drove a 20-yard shot which was too hot for Thomas Sorensen to hold and the City keeper pounced on the rebound as Crouch followed in. Stoke hit back and Abdoulaye Faye should have done better than head wide from eight yards after Dave Kitson had flicked on Glenn Whelan's cross. And Kitson's header from a Rory Delap long throw had Heurelho Gomes scampering to save, before a cross from the lively Kitson caused momentary panic in the visiting defence. Pavlyuchenko was replaced by Gudjohnsen after limping off in the 36th minute and a high-paced first half ended with Faye denying Gareth Bale with a magnificent tackle and Gomes saving from Ricardo Fuller. But the game swung Tottenham's way big style in the first four minutes of the second half - starting with Gudjohnsen's first goal for the club just 22 seconds after the resumption. Crouch played a perfect pass in behind Faye and the Icelander outpaced the defender to strike an unstoppable half-volley into the roof of the net from ten yards. Stunned Stoke were then reduced to ten men in the 49th minute when Whitehead made the long walk after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Luka Modric. Tottenham, with Modric and Kranjcar revelling in the extra space, went for the jugular and the home defence was creaking under a constant bombardment. But Stoke gained a 64th minute lifeline during a rare attack when Benoit Assou-Ekotto unnecessarily flattened Kitson from a Danny Collins cross. Former Spurs man Matty Etherington sent Gomes the wrong way from the spot and Stoke should have gone ahead shortly afterwards when Fuller missed a sitter. The Jamaican lifted a left-foot shot hopelessly over the bar from six yards after a miscued shot from Danny Higginbotham had drifted into his path. Tottenham made them pay when Assou-Ekotto atoned for his error by playing a big part in his team's 77th minute winner. The left-back bombed forward to roll an inviting cross for Gudjohnsen to cleverly step over, before the onrushing Kranjcar hammered an unstoppable rising shot past Sorensen. Stoke were still far from finished, however, and Spurs were hanging on at the death as Fuller and substitute Mamady Sidibe, who fell over with the goal at his mercy, went close to a second equaliser.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full time:STOKE CITY 1-2 TOTTENHAM: Spurs come through a late Stoke fightback to secure a valuable three points in their bid for fourth place.


Krancjar makes way for Livermore.


Stoke should have scored through Sidibe but the striker slipped when one-on-one with Gomes.


Fuller shoots in the box but Corluka blocks and clears the ball.

Yellow Card

Krancjar is booked for a trip on Etherington.


Bale lets fly from distance but the ball arrows across the goal and out for a throw to Stoke.


Double substitution for Stoke as Kitson and Whelan make way for Tuncay and Sidbe


Higginbotham hacks another Kaboul cross clear of danger.


STOKE CITY 1-2 TOTTENHAM: Gudjohnsen sets up KRANJCAR who riffles the ball home from the edge of the box. Great strike.


Kaboul's low cross is almost poked home by Bale but Stoke clear.


Gomes punches the ball clear from Kitson.


Fuller blazes the ball over the target from Higginbotham's driven cross.


Collins gets across to deny Assou-Ekotto in the box.


STOKE CITY 1-1 TOTTENHAM: ETHERINGTON slams the ball home from the spot.


Kitson is pushed to the ground by Assou-Ekotto. Penalty!


Gudjohnsen should have doubled the lead but headed wide from 5 yards out.


Assou-Ekotto's goal-bound shot is deflected wide of the Stoke goal by Kitson.


Kranjcar's shot is blocked on the line by Higginbotham as Spurs continue to press.


Stoke look shell-shocked and are in danger of going further behind.


Sorensen does well to palm out a shot from Modric.

Red Card

The early drama continues as Whitehead is sent off for picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Modric.


STOKE CITY 0-1 TOTTENHAM: Great finish by GUDJOHNSEN who races away to score from the kick off.

Second half

Spurs get the second half up and running.

Half time

Half time: STOKE CITY 0-0 TOTTENHAM: Half chances for both sides but all square at the break.


Fuller gets the better of Bassong but Dawson comes across to clear the danger.


Higginbotham does well to get his head to Kranjcar's cross.


Gomes fumbles another Kitson chance but Whitehead can't connect to give Stoke the lead.


Pavlyuchenko is injured and makes way for Gudjohnsen.


Gomes fumbles Kitson's flick but there's no Stoke player in the box to take advantage.

Yellow Card

Whitehead is booked for the home side.


Fuller, Whelan and Kitson combine well but Corluka clears the danger to boos from the frustrated home supporters.


Kaboul tries an ambitious cross but the ball goes out for a Stoke throw.


The game has setted down again after a flurry of attacks from the home side.


Higginbotham ghosts into the Spurs box but his header drifts over the target.


Good pressure by Stoke and Bassong heads over his own goal from Kitson's cross.


Stoke should be one up but Faye's header from Kitson's cross drifts wide of the post from 5 yards out.


Etherington's left foot strike is charged down by Corluka for a corner to the home side.

Yellow Card

Fuller is first into Mike Dean's notebook for a very late tackle on Bale.


Great chance for Spurs. Kranjcar let fly from 25 yards out and Crouch was just too late to follow up after Sorensen spilled the ball.


Delap races clear of the Spurs defence but his cross misses everyone in the box.


Bassong does well to clear the danger from Delap's dangerous cross.


Bassong climbs but heads well wide of the Stoke goal.


Whitehead smashes the ball out for the first corner of the game. Bale to take.


Bale is wrestled to the ground by Huth but the referee gives the foul in favour of the German defender.


Pavlyuchenko tries his luck from 30 yards out but the ball trickles harmlessly into Sorensen's arms.


Fuller and Etherington combine well on the edge of the Spurs box but Bassong steps in to hack the ball clear.


Ex Spurs winger Etherington sends over a dipping cross that Kaboul heads clear. Good early pressure by Stoke.


An early giant Delap throw into the Spurs box is headed clear by Dawson.

Referee Mike Dean gets the game under way.

Awaiting Kickoff

The Britannia Stadium is rocking as both teams take to the field.

Awaiting Kickoff

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Kaboul, Modric, Bale, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko

Awaiting Kickoff

Spurs make two changes to the team that won 3-1 against Blackburn last time out. Peter Crouch and Younes Kaboul come in for Jermain Defoe and Wilson Palacios

Awaiting Kickoff

Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Delap, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Fuller, Kitson

Awaiting Kickoff

Tony Pulis makes a double change up front for the home side. Dave Kitson and Ricardo Fuller replace Mamady Sidibe and Sanli Tuncay from the team that drew 0-0 with Aston Villa.

Awaiting Kickoff

Stoke's Ryan Shawcross has completed a three-match ban for his sending off against Arsenal but misses out due to an ankle problem.