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  • Etherington (64 pen)
  • Gudjohnsen (46), Kranjcar (77)
  • Date:2010-03-20
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:27575
  • Referee:Dean, M

Live Commentary

90mins

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.

90mins

Krancjar makes way for Livermore.

87mins

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

85mins

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

82mins

Krancjar is booked for a trip on Etherington.

82mins

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

80mins

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

79mins

Higginbotham hacks another Kaboul cross clear of danger.

76mins

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

74mins

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

72mins

Gomes punches the ball clear from Kitson.

69mins

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

67mins

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

64mins

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

62mins

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

59mins

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

57mins

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

55mins

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

52mins

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

50mins

Sorensen does well to palm out a shot from Modric.

48mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

Spurs get the second half up and running.

45mins

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

42mins

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

40mins

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

37mins

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

35mins

Pavlyuchenko is injured and makes way for Gudjohnsen.

35mins

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

33mins

Whitehead is booked for the home side.

33mins

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

31mins

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

29mins

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

26mins

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

25mins

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

22mins

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

22mins

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

19mins

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

19mins

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.

17mins

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

15mins

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

13mins

Bassong climbs but heads well wide of the Stoke goal.

12mins

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

10mins

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

8mins

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

6mins

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

3mins

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

1mins

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

0mins

Referee Mike Dean gets the game under way.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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

Match Preview

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to keep their top-four dream alive by snatching another three points at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

Harry Redknapp's men hold a single point advantage over fifth-placed Liverpool and his side also have a telling game in hand.

Just one defeat in seven has eased them into contention and three wins on the bounce has instilled further confidence.

A resounding 3-0 success at Wigan Athletic last month and home victories over Everton and Blackburn Rovers in recent times has given the north London outfit a real chance to grab Champions League qualification at the end of the term.

Former forgotten striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is the main man at the moment, hitting seven goals in his last five outings, after sitting in obscurity for much of the season.

Fellow frontman Jermain Defoe has notched 23 times so far and the pair will be looking to further continue their fine scoring exploits at Britannia Stadium.

Tony Pulis' Stoke are made of stern stuff these days and sit in a lofty 11th spot.

They are a huge 12 points away from the drop zone and, with their Premier League status all but secured, they have the chance to go and claim a minor scalp against Spurs.

The Potters have slipped to one defeat - against Arsenal - in their previous ten league games, a fine run that has catapulted up the table, with Rory Delap's long throws causing no end of carnage for opposition defences.

With West Ham United to play next week and Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the start of April, the Midlands club could further enhance their stock as one of the league's surprise packages.

The visitors could welcome back Jermaine Jenas (groin) but Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Ledley King (thigh), Carlo Cudicini (wrist), David Bentley, Aaron Lennon (pelvis) and Jonathan Woodgate (both groin) are definitely out.


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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.

Stoke City

Tottenham Hotspur

Corners

67

Fouls

79

Goal attempts

713

Shots off target

47

Offsides

01

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