- Venue:Britannia Stadium
- Referee:Dean, M
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.
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.
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.
Spurs get the second half up and running.
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.
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.
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.
The Britannia Stadium is rocking as both teams take to the field.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Kaboul, Modric, Bale, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko
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
Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Delap, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Fuller, Kitson
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.
Stoke's Ryan Shawcross has completed a three-match ban for his sending off against Arsenal but misses out due to an ankle problem.
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.
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.
Shots off target