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  • Date:21 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Fuller (24)
  • Bale (19) Bale (29)
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96:11 +6.11

Tuncay Sanli concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.

94:05 +4.05

The referee blows for offside against Gareth Bale. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.

89:35

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Crouch.

89:00

Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line, Danny Collins takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

88:46

Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.

87:13

Michael Tonge on for Mamady Sidibe.

86:07

Aaron Lennon leaves the field to be replaced by Kyle Walker.

84:42

Header from deep inside the area by Ryan Shawcross goes over the bar.

83:55

Handball by Jermaine Jenas. Mamady Sidibe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rory Delap. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.

83:38

Jonathan Walters produces a cross, Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

83:04

Gareth Bale has an effort at goal. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.

82:00

Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.

76:31

Centre by Matthew Etherington, Tuncay Sanli has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

74:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Fuller on Tom Huddlestone. Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.

73:41

Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

72:30

Ryan Shawcross challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Ryan Shawcross for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Bale produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

70:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Ryan Shawcross. Jermaine Jenas restarts play with the free kick.

69:15

Effort on goal by Ryan Shawcross from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

68:55

Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.

68:48

Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.

67:23

Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Close range header by Tuncay Sanli goes wide of the left-hand upright.

66:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Delap on Aaron Lennon. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.

66:14

Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Huddlestone.

65:27

Rory Delap takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Bale.

64:27

Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.

62:29

Glenn Whelan goes off and Tuncay Sanli comes on.

59:41

Unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.

58:05

Peter Crouch challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

57:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Abdoulaye Faye. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

54:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Michael Dawson. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.

52:59

Foul by Wilson Palacios on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Wilson Palacios is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Dean Whitehead takes the free kick.

51:11

Dean Whitehead challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Whitehead is shown a yellow card. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.

48:21

Glenn Whelan challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jermaine Jenas takes the direct free kick.

46:29 +1.29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Fuller on Michael Dawson. Ricardo Fuller goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

45:30

Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line.

42:02

Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Collins. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

41:50

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale.

38:50

Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.

34:58

Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.

32:55

Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.

29:03

Gareth Bale grabs a goal from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-2 Tottenham.Aaron Lennon provided the assist for the goal.

27:12

Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.

24:18

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Ricardo Fuller gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Stoke 1-1 Tottenham.

22:33

Aaron Lennon delivers the ball.

22:18

Short corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.

21:51

Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.

18:57

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen. Gareth Bale finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Stoke 0-1 Tottenham.

14:31

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

11:36

Shot by Rory Delap from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

8:22

Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.

5:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

0:54

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The referee calls an end to the first half.

The second half has started.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Pulis rates Tottenham's chances Stoke boss Tony Pulis believes Tottenham have a realistic chance of challenging for the Barclays Premier League title this season. The Potters play their opening home fixture of the 2010/11 campaign against a Spurs side with lofty ambitions after they broke into the top four last term to earn a shot at qualifying for the Champions League. Their manager Harry Redknapp has already stated his aim of building on that with a push for the Premier League title and Pulis feels it is achievable with the goalscoring threat Tottenham pose. "You look at Tottenham and the quality and depth that they have got, and I heard Harry talking in pre-season about them being title contenders," Pulis said. "I think they have got a great chance, I really do. I just think they have got goals everywhere. "If you look at the team, the centre-halves will score off set-plays and they have midfielders - whether it's central players like Tom Huddlestone and Luka Modric, or wide players like Niko Kranjcar and Aaron Lennon - who score goals. "And then the four forwards, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe - it's not too bad is it?" Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones could make a swift return to action. Jones, who joined the Potters earlier this month for a club record #8million from Sunderland, limped off with an ankle problem barely 10 minutes into their Barclays Premier League opener at Wolves last weekend, but a series of scans and X-rays showed the Trinidadian had suffered only minor ligament damage. Liam Lawrence remains sidelined after sustaining a groin strain, while new forward Jon Walters could make his debut having arrived from Ipswich this week. Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has urged sceptical Tottenham fans to give former Arsenal defender William Gallas the chance to become a White Hart Lane hero. Gallas, 33, is on the brink of crossing the north London divide after agreeing a one-year contract with Spurs, with a medical the only stumbling block to his signing. But passing that test could end up being child's play compared to winning over his new club's supporters, who have been almost conditioned to jeer the former Gunners and Chelsea defender over the last decade. But Redknapp cannot understand anyone wanting to abuse the France international because he used to play for the enemy. "He's done nothing wrong. What's he done wrong?" said Redknapp. "He's not the first player to go from Arsenal to Tottenham or Tottenham to Arsenal. "It happens all the time. He won championships and all sorts at Chelsea. He's a great lad as well, smashing fellow. I've been absolutely really impressed with him. "He'll improve Tottenham and that's all I'm concerned about. He wants to come here and play and I think that shows the character. "He could say, 'I played at Arsenal; I daren't go there'. He's got the bottle to want to come and play here." Tottenham have a major injury crisis for the game, with Redknapp admitting he is struggling to fill his bench. Peter Crouch is Spurs' only fit striker, with Jermain Defoe (groin), Robbie Keane (knee) and Roman Pavyluchenko (ankle) all out. Giovani dos Santos (hamstring) also picked up an injury on the artificial pitch at Young Boys on Tuesday night, Luka Modric has failed to recover from his groin strain, while Redknapp must decide whether to field Ledley King or save him for Wednesday's Champions League return match with the Swiss side.

Formation:442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

Formation: 451Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

  • Thomas Sorensen
  • Robert Huth
  • Abdoulaye Faye
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Danny Collins
  • Rory Delap
  • Dean Whitehead
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Matthew Etherington
  • Jonathan Walters
  • Ricardo Fuller
  • SUBS
  • Asmir Begovic
  • Danny Higginbotham
  • Mamady Sidibe
  • Danny Pugh
  • Tuncay Sanli
  • Michael Tonge
  • Andy Wilkinson

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Match Report

Late controversy can`t blunt Bale belter Referee Chris Foy found himself at the centre of controversy as Tottenham got a boost ahead of their Champions League play-off second leg against Young Boys on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory at Stoke. A goal down in that game, Harry Redknapp's side secured the points at the Britannia Stadium thanks to a brace - including one spectacular strike - from Gareth Bale. In between his efforts Stoke equalised through Ricardo Fuller and thought they had drawn level for the second time in the dying embers of the game. However, Foy allowed play to continue even though a shot from Jon Walters, on his debut, appeared to go over the line. He ignored all the protests and despite an encouraging second-half display Stoke suffered their second successive defeat. They almost took the lead inside two minutes after good work by Walters, following his arrival from Ipswich in midweek. He made space down the right and delivered the ball into the area. However Michael Dawson made a crucial interception with Fuller ready to pounce. Tottenham made the breakthrough in the 20th minute with Bale at the heart of things. The Wales full-back cracked in a shot that was blocked by goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen. Peter Crouch was first to react but his effort came back off Ryan Shawcross. However, to the Stoke skipper's horror, his clearance went straight to Bale who headed home. Stoke drew level in the 25th minute with Tottenham guilty of poor defending. Younes Kaboul directed Matthew Etherington's corner into the area and Fuller clipped a shot beyond Heurelho Gomes. Tottenham regrouped and regained their lead in the 30th minute with a stunning second goal from Bale. Aaron Lennon began the move and got beyond the defence before lofting the ball into the Welshman's path. Bale showed superb technique to crack in a volley from the left that flew over Sorensen and high into the right hand corner of the net. Tottenham were spraying the ball about well and Bale released Lennon. The winger however took a touch too many and Stoke were able to clear their lines. Fuller then carved out an opening for himself with a quick turn on the edge of the area which left him with only Gomes to beat. The Jamaican, though, failed to get enough power on his shot and the goalkeeper made a comfortable save. Bale then showed a fine turn of pace in first half stoppage time to get to the byline and whip the ball across. But Sorensen twice denied Jermaine Jenas from adding to Spurs' lead. With Stoke still finding it hard to break the visitors down Pulis introduced Tuncay Sanli in the 64th minute for the ineffective Glenn Whelan. Then Lennon split the home defence to find Wilson Palacios. He drove the ball across the face of the area but Danny Collins scrambled it away. Tuncay almost pulled Stoke level with a shot from 25 yards that took a huge deflection but Gomes somehow got up and turned it over the bar. Tuncay was then wasteful, heading wide at the far post from Etherington's corner before Shawcross fired a close range shot over the post in a good spell of pressure by Stoke. Tottenham hit back with Tom Huddlestone spraying the ball out to Bale. He was on course for a hat-trick but with only Sorensen to beat saw his effort blocked. Fuller tested Gomes from close range in the 85th minute before the match ended in chaos. Robert Huth's header was punched away by the goalkeeper and Walters was first to react but all their protests were in vain.

possession


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