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  • Date:09 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:32,702
  • Crouch (10) Modric (17)
    Crouch (33)
  • Etherington (26) Etherington (26)
    Jones (40)
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95mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Bale on Dean Whitehead. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, save made by Heurelho Gomes.

94mins

Tom Huddlestone shown a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Heurelho Gomes.

93mins

Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Salif Diao results in a free kick. Vedran Corluka takes the direct free kick.

92mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Etherington, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

89mins

William Gallas is brought on as a substitute for Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.

87mins

Corner taken by Dean Whitehead from the left by-line, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.

87mins

Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.

86mins

Matthew Etherington goes into the referee's book. Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Etherington on Gareth Bale. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.

85mins

Rafael Van der Vaart concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.

82mins

Dean Whitehead fouled by Roman Pavlyuchenko, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.

81mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Whitehead, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.

80mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Fuller on Michael Dawson. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.

78mins

Marc Wilson takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

76mins

Salif Diao is brought on as a substitute for Rory Delap. Ricardo Fuller replaces Jermaine Pennant. Dean Whitehead comes on in place of Glenn Whelan. Luka Modric is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Andy Wilkinson restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.

73mins

Luka Modric takes a short corner.

72mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

71mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes the outswinging corner, Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

70mins

Younes Kaboul takes a shot.

68mins

Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Van der Vaart. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.

66mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart, Unfair challenge on Asmir Begovic by Younes Kaboul results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.

65mins

Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.

65mins

Andy Wilkinson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Bale fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

62mins

The referee gives a free kick against Jonathan Walters for handball. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.

58mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Ryan Shawcross. Luka Modric takes the free kick.

58mins

Header from close in by Kenwyne Jones misses to the right of the target.

58mins

Rafael Van der Vaart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan. Robert Huth takes the direct free kick.

57mins

Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.

56mins

Close range header by Roman Pavlyuchenko goes wide of the left-hand upright.

55mins

Booking for Jermaine Pennant for unsporting behaviour. Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Jermaine Pennant, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.

53mins

Jonathan Walters produces a shot from inside the six-yard box and bounces off the post.

51mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Strike on goal comes in from Jermaine Pennant from the free kick, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.

47mins

Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Luka Modric results in a free kick. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Vedran Corluka. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.

47mins

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, save by Asmir Begovic.

46mins

Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance.

46mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.

43mins

Peter Crouch fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.

41mins

Goal scored by Kenwyne Jones from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 3-2 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Andy Wilkinson.

39mins

Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.

38mins

Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.

36mins

Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.

34mins

Peter Crouch finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Tottenham 3-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Tom Huddlestone.

33mins

Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

27mins

Goal scored by Matthew Etherington from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-1 Stoke.Assist by Jonathan Walters.

24mins

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line, Kenwyne Jones makes a clearance.

23mins

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

21mins

Jermaine Pennant challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Rafael Van der Vaart. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

18mins

Goal scored by Luka Modric from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Stoke.Assist by Roman Pavlyuchenko.

18mins

Glenn Whelan challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.

16mins

Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Jermaine Pennant results in a free kick. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.

13mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, clearance made by Gareth Bale.

11mins

Peter Crouch finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Tottenham 1-0 Stoke.Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take a short corner. Roman Pavlyuchenko provided the assist for the goal.

5mins

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

2mins

Jermaine Pennant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Redknapp: Don't blame Crouch Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham fans not to hold a grudge against Peter Crouch over his damaging dismissal against Real Madrid. The genuine belief that Tottenham could overcome Real in their Champions League quarter-final clash all but evaporated on Tuesday night as Jose Mourinho's team ran out 4-0 winners at the Bernabeu. The story may have been a lot different had Crouch not seen red for two late fouls in the opening 15 minutes. Within seconds of the rash challenge on Marcelo that earned Crouch his second yellow, the internet was awash with comments poking fun at the towering striker - some of them from Spurs fans. The 30-year-old apologised for his sending off and looked chirpy at the club's training ground today ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League game against Stoke. Redknapp admits Crouch's confidence has been hit by the sending off, but he has called on the fans to remember that without the striker's seven European goals, the club would not have made the last eight. "Crouchy has been low and feels he's let everybody down, but you have to remember that without Crouchy we wouldn't have been there," Redknapp said. "His goals took us to the quarter-finals. He has won games for us. He's a great lad and I have got so much time for him as a person and a player. He's sorry for what he did but we have to move on." Spurs' recent poor form, particularly against teams in the bottom half of the table, has seen them fall five points behind fourth place with eight matches remaining. The Londoners have not won for almost two months and have failed to score in their last four, but Redknapp insists he is not worried about his side's poor run. "I'm not concerned about our form at all," the Spurs boss said. "We've made lots of chances, but the form isn't bad at all. We have had one defeat in the last nine league games. You can't always win. I have been pleased with the way that we have been playing. "It's tough to break into the top four. We beat Manchester City to do it last year and they went out and spent about #140million on players to make sure that they got there this year. That's how hard it is, but we still have a good chance." Aaron Lennon, who pulled out of Tuesday's game at the last minute due to illness, will be given a late fitness test on Saturday, along with injured Croatian duo Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar. There was some good news from the treatment room concerning Ledley King though. The injury-plagued defender has not played since October but no longer requires a second operation on his groin problem. "Ledley is not having surgery," Redknapp added. "He's doing a little bit of fitness training. Let's see how he goes. It's week to week with him." Stoke boss Tony Pulis has heaped praise on top-scorer Jon Walters - but stressed that the contribution made by his strikers should not be measured by their goal count. Walters has netted in the Potters' last two games to take his tally to nine in an impressive first season at the Britannia Stadium following his move from Ipswich in August. His fellow frontman Kenwyne Jones, Stoke's record signing, cost more than twice as much as Walters when he joined the club from Sunderland for #8million a few days earlier, but the Trinidad and Tobago international's total so far this term is seven goals, and the last of those came on January 1. Regardless of their respective strike-rates, though, Pulis has been delighted with the form of both players. "Jon has been a breath of fresh air, even when he wasn't scoring goals," Pulis said. "His effort and commitment to the football club has been fantastic and he is the type of player that every club needs. "Whether he is playing well or not, you always get the same from Jon and sometimes those players don't get appreciated. "I think the crowd have started to take to him because he's scored some goals, but take those goals away and I still think he has been absolutely fantastic this year. "What we try to emphasise at this football club is that it is not the person who scores the goals that we are worried about - we are more concerned about the performance of the team. "If it's Ryan Shawcross, Robert Huth, Jermaine Pennant or Matthew Etherington and there are no forwards involved in scoring the goals, if we win games, that takes nothing away from the forwards." On Jones, he added: "Kenwyne's last three or four games have been absolutely fantastic." Pulis is optimistic recent absentee John Carew, missing for three games with a back problem, will feature against Spurs, but Stoke will be without Danny Higginbotham, who could be facing up to six months out due to a cruciate knee ligament injury he sustained in the Chelsea game.

Formation:442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

  • Heurelho Gomes
  • Vedran Corluka
  • Michael Dawson
  • Younes Kaboul
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • Rafael Van der Vaart
  • Tom Huddlestone
  • Luka Modric
  • Gareth Bale
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • Peter Crouch
  • SUBS
  • Carlo Cudicini
  • Jermaine Jenas
  • William Gallas
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Sebastien Bassong
  • Danny Rose
  • Raniere Sandro

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Match Report

Redknapp`s faith in Crouch pays off for Spurs Harry Redknapp's decision to keep faith with Peter Crouch paid off as the striker scored twice against Stoke in a 3-2 win to give Tottenham their first victory in almost two months. Despite his costly dismissal against Real Madrid in midweek, the England striker started the game and took only 10 minutes to open the scoring with a well-taken header before Luka Modric made it 2-0. Crouch added his second after Matthew Etherington had pulled one back for Stoke and Kenwyne Jones smashed one in off the bar to make it 3-2 just before the break. Despite an impressive second-half performance, the Potters could not find an equaliser and Spurs were made to hold on for the narrow win. The Londoners will have to put in a much more disciplined performance if they are to overhaul Jose Mourinho's men with five goals on Wednesday, but the win is an important one given that they had failed to win any of their previous four league games in their pursuit of a top-four place. Just four days after his controversial dismissal in the Bernabeu, Redknapp chose to stick with Crouch up front alongside Roman Pavlyuchenko. Aaron Lennon failed to overcome the illness that prompted his late withdrawal in Madrid, but Tom Huddlestone and Younes Kaboul made their first appearances in five and four months respectively. It was a big show of faith from Redknapp to keep Crouch in the starting line-up and the reading of the striker's name over the public address system before the match was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos from the home support. Tottenham showed little sign that the 4-0 hammering in Spain had affected them as they started confidently on a sunny afternoon at White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale looked lively early on and drew an impressive diving save from Asmir Begovic with a 25-yard drive. The Welshman then crossed for Pavlyuchenko but Robert Huth put in an important block to deny the Russian from eight yards. Spurs opened the scoring 10 minutes in when Pavlyuchenko whipped in a cross from a short corner and Crouch powered a header past Begovic from eight yards. The towering hitman, clearly delighted to have scored, ran over to the home fans with his arms aloft to celebrate. Spurs pushed for a second and it came just seven minutes later. Pavlyuchenko played Modric and the little Croatian breezed past his two markers before slotting the ball between Begovic's legs from for his third of the season. A Rory Delap long throw drew Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes into action for the first time, but Stoke were otherwise struggling to get into the game. With 26 minutes gone, however, the Potters shocked the hosts with an amazing goal from former Spurs man Etherington. The winger picked the ball up on the halfway line, skipped past Michael Dawson and held off Huddlestone's challenge to go clean through and nutmeg Gomes from eight yards. Crouch restored the two-goal cushion 33 minutes in when he climbed to reach Huddlestone's pin-point 35-yard cross and power home a well-taken header. Redknapp was cursing his side's defending soon after though as Andy Wilkinson robbed Bale of the ball and played in Jones, who smacked a 20-yard screamer in off the bar. Pavlyuchenko then wasted two chances and Redknapp cut a disappointed figure as he headed down the tunnel for half-time despite his side being in the lead. Gomes pulled off a good diving save to deny Jermaine Pennant from a free-kick at the start of the second period as the away side looked for an equaliser. They soon got it when Jon Walters' close-range effort struck a post after Gomes had palmed away Jones' cross. A cynical foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto earned Pennant a booking in the 55th minute before the former Arsenal winger supplied Jones with a beautifully chipped cross but he headed wide. Stoke were looking dangerous and Spurs looked anxious to add a fourth. The ball was in the Stoke net 65 minutes in but the referee rightly ruled that Kaboul had bundled Begovic over on the line before Pavlyuchenko tapped in to an empty net. Begovic then palmed away a fierce drive from Pavlyuchenko before Pulis brought Salif Diao, Ricardo Fuller and Dean Whitehead into the action with 15 minutes left. Pennant squeezed a low shot into Gomes' hands before Bale galloped up the other end but sent a weak shot into Begovic's hands. The Tottenham fans were becoming nervous at their side's failure to find a fourth and Jones reminded them of the threat he posed when he fired a 20-yard drive that Gomes did well to tip over. Redknapp looked to shore up his defence by replacing Assou-Ekotto with William Gallas with three minutes left. Gomes punched away two crosses in a nervous period of injury time as Spurs held on for the vital win.

Form Guide

    WWLDDD
  • Tottenham
  • VS
  • Stoke
  • LLDLWD

Last Meetings

  • Stoke
  • 1 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 21/08/2010
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 20/03/2010
  • Tottenham
  • 0 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 24/10/2009
  • Tottenham
  • 3 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 27/01/2009
  • Stoke
  • 2 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 19/10/2008
  • Stoke
  • 0 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 02/03/1985

Top Scorers

Tottenham

  • R Van der Vaart 7
  • R Pavlyuchenko 7
  • G Bale 7
  • A Lennon 3
  • J Defoe 2
  • P Crouch 2
  • N Kranjcar 2
  • A Hutton 2
  • M Dawson 1
  • T Huddlestone 1
  • L Modric 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • S Bassong 1

Stoke

  • R Huth 6
  • K Jones 5
  • J Walters 4
  • R Fuller 4
  • R Delap 2
  • M Etherington 2
  • D Higginbotham 2
  • D Whitehead 2
  • J Pennant 1
  • JA Carew 1
  • A Faye 1
  • M Wilson 1

Goals

Tottenham

    • Total goals 75
    • Goals per game 41
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Stoke

    • Total goals 71
    • Goals per game 37
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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