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Tuesday January 27, 2009 Day 23 Finished White Hart Lane

3 - 1

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Lennon 8’
  • Defoe 21’
  • Dawson 25’

Stoke City

  • Beattie 57’

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  1. Tottenham ease past Stoke

    Tottenham ease past Stoke

    Tottenham brushed aside Stoke after an imperious first half performance gave them a 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Stoke City
    • 90+2' The full-time whistle is blown and Spurs have won this match convincingly against Stoke City - 3-1 it has finished. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+1' A commanding catch this time by Cudicini as he collects Delap's cross, while at the other end Modric is tackled by Shawcross superbly in the area.
    • 90' Two minutes will be added, as Harry Redknapp applauds Roman Pavlyuchenko and Aaron Lennon, as he replaces them with Fraizer Campbell and Tom Huddlestone.
    • 89' Etherington can't be exempt from any blame, however, as he lofts a dire free-kick straight into the grateful arms of Cudicini, with eight team-mates to aim at int he box.
    • 87' Matthew Etherington, who has played well despite his team's demise, shakes his head in frustration as he delivers a fine ball across the face of the Spurs box, but no one is there to convert it.
    • 85' A good chance falls to Richard Cresswell as a Rory Delap cross finds the forward unmarked, but his header flashes wide of Cudicini's far post.
    • 83' James Beattie and Ricardo Fuller have to be credited as they continue to charge around at the feet of Modric and Co, but their efforts appear in vain.
    • 81' Referee Mike Riley is becoming increasingly frustrated by this niggly second half, as are both sets of supporters; however, I doubt the Spurs fans will care much at full-time.
    • 78' Excessive pushing by any number of Stoke players in the Spurs box denied any potential opportunity unfolding as Glenn Whelan whipped in a dangerous cross.
    • 75' The game has deteriorated somewhat in this second half, only in the sense that Stoke are looking a lot more secure at the back and Spurs are content to pass the ball about in no hurry whatsoever.
    • 73' Rory Delap delivers three throw-ins in quick succession, which are comprehensively cleared by Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate - very commanding defending by the pair.
    • 71' Matthew Etherington whips in a decent free-kick which Carlo Cudicini claims, but drops, prompting inevitable comparisons with his predecessor Gomes.
    • 69' Glenn Whelan is booked for a rash lunge at Jermain Defoe, before the striker is again brought to ground by Ryan Shawcross in the Stoke penalty area, but Mike Riley waves away the appeals.
    • 64' Glenn Whelan then bundles over Luka Modric in identical fashion, but bizarrely the Irish midfielder is excused his indiscretion.
    • 62' Richard Cresswell's name is put into the book after the forward blocked off Assou Ekotto as the defender surged down the left wing.
    • 60' Stoke are looking a much better side since the introduction of Fuller, and Beattie is relishing the company of a strike parter; another goal would really spice things up.
    • 57' GOAL!!! Stoke hit back from nowhere through James Beattie! Rory Delap clips a hopeful ball over the top, and the striker muscles-off Woodgate before finishing clinically from a testing angle!
    • 54' Spurs keep possession for an excruciating amount of time, if you are Tony Pulis. Stoke are trying admirably to press their opponents, but the home side are passing the ball around so crisply, they can do nothing.
    • 51' Jonathan Woodgate mis-times his challenge on Fuller on the edge of his penalty area and is booked for his troubles; James Beattie gets his free-kick on target, but Cudicini doesn't break sweat.
    • 50' You have to admire Tony Pulis' approach to this second half, but trying to get back into the match could end in humiliation if Stoke don't start defending properly.
    • 48' A third change for Stoke as Tony Pulis continues to ring the changes, with Ricardo Fuller entering the fray in place of Amdy Faye.
    • 46' The second half is underway and Stoke will hope that the introduction of club captain Andy Griffin and Ibrahima Sonko can shore up the defence, replacing Abdoulaye Faye and Andy Wilkinson.
    • 45+1' Mike Riley signals the end of an imperious first half performance from Spurs - they lead 3-0, and it could easily have been five! Tony Pulis will have a lot to say to his side at the break.
    • 45' The more dominant Spurs look, the increasingly smug Wilson Palacios and Pascal Chimbonda appear, sat up in their swanky box! It won't always be as easy as this guys - meanwhile, one minute will be added at the end of this first half.
    • 43' Lennon is being left to roam free around White Hart Lane tonight, and another weaving run culminates in a shot which is deflected wide by Wilkinson to the relief of a furious Tony Pulis on the touchline.
    • 41' A great chance for Spurs to score a fourth, as Modric and Lennon combine down the left, before the latter crosses, and inexplicably, both Shawcross and Faye fail to clear, but Corluka scuffs his shot tamely and it goes begging.
    • 39' Mike Riley brandishes another yellow card, this time to Danny Higginbotham, who scythes down Bentley on halfway - again needless, again fully warranted.
    • 37' David Bentley justly receives a yellow card after a needlessly rash challenge on Matthew Etherington - no complaints from anyone there, it was high and tactless.
    • 36' Beattie continues to put himself about, but the visitors look incredibly one-dimensional in attack, and Spurs are simply holding firm in the air and that seems to be enough.
    • 34' Spurs are playing the ball around for fun and Stoke can't get anywhere near them; Modric has been in majisterial form!
    • 31' Pavlyuchenko and Defoe look like they've been playing together for years, and the Russian takes his turn to drift deep and slip his partner in, but Wilkinson intercepts.
    • 29' Didier Zokora receives a stern word from referee Mike Riley after a robust challenge on Glenn Whelan; it could easily have been a booking, but this game has not been remotely dirty thus far.
    • 27' More fine work from Bentley down the right wins his side another corner, which Stoke half-clear, before the midfielder crosses again to find Defoe, whose shot is cleared off the line by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 25' GOAL!!! It's 3-0 and the home side are running riot at the Lane! Again Modric is at the forefront, coming short to collect a corner from Bentley and whipping in a sublime cross, which Michael Dawson rises high to power home with his head!
    • 23' David Bentley whips a vicious free-kick over the wall and Sorensen tips it over the bar for a corner.
    • 21' GOAL!!! It's 2-0 Spurs and Jermain Defoe is the man who has got it! Slick one-touch interplay by Modric and Pavlyuchenko eventually finds Defoe, who ghosts in behind Abdoulaye Faye and drills home from ten yards - superb from Spurs!
    • 21' Luka Modric is being afforded an abundance of space in the middle of midfield for Spurs and Stoke are really suffering as a result, finding themselves constantly chasing the ball.
    • 18' Richard Cresswell and James Beattie have half-chances with their heads, but neither troubles Cudicini; Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate are looking slightly timid in the air at the moment.
    • 16' David Bentley, who has surprisingly retained his position wide on the right, in spite of Aaron Lennon's presence, whips in a promising delivery, which Roman Pavlyuchenko narrowly fails to reach.
    • 14' Jermain Defoe is beginning to play a pivotal role for Spurs as he drops deep to collect numerous passes supplied by Modric.
    • 12' Stoke, in their lurid yellow jerseys, respond positively to their early set-back, with Rory Delap and Matthew Etherington enjoying plenty of possession down the left.
    • 10' Cudicini clears a back-pass from Vedran Corluka with his left foot very unconvincingly, but luckily for the keeper, Richard Cresswell's first touch is horrendous, and the chance evaporates.
    • 8' GOAL!!! Aaron Lennon scores a cracking opener for Spurs! Didier Zokora fed the winger the ball wide on the left, who proceeded to leave Andy Wilkinson and the covering Abdoulaye Faye for dead, before sliding his shot left-footed past Thomas Sorensen!
    • 6' A nervous moment for the Spurs back-four as Michael Dawson leaves Ryan Shawcross completely unmarked inside the box, but the defender's header is cleared away by Assou-Ekotto.
    • 4' Luka Modric starts the game brightly, with a jinking run which creates an opening in the Stoke defence, before curling a shot narrowly wide of Sorensen's far post.
    • 2' Cudicini gets his first touch, collecting an over-flighted Glenn Whelan free-kick with such nonchalance it immediately creates a stark contrast with his predecessor, Huerelho Gomes.
    • 1' We're underway at White Hart Lane and of the two main acts tonight, only one is on the pitch - Ricardo Fuller will have to keep his cool while sitting alongside his team-mates on the bench, while Carlo Cudicini looks to have no problem keeping his, in goal for Spurs.
    • - Both sides are languishing in the bottom-third of the Premier League, both currently have just 21 points to their name, and both are without a win in their last six games; what price a draw for tonight's game then? Certainly Harry Redknapp will dearly hope not.
    • - Welcome to this Premier League encounter between Tottenham and Stoke at White Hart Lane. Harry Redknapp hands new signing Carlo Cudicini his first start between the posts, while Tony Pulis resists the temptation to start Ricardo Fuller on his return, with the Jamaican on the bench.
  • Team Stats

    Tottenham Hotspur Stats Stoke City
    64% Possession 35%
    22 Shots 8
    8 Shots on target 3
    1 Saves 2
    7 Corners 4
    21 Fouls 20
    2 Offsides 2
    2 Yellow cards 3
    0 Red cards 0
    14 Tackles 24
    407 Accurate passes 186
    78 Bad passes 46
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • Tottenham Hotspur
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      23 Carlo Cudicini 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 12 2 0
      20 Michael Dawson 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 37 1 2
      32 Benoit Assou-Ekotto 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 51 19 2
      22 Vedran Corluka 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 61 2 3
      39 Jonathan Woodgate 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 32 3 1
      4 Didier Zokora 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 50 5 0
      14 Luka Modric 0 3 0 2 3 0 1 72 20 0
      7 Aaron Lennon 1 4 2 1 1 0 0 19 7 2
      5 David Bentley 0 3 1 2 2 0 0 32 8 2
      9 Roman Pavlyuchenko 0 4 1 2 2 1 1 22 6 2
      25 Jermain Defoe 1 5 3 2 1 1 1 19 5 0
      17 Giovani dos Santos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      33 Ricardo Rocha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      6 Tom Huddlestone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      27 Ben Alnwick 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      3 Gareth Bale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      19 Adel Taarabt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      18 Fraizer Campbell 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • Stoke City
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      29 Thomas Sorensen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
      17 Ryan Shawcross 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 14 1 4
      3 Danny Higginbotham 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 23 9 2
      28 Andy Wilkinson 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 2
      25 Abdoulaye Faye 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 1 1
      6 Glenn Whelan 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 31 9 3
      19 Amdy Faye 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1 2
      24 Rory Delap 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 22 5 1
      26 Matthew Etherington 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 21 8 2
      9 Richard Cresswell 0 1 0 2 4 0 0 15 5 4
      20 James Beattie 1 5 3 4 4 1 0 12 4 1
      7 Liam Lawrence 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      33 Ibrahima Sonko 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 1 1
      2 Andy Griffin 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 9 0 1
      14 Danny Pugh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      1 Steve Simonsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      12 Dave Kitson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      10 Ricardo Fuller 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 1 0
  • Summary

    • 85' A good chance falls to Richard Cresswell as a Rory Delap cross finds the forward unmarked, but his header flashes wide of Cudicini's far post.
    • 57' GOAL!!! Stoke hit back from nowhere through James Beattie! Rory Delap clips a hopeful ball over the top, and the striker muscles-off Woodgate before finishing clinically from a testing angle!
    • 41' A great chance for Spurs to score a fourth, as Modric and Lennon combine down the left, before the latter crosses, and inexplicably, both Shawcross and Faye fail to clear, but Corluka scuffs his shot tamely and it goes begging.
    • 27' More fine work from Bentley down the right wins his side another corner, which Stoke half-clear, before the midfielder crosses again to find Defoe, whose shot is cleared off the line by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 25' GOAL!!! It's 3-0 and the home side are running riot at the Lane! Again Modric is at the forefront, coming short to collect a corner from Bentley and whipping in a sublime cross, which Michael Dawson rises high to power home with his head!
    • 21' GOAL!!! It's 2-0 Spurs and Jermain Defoe is the man who has got it! Slick one-touch interplay by Modric and Pavlyuchenko eventually finds Defoe, who ghosts in behind Abdoulaye Faye and drills home from ten yards - superb from Spurs!
    • 8' GOAL!!! Aaron Lennon scores a cracking opener for Spurs! Didier Zokora fed the winger the ball wide on the left, who proceeded to leave Andy Wilkinson and the covering Abdoulaye Faye for dead, before sliding his shot left-footed past Thomas Sorensen!
    • 4' Luka Modric starts the game brightly, with a jinking run which creates an opening in the Stoke defence, before curling a shot narrowly wide of Sorensen's far post.
    • - Welcome to this Premier League encounter between Tottenham and Stoke at White Hart Lane. Harry Redknapp hands new signing Carlo Cudicini his first start between the posts, while Tony Pulis resists the temptation to start Ricardo Fuller on his return, with the Jamaican on the bench.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • C. Cudicini
      • V. Corluka
      • M. Dawson Goal
      • J. Woodgate Yellow Card
      • B. Assou-Ekotto
      • D. Zokora
      • L. Modric
      • D. Bentley Yellow Card
      • A. Lennon Goal Substitution Out (90′)
      • R. Pavlyuchenko
      • J. Defoe Goal

      Subs

      • R. Rocha
      • B. Alnwick
      • T. Huddlestone Substitution In90′
      • A. Taarabt
      • G. Dos Santos
      • G. Bale
      • F. Campbell
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Sørensen
      • A. Wilkinson Substitution Out (46′)
      • R. Shawcross
      • A. Diagne-Faye Substitution Out (46′)
      • D. Higginbotham Yellow Card
      • A. Faye Substitution Out (48′)
      • M. Etherington
      • R. Delap
      • G. Whelan Yellow Card
      • R. Cresswell Yellow Card
      • J. Beattie Goal

      Subs

      • S. Simonsen
      • A. Griffin Substitution In46′
      • I. Sonko Substitution In46′
      • D. Pugh
      • R. Fuller Substitution In48′
      • D. Kitson
      • L. Lawrence
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