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Stoke 1 – 2 Tottenham(HT 1-2)

Fuller 25 Bale 19
Bale 30


29 Sorensen
04 Huth
05 Collins
17 Shawcross yellow card
25 Faye
06 Whelan (Sanli 63)
18 Whitehead yellow card
24 Delap (Sidibe 85) (Tonge 88)
26 Etherington
10 Fuller yellow card
19 Walters
01 Begovic, 03 Higginbotham, 28 Wilkinson, 14 Pugh, 20 Sanli, 23 Tonge, 11 Sidibe

01 Gomes
03 Bale
04 Kaboul
20 Dawson
22 Corluka
32 Assou-Ekotto
06 Huddlestone
07 Lennon (Walker 87)
08 Jenas
12 Palacios yellow card
15 Crouch
27 Alnwick, 16 Naughton, 19 Bassong, 28 Walker, 21 Kranjcar, 25 Rose, 29 Livermore
Ref: Foy
Att: 27,243

Possession Stoke 48%        Spurs 52%
Shots on target     11                     6
Shots off target      5                      1
Corners                   4                     1
Fouls                      11                     2

A bruising encounter at the Brittania (well you wouldn’t expect anything else would you?) ended in controversy with Stoke’s Jon Walters header 86th minute deemed not to have crossed the line by referee Chris Foy. Harry’s after match comments suggested a free kick should have been given for a foul on Gomes who looked shaky coming for crosses during the entire game.

As is to make up for that uncertainty the Spurs stopper redeemed himself on a number of occasions with some fine saves.  A depleted looking Tottenham in what is only the first week of the new season had only one fit striker in the shape of Peter Crouch started brightly enough with some slick passing and movement not usually associated with us playing away from home. Then lo and behold we went ahead  in the 20th minute with, albeit a rather fortuitous goal by the welsh wizard himself. It seemed like only seconds later (6 minutes actually) Stoke equalised through Fuller, I thought here we go again pressing the self destruct button but we didn’t have to wait long for another strike from Bale (a beauty this time) to go back in front.

The game then petered out to half time with Spurs still in the ascendancy and deserving to be in front.  As good as Spurs were in first half  Stoke were better in the second, Tuncay who came on looking sprightly was particularly wasteful. These are the types of places you have to grind out a result and that we did today with some aplomb, special mention to Dawson and Kaboul for their part in the team’s rearguard action. There was a moment when I thought we were ready to throw the towel in but was reassured when I saw Rory Delap with it.

The game might have ended in controversy with  no doubt the calls once more for goaline technology to be introduced nevertheless the fact remains we have 3 points in the bag from a difficult place to visit so onwards and upwards I say.COYS

  9 Responses to “Spurs stoke the fires of controversy to sink City”

  1. did any1 catch the game.Some might not believe it but Jenas was outstanding.

    • I was out so I will have to watch match of the day later before I believe you roblek lol

  2. Lucky Spurs, now you’ve broke the top 4 looks like you’ll be getting all the decisions just like the others…Walters effort was atleast a foot and a half over the the line, bad ref and lino costing Stoke points yet again, watch match of the day and tell me i’m wrong…gotta say your supporters were brilliant, got behing the team but like i say it helps when you’ve got 13 men against stoke’s 11.

  3. Luck of the draw mate,I’d feel the same in your position but we’ve all suffered the same fate at one time or another, remember Manu v Spurs and the Mendes goal. You can’t blame the lino cos he was miles away but the ref was right on the spot and he didn’t feel confident to give so its not a goal regardless what the cameras say after the fact.

  4. Lennon looked much more positive in his runs as well apparently.

  5. Our next 4 games all against the 4 W’s… Wigan, West Brom, Wolves, West Ham… Common guys, this has to be 12 points…..

  6. I saw the game and would say that Jenas did a sterling job in midfield. Not so much attacking mind, lots of sideways and backwards, but he did pressure, close down and dish out a few Stokey style tackles. He seemeed to be on one alright. Hud was colossal again, massive presence, safe pair of feet. Worry was of course this unexplainable sitting back for the entire 2nd half as if 2-1 was safe. Stoke quite rightly and literally threw the kitchen sink at us and did actually equalise. We was lucky, and again we brought it on ourselves. Play FOOTBALL spurs, for Gods sake.

  7. Sean, you’re a tool. Love how you harp on the ball being over the line but neglect to mention Gomes being yanked into the goal right before that. Think that might have impacted the play, too? Same thing happened on Stoke’s goal, but not as badly.

  8. Its these type of results that’ll do us for the future. We played well first half, but allowed too much of the ball to Stoke 2nd half. Jenas and Palacios both played well, as did Huddlestone. Though during the game thought that Lennon was poor, but after seeing the two crosses into Bale for both goals, I sort of changed my mind, but still think he’s off colour after the WC circus. Crouch worked his socks off (again) and Gomes was below par, so all in all it was a good result against a team seemingly hell bent on kicking us off the park. As for the comment about 18 inches over the line,What about the foul on Gomes?, you’ll only see what you want to see as the ref got it right, albeit inadvertently Proves we need Gallas though, Dawson and Kabul were all at sea, I think unsettling Gomes in the process..

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