Fuller 25 Bale 19
17 Shawcross yellow card
06 Whelan (Sanli 63)
18 Whitehead yellow card
24 Delap (Sidibe 85) (Tonge 88)
10 Fuller yellow card
01 Begovic, 03 Higginbotham, 28 Wilkinson, 14 Pugh, 20 Sanli, 23 Tonge, 11 Sidibe
07 Lennon (Walker 87)
12 Palacios yellow card
27 Alnwick, 16 Naughton, 19 Bassong, 28 Walker, 21 Kranjcar, 25 Rose, 29 Livermore
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.COYSFollow @TrfficTottenham