Premier League

May 12, 2013

Full-time

Stoke City

1 - 2

Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

12:30 +00:00, May 12, 2013

Britannia Stadium, England

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    This is the fourth time at the Britannia there has been a 2-1 scoreline between Spurs and Stoke. Spurs now lead the way with wins, 3 to Stoke's 2.

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    Stoke do not move with that result but with their safety all but assured given their superior goal difference, this result is pretty meaningless.

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    And that is that. Spurs have done their bit and it's down to Arsenal against Wigan on Tuesday. Spurs move in to 4th place and two points clear of Arsenal with the Gunners having a game in hand.

  • 90'

    Bale breaks and tries to go alone when he should have squared to Sigurdsson. Spurs get the corner and then the ref blows for full-time.

  • 90'

    Vertonghen is fooled by Jerome who gets past the full back. He crosses deep to Wilson but he completely mistimes the header and it bounces before harmlessly going high and wide of Lloris' goal.

  • 90'

    Stoke work the ball down the right with Wilkinson and Nzonzi but Sigurdsson blocks the cross and Spurs clear.

  • 90'

    Huddlestone plays it line to Adebayor who flicks on to Bale. Shawcross beats him to the ball but the pressure applied forces him to knock it for a throw.

  • 90'

    Four minutes of added time at the Britannia. Stoke pump it long looking for that equaliser.

  • 90'

    Dembele passes o Adebayor who plays it back to Vertonghen. He wins a throw from Whitehead on the halfway line.

  • 89'

    Defoe works the ball down the line and holds off the defender to eat up some more seconds.

  • 88'

    Spurs really wasting time now. The ball comes to Lloris who controls and waits for Jerome to come at him before picking the ball up. Britannia crowd not enjoying this.

  • 87'

    Cameron plays the ball long to Jerome but the forward is unable to pluck the ball out of the sky and it goes out for a goal-kick.

  • 86'

    Now it is Spurs' turn to take the sting out of the game. They stroke it around at the back waiting for Stoke to come out to them. Difficult for the ten-men now.

  • 85'

    Stoke throw as Dawson clears against Walker. Cameron plays it to Wilkinson but his cross is gathered easily by Lloris.

  • 84'

    Sigurdsson set to come on for Dempsey. Can he replicate his late goal against Chelsea to give Spurs a vital 3 points here?

  • 82'

    GOAL Adebayor taps in at the far post. A shot from Bale deflects and finds it's way to Dempsey who crosses and finds Adebayor at the far post.

  • 81'

    Whitehead floats it in to the far post and finds Huth but he heads over.

  • 80'

    Walker gives away a sloppy free-kcik as Walters backs in to him on the left wing. Clever play from the Stoke forward.

  • 79'

    Bit of handbags there with Adebayor and Shawcross. Not much happened but they both seem annoyed.

  • 77'

    Stoke try and break with a ball down the line to Jerome but Dawson cuts it out and sets up another Spurs attack.

  • 76'

    Huddlestone booked for a trip on Nzonzi.

  • 75'

    Dembele walks to the egdge of the box and plays an eye of the needle pass to Bale. HE turns on to his right foot but can't wrap his foot round the ball enough and it goes inches wide.

  • 74'

    Shotton makes way for Geoff Cameron at right-back for Stoke. Aaron Lennon is coming off for Jermain Defoe for Spurs.

  • 73'

    Dembele finds Lennon on the left and he waltzes past the defender but his cross is blocked and out for a corner.

  • 72'

    Dempsey fires a shot from the edge of the area straight down Begovic's throat but he tips over the bar.

  • 71'

    Stoke are trying to take the sting out of this game but Lloris gathers a through ball and sets Spurs on their way again.

  • 70'

    SHotton with a long throw that is cleared. WIlkinson follows up on the edge of the area but he blazes over.

  • 69'

    Huddlestone delivers onto the head of Vertonghen inside the six-yard box but the Belgian heads over. He should've scored.

  • 68'

    Mousa Dembele comes on for Scott Parker.

  • 68'

    Bales dribbles with speed at the heart of the Stoke defence. Nzonzi and Shotton team up to bring him down and the latter receives a yellow.

  • 67'

    Walker absolutely hammers one from distance and Shawcross puts his body in the way. Stoke break but as Shotton crosses, Spurs usher the ball out of play.

  • 66'

    Bale and Walker standing over this. Could be either of them to hit it. Bale hit it into the wall and it goes out for a corner.

  • 65'

    Nzonzi trips Lennon on the edge of the area. The winger finds himself central and as he looks to drive into the box, is tripped by the Frenchman.

  • 64'

    Huddlestone drives forward with the ball into the area. He drops his shoulder but Showcross pokes out a toe. The ball drops to Bale who drives across the goal but Begovic clings on.

  • 63'

    Stoke with their first period of possession since the sending off. But the long ball to Wilkinson on the right is overhit.

  • 62'

    Huddlestone plays a lovely lofted pass to Vertonghen on the left who crosses first time. No Spurs attacker gambles on the front post and it is cleared. Bale whips another in but it is just beyond Dempsey in the middle.

  • 61'

    Parker plays a through ball into Lennon on the right side of the penalty area but Wilson gets back to make the tackle and wins the goal kick.

  • 59'

    Vertonghen in acres on the left wing but his cross is weak and it is cut out before it gets anywhere near Dempsey in the box.

  • 58'

    Walker and Lennon work the ball on the right before giving the ball inside to Huddlestone. He dinks the ball into the area for a late run by Parker but Begovic gathers.

  • 57'

    Cameron Jerome enters the fray for Peter Crouch. Looking for some more mobility up front.

  • 56'

    Dempsey is played through by VErtonghen. The entire Stoke team put their hands up for offside but the lino didn't give it. He turns and plays the ball to Vertonghen on the edge of the area but his shot resembles a conversion in rugby.

  • 55'

    Spurs have been camped on the edge of Stoke's box for a few minutes now. The ball is worked out to Vertonghen who crosses but the deflection takes it close to Begovic who collects easily.

  • 54'

    BAle combines with Adebayor but as the Togolese tries to turn in the box he is dispossessed.

  • 53'

    Stoke are really struggling to get out. They seem content to sit back with two banks of four and soak up this pressure.

  • 52'

    Spurs look really hungry here. As if they weren't up for it enough chasing the Champions League, that red card seems to have put a spring in their step.

  • 51'

    Dempsey offside as Huddlestone tries to dink a pass over the top.

  • 50'

    Walker breaks down the right. Feeds it to Lennon who gives it to Parker and Spurs are now with the ball.

  • 49'

    Huddlestone strikes from the edge of the area but Shawcross blocks and it goes for a corner. Bale swings it in low and Dempsey gets a touch but it bounces over the crossbar.

  • 48'

    Spurs are stokring the ball around with ease at the moment. Looks as if Walters is going to have to do a shift on the wing now as Pulis reshuffles his pack. Crouch up top on his own.

  • 47'

    Charlie Adam with a really stupid challenge on Vertonghen. The Belgian has run beyond him and then Adam just slides in from behind to halt the run. Very silly.

  • 46'

    Crouch wins a free kick off Vertonghen on the right touchline. Adam to take. This is carbon copy of the first half except this time Spurs don't concede.

  • 46'

    Stoke get us underway.

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    The teams are back out on the pitch and almost ready for the second half.

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    As it stands, Stoke will have amassed enough points to stay in the Premier League for another season on 42; one point clear of the total Wigan could get. Spurs will draw level on points with Arsenal but the Gunners will have a game in hand. Their superior goal difference will also keep them in 4th place.

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    Spurs have dominated possession having had 58% of the ball. They've also had 10 shots at goal, but are still drawing the game 1-1. Stoke have scored with their only effort on target.

  • 45'

    And there is the half time whistle. An enjoyable half perhaps lacking in real quality but with plenty of action.

  • 45'

    Adam does really well to dribble into the box from the right wing. His cross is barely dealt with by Spurs and eventually poked out for a corner. Lloris misses it completely but Spurs get away with it.

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    Two minutes of added time to be played. Adebayor starts it off with a foul he is mystified to have given away.

  • 45'

    Bale running down the inside right channel after a great pass from Parker. He cuts inside and gets his shot away but Begovic saves with his legs. Corner to Spurs.

  • 44'

    Adam with the yellow card for a late lunge on Vertonghen. A bit soft but a silly slide tackle to make.

  • 43'

    Brilliant cross from Etherington. Dawson gets enough on it to deny Walters at the near post and then Vertonghen clears at the far to halt Adam.

  • 42'

    This time Stoke get the free kick. Dawson is adjudged to have jumped unfairly with Walters. Adam stands over it wide on the right.

  • 41'

    Huth is still reeling that Spurs didn't put the ball out when Walters was injured. Kevin Friend has a lot to deal with here. The latest, Crouch grappling with Huddlestone. Spurs with the free-kick.

  • 40'

    Bale to take wide on the right. Shawcross gets a talking to first though. He swings it in low and Dawson gets his head to the ball. The glancing header doesn't beat Begovic who dives to push the ball clear. Great save.

  • 39'

    Spurs get a free-kick. Meanwhile something has been said between Walker and Walters. Seems the Stoke man is annoyed about a kick he received but it didn't look malicious.

  • 38'

    Walters is down injured. He seemed to get a knock on his ankle.

  • 37'

    Replay shows it didn't hit Huth's arm. Spurs play a long ball forward and as Adam tries to head back to the keeper, he ends up giving away a cheap corner.

  • 36'

    Crouch almost in there again as Lloris hesitates to come out. Quick clearance though sees Adebayor in on goal. He shoots and is adamant it is blocked with an arm but Spurs get the corner instead.

  • 35'

    Walker stands over the free kick. He swings it in low but doesn't beat the first man.

  • 34'

    Shotton with a long throw again. Spurs just about manage to clear. Bale runs it clear down the line. As he looks to lose the ball, Whitehead and Huth hesitate and allow Bale the ball back. Huth upends him and gets a yellow for his trouble.

  • 33'

    Chance for Stoke. Crouch flicks on to Walters and hesitation between Caulker and Lloris almost sees him in. Caulker pokes out a toe though and clears the danger.

  • 32'

    Stoke are struggling to match the intensity they showed early in the game. Nzonzi clatters Bale and Spurs are with the ball in midfield again.

  • 31'

    Good one-two between Lennon and Walker on the right sees Walker into the penalty area. Wilson does well to get back and block the cross for a corner.

  • 30'

    Spurs kept the ball there for a good two minutes. Stoke couldn't get near them but as Adebayor runs down the line, Huth gets a toe in and clears.

  • 29'

    Superb flowing move from Spurs. They worked the ball down the left and then across the field and down the right. Must be about 30 passes in this move and counting...

  • 27'

    Huddlestone finds Lennon on the left wing but as he checks inside, Adam comes steaming in with a superb challenge. He manages to win the throw for his side too.

  • 26'

    Lots of misplaced passes at the moment. First Walker and then Whitehead. Spurs on the attack with Bale on the left but his cross is blocked. He gets a corner off Shotton.

  • 25'

    Adam concedes possession cheaply to Bale who thinks about setting off on one of his trademark gallops but he decides to keep possession. Walker runs it down the line and makes up 30-yards for Spurs.

  • 24'

    Crouch is winning everything in the air but Spurs are starting to compete for those second balls now. Amazing what a goal can do.

  • 23'

    Bale strikes it with that Ronaldo-esque technique. The ball is dipping and moving but he put too much on it and it goes over the crossbar.

  • 22'

    Huth comes across Dempsey and appears to block his run centrally about 30-yards out. Bale is standing over it ominously.

  • 21'

    Shotton with a long throw that causes Spurs a few problems in clearing. Eventually Walters tries to put the ball back in the box at the far post but it is collected easily by Lloris.

  • 20'

    GOAL DEMPSEY with a beautiful lob. Parker plays a through ball to Lennon which sees Begovic come out to collect. The defender clears but it falls to Dempsey who instinctively lobbed the ball into an empty net from 35-yards out.

  • 19'

    Huddlestone overhits the free kick and it is an easy catch for Begovic.

  • 18'

    Spurs finally with some controlled possession. They're stroking it around in midfield but getting nowhere. Adebayor is fouled by Shotton though centrally.

  • 17'

    Shawcross goes long to Crouch who flicks on but Caulker read it and intercepts. Spurs forced to go long as Stoke continue their good pressure.

  • 16'

    Huddlestone with a lovely ball to Lennon but his turn is overhit and Stoke now with the ball. Walters loses the battle with Dawson who clears.

  • 15'

    Goal disallowed for Spurs. Adebayor crosses to Lennon who pulls it back to Walker. His strike finds Dempsey who flicks it into the net but the lino has his flag up. Still 1-0 to Stoke.

  • 14'

    Kyle Walker with a poor crossfield pass gives Stoke the ball. Adam receives it down the line and wins a corner but Lloris clears.

  • 13'

    Stoke have their tactics spot on so far. They're not allowing Spurs to build from the back and Huddlestone hasn't had more than two touches of the ball at a time. They're finding it difficult to find their front men.

  • 12'

    Two giants collide as Nzonzi and Huddlestone battle for the ball. The Stoke man's touch lets him down as he runs the ball out of play.

  • 11'

    Huddlestone sets up an attack with a fantastic raking 50-yard pass to Adebayor. He can't control but Spurs now with the ball in Stoke's half. Dempsey plays it to Bale on the edge of the area but his left foot shot scoops over the bar

  • 10'

    Shotton with a throw-in deep in Spurs half. He launches in but Dawson clears.

  • 9'

    Dempsey and Parker link up on the edge of Stoke's area but there is not enough space and they break through Etherington.

  • 8'

    Good pressure from Crouch and he wins the ball back from Walker but Lennon emerges with the ball for Spurs. He drives forward but nothing comes of his pass to the left wing. Spurs now with the ball.

  • 7'

    Bale with a spectacular drive from distance. He shifts the ball from the right to the left and unleashes a dipping drive but Begovic is equal to it and tips it over the bar.

  • 6'

    Now Huddlestone guilty of losing posession. Adam pounces and drives towards goal but his shot is blocked by Vertonghen. Spurs now with the ball at the back.

  • 5'

    Has the occasion got to Spurs? They try and pass it out from the back but Dawson ends up having to mop up with a clearing header. As Adam brings it forward, the ball goes out for a goal kick.

  • 4'

    Spurs have it all to do but they've not got the ball back yet. Stoke are really piling the pressure on with a bombardment of long passes.

  • 3'

    GOAL Steven Nzonzi gets on the end of the free-kick. Adam swings it in from the right and he glances at the near post to give Stoke an early lead.

  • 2'

    Adebayor gets Spurs playing as he comes short to receive the ball. A few passes later and Caulker has lost it to Shotton who is then tripped by Dempsey as he tries to get to the ball.

  • 1'

    Stoke start fast and are putting pressure on Spurs in possession right away. No surprises there.

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    Spurs get the game underway...

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    The teams are now emerging from the tunnels to rapturous applause from the Britannia crowd.

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    If Spurs win today, they will have reached 10 away wins in a single season; the first time they will have done so in the Premier League.

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    Stoke have not lost to Spurs in their last three encounters, winning once and drawing the other two. Spurs will need to stop the rot if they're to maintain their assault on the top four.

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    The hunt for the final Champions League position is not yet over for Spurs. The draw against Chelsea means they now need Arsenal to drop points in their final two fixtures but a win here would heap the pressure back on the Gunners who play FA Cup winning/safety chasing Wigan on Tuesday.

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    Stoke aren't officially safe but with six-points and a far superior goal difference separating The Potters and the relegation zone, you'd imagine they'll be in the Premier League again next season. They need one point from their last two games to confirm safety.

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    Stoke make one change from their disappointing 1-1 draw with 10-man Sunderland last week. Matthew Etherington returns to the left wing meaning Jonathan Walters will move to the centre and Cameron Jerome to the bench.

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    Spurs make two changes with Steven Caulker coming in for Benoit Assou-Ekotto in defence. Caulker will partner Dawson in the middle with Vertonghen moving to left back. In midfield, Lewis Holtby misses out despite starting against Chelsea in midweek with Clint Dempsey set to start.

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    Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Adam, Whitehead, Nzonzi, Etherington; Walters, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Cameron, Jones, Owen, Kightly, Wilkinson, Jerome.

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    Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen; Lennon, Huddlestone, Parker, Dempsey; Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Carroll, Dembele, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Defoe.

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    ESPN FC will bring you LIVE minute-by-minute commentary of Stoke versus Tottenham, which kicks off at 13.30 BST. Team news to follow.