Spurs end away day blues against 10-man Stoke
Stoke City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Published 26/04/2014 | 17:09
Danny Rose was the central figure as Tottenham won their first away game for more than two months 1-0 against 10-man Stoke.
The defender scored his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season in the 33rd minute and was then caught by Ryan Shawcross to earn the Stoke captain a second yellow card seven minutes after the break.
Stoke responded well but were unable to find an equaliser as they slipped to only a third home defeat this term.
The main talking point before the game had centred around Charlie Adam, with Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood forced to deny his players would refuse to shake the playmaker's hand.
The Scot has become a hate figure for Spurs fans after a serious of controversial tackles, the most recent of which came in the reverse fixture and sidelined Paulinho for a month.
In the end, there was no handshake because Adam was an unused substitute, although that did not stop Tottenham fans jeering him at every opportunity.
The visitors were quicker out of the blocks and Nacer Chadli shot wide after only 19 seconds, while Asmir Begovic had to react quickly to push Aaron Lennon's mis-hit cross past the post.
Shawcross was furious with what he felt was a forearm to the face from Emmanuel Adebayor but referee Andre Marriner took no action.
The home side withstood the early pressure to enjoy a decent spell themselves, and Tottenham were grateful for the presence in their defence of captain Michael Dawson, back after a hamstring injury.
The centre-back was key in dealing with the threat of former Spurs striker Peter Crouch, who was making a nuisance of himself in the penalty area.
Crouch was involved as Stoke came close to taking the lead in the 27th minute, playing in Stephen Ireland, who cut in from the left and unleashed a powerful shot that just curled beyond the far post.
But six minutes later it was Tottenham who opened the scoring when Adebayor beat Glenn Whelan on the right of the area before sending in a perfect cross for Rose, who planted a fine header past Begovic.
And the visitors might have extended their lead just before half-time when Harry Kane, in search of his fourth goal in four games, was given time and space but he dwelled on the ball a fraction too long and his shot was blocked.
Stoke began the second half brightly with a shot from Marko Arnautovic that flew wide but their hopes of getting anything from the game were badly dented in the 52nd minute when Shawcross was shown a second yellow card.
The defender, who had been booked for a foul on Christian Eriksen in the first half, caught Rose on the shin with his studs.
Referee Marriner initially did not even give a free-kick but, with Rose still on the floor, pulled back play and produced the red card, much to the anger of the home fans.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes moved Marc Muniesa to centre-back, with Erik Pieters replacing Ireland and taking over at left-back.
Rose was being booed every time he touched the ball and the full-back was booked for pushing Geoff Cameron in the chest after the Stoke man had felled him.
His game was over soon after as Sherwood took him out of the firing line to be replaced with Zeki Fryers.
Stoke were fired up and were enjoying their best spell of the game, with Peter Odemwingie, Arnautovic and Steven Nzonzi all missing the target.
Arnautovic then produced a much better effort that was rather awkwardly blocked by Hugo Lloris.
At the other end, Eriksen sent a free-kick just over the bar, but it was Stoke doing most of the attacking and their calls for a penalty were in vain as Dawson and Odemwingie clashed.
Their clearest opening came in the 84th minute as Arnautovic broke through but the Austrian shot tamely at Lloris, and Begovic had to be at his best to deny Paulinho in stoppage time.