Friday 23 February 2018

Stoke v Tottenham - Story of the match

Tottenham enjoyed a fine afternoon at Stoke
Tottenham enjoyed a fine afternoon at Stoke

Tottenham repeated their April annihilation of Stoke with another 4-0 win at the bet365 Stadium which maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

Spurs had only won once since thrashing the Potters at this venue five months ago when they looked like champion's elect and this was a performance in the manner of both that day and their late-season run.

Heung-Min Son, brought in for Erik Lamela after he played for Argentina in midweek, scored with two first-time finishes either side of the interval and England internationals Dele Alli and Harry Kane, both of whom scored doubles back in April, then found the net for the first time this season.


"It feels weird scoring this early in the @premierleague season! #COYS #BPL" - Spurs striker Kane (@HKane) had never scored his first league goal of a campaign earlier than September 26 before this match


Heung-Min Son. Erik Lamela's participation in Argentina's 2-2 draw with Venezuela in midweek meant Son was preferred by Mauricio Pochettino and the decision was vindicated. Two beautiful first-time finishes either side of the break put Spurs well in charge and he also provided the assist for Harry Kane to add the fourth.


Kane's goal was his 50th in the Premier League in just 87 appearances and his first in 10 games for either club or country since he scored in England's friendly win over Turkey back in May.


Mark Hughes' frustration with referees only grew at the bet365 Stadium as he was sent to the stands just before Son swept in the first. The Welshman reacted furiously after Marko Arnautovic was cautioned for diving and the abuse he directed at fourth official Jon Moss saw him sent away from the bench. The decision was correct, though, as Arnautovic flopped to the floor despite Kane withdrawing his leg. The Potters were also fortunate they did not give away a penalty when Geoff Cameron tripped Son in the box.



Shay Given 6

Geoff Cameron 5

Ryan Shawcross 6

Bruno Martins Indi 5

Erik Pieters 5

Joe Allen 6

Glenn Whelan 6

Giannelli Imbula 6

Jonathan Walters 6

Wilfried Bony 6

Marko Arnautovic 5


Bojan Krkic (for Whelan) 6

Charlie Adam (for Imbula) 6


Hugo Lloris 6

Kyle Walker 7

Toby Alderweireld 7

Jan Vertonghen 6

Ben Davies 7

Eric Dier 7

Victor Wanyama 6

Heung-Min Son 9

Dele Alli 7

Christian Eriksen 8

Harry Kane 7


Lamela (for Wanyama) 7

Janssen (for Kane) 6

Sissoko (for Eriksen) 6


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