Saturday April 9, 2011 Day 32 Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 2 Stoke City

  • Crouch 11’, 34’
  • Modric 18’
  • Etherington 27’
  • Jones 41’

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  1. Crouch scores twice in Spurs win

    Crouch scores twice in Spurs win

    Tottenham Hotspur got back to winning ways in the Premier League by beating Stoke City 3-2 in a thrilling clash at White Hart Lane. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Stoke City
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    • 90+5' The final whistle goes, and Spurs held on at the end there to win a thoroughly entertaining game.
    • 90+5' Oh, no, they'll get one more. Gomes punched the free-kick clear and Bale fouls on the left. gomes comes and doesn;t claim it, but he does so at the second attempt! Hearts in mouths for Spurs fans there.
    • 90+4' Jones has the beating of Modric and then gets ahead of Huddlestone who petulantly trips him up, earning Stoke one final precious set piece in the process.
    • 90+2' Dawson concedes a corner. Eterington's corner is a good one, but headed clear.
    • 90' Four minutes of added time to be played. Enough time for one more goal?
    • 89' Tottenham substitution: William Gallas replaces Assou-Ekotto.
    • 89' Crouch remains down for a moment. He looks a bit dazed, but he should be OK.
    • 88' One Stoke corner yields another. This time the whistle blows in Tottenham's favour after Huth and Crouch collide in the air.
    • 87' Fuller nods the ball down to Jones, who unleashing a cracking strike from range that Gomes has to tip over his bar! Not sure if that was going in, but the Brazilian could take no chances.
    • 85' Etherington is penalised for his petulant trip on Bale after he felt the Welshman had fouled him. He is lucky to escape a booking for hi backchat to the referee.
    • 83' Kenwyne Jones has now scored against 17 of the current 20 PL clubs. The only teams he is yet to score against are Birmingham City, Blackpool and his former club Sunderland. (Infostrada)
    • 81' Tottenham clear a Stoke corner. Pavlyuchenko is barged by Whitehead in midfield, but the Russian's retaliation is too much for the referee.
    • 80' Etherington skips past Assou-Ekotto but Bale is there to cover with a good tackle.
    • 79' After a period of Spurs dominance, Stoke are really working their way back into this game. Will we see another goal? This half has certainly been good for it.
    • 77' Pavlyuchenko's cross rebounds off a Stoke arm. He wants a penalty, but it was clearly ball to hand.
    • 76' Stoke substitutions: Ricardo Fuller, Dean Whitehead and Salif Diao replace Delap, Pennant and Whelan.
    • 75' Pennant gets a low shot away inside the area but Gomes is equal to it.
    • 73' Spurs take the set piece quickly but the ball is over Crouch's head. The home side back on top once more, but they need that two-goal cushion.
    • 72' Bale turns in the box and tries to work the space for a shot, but he is denied by wilkinson at the expense of a corner.
    • 71' Crouch gets his head to the corner, but only after unfairly impeding his marker in the eyes of the referee.
    • 70' Bale has a shot blocked inside the area before Kaboul's pressure wins a corner.
    • 70' Huddlestone taps the ball across to Kaboul, whose solid strike hits the wall.
    • 69' Spurs have another free-kick from an almost identical position to the last. who will strike it this time? It looks like it will be Kaboul...
    • 67' Begovic catches the corner but drops it after Kaboul had bumped into him and Pavlyuchenko turns in from close range! Howeve,r the goal is rightly chalked off for Kaboul's foul on the keeper. Begovic had the ball in both hands when Kaboul leapt into him.
    • 66' Begovic's foot went over the byline as he caught the looping header. It's another corner to Spurs.
    • 65' It is Van der Vaart who strikes... Into the wall. They come again and Huth has to head over his own bar before Crouch can get to the cross.
    • 64' Bale is bundled over and Spurs have a free-kick in a good area, central and 25 yards from goal. Kaboul, huddlestone, Van der Vaart and Modric all circling the dead ball with intent.
    • 63' there is a real- end-to-end feel about this game now. Vital for both sides to come out of this spellon top.
    • 61' Crouch nods the ball down for Huddlestone, who is blocked off by Huth. The Spurs fans wnat a penalty, but the referee is not interested.
    • 59' Assou-Ekotto tries to find Crouch at the far post, but the ball is too high even for the big man.
    • 58' Pennant puts in a good cross which sees Jones outjump Kaboul but head wide.
    • 57' In 48 Premier League games at White Hart Lane since Harry Redknapp took over before today, only two teams had scored more than once against the north Londoners.
    • 56' Spurs come forward,a gain through Bale. The welshman gets tot he byline and his cross is sent wide of the near post by Pavlyuchenko's dving header!
    • 55' Pennant petulantly fouls Assou-Ekotto after losing a battle with him. The Stoke winger avoids being booked, however, despite the referee earlier giving him a warning.
    • 54' Delap launches another long throw, but Tottenham will clear this one with ease.
    • 53' Jones skips past Assou-Ekotto and crosses for Walters... The ball rebounds off the striker's thigh and back off the post! The goal was gaping for Walters!
    • 52' Pennant elects to shoot for the near post. Gomes is more than equal to it. Tottenahm go up the other end and Bale feeds Pavlyuchenko inside the box... The Russian fires into the side netting from a tight angle.
    • 51' Assou-Ekotto and Bale double upon Pennant, who is fouled by the Spurs left-back. This spells danger for Spurs.
    • 50' However, Tottenham would do well to heed the words of Mac Stokey: "The mighty Pottters never give in."
    • 49' Eurosport-Yahoo! reader datelinespypleasetakeaseat says: "nice to see crouch is repenting for his stupidity in­ the champions league, good for him."
    • 48' It's a dangerous delivery into the box, but Shawcross is penalised for grabbing on to Corluka.
    • 47' Stoke defend the corner well and can launch the counter. Modric tracks Jones down the wing and impedes the big striker. Free-kick from deep on the right for Stoke.
    • 46' Super play from Modric as he drifts past his man with a stepover and Van der Vaart tees it up for Pavlyuchenko. The Russian's shot canons of his team-mate, but Spurs go on to win the first corner of the second half.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+3' Half-time is called. Spurs have played some cracking football, but Stoke have taken their chances when they have come. Let's hope for more of the same in the second half!
    • 45+3' Begovic makes a meal of punching the corner clear but Stoke survive.
    • 45+2' Van der Vaart slips a ball through for Pavlyuchenko to hit on the turn... Good block from Shawcross. Corner to Spurs.
    • 45+1' Three minutes of injury time to be played.
    • 45' Crouch chips a ball back from the byline and Pavlyuchenko miscues his volley. That was a difficult chance. The Russian just couldn't get his body shaped right in time.
    • 44' Begovic comes off his line to punch a floated ball into the box clear. Will we see another goal before half-time?
    • 43' More from OptaJoe: "21 - Kenwyne Jones has now scored against 21 of the 26 teams that he has played against in the Premier League. Pontoon."
    • 42' Jones's first league goal since New Year's Day has got the travelling Stoke fans chanting "We're gonna win 4-3!" They way this match is going, who would bet against it?
    • 41' GOAL!! Bale is caught in possession by Wilkinson. The ball runs forward for Jones, who surges past Kaboul and lashes a fizzing strike into the near top corner! What a game!
    • 40' Great Crouch-related stat from OptaJoe: "22 - Peter Crouch has scored 22 headed goals since 2005/06 in the Premier League, only Tim Cahill has netted more (26) in this period. Leap." Follow OptaJoe on Twitter
    • 39' Crouch leaps for the corner but the ball never reaches him. Great skill inside the box from Van der Vaart, but Stoke repel another Spurs attack.
    • 38' Corluka's neat reverse pass almost finds Huddlestone in the box, but it's deflected behind for a corner.
    • 37' Whelan takes GOmes a little by surprise with a snapshot volley from range, but the Brazilian keeper gets down to hold on to it.
    • 35' Crouch's second of the game means Spurs have scored three goals at hom in the league for the first time since beating Blackburn 4-2 last November.
    • 34' GOAL!! Excellent team effort from Spurs and they are 3-1 up! Van der Vaart finds Assou-Ekotto, who pings out crossfield to Huddlestone, who in turn has his cross to the far post headed in by Crouch!
    • 33' The set piece is over Dawson's head but Spurs retain the ball. Huddlestone strike from the edge of the box is blocked.
    • 32' Bale draws a foul off Glenn Whelan. Spurs send plenty up for Van der Vaart's delivery from deep.
    • 31' Etheringtn's fifth goal of the season also equals his best ever league haul for a campaign.
    • 30' Crouch plays a one-two with Van der Vaart and chases the ball intot he box, but he has Ryan Shawcross and Begovic to contend with.
    • 29' Spurs resme their dominance of the possession. Assou-Ekotto has a cross blocked after getting past Bale on the overlap.
    • 28' Etherington's fifth goal of the season has got Stoke back in this goal after a poor start for the visitors.
    • 27' GOAL!! Great goal from Stoke by ex-Spurs man Etherington! The winger charges down the left channel, gets past Huddlestone and fires low to beat Gomes! Great solo effort.
    • 26' Delap has another go from a lot further back, but it ends with a Spurs goal kick.
    • 25' First time Rory Delap can sling in one of his trademark long throws. It causes problems as Heurelho Gomes gets a tentative fist to it and Assou-Ekotto completes the clearance.
    • 24' Corluka's cross is blocked by Andy Wilkinson for a corner. The Spurs full-back limps away fromt he challenge, but it was a fair one. Kenwyne Jones gets his head to it before Bale can, and Crouch's header from the second ball ends up in the arms of Begovic.
    • 23' Bale drifts inside again as Spurs take their time in possession. Stoke have been very poor so far.
    • 21' Pennant obstructs Benoit Assou-Ekotto and trips the left-back. Kevin Friend tells him one more and he goes in the book.
    • 20' "We are Tottenham, super Tottenham!" comes the cry from the home fans. Great character being shown by the Spurs players so far.
    • 19' That is only Modric's second league goal of the season, and his first since September. Great response this from Spurs.
    • 18' GOAL!! Modric makes it 2-0 to Spurs! Pavlyuchenko turns and plays the ball into the little Croatian's run, and he gets into the box past Robert Huth and finishes through Begovic's legs!
    • 17' Stoke have lost their last six Premier League away games on the trot, failing to score in the last five. (Opta)
    • 16' Younes Kaboul launches it long for Pavlyuchenko to chase, but the pass is intercepted.
    • 15' Van der Vaart wins the ball in midfield and kicks off another spurs attack. He chases Modric's ball int the area and goes down. No way is that a penalty. Referee Kevin Friend indicates a goal kick. To be fair, Van der Vaart wasn't really appealing.
    • 14' Spurs build a quick attack from that corner. Nice link-up from Corluka and Huddlestone, with the latter floating a ball to Crouch at the far post. Begovic claims it before it reaches the striker.
    • 13' Stoke win their first corner of the match. Former Spurs winger Matthew Etherington sends it in, but it is headed away at the near post.
    • 12' Unbelievably, that is only Crouch's third league goal of the season. That will go some way to restoring his standing in the eyes of Tottenham's fans.
    • 11' GOAL!! Crouch opens the scoring for Spurs! After a great spell of pressure from the home side they go ahead! Van der Vaart plays the corner short to Pavlyuchenko, whose cross is met with a Crouch header that beats Begovic!
    • 10' Stoke clear Rafael van der Vaart's corner. Jon Walters tries to lead the break out, but Michael Dawson tracks him well and puts in a good challenge.
    • 9' Pavlyuchenko drives forward and picks out Bale. The Welshman surges into the box before hitting a low cross which is put behind just before Pavlyuchenko can turn it in. Corner to Spurs.
    • 7' Modric sends a cross to Roman Pavlyuchenko at the far post, but it is over the big Russian's head.
    • 6' It will be interesting to see how much of a shift Stoke's players put in, considering their next game is an FA Cup semi-final back in London. The layers will want to put themselves in the forefront of Pulis's mind, but not get injured.
    • 5' Bale drifts into the centre. He gets the ball from Modric and drills a solid low effort on goal from 20 yards. Asmir Begovic gets down to hold on to the shot two-handed.
    • 3' Spurs have lost just one of their last nine Premier League games but have drawn the last three in a row. (Opta)
    • 2' Spurs seeing all of the ball in these opening moments. As you would expect, Luka Modric making them tick. Jermaine Pennant gets in an early reducer on Gareth Bale, and concedes a free-kick on the halfway line.
    • 1' Spurs kick off and we're underway!
    • 14:57 The players are walking out on to the White Hart Lane pitch on this gloriously sunny day in North London. Prefect conditions for agame of football, which will be underway shortly...
    • 14:55 Like Redknapp, Stoke boss Tony Pulis knows how to grab the attention with an opinionated quote or two. This week he has turned his ire towards players whio dive: "I do think it is almost a disease that has gripped English football and I don't like it. I think when players roll around and try to get people booked or sent off, that doesn't help at all." More from Pulis on diving
    • 14:50 Harry Redknapp has put Peter Crouch's Champions League red card against Real Madrid into perspective by reminding critics: "He hasn't murdered someone, has he?" It will be interesting to see what sort of reception the England striker gets this afternoon. More form Harry on Crouch
    • 14:45 When these two sides met at the Britannia back in August, Gareth Bale scored twice as Spurs won 2-1, although there was a row over whether Jon Walters's late effort crossed the line before Peter Crouch cleared it. Match report
    • 14:40 HEAD-TO-HEAD: Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City have met 71 times in the league. Tottenham have won 38, Stoke 18 and 15 draws. Spurs are looking to complete the Premier League double over Stoke for the first time and the league double for the first time since 1984-85. Stoke have won one of their last 11 league visits to White Hart Lane – a 1-0 PL victory in their last visit in October 2009 – Glenn Whelan scored the only goal. (Infostrada)
    • 14.35 TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS: Harry Redknapp makes three changes from the loss to Real Madrid. Tom Huddlestone returns for the first time since November. Younes Kaboul returns for his first game since December, both having recovered from injury, with Roman Pavlyuchenko partnerning Crouch up front.
    • 14.30 Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City have met 71 times in the league. Tottenham have won 38, Stoke 18 and 15 draws. Tottenham are looking to complete the Premier League double over Stoke for the first time and the league double for the first time since 1984-85.
    • 14.25 Tottenham aim to continue their push for a finish in the top four of the Premier League. Of more importance, is getting back to winning ways after that 4-0 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions Leaguen quarter-final first leg. Peter Crouch has the chance to atone for his red card on Tuesday. He starts today for Harry Redknapp's side.
    • 14.20 Stoke side for today: Begovic, Whelan, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Pennant, Wilson, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Jones Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Fuller, Pugh, Diao, Whitehead, Faye
    • 14.15 Tottenham side for this afternoon: Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Gallas, Defoe, Bassong, Rose, Sandro
    • 14.10 Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Tottenham v Stoke City from White Hart Lane in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 90+5' Oh, no, they'll get one more. Gomes punched the free-kick clear and Bale fouls on the left. gomes comes and doesn;t claim it, but he does so at the second attempt! Hearts in mouths for Spurs fans there.
    • 87' Fuller nods the ball down to Jones, who unleashing a cracking strike from range that Gomes has to tip over his bar! Not sure if that was going in, but the Brazilian could take no chances.
    • 67' Begovic catches the corner but drops it after Kaboul had bumped into him and Pavlyuchenko turns in from close range! Howeve,r the goal is rightly chalked off for Kaboul's foul on the keeper. Begovic had the ball in both hands when Kaboul leapt into him.
    • 58' Pennant puts in a good cross which sees Jones outjump Kaboul but head wide.
    • 56' Spurs come forward,a gain through Bale. The welshman gets tot he byline and his cross is sent wide of the near post by Pavlyuchenko's dving header!
    • 53' Jones skips past Assou-Ekotto and crosses for Walters... The ball rebounds off the striker's thigh and back off the post! The goal was gaping for Walters!
    • 52' Pennant elects to shoot for the near post. Gomes is more than equal to it. Tottenahm go up the other end and Bale feeds Pavlyuchenko inside the box... The Russian fires into the side netting from a tight angle.
    • 41' GOAL!! Bale is caught in possession by Wilkinson. The ball runs forward for Jones, who surges past Kaboul and lashes a fizzing strike into the near top corner! What a game!
    • 34' GOAL!! Excellent team effort from Spurs and they are 3-1 up! Van der Vaart finds Assou-Ekotto, who pings out crossfield to Huddlestone, who in turn has his cross to the far post headed in by Crouch!
    • 27' GOAL!! Great goal from Stoke by ex-Spurs man Etherington! The winger charges down the left channel, gets past Huddlestone and fires low to beat Gomes! Great solo effort.
    • 18' GOAL!! Modric makes it 2-0 to Spurs! Pavlyuchenko turns and plays the ball into the little Croatian's run, and he gets into the box past Robert Huth and finishes through Begovic's legs!
    • 11' GOAL!! Crouch opens the scoring for Spurs! After a great spell of pressure from the home side they go ahead! Van der Vaart plays the corner short to Pavlyuchenko, whose cross is met with a Crouch header that beats Begovic!
    • 9' Pavlyuchenko drives forward and picks out Bale. The Welshman surges into the box before hitting a low cross which is put behind just before Pavlyuchenko can turn it in. Corner to Spurs.
    • 5' Bale drifts into the centre. He gets the ball from Modric and drills a solid low effort on goal from 20 yards. Asmir Begovic gets down to hold on to the shot two-handed.
    • 14.20 Stoke side for today: Begovic, Whelan, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Pennant, Wilson, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Jones Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Fuller, Pugh, Diao, Whitehead, Faye
    • 14.15 Tottenham side for this afternoon: Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Gallas, Defoe, Bassong, Rose, Sandro

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • Gomes
      • V. Corluka
      • M. Dawson
      • Y. Kaboul
      • B. Assou-Ekotto Substitution Out (89′)
      • T. Huddlestone Yellow Card
      • L. Modric Goal
      • R. van der Vaart
      • G. Bale
      • R. Pavlyuchenko
      • P. Crouch Goals×2

      Subs

      • W. Gallas Substitution In89′
      • C. Cudicini
      • J. Defoe
      • J. Jenas
      • S. Bassong
      • D. Rose
      • Sandro
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • G. Whelan Substitution Out (76′)
      • R. Shawcross
      • R. Huth
      • A. Wilkinson Yellow Card
      • M. Wilson
      • R. Delap Substitution Out (76′)
      • J. Pennant Yellow Card Substitution Out (76′)
      • M. Etherington Goal Yellow Card
      • J. Walters
      • K. Jones Goal

      Subs

      • T. Sørensen
      • S. Diao Substitution In76′
      • D. Pugh
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • R. Fuller Substitution In76′
      • D. Collins
      • D. Whitehead Substitution In76′
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