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Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Stoke City

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor's volley was handled by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross leading to a Spurs penalty

Tottenham moved three points off the top four in the league with a comfortable victory over Stoke.

Spurs went ahead when Roberto Soldado scored a penalty after Ryan Shawcross handled Emmanuel Adebayor's volley.

Soldado had a tame 10-yard shot saved before Mousa Dembele added a second when he rifled in a 20-yard shot.

Stoke rarely threatened and Aaron Lennon's angled strike across goal sealed Tottenham's first home league win in five outings.

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The victory also provided Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood with his first win since taking over as permanent manager as his side rose to seventh in the top-flight and level on points with sixth-placed Manchester United, who they visit on New Year's Day.

Sherwood has been keen to implement a more attacking style of play since he replaced Andre Villas-Boas and his team certainly put that into practice as they won at White Hart Lane for the first time since 27 October.

Tottenham were helped by an obliging Stoke, who have the joint-worst away record in the Premier League, having accumulated just five points on their travels.

The Potters had set themselves up to frustrate Spurs but did give the home side an early scare when striker Jon Walters ran on to a long ball and went down following a challenge by covering left-back Ezekiel Fryers.

Referee Kevin Friend did not entertain the half-hearted penalty appeals from the visitors, who then had to withstand increasing pressure from Spurs.

The home side created plenty of chances and Adebayor had a clear sight of goal when he latched on to a Lennon pull-back only to miscue his eight-yard shot. The ball found Christian Eriksen, whose point-blank effort was saved by keeper Thomas Sorensen.

Paulinho was back for Tottenham after suspension and he blended power with panache in midfield - the Brazilian producing an audacious looped backheel pass which Soldado controlled before shooting wide across goal.

Stoke were doing well to keep the game goalless, although they again threatened when winger Oussama Assaidi cut into the Spurs area from the right but, just as he was about to shoot, he had the ball stolen away from him by a crucial tackle by Michael Dawson.

However, the home side's efforts were eventually rewarded when Soldado rolled in the opener from the penalty spot after Adebayor controlled a cross on his chest and had his volley blocked by the arms of Shawcross.

Four of the Spaniard's five top-flight goals this season have come from the spot, and he should have added to his tally when he was found by a Lennon pass only to shoot straight at Sorensen from close range.

However, Dembele helped consolidate Tottenham's lead when he sidestepped to the left and powered a low 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.

Lennon impressively controlled at the far post before applying an emphatic finish for Tottenham's third and the home side could have had more, with Erik Lamela having a late shot turned wide by Shawcross.

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Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood:

"I thought we played well from start to finish. Two goals is never enough as we know what Stoke are about.

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Stoke struggled to cope - Hughes

"They can hang on, get a scrappy goal and all of a sudden they are back in the game. We didn't allow them to do that. We managed to get the third goal and are pleased with the three points.

"We took some of our chances. A few more went missing. The strikers will score more often than not if they get into those positions, especially the top strikers we have got."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"I felt a little bit aggrieved at the start of the game. I felt we had a good claim for a penalty before Tottenham's penalty.

"In terms of having an impact on the game, we found it difficult.

"They have got a lot of power and pace and we struggled to cope with that. There are reasons for that as we are missing key players but we need to do better.

"On the day we were not good enough and up to the standard of the Spurs players."

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 25Lloris
  • 16Naughton
  • 35Fryers
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forCapoueat 62'minutes
  • 20Dawson
  • 6Chiriches
  • 7LennonSubstituted forLamelaat 75'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 19DembéléBooked at 52mins
  • 9Soldado
  • 10AdebayorSubstituted forChadliat 80'minutes
  • 23Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 11Lamela
  • 15Capoue
  • 21Chadli
  • 24Friedel
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 43Fredericks
  • 51Veljkovic

Stoke

  • 29Sørensen
  • 28WilkinsonSubstituted forMuniesaat 81'minutes
  • 3Pieters
  • 8PalaciosSubstituted forPennantat 69'minutes
  • 17ShawcrossBooked at 52mins
  • 20Cameron
  • 19WaltersBooked at 52mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 25Crouch
  • 32IrelandSubstituted forAdamat 50'minutes
  • 24Assaidi

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 7Pennant
  • 9Jones
  • 14Ness
  • 16Adam
  • 22Butland
  • 26Etherington
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
36,072

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home20
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Stoke City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Stoke City 0.

Booking

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermaine Pennant with a cross.

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Stoke City. Peter Crouch tries a through ball, but Oussama Assaidi is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Marc Muniesa replaces Andy Wilkinson because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Emmanuel Adebayor.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Vlad Chiriches.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Aaron Lennon.

Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jermaine Pennant (Stoke City).

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jermaine Pennant (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Stoke City 0. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Jermaine Pennant replaces Wilson Palacios.

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Stoke City 0. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Etienne Capoue replaces Paulinho because of an injury.

Delay in match Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke City).

goal

As It Stood

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1Arsenal1913331942
2Man City1913243341
3Chelsea1912431640
4Everton1910721337
5Liverpool1911352136
6Man Utd1910451034
7Tottenham191045-234
8Newcastle191036533
9Southampton19766627
10Hull19658-123
11Swansea19568-121
12Stoke19568-1121
13Aston Villa19559-720
14Norwich195410-1619
15West Brom19397-518
16Cardiff19469-1518
17Crystal Palace195113-1616
18Fulham195113-2216
19West Ham193610-1015
20Sunderland193511-1714
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