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Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Stoke City

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Bojan's goal was his first for Stoke since joining the club in the summer
  • Bojan scores first goal for Stoke
  • First away win for Potters since August
  • Three defeats in last four league games for Spurs

Stoke moved into the top half of the Premier League table with victory over Tottenham who had Kyle Naughton sent off late on.

Spurs striker Harry Kane had a header saved on his first league start of the season, before Bojan's run and finish gave Stoke the lead.

Jon Walters then fired in a second from Mame Biram Diouf's cross.

Pochettino calls for 'mentality change'

Nacer Chadli's second-half volley set-up a tense finish until Naughton was dismissed for a foul on Victor Moses.

This win moved Stoke up to ninth in the table while Tottenham, who have now lost three of their last four league games, drop to 12th.

The defeat spoiled the mood of optimism among the home fans prior to kick-off, brought on by the inclusion of Kane in the first 11.

The England Under-21 striker had only featured from off the bench in the Premier League this season but eight goals in his last eight games in all competitions had convinced Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to give him his first league start under the Argentine.

He almost vindicated his manager's decision within seconds when Chadli ran through the Stoke defence and curled a cross towards the far post for Kane, but his header was held on the line by Asmir Begovic.

That, though, was to be his only significant contribution in the first half, with his under-par Tottenham team-mates struggling to provide him with any service.

Harry Kane
Harry Kane made his first Premier League start of the season for Tottenham after scoring eight goals in his last eight games

Instead, Stoke were fully in control and they took an early lead thanks to a brilliant individual goal by Bojan.

The former Barcelona forward picked up the ball inside his own half, drove through the Tottenham midfield before despatching a low shot from 25 yards beyond the dive of Hugo Lloris.

Mark Hughes's joy at the opener was dampened when he was forced to make two early substitutions as defenders Phil Bardsley and Marc Wilson went off with muscle injuries.

But rather than disrupt their momentum, the changes galvanised Stoke as they went further ahead. Danny Rose's poor clearance was pounced upon and Diouf got away on the right and crossed into the area for the unmarked Walters to drive home.

Tottenham offered nothing in response, and the half-time whistle prompted boos from the home crowd as the players left the field.

They barely improved after the break but Pochettino's side, who scored twice in the second half to beat Aston Villa last week, pulled a goal back when Chadli thumped in a volley from a tight angle as the game entered the closing stages.

That spurred Tottenham on but Naughton was dismissed in the final few minutes for preventing Moses from powering through, handing the initiative back to Stoke as they closed out the game.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:

"I was really pleased with the manner of the performance. We had a game plan and executed it to the letter. We were always a threat, we had a good shape about us, when we had the ball we broke with pace and precision and scored two goals as a consequence.

"We are where we expected to be after these games so we are progressing well.

"Marc Wilson pulled up with a hamstring and Phil Bardsley tweaked his groin but I was really pleased with the lads who came in. They were magnificent on the day and I think that shows the strength of the group."

Stoke's win was only their second in their last 17 trips to White Hart Lane in all competitions
Stoke's win was only their second in their last 17 trips to White Hart Lane in all competitions
Tottenham have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League outings



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 16NaughtonBooked at 85mins
  • 4KaboulBooked at 72mins
  • 21Fazio
  • 3Rose
  • 29CapoueBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAdebayorat 65'minutes
  • 38MasonBooked at 69mins
  • 17TownsendSubstituted forLamelaat 45'minutes
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forDembéléat 45'minutes
  • 22Chadli
  • 18Kane


  • 5Vertonghen
  • 9Soldado
  • 10Adebayor
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 15Dier
  • 19Dembélé


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1BegovicBooked at 24mins
  • 2BardsleySubstituted forCameronat 9'minutesBooked at 22mins
  • 17Shawcross
  • 12WilsonSubstituted forMuniesaat 26'minutes
  • 3Pieters
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 21Sidwell
  • 19Walters
  • 27BojanSubstituted forIrelandat 84'minutes
  • 13Moses
  • 18Diouf


  • 5Muniesa
  • 7Ireland
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 16Adam
  • 20Cameron
  • 25Crouch
  • 29Sørensen
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Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamStoke
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Stoke City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Stoke City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

  5. Post update

    Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Post update

    Victor Moses (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

  9. Post update

    Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Dismissal

    Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the red card.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

  20. Post update

    Victor Moses (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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4West Ham115331914518
7Man Utd114431714316
13West Brom113441315-213
16Aston Villa11326516-1111
17Crystal Palace112361420-69
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