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Stoke City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam celebrates scoring against Tottenham
This was Stoke's second win in eight league games
  • Tottenham one win in six league games
  • Spurs remain sixth, three points behind Liverpool
  • Stoke record first top flight double over Spurs
  • Potters move up to ninth

Tottenham's hopes of a top-five finish were dented as goals by Charlie Adam, Steven Nzonzi and Mame Biram Diouf earned Stoke a deserved victory.

Midfielder Adam headed the Potters ahead after a mistake by Jan Vertonghen before Nzonzi's smart finish doubled the lead before half-time.

Potters were very comfortable - Hughes

Spurs, who had Vlad Chiricheș sent off, went closest when Stoke defender Marc Muniesa headed against his own bar.

Diouf added the third following Marko Arnautovic's cross.

Spurs are seeking a second top-five finish - and entry into the Europa League group stage - in three seasons.

But Mauricio Pochettino's side look a shadow of the team that was challenging for a Champions League spot until recently.

Stoke City forward Mame Biram Diouf celebrates scoring against Tottenham
Mame Biram Diouf has scored in four of Stoke's last five home games

They have won one of the last six league games and could miss out on Europe all together unless they can arrest a poor run of form in the last two games.

This was game number 55 for the season for Spurs and it showed as they produced a lacklustre performance that lacked the ingredients which earned victories over Chelsea and Arsenal earlier in the campaign.

Stoke won the duel - Pochettino

Stoke, better in every department, were ahead in the 22nd minute when Adam, one of the smallest players on the pitch, headed home after Vertonghen's attempted clearance let the midfielder in.

Eleven minutes later it was 2-0, Nzonzi beating Hugo Lloris with a smart finish after the Spurs keeper and defender Eric Dier made a hash of a clearance.

It went from bad to worse for Spurs as Chiricheș, booked in the first half for a foul on Jonathan Walters, became the seventh player to be sent off in seven league games between Stoke and Tottenham at the Britannia for hauling down Diouf in the 52nd minute.

Stoke, who have equalled their club record Premier League points haul of 50, added a third four minutes from time as Diouf turned in a cross by the impressive Marko Arnautovic.

Southampton's defeat at Leicester means Spurs stay sixth in the Premier League table, while Stoke move above West Ham into ninth.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"I think it's up there with our best performances of the season.

"I thought from start to finish that the level of performance was really high. The quality of play was excellent, certainly in the first half when we dominated what was, on paper, a really good Spurs side.

"I don't think we allowed them to get a foothold in the game. They had the problem of going down to 10 men but in fairness that was probably their better period. Overall we were very comfortable in the game."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"I think we were poor from the beginning. We are very disappointed for our supporters, our club and for us, because the way that we lost the game showed that we need to be stronger and ready to compete.

"You could see in the first half that they were better than us and we gave them the opportunity to score. We were poor."

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Relive minute-by-minute coverage from this game.

Stoke City midfielder Charie Adam scores against Tottenham
Charlie Adam has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances
Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi celebrates scoring Tottenham
Steven Nzonzi made it 2-0 with his first goal since 2 December
Tottenham defender Vlad Chiricheș
Tottenham defender Vlad Chiricheș (number six) is given his marching orders for two bookable offences
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino cannot look as his side crumble to defeat at the Britannia Stadium



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Butland
  • 20Cameron
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5Muniesa
  • 3Pieters
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forSidwellat 88'minutes
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forOdemwingieat 84'minutes
  • 16AdamSubstituted forIrelandat 73'minutes
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 18Diouf


  • 2Bardsley
  • 7Ireland
  • 9Odemwingie
  • 21Sidwell
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 29Sørensen


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 15Dier
  • 21Fazio
  • 6ChirichesBooked at 51mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 38Mason
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forDembéléat 76'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forSoldadoat 61'minutes
  • 18Kane


  • 3Rose
  • 9Soldado
  • 12Yedlin
  • 13Vorm
  • 17Townsend
  • 19Dembélé
  • 25Stambouli
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Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamTottenham
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Mason.

  8. Post update

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Steve Sidwell replaces Glenn Whelan.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

  17. Post update

    Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Odemwingie replaces Jonathan Walters.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

As It Stood

2Man City35217771363570
4Man Utd36208861362568
10West Ham361211134343047
12Crystal Palace36119164350-742
13West Brom361011153447-1341
14Aston Villa36108183050-2038
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