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Stoke City 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

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How Harry Kane and Dele Alli beat Stoke City

Tottenham produced an outstanding display to thrash Stoke and move five points behind leaders Leicester with four games of the season remaining.

Harry Kane's sublime curling finish, his 23rd Premier League goal of the season, set them on their way before Christian Eriksen hit the crossbar.

Dele Alli doubled the lead before he hit a post when it was easier to score.

Kane rolled in the third before Alli's right-foot volley wrapped up Spurs' ninth away league win of the season.

The result lifted Mauricio Pochettino's side to 68 points from 34 matches, with Leicester on 73 from the same number of games.

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Spurs can win Premier League title - Harry Kane

'Leicester City - we're coming for you'

Tottenham's travelling fans at the Britannia Stadium chanted "Leicester City - we're coming for you" after Alli's chip made it 2-0.

Had Spurs lost, Leicester could have been champions next Monday, but the visitors were in control from start to finish as they turned on the style on what could be a pivotal day in the race for the title.

After the Foxes' leading scorer Jamie Vardy was left facing the possibility of an increased ban after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association, Stoke were blown away by a dynamic and aggressive display as their north London opponents showed no signs of pressure.

Eriksen was involved in three of the four goals, Kane has now scored more Premier League goals than relegated Aston Villa this season, and Alli is in double figures.

Leicester's final four matches are against Swansea (home), Manchester United (away), Everton (home) and Chelsea (away). Tottenham, meanwhile, face West Brom (home), Chelsea (away), Southampton (home) and Newcastle (away).

Tottenham have the best attack (64 goals) and the best defence (25 conceded) in the Premier League this season and there is a feeling their title charge is gathering momentum at the right time.

Here are the title permutations:

  • Leicester need a maximum of eight points from their remaining four games to win the title.
  • The earliest Leicester could conceivably win the title is at Old Trafford when they face Manchester United on 1 May - but only if results go their way next weekend.

Kane and Alli on the prowl... again

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After Leicester dropped points against West Ham on Sunday, Kane used Instagram to post a picture of prowling lions waiting to pounce.

It ought to have sent an ominous warning to Stoke's defenders, who simply could not handle the England striker and Alli.

Kane set Spurs on their way from the edge of the area after Mousa Dembele breezed past several challenges, before Alli's chip doubled the lead following Eriksen's delicious pass.

Kane made it 24 top-flight goals this season by connecting with Erik Lamela's cross before Alli put the gloss on a rampaging performance with a sweetly struck volley from Eriksen's cross.

Graphic showing Dele Alli and Harry Kane had 13 shots against Stoke, including four goals (above left). In contrast, Stoke's attacking trio of Bojan, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri managed four. Ball = goal, green = on target, red = off target, yellow = blocked
Dele Alli and Harry Kane (above left) had 13 shots against Stoke, including four goals. In contrast, Stoke's attacking trio of Bojan, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri managed four. Ball = goal, green = on target, red = off target, yellow = blocked

But it was not all plain sailing for the 20-year-old England midfielder.

At 2-0 he produced an astonishing miss after rounding Shay Given, who was making his Premier League debut for Stoke two days short of his 40th birthday.

From almost point-blank range he rolled the ball against the post instead of into the net - and Pochettino fell to the ground in disbelief before twice punching the surface with his fist.

Yet the evening was to end in smiles for the Argentine after a stellar performance by his team, with the manager later admitting he was a "little embarrassed" by his reaction to Alli's miss.

Learning from the weekend's controversies?

One surprising aspect from this game was the lack of contact as players lined up for corners.

On Sunday, Leicester's 2-2 draw with West Ham featured a contentious decision by referee Jon Moss, who penalised Foxes centre-back Wes Morgan for grappling with Winston Reid.

That prompted widespread debate about players tussling at set-pieces, and it was noticeable this game was an hour old before there was any kind of contact between opposing players inside the box.

It came when Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross appeared to drag down Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld - but, unlike in Sunday's game, no penalty was given.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane
Harry Kane applauds Tottenham's travelling fans at the end of his side's 4-0 win at Stoke

Man of the match - Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Christian Eriksen (left)
Harry Kane and Dele Alli got the goals but Christian Eriksen was everywhere for Tottenham as he set up the second and fourth goals, hit the woodwork at 1-0, and was also involved in the build-up to the third goal

What they said

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Stoke City 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Potters were poor - Mark Hughes

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, whose side stay ninth:

"Don't underestimate the quality of Spurs but we were poor. We didn't do the things we talked about before the game.

"We had a go in the second half but that played into their hands and they picked us off. We didn't deal with them at all. We couldn't get close to them."

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Stoke City 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur: We showed we believe - Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"Stoke wanted to win the game and we showed personality and character.

"Maybe today is one of the performances that you feel most proud of because of the character to cope with the pressure.

"We showed hunger and passion. I have a squad of players who feel passion about the game. They deserve praise and credit for their season."

The stats you need to know

  • Tottenham have lost just one of their past 16 Premier League away matches (W9 D6 L1).
  • Mauricio Pochettino's side have conceded just nine goals in their past 13 Premier League matches on the road.
  • Tottenham scored four or more goals in a Premier League away game for only the 14th time in the competition's history.
  • Harry Kane has 45 Premier League goals since the start of last season, only Sergio Aguero (47) has more.
  • Eight of Dele Alli's 10 Premier League goals have come away from home.
  • Stoke lost a Premier League home game by four goals for only the second time (0-4 v Chelsea in January 2013).
  • Only Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (18) has assisted more Premier League goals than Christian Eriksen this season.
  • Eriksen has created 58 goalscoring chances in the Premier League in 2016, more than any other player.

What's next?

Tottenham have a week to prepare before their penultimate home game of the season against West Brom on Monday, 25 April (20:00 BST).

Stoke do not have as long to wait as they travel to Manchester City on Saturday (12:45 BST).

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 24Given
  • 20Cameron
  • 17Shawcross
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 5Muniesa
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forAdamat 76'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 21ImbulaBooked at 61mins
  • 22ShaqiriSubstituted forJoseluat 45'minutes
  • 14Afellay
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 27Bojan

Substitutes

  • 2Bardsley
  • 7Ireland
  • 11Joselu
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 25Crouch
  • 29Haugaard

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3Rose
  • 15Dier
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forMasonat 87'minutes
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 90'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forChadliat 84'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 8Mason
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 22Chadli
  • 27Wimmer
  • 33Davies
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
27,442

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away23
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4.

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Mason.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Rose.

Attempt saved. Joselu (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Erik Lamela.

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

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Mason replaces Mousa Dembélé.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Dele Alli.

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 4. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Booking

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

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

Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giannelli Imbula.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Glenn Whelan.

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane tries a through ball, but Erik Lamela is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 3. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erik Lamela following a fast break.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Mousa Dembélé.

Attempt blocked. Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right.

Foul by Bojan (Stoke City).

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Joselu (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bojan.

Attempt missed. Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Giannelli Imbula.

Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Booking

Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City).

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester342110359332673
2Tottenham341911464253968
3Man City33186961332860
4Arsenal33179756342260
5Man Utd33168940301056
6West Ham331314654421253
7Southampton341491145351051
8Liverpool3214995243951
9Stoke34138133747-1047
10Chelsea331111114945444
11Everton33914105344941
12Watford33118143237-541
13Bournemouth34118154157-1641
14West Brom331010133140-940
15Swansea341010143445-1140
16Crystal Palace34109153643-739
17Norwich3487193560-2531
18Sunderland3379173957-1830
19Newcastle3377193561-2628
20Aston Villa3437242365-4216
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