At the break, Spurs led 1-0 thanks to a close-range header from left-back Danny Rose, after good work from Emmanuel Adebayor. There were no further goals after half-time, though Stoke had Ryan Shawcross sent off and missed a host of chances to level matters.
|Spurs Player Ratings|
Spurs first-half player ratings
LLORIS—Hasn't really had too much to do, other than take crosses. Stoke's shooting is unthreatening.
NAUGHTON—Caught out by Muniesa's surging runs forward. Booked in the first half.
DAWSON—Strong in the air and has defended largely well.
KABOUL—Took a knock and movement looks a little awkward. Solid defensively.
ROSE—Took his goal very well, though in open play hasn't been a great outlet.
LENNON—Forward runs are promising, though little delivery.
CHADLI—Not involved in the slightest.
PAULINHO—Recycling the ball well and driving forward from deep, but it's leaving gaps in behind when Spurs lose possession.
ERIKSEN—The best user of the ball for his side. Creative in the inside left channel.
KANE—Busy and composed in the area, just lacking a finishing touch.
ADEBAYOR—Great acceleration to create the goal. Leading the line well, little service.
Spurs second-half player ratings
LLORIS—Made some routine saves but was not overly tested.
NAUGHTON—Wasn't really a big help at either end of the pitch. Stopped hardly anything down Stoke's left.
DAWSON—The two central defenders were kept busy in the second half, and Dawson defended strongly. Lucky not to concede a penalty though.
KABOUL—A little less solid than his partner, but did just about enough to get blocks in.
ROSE—Involved in all the contentious points, including Shawcross' sending off. Should have seen red himself for a push on Cameron.
LENNON—Again, lots of positive play with no end product.
CHADLI—Utterly anonymous in a central role.
PAULINHO—Didn't really play a holding role, and grew steadily less reliable in possession as the game wore on.
ERIKSEN—The only composed player on the field for Spurs after half-time. Shows his class, but not involved enough.
KANE—Looked tired, wasted a couple of chances, couldn't hold the ball up.
ADEBAYOR—No service and mainly had to close down and find possession himself.
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