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After Frank Lampard`s clear goal against Germany in the World Cup, Fifa had hoped that the call for Video Technology would die down over the coming months but today only further demonstrated the need for assistance. Stoke lost 2-1 to Spurs today but all would have been different the referee had seen Jon Walters header late on that clearly crossed the line. Instead the ref, standing just five yards away with a clear view, bottled it giving Spurs their first win of the season and Stoke`s second defeat.

A frustrating game saw the visitors take the lead on two separate occassions thanks to terrible defending and some sublime finishing on Spurs behalf, with Gareth Bale grabbing both goals either side of Ricardo Fuller`s equaliser. Despite playing poorly throughout the Potters were unlucky not to score several second half goals as Tuncay went close twice. More bad news followed the game as it was revealed that Mama Sidibe will miss most of the season after snapping his Achilles tendon.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis made only one key change from the side that disappointed at Wolves last Saturday. He deemed Kenwyne Jones unavailable to make his home debut and instead handed a full debut to Jon Walters who signed from Ipswich in mid-week. Tottenham went in with several top players injured including strikers Jermaine Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane.

The hosts made a slow start to the game as Spurs controlled the ball and passed impressively as they made the extra man in midfield count with a 4-5-1 formation. Aaron Lennon, who was outstanding, and Gareth Bale had the better of full-backs Robert Huth and Danny Collins whose lack of pace caused all kind of problems.

Rory Delap had the first effort on goal as a deep cross found it way through to the Irishman who failed to control a difficult volley, sending it high and wide. Jon Walters also fired a volley from distance straight down the keeper`s throat and the Britannia faithful warmed to the new signing.

But Spurs took the lead after 19 minutes through Gareth Bale. A mazy run from Aaron Lennon had the Potters defence tied in a knot and he played a precise through ball to Bale, who timed his run to perfection. The Welshman`s shot was smothered by the onrushing Sorensen but Crouch was there to head it goal wards, unfortunately Ryan Shawcross, who cleared the ball off the line, headed it straight into Bale`s face and it nestled in the back of the net, A true fluke goal.

This woke Stoke up and within minutes they were level. A deep corner from Matty Etherington was knocked back across goal from Abdoulaye Faye for Fuller to stab the ball past Gomes from 6 yards out. This raised the atmosphere in the Britannia and the Potters looked to take the game to Spurs. Fuller had a fine first half performance and had a golden opportunity to grab his second moments later, when a neat turn bought him time and space in front of goal but his low shot was well handled by Gomes. We saw the best and worst of the colourful Jamaican as later he kicked out at England international Michael Dawson and so easily could have been sent off.

Stoke`s pressure came to nothing as an absolute stunning goal re-established Spurs lead. There was mixed feelings of horror at Stoke`s defending, but admiration for Bale`s fine volley. Again it was Lennon who created the goal as his pace and tight control allowed him to drift past defenders and a clipped ball to the back post found bale waiting. In acres of space, this makes you wonder 'Where on earth was Robert Huth?`, Bale cracked a volley into the top corner across Sorensen giving him no chance. A goal that deserved to win any football match by the in-form Bale gave Tottenham a sudden lift.

After the second goal the Potters sole aim was to survive to half-time but Harry Redknapp`s men should have added a third when Jermaine Jenas, a rumoured Stoke target, ghosted into the box unmarked but couldn`t convert Bale`s cross from close range. A scratchy finish to the half but nonetheless the Potters held on to within a goal.

Redknapp`s instructions were clear when his side appeared for the second half. There job was to sit back and protect the slender lead they had. The five men in midfield dominated their Stoke counterparts as both Glenn Whelan and Rory Delap had hugely disappointing games conceding possession way too easily for Premier League players. The form of Abdoulaye Faye was also questionable, with Shawcross being named captain we hope that Faye`s poor 12 months or so can be put behind him but he showed no sign of improvement today.

In the early moments of the second half Stoke continued to chip away without any success and so this brought upon the much needed introduction of Tuncay. The all-action Turk was at the centre of all things positive for Stoke in the second half. He replaced Whelan in a positional shake-up which saw Delap transfer to centre-mid with Walters taking up the right-wing slot allowing Tuncay to partner Fuller.

Tuncay`s energy was just what Stoke needed and he almost provided the leveller when he shot from distance. The effort took a huge deflection and the ball was looping in but for a giant Gomes hand to palm it over the bar. The most clear cut also fell Tuncay`s way when a corner went through to the far post, from 6 yards out he steered his header wide of the post much to the frustration of the Boothern End.

We weren`t to be dis-heartened though and kept on producing chances. Some neat interchange from Fuller and Walters saw the Jamaican 12 yards out with abit of space but his first time shot was comfortable for Gomes.

Pulis then threw on Sidibe in place of Delap but sadly he only lasted 5 minutes. A long-ball intended for him was over hit and as he turned to give chase he collapsed in a heap on the ground clutching his ankle. He was instantly stretchered off and it seems he has snapped his Achilles tendon, just like David Beckham recently, and will miss between 6-8 months.

More agony followed in the last few minutes when referee Chris Foy made a huge blunder. An Etherington corner was headed towards goal by Danny Collins and Gomes had to claw it away from the roof of the net. The quickest to react to the bouncing ball was Walters as he steamed in with a diving header that was destined for the bottom corner. However Peter Crouch got in the way and blocked the ball, with his hands, after the ball had crossed the line. But ref Foy didn`t see it that way and, ignoring the hand ball shouts, looked across to his assistant on the far side to decide if he should allow a goal, despite having a much better view of the incident. Stoke were enraged and Spurs closed out for a crucial win of them.

The Potters next travel to champions Chelsea before hosting Aston Villa after the international break. A tough start looks like its only going to get harder.

Star Player

Jon Walters, a very impressive debut from a man who has spent his entire career in the lower leagues of football. He worked hard all game and his never-say-die attitude caused the Spurs backline problems. He struck a good partnership with Fuller and looked at ease on the right-wing, just a shame that a dreadful decision prevented a debut goal.

Player Ratings

Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross (c), Faye, Collins, Delap (Sidibe 85) (Tonge 88), Whelan (Tuncay 63), Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Fuller. Subs not used: Begovic, Wilkinson, Higginbotham, Pugh.

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson (c), Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon (Walker 87), Jenas, Huddlestone, Palacios, Bale, Crouch. Subs not used: Alnwick, Naughton, Bassong, Livermore, Rose, Kranjcar.

Writer:Charlie Bennett
Date:Saturday August 21 2010
Time: 10:18PM


Will watch MOTD tonight as im interested in this, Sky Sports seem to think it should have been a goal i think. But i heard Gareth Bale's strike was a worthy match winner ;)
21/08/2010 22:25:00
Was a clear foul on gomes before. great game for us with so many players missing. Tough, tough place to come so great result. good game to watch!
21/08/2010 22:40:00
fekin hate stoke anti football and if you watch the replay you will see that gomes was shoved with 2 hands so justice was done tough s.h.i.t for a s.h.i.t team and godawfull brand of football
21/08/2010 22:51:00
It was quite a strange one i must say, but as mentioned Gomes was impeded so perhaps it was justice. However as a season ticket holder at spurs i find myself spending a huge amount of time focusing my anger towards referees who make such outrageous decisions. Chin up, good luck for the rest of the season
21/08/2010 22:53:00
Was disappointed with Stoke because they gave Spurs far too much respect. Stoke let Spurs have 58% possession at the Brittania, and we were passing it around the defence with no pressure. Last season teams were scared to go to Stoke, and it was far from scary today. Perhaps it is early in the season, and I hope you guys get it going again. Perhaps when Jones comes back you will be back on it. I really like Tuncay, and it is a shame that he is only a bench player for you. Etherington also had a great season. We would have taken a point before the game, and had many players injured, and rocked from a tough game in the week, and one eye on the next game. 3 points is great - the goal that never was, well Pulis was right about it - Stoke didn't really do enough to win game, and these things weren't going for them.
21/08/2010 23:14:00
I though it was a goal after just seeing it, Huth had a little shove on gomes but end of the day the ref didnt give that foul and the ball was over the line so was clearly a goal. I agree you was robbed of a point BUT with bale's goal i aint gonna say spurs didnt deserve 3 points.
21/08/2010 23:14:00
For your kind information you were not cheated. You scored your first goal by cheating (Huth had an arm across Gomes' face). And if video technology was available then there is no chance that the officials would give a goal for the first one or the controvertal one. They would've awarded us a free kick in both cases for fouling our keeper.
Elldiablo Nabil
21/08/2010 23:21:00
The way I see, the 1st bad decision (foul on Gomes) was cancelled out by the 2nd bad decision. That, and Tuncay is quality and should come to Spurs, as Keane's replacement.
21/08/2010 23:31:00
*********. One of your team of rugby tacklers fouled Gomes before the supposed "goal". You are thugs and I hope you go down.
22/08/2010 00:01:00
Cheated out of a point!

Don't you mean...

Stokes fans miss the point, Gomes was fouled and you team were as dirty as usual, that scrape with the studs down the back of Bale's leg was intentional, cynical and filthy, you have nothing to complain about!
22/08/2010 00:24:00
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