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Stoke 1 - Tottenham 2

Britannia Stadium

21.8.10/15.00

Attendance: 27, 243

Stoke cheated out of point

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.




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The Journalist

Writer: Charlie Bennett Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 21 2010

Time: 10:18PM

Your Comments

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 ;)
P.Avfc
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!
spurs1stGF2nd
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
jljyid
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
superlukamodric
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.
TonyRich
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.
P.Avfc
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
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.
Escalais
*********. One of your team of rugby tacklers fouled Gomes before the supposed "goal". You are thugs and I hope you go down.
refereesfavourbig4
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!
stu_u2k
What are we saying here. That the ref called it wrong and it was over the line. Probably. He also called it wrong, allowing that thug HUTH to foul the goalie. Therefore it wasn't a goal. And only because the ref said so. I would prefer to watch Australian rules football than Stoke playing in the EPL. Please God next season they will be down a division, 'where they belong' and never again get promoted to this league.
Huddsnewsnarl
There was no cheating you meathead. The decision was made without bias and if a replay and video evidence had been shown it would also have been seen the foul on the goalkeeper and disallowed anyway. Stoke are so boring with their football with long throws and high balls in the box if thats all youn have i hope teams like you are out the premier
stephenperth
Deserved win for the Spurs....although we don't make it easy on ourselves!! :) Foul on Gomes by Huth though. Unlucky Potters. Carry on like that and you should stay up.
melloSPUR
I'm all for teams battling to stay up, you have to play to your strengths in order to live with big teams but stoke take the p1ss. It must be a directive from the coaching team because all the players do it, studs up back of the leg dirty tackles and the like. Pullis has no room to moan, f'cking one dimensional tramp deserves to get you lot relegated.
Himwhatwhats
Ref didn't see foul on Gomes (who was also fouled for the goal you plankers got) and didn't see ball cross the line. Too bad, you got what you deserved. Learn to play football, not rugby. COME ON YOU SPURS.
PERTH OZSPUR
Considering your manager thought it was a foul on Gomez (Sky interview) I think you're having a laugh.
Rspurs
Maybe it was a goal? Maybe Fuller should have been given his second yellow card when kicking Dawson in despair? (First f\one for bluntly diving). Maybe Jenas should have been handed a penalty in the first half? (Sorensen held him down). Shawcross made 3 nasty tackles and got one yellow, Palacios made one and got one. Maybe the world isn't fair? And maybe Stoke' tactic on set piece is to attack the opponents keeper? Who knows? all I know is that we are not going to agree on anything in here :)
NorwaySpurs
Its just another ref call that goes aginst Stoke and that is why we as fans feel cheated out of a point again. Refs just dont like Stoke City FACT
redandwhitestripemad
Clear goal my arse. You are a disgrace to football. Yo cant play the game so kick lumps out of the opponents to seee if that will get you a point. You got exactly what you deserved and that was nothing. There are plenty of clubs that would come to the premier league and attempt to play football, those clubs should be there not you. Do the league and football in general a favour and get relegated. The premier is the best league in the world and clubs like you give it a bad name.
the corner pin
Perhaps if your stoke players were decent football players and did not resort to deliberate fouls, and blatant goalkeeper obstruction, you may get fair decisions from referees!! You deserved nothing from this game, and rightly so... watch spurs play this season and ask why your manager can't get his players to do the same type of play we do in games??? (1st half of Champ. League, young boys game excepted!)
BlockD
Redandwhitestripemad, you have to ask yourself why 'Refs just don't like Stoke City'. Who in football does ?
NoMoreRFLeftWingers
Well done my beloved SPURS. Deserved win. Previously, pressure and bullying tactics from lesser opposition would see us succumb and lose points. Not with our new found tenacity. Bring on the Young Boys now. COYS.
Madaboutspurs
Ooops. Sorry . Posted on the wrong site. ;-)
Madaboutspurs
I have to say that when people say "the foul wasn't given and the ball was over the line so it was a goal" are they playing devil's advocate or are they just thick? I lean towards the latter because the goal wasn't given either so it wasn't a goal - end of. Another point is its amazing how much time Stoke waste with their stupid long throws -Delap spends like 30-40 seconds on each one. He shouldn't be allowed to that either. I also agree that Pulis cannot complain about bad decisions given that Huth is always in front of keepers impeding them and that directive comes from Pulis.
The Tailor
The Tailor has hit it on the head, and like i said before blame pullis. The coaching team and pulis must give stoke players a directive to hurt opposition players, why else do they do it so often?. The league will be a better place when your shower of animals is out of it.
Himwhatwhats
haha! Get your revenge on the chelsea scum!
Mart61
 

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