Stylish Stoke win away at Spurs
White Hart Lane
9th November 2014 1.30pm
Attendance: 35, 699
Bojan Krkic`s first Premier League goal helped Stoke to pick up their first away win since August and to move into the top half of the table after a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane against Tottenham.
Bojan opened the scoring for the Potters before Jonathan Walters doubled Stoke`s lead before half time. Nacer Chadli managed to pull a goal back for Spurs but the North London side failed to find an equaliser and had Kyle Naughton sent off late on.
The Potters made one change to the side that drew with West Ham last week, with Phil Bardsley, who had served his one match suspension replacing Geoff Cameron.
Maurico Pochettino handed in-form striker Harry Kane a starting berth in his Tottenham side.
His faith in the young England striker was nearly repaid instantly when he rose highest in the penalty area early on but his header was saved by Asmir Begovic.
It was Stoke`s young talent that opened the scoring, and what a goal it was. Bojan picked the ball up from the half way line and drove forward; slaloming past Spurs players before smashing a strike from 25-yards past Hugo Lloris to give Stoke the lead and the Spaniard his first goal for Stoke.
The Potters joy soon turned to despair when first the returning Phil Bardsley was forced to limp off and to be replaced by Geoff Cameron at full back, and then fellow defender Marc Wilson had to make way for Marc Muniesa all before the half hour mark.
The setback did not deter Mark Hughes` men though and were soon two up. Danny Rose made a hash of a clearance and Mame Biram Diouf was able to pick up the loose ball and surged down the right wing before squaring the ball to Jonathan Walters who fired home his fourth goal of the season.
Not even the second Potters goal was enough to wake up Tottenham from their European hangover and half time came along with boos from the White Hart Lane faithful.
Pochettino tried to rejuvenate his lacklustre side by bringing on Erik Lamela and Moussa Dembele for Andros Townsend and Christian Eriksen at half time with little effect.
There was no real improvement from Tottenham in the second half but they did make Stoke sweat for the final 10 mins when Nacer Chadli fired home a volley from a tight angle, but Spurs soon lost the initiative once again when Kyle Naughton was shown a straight red card for bringing down Victor Moses who was powering on through at goal.