Stoke see off poor Spurs
9th May 2015 3pm
Stoke completed a league double over Tottenham for this first time as they eased to victory and ended Tottenham 's hope of a champions league space.
Butland continued in goal as Muniesa and Cameron came in for the potters.
Pochettino played four centre half's at the back which would come back to haunt the Argentine manager.
The potters started the brightest, nearly took the lead early on when the returning Muniesa showed his Barcelona class as he hit a stunning volley with his weaker foot from the edge of the area but the spurs captain Lloris did extremely well to tip over.
On 8th minute, both sets of fans paid homage to Jimmy greaves who has been hospitalised following a stroke. The applause seemed to wake the crowd up And willed on the stoke players and it wasn't long until they opened the scoring.
The ever impressive Mame Biram Diouf got to the byline and put in a cross which deflected off Vertongthen, who was playing at full back, and looped up for Charlie Adam to attack and power into the corner.
The goal brought more pressure from the Potters as they sensed weakness from their opponents. Marko Arnautovic was causing Eric Dier all sorts of issues on the left flank and came close twice to extending the Potters lead.
Against the run of play though, Tottenham were nearly level. Spurs got the ball into the box, and Spaniard Marc Muniesa rose highest and flicked the ball towards his own goal, but Butland made a sublime save to knock the ball onto the bar and save his teammates blushes.
The impressive Arnautovic continued to drive Stoke forward, the Austrian managed to surge from his own corner flag, with a number of opposition players around him, to the far side of the field and up to the halfway line leaving several players in his dust. He managed to find Adam who became provider as he hit a long diagonal ball forward.
Lloris came to claim the ball, but not for the first time in the afternoon made a hash of it as he and Dier collided, which left N`Zonzi with a chance to fire home on the far side of the penalty area with a deft finish.
Half time came, all to the relief of Tottenham and their fans, as they looked to regroup.
There was some bizarre half-time 'entertainment` as a man dressed as Charles Bronson invaded the pitch, and was able to perform the worm, some press-up`s and even a full length slide dive into the goal before Jack Butland and the dithering stewards grabbed him.
It was the only respite for the Tottenham fans as 5 minutes into the second half, Vlad Chiricheș was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Mame Diouf snatched the ball off the centre half but was clattered by the Romanian, who picked up a second yellow, after receiving one in the first half for a similar collision with Jonathan Walters.
The game all but ended as a contest at this point, but also ended as a spectacle as Spurs dropped Vertongthen into the middle of the defence and shored up it up no ends.
Stoke did continue to press but most threats were nipped at the bud. Tottenham enjoyed more control of possession with a player less and had a number of chances, the most noticeable being a strike from Christian Eriksen, which was saved well by Butland.
Stoke did manage to add a third late on, when Arnautovic once again gave Dier the run around and crossed well for Diouf who managed to get infront of his defender and poke the ball under Lloris, to give the Senegalese forward his 10th league goal of the season.
The three points meant Stoke have equalled their record points tally in the league, and the prospect of finishing 8th is still alive for the Potters for Mark Hughes` men.