Spurs 4-0 Stoke: (match report)
Spurs put the disappointments of Thursday night behind them, as they thumped Stoke city 4-0 at the Lane earlier today, in what was a game of real quality from the Lillywhites. Pochettino’s side showed great intensity throughout and their control of the game paid off, as Spurs put in a vintage performance. After asserting their authority on the game Spurs attacked with a great degree of intent, and on 14 minutes the Lillywhites took the lead through their talisman, Harry Kane. Alli’s attempted through ball was intercepted by Shawcrosss, with the ball coming out to Kane on the edge of the box and Kane fired the ball low into the far corner of the net, a fine finish. After taking the lead Spurs looked as if they were in cruise control, playing with a panache about their game. However, 10 minutes after taking the lead, Hugo Lloris was forced into making a stunning save. After a cross was whipped in to the box, former Spurs man Peter Crouch got his foot to it, and although he he was offside, the linesman didn’t flag and Lloris was forced into making a world class save with his legs. Moments later Spurs almost doubled their advantage, after Jan Vertonghen’s effort from 12 yards cannoned off of the crossbar. Shortly afterwards Kane curled a delicious long range effort inches wide of Grant’s right post. Spurs continued their attacking onslaught and after Kyle Walker tested Grant with a ferocious strike, Spurs eventually doubled their lead just after the half hour mark through none other than Harry Kane.
Eriksen picked out Kane from the resulting corner and the striker met the ball first time on the edge of the box, as he struck a sweet effort which nestled low into the far corner of the net, 2-0 to Spurs. Spurs’ attacking superiority was tearing the potters to shreds and just five minutes later Harry Kane again exposed Stokes vulnerabilities, as he got his hat-trick to put Spurs 3 up. With a free kick from 30 yards out Christian Eriksen laid the ball off to Kane whose low first time effort took a heavy deflection off Peter Crouch, before beating the helpless Lee Grant as it rolled in to the back of the net. Spurs’ high tempo didn’t stop and just before the end of the first period, Dele Alli sent the Lane into a scene of jubilation with Spurs’ fourth of the game. Kane was again at the centre of attention as he powerfully surged down the right wing, before sending a low cross into the path of Alli who tapped home at the far post, his red card in midweek long forgotten. Spurs started the second half just as they had done in the first, but Pochettino’s side were rocked by an injury to Toby Alderweireld just a few minutes in, Spurs reverted to four at the back, and in doing so their style of play was altered.
Spurs’ intensity never wavered however, they didn’t look as dangerous going forward in the second period, for Stoke it was a case of damaged limitations. Kane went close to getting his fourth of the game on 74 minutes, after the England international curled a low effort from the edge of the box, but Grant was alert to the danger as he got down to make a fine save. Spurs saw out the remaining minutes with ease, the final score Spurs 4-0 Stoke, the perfect response from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, a stunning performance sees the lads return to second in the table. COYS
Additional note: After todays game finished I noticed that Josh Onomah, Cameron Carter-Vickers and most interestingly of all Marcus Edwards were all training on the pitch it just shows how close Edwards is to the main team.
My man of the match: The outstanding Harry Kane! With three goals and an assist Kane’s influence on the game was immense, he is now the premier leagues joint top scorer with 17 goals.
– Hugo Lloris: Made an exceptional save in the first half, but apart from that he had a quiet afternoon.
– Kyle Walker: Monumental at right back, a faultless performance from the England international.
– Toby Alderweireld: Prior to coming off injured in the second half, Alderweireld was immense his anticipation was incredible.
– Jan Vertonghen: Very tidy and composed, also an attacking threat.
– Kevin Wimmer: Very comfortable when coming on.
– Ben Davies: Solid throughout.
– Victor Wanyama: Indestructible in the centre of the park.
– Mousa Dembele: A vintage performance from the Belgian, dazzling in the centre of the park, the Stoke midfield stood no chance.
– Harry Winks: Done a good job when coming on, mopped up well and showed really good vision.
– Christian Eriksen: Present throughout the whole game, contributing with two assists.
– Dele Alli: potent throughout his trickery and movement was top draw and he was deserving of his goal.
– Harry Kane: A hat-trick and an assist, a truly magnificent performance!
– Son: N/A (On for such little time).
Spurs (3-4-2-1): Lloris (c), Dier, Alderweireld (Wimmer 49), Vertonghen (Winks 66), Walker, Dembele, Wanyama, Davies, Eriksen, Dele, Kane (Son 86). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Sissoko, Janssen.
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Grant, Bardsley, Shawcross (c), Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan (Cameron 82), Adam (Afellay 60), Arnautovic, Allen, Sobhi, Crouch (Berahino 60). Substitutes (not used): Given, Muniesa, Diouf, Imbula.
Goals: Spurs – Kane 14, 32, 37, Dele 45.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Wimmer, Wanyama; Stoke – Whelan, Adams, Arnautovic.
Referee: Jonathan Moss.