|DATE||Monday 18th April 2016|
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|PREDICTION||Stoke City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
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Monday 18th April 2016
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (4)
Kick off 20:00
Kane 08m 49s
Alli 66m 53s
Kane 70m 41s
Alli 81m 13s
Imbula (foul on Dier) 61
Adam (foul on Lamela) 79
|Crowd : 27,442||Weather : Chilly|
|Referee : Neil Swarbrick (Preston)||Assistant Referees : Mr. M. McDonough; Mr. M. Perry|
|Fourth Official : Mike Dean||-|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Boothen end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + minutes.|
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Glenn WHELAN (16
Xherdan SHAQIRI (11
Nacer CHADLI 84)
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Mark Hughes||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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There is nothing that says that
Spurs will not give up chasing Leicester City at the top of the
table than what was a highly comprehensive battering of a physical
Stoke City side. 4-0 does not tell the whole story and it could have
been a bigger margin of victory, but the way it was achieved
reflects great credit on Mauricio Pochettino and his players.
Stoke's fans are a bit of a
joke. They claim to be the noisiest and most of that comes from the
booing of Danny Rose. Little of the noise coming from the home fans
was in support of their side.
made his Stoke City debut becoming the oldest player making his
first appearance for the Potters.
Stoke City actively took
part in the Staffordshire pub league when they first set up their
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|What you thought|
|Benny the Ball||So
much for the "new Stoke". Hughes has got them passing the ball
a bit and everyone swoons at the wonderful change of style.
Well, there wasn't much of that on evidence tonight and the
manager's comments after the match that his players had not stuck to
their plan makes it sound like we were lucky to win. Well, the
reason his side couldn't stick to their plan was because they were
given the run-around by Spurs, who played them off the park. I
don't about Stoke being lucky to get nil, as they were lucky they
weren't relegated for there being such a big difference in ability
between the two sides.
My particular favourite incident that showed how Hughes has changed the team's image was when he made a like for like replacement, bringing on Charlie Adam for Glenn Whelan. Both players are nothing more than journeymen in the side to take opponents out and this was proved by Whelan's disinterest in the bal for the first goal and Adam's stereotypical cameo. His first act was to strike a 50 yard cross-field pass with pinpoint precision ... straight onto the head of the bloke in row Q. His next was a desperate grab at Erik Lamela as the winger knocked the ball past him and was about to leave him for dead. To be fair to Adam, he did the only thing he could and pull him back, which earned him a yellow card. I am so glad that we didn't sign this player.
When we have players like Dele Alli, why would we need anyone so prosaic as Adam ? Shawcross did what he does so well in the first half, by tackling Alli and then swiping his other leg through him after he had taken the ball. His contact was on the most painful part of Dele's ankle, but rather than roll around, he got up and played on, determined to make sure that his ability outshone anything more agricultural that could be thrown at him.
Spurs shone at the Britannia
and the light left Stoke in a chilly shadow of things to come.
Unable to come to terms with being outplayed on their own patch (and
it could have been seven or eight) they reverted to their norm.
I am glad that is not in our vocabulary.
|Other scores during this week :|
|Leicester City||2||West Ham United||2||Sunday|
|Manchester United||1||Aston Villa||0||Saturday|
|Newcastle United||3||Swansea City||0||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||0||Watford||1||Saturday|
|Newcastle United||1||Manchester City||1||Tuesday|
|Manchester United||2||Crystal Palace||0||Wednesday|
|West Ham United||3||Watford||1||Wednesday|
|6||West Ham United||34||14||14||6||57||43||56||+14|
|14||West Bromwich Albion||33||10||10||13||30||40||40||-10|
Position before match : 2nd
Position after match : 2nd
Position after the weekend : 2nd
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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