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Stoke City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam celebrates scoring against Tottenham
This was Stoke's second win in eight league games
  • Tottenham one win in six league games
  • Spurs remain sixth, three points behind Liverpool
  • Stoke record first top flight double over Spurs
  • Potters move up to ninth

Tottenham's hopes of a top-five finish were dented as goals by Charlie Adam, Steven Nzonzi and Mame Biram Diouf earned Stoke a deserved victory.

Midfielder Adam headed the Potters ahead after a mistake by Jan Vertonghen before Nzonzi's smart finish doubled the lead before half-time.

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Potters were very comfortable - Hughes

Spurs, who had Vlad Chiricheș sent off, went closest when Stoke defender Marc Muniesa headed against his own bar.

Diouf added the third following Marko Arnautovic's cross.

Spurs are seeking a second top-five finish - and entry into the Europa League group stage - in three seasons.

But Mauricio Pochettino's side look a shadow of the team that was challenging for a Champions League spot until recently.

Stoke City forward Mame Biram Diouf celebrates scoring against Tottenham
Mame Biram Diouf has scored in four of Stoke's last five home games

They have won one of the last six league games and could miss out on Europe all together unless they can arrest a poor run of form in the last two games.

This was game number 55 for the season for Spurs and it showed as they produced a lacklustre performance that lacked the ingredients which earned victories over Chelsea and Arsenal earlier in the campaign.

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Stoke won the duel - Pochettino

Stoke, better in every department, were ahead in the 22nd minute when Adam, one of the smallest players on the pitch, headed home after Vertonghen's attempted clearance let the midfielder in.

Eleven minutes later it was 2-0, Nzonzi beating Hugo Lloris with a smart finish after the Spurs keeper and defender Eric Dier made a hash of a clearance.

It went from bad to worse for Spurs as Chiricheș, booked in the first half for a foul on Jonathan Walters, became the seventh player to be sent off in seven league games between Stoke and Tottenham at the Britannia for hauling down Diouf in the 52nd minute.

Stoke, who have equalled their club record Premier League points haul of 50, added a third four minutes from time as Diouf turned in a cross by the impressive Marko Arnautovic.

Southampton's defeat at Leicester means Spurs stay sixth in the Premier League table, while Stoke move above West Ham into ninth.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"I think it's up there with our best performances of the season.

"I thought from start to finish that the level of performance was really high. The quality of play was excellent, certainly in the first half when we dominated what was, on paper, a really good Spurs side.

"I don't think we allowed them to get a foothold in the game. They had the problem of going down to 10 men but in fairness that was probably their better period. Overall we were very comfortable in the game."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"I think we were poor from the beginning. We are very disappointed for our supporters, our club and for us, because the way that we lost the game showed that we need to be stronger and ready to compete.

"You could see in the first half that they were better than us and we gave them the opportunity to score. We were poor."

Reaction to the game on the BBC Sport website.

Relive minute-by-minute coverage from this game.

Stoke City midfielder Charie Adam scores against Tottenham
Charlie Adam has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances
Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi celebrates scoring Tottenham
Steven Nzonzi made it 2-0 with his first goal since 2 December
Tottenham defender Vlad Chiricheș
Tottenham defender Vlad Chiricheș (number six) is given his marching orders for two bookable offences
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino cannot look as his side crumble to defeat at the Britannia Stadium

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 22Butland
  • 20Cameron
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5Muniesa
  • 3Pieters
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forSidwellat 88'minutes
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forOdemwingieat 84'minutes
  • 16AdamSubstituted forIrelandat 73'minutes
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 18Diouf

Substitutes

  • 2Bardsley
  • 7Ireland
  • 9Odemwingie
  • 21Sidwell
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 29Sørensen

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 15Dier
  • 21Fazio
  • 6ChirichesBooked at 51mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 38Mason
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forDembéléat 76'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forSoldadoat 61'minutes
  • 18Kane

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 9Soldado
  • 12Yedlin
  • 13Vorm
  • 17Townsend
  • 19Dembélé
  • 25Stambouli
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
27,104

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Attempt saved. Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Mason.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Steve Sidwell replaces Glenn Whelan.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Odemwingie replaces Jonathan Walters.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).

Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Shawcross with a cross.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Nabil Bentaleb.

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

Offside, Stoke City. Marc Muniesa tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Erik Lamela.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Charlie Adam.

Hand ball by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

goal

As It Stood

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1Chelsea35258269274283
2Man City35217771363570
3Arsenal34217666333370
4Man Utd36208861362568
5Liverpool351871049381161
6Tottenham36177125553258
7Southampton361761348301857
8Swansea35158124344-153
9Stoke36148144244-250
10West Ham361211134343047
11Everton361111144648-244
12Crystal Palace36119164350-742
13West Brom361011153447-1341
14Aston Villa36108183050-2038
15Leicester36107194154-1337
16Sunderland35715133050-2036
17Newcastle3699183761-2436
18Hull36810183349-1634
19Burnley36611192753-2629
20QPR3576223961-2227
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