Stoke City stun Spurs thanks to Etherington double
Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of winning this season’s Premier League title was dealt a blow at the Britannia Stadium when the visitors were beaten by a 2-1 scoreline.
December 11th, 2011
Matthew Etherington was among several ex-Spurs players that featured against their former club and the Stoke winger’s first half double ensured victory for the Potters despite a second half onslaught from Harry Redknapp’s team.
This was City’s third consecutive win in the Premier League which sees Stoke move up to eighth in the table, although Tottenham are now seven points behind Manchester City, the latter of whom play at Chelsea on Monday night.
Tony Pulis’ side came out of the traps flying and Etherington could have scored in the first minute of the game, although the former Spurs man made no mistake in the 13th minute when he slotted home after Peter Crouch played the ball through Brad Friedel’s legs.
The Britannia was bouncing again just before half-time when Etherington volleyed home at the back post after Jon Walters flicked Ryan Shotton’s throw although it was to be a different story after the interval.
Tottenham not only gained a foothold in the match but dominated throughout the second period, with Luka Modric and Scott Parker pulling the strings in midfield.
It was Modric who was tripped by Glen Whelan in the 62nd minute and, although the home supporters felt as though the Croatian had made the most of the Irishman’s challenge, Emmanuel Adebayor made no mistake by despatching the spot kick.
Younes Kaboul felt as though his team should have been awarded a penalty when Ryan Shawcross hauled him down from a corner and the Spurs defender was booked for his protests.
This was to prove a costly booking, with Kaboul dismissed for bringing down Walters as the game came to a close. It allowed Stoke to see the game out and put a big dent in Tottenham’s title hopes.