Stoke City are always a difficult side to play with their high energy and forceful style, both defensively and offensively. Their use of long, high ball tactics are always a source of worry for Spurs and in the first half of the match at the Brittania Stadium in December it was such play that caused Spurs to be two goals down at the interval. Spurs recent defensive errors and poor marking at set-pieces will be an encouragement to Stoke who prosper at all set-pieces, including throw-ins near the penalty area, with their tall defenders making life very difficult for the defending team. Former Spurs players, Peter Crouch and Matthew Etherington, will again be looking to do well against Tottenham.
Spurs' greatest motivation for a win, however, will be the way in which they were denied the opportunity to make a fighting comeback after the interval at Stoke and so lost their long unbeaten run as numerous questionable refereeing decisions went against them.
Peter Crouch scored twice as Spurs won their first League game since mid-February. All five goals were scored in the first half with Spurs two ahead through Crouch and Luka Modric within eighteen minutes. Etherington then ran from the half-way line to pull one back for Stoke after twenty seven minutes. Crouch scored his second eight minutes later, only for Stoke to score again, four minutes before the interval. Relief for Spurs to have the win but it didn't mark the start of an exciting end to the season as Spurs struggled to beat teams in the lower regions of the League.
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