Stoke 0-4 Spurs
Report from Bet365 Stadium
10 September 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Heung-Min Son led the way on another memorable afternoon at Stoke City on Saturday.
April's 4-0 victory in the Potteries was seen by many as our best performance of last term and the second half this time around matched it - as we matched the scoreline again.
It was a game to tick all boxes. Victory, of course, Son's first Premier League double for Spurs, Harry Kane's first of the season - and 50th Premier League goal for us - and Dele Alli's first this term as well.
Add a clean sheet return for Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies - two of three changes made by Mauricio Pochettino, alongside Son - and it was no wonder our travelling fans were in buoyant mood as they left the stadium. Christian Eriksen also played his part with assists for the first two goals and there was a debut off the bench for Moussa Sissoko.
To get us rolling, Son dispatched a fine volley for 1-0 just before the break and then curled a beauty into the top corner 10 minutes into the second half. We dominated from there, Alli swept home after a breakaway and Kane capped it all from Son's low cross.
Mauricio made three changes to the side that drew with Liverpool a fortnight ago. Lloris returned from a hamstring injury to captain the side, Davies took the place of injured left-back Danny Rose and Son made his first appearance of the season from the start as Erik Lamela dropped to the bench.
Of the three transfer deadline day signings made last week, Sissoko took up a spot on the bench while Stoke handed starts to their own deadline day captures, Wilfried Bony and Bruno Martins Indi.
Chance: Arnautovic has a goal disallowed - 5mins
The home side thought they had broken the deadlock with their first attack of the match. Giannelli Imbula slotted a ball in behind our defence that Marko Arnautovic latched onto and he rifled a shot past Lloris, only to see the flag go up for off-side. The incident seemed to give the Potters momentum as they played most of the early exchanges in our half. Glenn Whelan was next to go close soon after when he rifled a shot towards goal from distance that was deflected over as the home side enjoyed a string of corners.
Penalty shout: Son's appeal turned down - 20mins
We grew into the game and started to enjoy some longer spells of possession inside the Stoke half. However, goalkeeper Shay Given had yet to make a save when we had a shout for a penalty turned down after Eriksen switched the play in style for Son to break into the box. He went down under pressure from Geoff Cameron but referee Anthony Taylor waved away the South Korean international’s appeals.
Chance: great chance for Alli goes begging - 30mins
We continued to improve and good hold-up play from Kane led to an opening for Alli inside the box. From a tight angle, he tried an audacious chip and Given did well to palm it behind for a corner. Five minutes later, he should have broken the deadlock when a ball from Son bounced off a Stoke shin into his path, but with just the goalkeeper to beat he dragged a shot wide with his left foot. A few moments later, Stoke boss Mark Hughes was sent away from the touchline by the referee.
Goal: Stoke 0-1 Spurs – Heung-Min Son - 41mins
The pressure had been building and finally we found a goal thanks to a fine piece of combination play between Eriksen and Son. Alli found Eriksen in the right channel and the Dane kept his composure and picked out Son with a low cross, which the latter cushioned home from eight yards for his first goal of the season.
Chance: Eriksen denied by Given - 47mins
Both sides came hurtling out of the traps after half-time as Stoke won a corner within seconds of the restart before Eriksen almost doubled our lead. He controlled a high ball with style and drove into the box before hitting a low drive that Given scooped around the post for a corner. Stoke responded well, though, with pressure of their own and must have thought they had levelled when a corner dropped to Ryan Shawcross inside the six-yard box, but he stabbed wide.
Goal: Stoke 0-2 Spurs – Heung-Min Son - 56mins
We responded well again to the pressure and doubled our lead in style as Son showed phenomenal composure and technique to grab his second of the game. Eriksen again was the provider as he poked the ball past Shawcross and rolled it into the path of Son, who opened up his body and bent a shot perfectly past Given into the top corner from 20 yards.
Goal: Stoke 0-3 Spurs – Dele Alli - 59mins
It was on the counter that we had looked most dangerous all afternoon and the game was finished as a contest three minutes after the second goal as we grabbed a third in ruthless fashion. Lamela set Kyle Walker free on the right and the England full-back burst into the box before picking his moment to roll it back to the arriving Alli, who slotted coolly past Given.
Above: Harry Kane celebrates his goal with Erik Lamela.
Goal: Stoke 0-4 Spurs – Harry Kane - 70mins
Eriksen went close again and forced another good save from Given before Kane opened his account for the season. Son was this time the creator as he fizzed a low ball across the six-yard box which Kane duly controlled and slotted home from close range.
Close: Sissoko denied debut goal - 79mins
On for less than 45 seconds, debutant Sissoko collected a pass from Son and went close to adding a fifth goal when his shot deflected off Martins Indi and forced a good stop from Given. The Stoke stopper also denied Lamela from range in stoppage time, with centre-backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both doing their bit to keep our clean sheet intact in the closing moments.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"It was outstanding, a perfect performance. It’s true that we started the game a little sloppy but after 15 or 20 minutes we got on top, scored the goal and started to handle the game. In the second half, we fully deserved the result. I’m very pleased for the players and for our supporters as well."
Heung-Min Son said
"I'm very happy because it was my first game this season. I was very excited to play again in the Premier League. Christian's passes for both my goals were unbelievable and I had to just touch the ball."
Stoke: Given; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Martins Indi, Pieters; Whelan (Bojan 67), Allen, Imbula (Adam 71); Walters, Arnautovic, Bony. Substitutes (not used): Grant, Bardsley, Muniesa, Crouch, Sobhi.
Spurs: Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Wanyama (Lamela 55); Son, Alli, Eriksen (Sissoko 78), Kane (Janssen 73). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Winks.
Goals: Spurs – Son 41, 56, Alli 59, Kane 70.
Yellow cards: Stoke – Whelan 7, Arnautovic 34, Adam 90+1; Spurs – Wanyama 45, Sissoko 90.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Our Champions League adventure begins on Wednesday as we host AS Monaco at Wembley. We are set for a Club-record home attendance against the Ligue 1 side who we played in last year’s Europa League. Those games saw us win 4-1 at the Lane in December following a 1-1 away draw in October.