Stoke vs Tottenham Player Ratings

A spirited display by Stoke in their final home game was not sufficient to prevent Tottenham from winning the encounter 2-1.

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The Potters took an early lead in front of a vocal home crowd when Steven Nzonzi easily got free of some lacklustre marking from Scott Parker to connect with a Charlie Adam free kick. However, Clint Dempsey ensured that Tottenham would go into the break level by equalizing after Asmir Begovic was forced off his line.

Spurs' task was made easier by Adam's sending off in the second period, and they duly got the goal they needed to win the game when Dempsey's low cross into the penalty box was bundled home by Emmanuel Adebayor.

Stoke

Asmir Begovic - 7.5

Reportedly on the shopping list of several of the big English clubs, Begovic proved his quality with some fine saves against the Tottenham attack, although he could do little about the goal conceded to Clint Dempsey. The Stoke faithful were particularly grateful to their goalkeeper for holding off a couple of belters from PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale.

Ryan Shotton (off 74') - 6.0

Not one to shy away from helping out in the attack, Shotton romped forward whenever he could but his deliveries need more work. The Englishman's gangly frame did put him at a disadvantage when it came to marking Bale, though his team-mates were more than willing to help him out in overpowering Spurs' star man.

Robert Huth - 6.0

The German was lucky to have faced off with the clumsy Adebayor in this one, as the Spurs forward was hardly ever a threat. However, Huth did find himself second-best when Bale went on forays through the middle, giving away several free kicks that forced good saves out of Begovic.

Ryan Shawcross - 6.0

Leading by example, Shawcross put his body on the line several time to protect Begovic's goalmouth. However, the Stoke skipper and his team-mates were slow to mark out Adebayor in the lead up to Spurs' second goal.

Marc Wilson - 6.5

Faced with the speedy Aaron Lennon, Wilson was always going to be up against it in this game. After failing to keep up with the Spurs man on several early instances, Wilson began to play smarter, opting to intercept balls headed for Lennon instead of engaging his rival in a foot race.

Charlie Adam - 6.5

As Stoke's set-piece specialist, Adam curled a beautiful ball toward the near post for Nzonzi to head the team into the lead. The former Liverpool man went on to send teasing balls throughout the rest of the game, with his deliveries a constant threat to the Tottenham defence. However, the Scottish international's rash challenges led to a second yellow card shortly after half-time, leaving his team-mates a man down for the rest of the game.

Dean Whitehead - 6.0

Although he barely got on the ball, Whitehead made sure to contribute to his team's cause by getting his hands dirty in defence. The midfielder hustled the nearest rival player on the ball, niggling at the Spurs man's heels until he ceded possession back to Stoke.

Steven Nzonzi - 7.0

The former Blackburn player lifted the Britannia Stadium nice and early with his first career goal for Stoke in the third minute. Subsequently, Nzonzi turned in an energetic shift from his position in midfield, making himself available to team-mates under pressure.

Matthew Etherington (off 56') - 5.0

There was no protest from the home crowd when Tony Pulis chose to withdraw Etherington midway through the second period. The Stoke winger was never a danger to the Tottenham defence and spent most of the game chasing shadows.

Jon Walters - 7.0

Equally useful in attack and defence, Walters worked tireless to ensure he contested balls that went into both penalty areas. The Stoke forward also demonstrated himself capable of playing a simple passing game when his team were under pressure.

Peter Crouch (off 56') - 6.0

The quieter of the two Stoke forwards, Crouch hardly got a touch on the ball during the game. However, the rare instances he did receive possession, he made sure to retain it with quick, intelligent passes.

Substitutes

Andy Wilkinson (on 56')  - 6.0

Keen to hold at least a point, Pulis sent on Wilkinson to shore up his defence, but the Englishman did not prove up to the task.

Cameron Jerome (on 56') - 6.0

With Crouch's influence in the game petering, Jerome was thrown on to trouble the Tottenham defence. However, he barely got on the ball.

Geoff Cameron (on 74') - 6.0

Like Wilkinson, Cameron lacked the mobility to nullify the Spurs attack.

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris - 6.5

Forced to concede an early goal due to some poor marking by his team-mates, Lloris was not his usual confident self for the rest of the game. The continuous stream of long balls into his penalty area meant that the Frenchman had to be on his toes, especially with the towering Stoke attackers nearby.

Kyle Walker - 6.0

Bombing forward from his position in defence during several instances, Walker could have contributed more had he received support from his team-mates. The full-back found himself double-teamed down the flank and struggled to shrug off the well-built Stoke players.

Jan Vertonghen - 5.5

The Belgian was surprisingly overawed when faced with the physical Stoke attack. Outmuscled several times in the air by Walters, Vertonghen was battered into submission during this one.

Michael Dawson - 6.5

It was not an easy afternoon for the Tottenham skipper, who struggled to match the energetic Walters in his penalty area. Dawson had a surprisingly better display in the attack third and he came close to putting his team in the lead after connecting with a Bale set-piece.

Steven Caulker - 6.0

Though it was not an outstanding display from Caulker, he did the job required of him reasonably enough. Sticking close to Crouch to keep the former Spurs man, Caulker was a calming influence from the back.

Scott Parker (off 68') - 6.5

Tottenham found themselves behind early on due to Parker's failure to track his man Nzonzi, but the Spurs skipper made up his error by having a hand in setting up his team's equalizer. Doing well to spot Lennon's run, the central midfielder swept a long ball forward for his team-mate, which forced Begovic off the safety of his line to allow Dempsey to shoot into an empty net.

Tom Huddlestone - 5.5

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas no doubt looked to Huddlestone to send his team-mates away into attacking positions, but the Englishman was a disappointment in this game. His deliveries were inconsistent and was often guilty of ball-watching.

Clint Dempsey (off 83') - 7.5

The American gave Stoke an early warning prior to his equalizer but they failed to heed his warning. Instead, Dempsey was given time to lob the ball into an empty net after Begovic had left his line, to pull Tottenham back into the game.

Aaron Lennon (off 74') - 6.5

Aware that they were not going to match his pace, the Stoke defence went in hard every chance they could on Lennon. The Spurs winger did his best to stay one step ahead of the opposition, but was let down by some poor touches.

Gareth Bale - 6.5

Unsurprisingly, Bale found himself heavily marked throughout this one. The Welshman was often isolated when on the ball, but somehow managed to wiggle or power past his markers to take several shots at Begovic's goal.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 6.5

Given the nod ahead of Jermain Defoe after his wondrous goal against Chelsea, Adebayor sauntered around the pitch and appeared unwilling to pull his weight. However, Villas-Boas might just let him off the hook after he nicked in to give his team a late lead.

Substitutes

Moussa Dembele (on 68') - 6.5

The Belgian demonstrated what Tottenham had been missing after he was brought on. Spurs became decidedly more astute in their attacks with Dembele pulling the strings.

Jermain Defoe (on 74') - 5.5

With Spurs in need of a goal, Villa-Boas brought Defoe to increase their chances, but the Englishman was not the man of the hour at the end of it all.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (on 83') - 6.0

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