Stoke 1 Spurs 2
Spurs made it six PL wins in a row with a hard-fought victory at Stoke.
It was a far from vintage display by a Spurs team that might have lost a game like this pre-Pochettino. The main talking point afterwards was whether Kane’s shoulder touched Eriksen’s free-kick for our second goal or not. Four days later the PL Goals Panel gave the goal to Kane, boosting his chances of winning the Golden Boot for a third successive season.
More important were the 3 points gained in the battle for Champions league for a third successive season. It left Spurs level with Liverpool (with a game in hand) and 4 points behind Man United, who pulled off a 3-2 comeback victory at Man City.
Spurs dominated possession with 67% but managed only 15 shots to Stoke’s 10, with each side having 4 on target. In truth, it easily could (probably should) have been a draw, with Stoke creating chances to pull level in the last 15 minutes.
Eriksen opened the scoring after 57 minutes after his own neat pass to Dele opened up the Stoke defence. Dele reached the goal line and took his time to pull back a beautifully weighted pass into Eriksen’s stride, allowing the Dane to stroke it into the far corner.
Five minutes later Diouf levelled for Stoke after Lloris kicked the ball into Diouf’s midriff. It rebounded for the winded striker to stab the ball home.
Six minutes after that, an Eriksen free-kick either went in directly or it brushed Kane’s shoulder. No matter either way. Spurs led 2-1 and held on for victory.
It was Poch’s 200th PL game as a manager, at Southampton and Spurs, the first non-European manager to reach that total. His record is 103 wins, 53 draws and 44 defeats.