• English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • White Hart Lane
  • Attendance: 35,702

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90 mins:Full-Time: TOTTENHAM 0-0 STOKE.

90 mins:Into stoppage time as Walters is booked for kicking the ball away.

89 mins:Begovic rescues Stoke with a superb low save as Sigurdsson's header from a Bale cross looks set to break the deadlock right at the death.

88 mins:Bale appears to be pushed by Cameron as he races onto a throughball from Adebayor, but nothing is given.

86 mins:Less than five minutes to play and the home fans urge their side on for a big final push.

84 mins:Scott Parker is introduced for Dembele.

82 mins:Well into the final ten minutes and it looks more likely that it could be the home side who will snatch a winner.

80 mins:A deflected Dembele effort is collected by Begovic as it threatens to drop in under the crossbar.

78 mins:Spurs bring on Gylfi Sigurdsson for Lennon.

77 mins:Cameron earns himself a caution after N'Zonzi gives away a free-kick, which sees him go into the book as well.

75 mins:Fifteen minutes left for either side to try and find what could be a winning goal.

74 mins:Dembele tries to start a counter-attack for Spurs, but Stoke are back in numbers and don't give anything away.

72 mins:Everton now lead 2-1 at West Ham, but there aren't too many goals around in the Premier League this afternoon.

70 mins:Spurs still have all three substitutions up their sleeve.

69 mins:Huth is in the right place to clear again as both managers emerge to bark out instructions.

67 mins:Tony Pulis makes a third change in five minutes as Peter Crouch comes on for Etherington.

65 mins:Another change for Stoke as Jones comes off and Cameron Jerome takes over.

65 mins:Whitehead is booked straight away for a foul on Vertonghen.

64 mins:Shotton is replaced by Dean Whitehead for the visitors.

62 mins:Bale forces a corner for the home side, but Stoke know how to defend set-pieces and clear.

61 mins:Sandro plays in Adebayor in the area, but Robert Huth is there just in time to make a vital challenge.

60 mins:Up to the hour mark and the game is beginning to open up a little at both ends.

59 mins:At the other end Geoff Cameron sets up an opening for Shotton, but he fires straight at Lloris when well-placed in the home area.

58 mins:Bale arrives at the far post to get in a strong header, but he cannot direct his effort on target from Aaron Lennon's delivery.

56 mins:Spurs are just starting to exert some concerted pressure on the visitors.

55 mins:Ryan Shawcross makes a fine interception to prevent Defoe from getting a shot in on goal.

54 mins:A Bale cross fails to find either of two Spurs players in the area and Stoke clear.

51 mins:Spurs need to try and get Bale and Defoe more involved in the game as Vertonghen shoots tamely wide.

50 mins:Five minutes into the second half and still we await the first goal.

48 mins:Etherington gets away down the left and his cross is just too high to find the head of Walters.

47 mins:A tight opening to the second half, with Stoke content to prevent Spurs from playing and look for a mistake.

46 mins:No changes from either side as Andy Wilkinson picks up a booking straight away.

46 mins:The game restarts at White Hart Lane.

45 mins:Half-Time: TOTTENHAM 0-0 STOKE.

45 mins:Two added minutes to be played.

44 mins:Dembele tries his luck from distance with his left foot, with his effort not too far away.

43 mins:Steven Fletcher has given Sunderland a 1-0 advantage at Southampton and West Brom are now level at 1-1 at home to Norwich.

41 mins:Not long to go until half-time and chances have been few and far between after Jones' early effort.

40 mins:Bale has a long-range effort deflected out for a corner, which Stoke clear away.

38 mins:Walker almost lets in Jones again, but Lloris is out quickly to hack the ball clear.

36 mins:Referee Mason has a few words as Stoke prepare to take a corner which is cleared by the Spurs backline.

34 mins:Around ten minutes until half-time and Bale is starting to be a bit of a threat down the Spurs left.

32 mins:Bale is the dangerman again as he races forward and his ball to the far post almost allows Emmanuel Adebayor a half-chance which he fails to take.

30 mins:Bale finds space down the left and flashes a ball into the area, but it comes to nothing.

29 mins:Defoe is unhappy with a strong challenge in midfield, but referee Mason waives play on.

27 mins:Vertonghen is shown a yellow card for a foul on Whelan, that's two already for Spurs in the game.

25 mins:Elsewhere Norwich lead 1-0 at West Brom and West ham are 1-0 ahead at home to Everton.

24 mins:The first corner from Spurs is dropped by Asmir Begovic, but he recovers to collect the loose ball.

23 mins:Midway through the first half as Spurs start to see a bit more of the possession.

21 mins:Jan Vertonghen is getting forward well from left-back and his cross fizzes across the area and goes out for a goal-kick.

19 mins:Spurs move forward and look to get Jermain Defoe into the game, but Stoke are back in numbers and clear.

17 mins:Andre Villas-Boas looks a bit concerned down in the Spurs technical area.

16 mins:Just over 15 minutes played and the visitors will be more than content with their start.

14 mins:Stoke break forward through Jonathan Walters, the ball breaks to Jones and eventually Lloris gets a hand to it as Matthew Etherington waits to pounce.

12 mins:Mousa Dembele and Steven N'Zonzi clash in midfield, but ref Mason allows play to continue.

10 mins:Another Stoke corner causes problems, but it is eventually cleared away.

8 mins:A competitive start at White Hart Lane, as you might expect with Stoke involved.

7 mins:First card of the game goes to Sandro, who is booked by referee Lee Mason for a high challenge on Whelan.

5 mins:Glenn Whelan curls a corner into the Spurs area and the home side escape with a goal-kick.

4 mins:A promising opening for the visitors, who could and should be ahead.

2 mins:Kenwyne Jones has a clear chance after Kyle Walker makes a slip, but the striker slices his effort wide and high of Hugo Lloris' goal.

1 mins:The game gets underway at White Hart Lane.

Spurs bring in Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker and Gareth Bale for William Gallas, Kyle Naughton and Clint Dempsey, while Stoke replace the unavailable Charlie Adam with Ryan Shotton.

Last season's corresponding fixture ended in a 1-1 draw, with Rafael van der Vaart equalising in the final minute for Spurs, after Cameron Jerome had broken the deadlock 15 minutes from time.

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Stoke City to White Hart Lane, with the home side looking to make it five wins out of six in the Premier League.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • White Hart Lane
  • Attendance: 35,702

match report

Tottenham Hotspur were frustrated by an impressive Stoke City defence as their Premier League clash at White Hart Lane finished goalless.

Asmir Begovic was superbly protected throughout the match but pulled off a wonderful save when it was needed in stoppage time to keep out Gylfi Sigurdsson's header.

It would have been cruel on Tony Pulis' side if they had gone away empty-handed after carving out a number of chances on the counter-attack, as both teams kept up their solid form from recent weeks.

Tottenham were boosted by the return to fitness of Gareth Bale, while Michael Dawson also came back into the starting XI, but it was Stoke who started the strongest and they could have taken the lead inside the opening minute when Kenwyne Jones seized on a stray pass from Kyle Walker and blazed over.

Jones then went close again following a fast Stoke break on 15 minutes, as Hugo Lloris got a vital touch to his deflected effort from a tight angle and Matthew Etherington was just unable to latch onto the rebound at the far post.

Stoke were also showing the sort of defensive organisation that has made them so difficult to beat this season and frustrations threatened to boil over as the challenges flew in on both sides.

Tottenham gradually emerged as an attacking force as the first half developed and Emmanuel Adebayor headed over following a great run and cross by Bale, while Jermain Defoe and Mousa Dembele shot wide from distance.

Bale headed agonisingly over early in the second period following good work by Aaron Lennon, while Defoe had a shot blocked by Shawcross.

Stoke kept threatening on the break and Ryan Shotton passed up a glorious opportunity when he fired tamely at Hugo Lloris, but it was largely a rearguard effort in the closing stages as Spurs piled on the pressure.

Bale had an appeal for a penalty waved away after being bundled into by Cameron Jerome, before Begovic brilliantly denied Sigurdsson.

Both sides had to settle for a point in the end, leaving Tottenham very much in contention for a top-four spot as they head into Christmas and Stoke secure in mid-table.

team line-up

25Hugo Lloris
20Michael Dawson
33Steven Caulker
5Jan Vertonghen
28Kyle Walker
19Mousa Dembélé85
11Gareth Bale
7Aaron Lennon78
18Jermain Defoe
10Emmanuel Adebayor


22Gylfi Sigurdsson78
13William Gallas
29Jake Livermore
24Brad Friedel
16Kyle Naughton
8Scott Parker85
31Andros Townsend


Lee Mason

team line-up

1Asmir Begovic
17Ryan Shawcross
28Andy Wilkinson
4Robert Huth
2Geoff Cameron
26Matthew Etherington69
6Glenn Whelan
30Ryan Shotton64
15Steven N'Zonzi
9Kenwyne Jones66
19Jonathan Walters


21Michael Kightly
29Thomas Sřrensen
25Peter Crouch69
18Dean Whitehead64
20Matthew Upson
33Cameron Jerome66
8Wilson Palacios


Lee Mason

match stats

possession %6336
shots on target51
shots off target82
tackles won1720