Tottenham Hotspurs unleashed their fury on a listless Stoke City side at the Britannia Stadium in the Monday 18 April Barclays Premier League clash, beating the hosts 4 – 0 to close in on league leaders Leicester City in the title run in.
Britannia Stadium is always considered a tough venue to visit but Tottenham should have approached this math with all the confidence and knowledge that they are the visiting team that has won the most matches at a venue many teams would want to avoid.
The visitors settled fast and not even the boos directed at Danny rose would destabilize them and on the sixth minute, the home keeper, Shay Given was already being tested. Eric Lamela fed Harry Kane with a pass and the England international forced Given to a save by his feet.
The script was different however, three minutes later. Kane kept good composure after receiving Moussa Dembele’s pass and curled the ball past Given and the defence to give the visitors a ninth minute lead.
The hosts managed to string together passes and make an attack worth mentioning on the 27th minute. Lovely play from Ibrahim Afellay saw him link up with Marko Arnautovic and the Austrian spun from his marker to force Hugo Lloris into an uncomfortable save.
Tottenham recovered and a fine pass forward had Kyle Walker motoring into space and was one good cross away from a second goal but just undercooked his cross and Shay Given gathered easily.
The visitors should have doubled their lead on 41 minutes; Dele Alli picked out Christian Eriksen with a tricky pass to send him through the middle, straight on goal and one on one, he sat Shay Given down but hit the crossbar to see the match head to the break 1 – 0.
Stoke resumed a rejuvenated side with the withdrawal of Xhedran Shaqiri for Joselu and the opening two minutes saw Afellay miss as many chances while Dele Alli’s miss on the other end had Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino really angry.
The youngster made amends on the 67th minute, scoring the second goal after getting to the end of Eriksen’s cross to deftly chip past Given.
Alli should have had his second of the night three minutes later but instead had his head in his hands after being fed by Kane and going round Given then while he should have tapped home, he hit the post.
The disappointment did not last for long as Alli squared a pass to Kane after a good move for the Englishman to get his double on the 71st minute.
The visitors were not done yet; on 82 minutes the impressive Eriksen picked out Alli inside the box and the youngster slammed home a volley past a hapless Shay given for the fourth of the night and his second.
The win meant Tottenham close the gap on top to just five points after Leicester played to a draw on the weekend. Stoke, in the meantime, stay ninth on the log with 47 points.