2015-16 Barclays Premier League

Full-time: Stoke 0-4 Tottenham

  • Tottenham cut Leicester's lead at the top of the Premier League to five points after a thoroughly comprehensive victory at the Britannia Stadium
  • England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli both notched braces as lacklustre Stoke were brushed aside with ease
  • The hosts remain ninth, six points adrift of the final Europa League qualifying spot
Dele Alli and Mauricio Pochettino
Dele Alli is congratulated by Mauricio Pochettino after his brace against Stoke AFP

That is all from IBTimes UK for now, but join us again tomorrow night for more live coverage of the Premier League as Newcastle look to momentarily haul themselves out of the relegation zone with a home clash against City at St James' Park.



So what's next on the agenda? For Tottenham, they will hope Leicester, missing the suspended Vardy, slip up at home to Swansea before the Monday night visit of Tony Pulis' West Brom.

As for Stoke, they stay ninth and four points adrift of Liverpool ahead of a difficult trip to Manchester City on Saturday.


Pressure... what pressure? That was a seriously impressive showing from Tottenham, who produce one of their best displays under Pochettino to blitz an underwhelming Stoke side and cut Leicester's lead at the top down to five points.

They may not end up winning it, but it's impossible not to be bowled over by this ruthless side spearheaded by fantastic young English talent in the likes of goalscorers Kane and Alli. With four games left to play, they continue to give themselves a fighting chance of a first top-flight title since 1961.



Stoke 0-4 Tottenham


Son looks to quickly get in on the act, but he can't keep his shot down.


Chadli takes advantage of some woefully slack defending to burrow his way through before shooting over the crossbar. Tottenham's final change sees Heung-Min Son replace Lamela.

Three minutes of added time to be played as Joselu's header on target is easily saved by Lloris.


Plenty of red seats around the place now, although Tottenham's 2,849 travelling fans are in fine voice.

I'm not quite sure that Alli song fits, mind you...


Two late changes from Pochettino, who opts to rest both Alli and Dembele. Nacer Chadli and Ryan Mason are on.


It's officially a rout at the Britannia and Alli makes up for that shocking miss to grab his brace. Eriksen is again the provider on the break, coming down the left wing before setting up his midfield colleague to volley expertly past Given.

This has been a blistering performance from Tottenham. Leicester beware.

Dele Alli


Goal: Stoke 0-4 Tottenham (Dele Alli)


Arnautovic goes down holding his head after a collision with Lamela. It looks like he will be OK to continue after some treatment.


Adam's first involvement is to drag down Lamela and give the linesman an earful before being shown a swift yellow card. That's one way to make an impact, I suppose.


Stoke have been simply blown away by a superior side tonight and Hughes replaces Whelan with Charlie Adam. 15 minutes plus added time remaining.


Pochettino sinks to his knees in a mixture of anger and sheer disbelief as Alli is sent through one-on-one for a second time. He waits for Given to commit to ground and easily goes around him before inexplicably driving the ball against the post.

That frustration proves to be shortlived, however, as a ruthless counter sees Alli pick out Lamela. The Argentine strides through on goal before unselfishly squaring for Kane to pass into an empty net.

Harry Kane


Goal: Stoke 0-3 Tottenham (Harry Kane)


That should just about wrap things up for Tottenham and cut Leicester's lead at the top to five points. A delightful clipped ball over the top from Eriksen finds Alli, who dinks over the onrushing Given with ease.

Dele Alli


Goal: Stoke 0-2 Tottenham (Dele Alli)


Eriksen concedes a cheap foul midway inside his own half. Lloris elects to punch Arnautovic's free-kick and again Afellay fails to produce a decent shot.

Bojan then comes again to set up Joselu, who tries to bend one into the top corner but balloons high over the crossbar.


Stoke's early attacking promise in this second half has rather fizzled out. Bojan tries to pick out Arnautovic with a cross, but Jan Vertonghen is on hand to clear.


With an hour on the clock, the first yellow card of the evening is shown to Imbula following a spirited battle with Eric Dier. It's unclear if that booking was for the challenge or his unwise decision to whack the ball away afterwards.


A reverse of roles there as Kane declines to pick out the run of Lamela and instead produces a tame shot that fails to hit the target.

The issue of grappling in the penalty area at set pieces also rears its ugly head again, this time Shawcross hauls down Alderweireld in full view of the referee. Perhaps understandably given the furore that surrounded Jonathan Moss's performance at Leicester, Swarbrick is going nowhere near it.


Walker is providing a constant threat with his lung-busting overlaps down that right flank. His latest cross finds its way to Lamela at the back post, who ignores the movement of Kane to force a shot from a tough angle that is parried behind by Given.


The tricky Bojan weaves his way past Rose but eventually runs out of room past the byline. At the other end, Shawcross hacks away Walker's ball in and Eriksen does brilliantly to tee up Alli.

Pochettino bangs the top of the dugout in frustration as the ex-MK Dons prodigy fires over under pressure from Whelan.


Muted shouts for a Tottenham penalty are waved away as Rose goes head-to-head with Cameron before appearing to lose his footing inside the area.