Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 0 Stoke City

Match info: Premier League at White Hart Lane

Date: 22/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: L Mason Att: 35,702

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  • The final whistle goes and a hard-fought battle ends goalless. It is a valuable point for Stoke and one they thoroughly deserve against a Tottenham team that improved as the match went on.

  • Jon Walters is yellow carded for wasting time as Stoke try to help the clock tick down.

  • Tottenham are leaving holes at the back as they pile on the pressure in stoppage time. Can they finally break through?

  • He has been a virtual spectator all afternoon but Asmir Begovic pulls off a superb save just when it is needed as he dives to his right to get a strong hand to Gylfi Sigurdsson's firm header.

  • Gareth Bale feels hard done by after being nudged by Cameron Jerome as he prepares to pull the trigger inside the area. It would have been a soft penalty, but Bale may just have had a case.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson rushes over to take Tottenham's latest corner but Asmir Begovic has been in total command of his area all afternoon and he comes off his line to pluck the ball out of the air.

  • Tottenham win a free-kick in a threatening area and Gareth Bale sees his shot deflect off the defensive wall and go behind for a corner.

  • There is a big cheer from the fans as Scott Parker comes on for Mousa Dembele to make only his second appearance of the season.

  • Kyle Walker tries another speculative shot from distance that is well struck but flies harmlessly into the stands.

  • Asmir Begovic has not really had to extend himself with a decent save and it is a credit to Stoke that neither of Tottenham's strikers has had a good chance.

  • Peter Crouch shows he is useful at the back as well as in attack as he heads clear a corner. Mousa Dembele drives the ball back in from 20 yards and it takes a deflection, but Asmir Begovic has no problems in making the adjustment.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson is quickly into the action as he picks up the ball 20 yards from goal and shoots straight at Asmir Begovic.

  • Andre Villas-Boas makes his first change of the game as Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Aaron Lennon for the closing stages.

  • Steven N'Zonzi quickly joins Geoff Cameron in the book after a tired challenge, and therefore mistimed, on Sandro.

  • Geoff Cameron receives a yellow card after stopping Aaron Lennon from taking a quick free-kick.

  • Gareth Bale tries his luck from 25 yards and the ball bounces just in front of Asmir Begovic, but the keeper still saves with ease.

  • Tottenham have this week held a meeting about why they have been conceding so many late goals, but they will be more concerned about scoring one here as we enter the final quarter of an hour.

  • Stoke obviously think they can win this game after making those attacking substitutions, but at the moment it is Tottenham on the front foot. This one could still go either way.

  • The weather is worsening at White Hart Lane. The players are coping well with the rainy conditions but it may be worth testing the goalkeepers with some skidding long shots.

  • Tottenham have shown plenty of urgency in this second half but there is no way through as Sandro's cross from inside the area is well blocked by Robert Huth, after Jermain Defoe had released his overlapping midfielder with a delicious chipped pass.


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