STOKE CITY 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 4
THE YOUNG Potters suffered a bad day at the office at Clayton Wood on Saturday afternoon when they were comfortably beaten by Tottenham Hotspur.
Stoke struggled to control their opponents for long periods as John Perkins’ side fell to their fourth defeat of the season.
Tottenham went into the game having won all four of their previous games in the league and opened the scoring after just five minutes.
A fine passing move by the visitors saw the ball drilled across the box from the left by Nathan Oduwa to leave Emanuel Snoupe with a simple tap-in at the far post.
The impressive Snoupe was looking lively down the Spurs right as his side looked for a second inside the opening 15 minutes.
Spurs captain Harry Winks almost made it two on 17 minutes but his 25-yard shot was expertly turned away by a left-handed save from Dale Eve in the Stoke goal.
It took the Potters midway through the first half to register their first shot on target and Kieran Monlouis failed to trouble Luke McGee from 25 yards.
Stoke continued to look for an equaliser and Derice Richards almost grabbed it. Johnville Rene-Pringle delivered a delightful in-swinging cross into the box but Richards was unable to generate the power and direction required for his header to trouble the ‘keeper.
Spurs always looked dangerous on the break and after the ball was worked to Oduwa, he tried his luck from 20 yards but his effort was comfortably dealt with by Eve.
Oduwa was to get his goal on 37 minutes, though. Spurs made their superior possession count when Snoupe laid the ball off to Oduwa just outside the box and his effort slipped Eve’s gloves and into the net.
Spurs picked up where they left off after the break and within two minutes they had a third. Stoke were unable to deal with Spurs’ front four and after Shayon Harrison played the ball into the path of Sonupe, the winger grabbed his second of the game with a shot into the roof of the goal from just inside the penalty area.
It was the visitors who continued on the front foot and the Potters had Eve to thank with a great save from William Miller when it seemed easier for him to score.
Stoke had a great opportunity to score minutes later but after substitute Nathan Hopkinson played a great ball through to Monlouis, he could only fire his effort straight at the onrushing McGee.
On 59 minutes Snoupe had the chance to complete his hat-trick. With the young Potters unable to deal with the pace and trickery of Oduwa, the winger was brought down inside the box leaving Snoupe to coolly dispatch the penalty.
Oduwa almost extended the lead two minutes later. The winger cut in from the left and unleashed a shot that Eve did well turn away with his feet at the near post.
Miller had a glorious chance to make it five on 70 minutes. After an interchange of passes between Ly Goddard, Anthony Georgiou and Oduwa it created the opening for Miller but he blazed over from eight yards.
Snoupe continued to cause problems for the Stoke backline and should have extended Tottenham’s lead on two occasions before full time but was unable to beat Eve. First, his shot was expertly pushed onto the post, before the City keeper once again denied the tricky winger with a one-handed save to tip the ball over the crossbar.
Stoke City: Eve, Cook, Taylor, Lecygene, Sanders (c), Hulme, Rene-Pringle (Makrillos), Monlouis, Coban (Hopkinson), Richards, Shenton (Shields).
Subs: Hopkinson, Strong, Sheilds, Makrillos, Banks.
Tottenham Hotspur: McGee, Campbell Young, Ogilvie, Winks (c), Carter Vickers, Lesniak, Sonupe, Onomah, Harrison, Miller, Oduwa.
Subs: Amos, Goddard, Georgiou, Macghoma