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EPL: Rose is in full bloom

The New Paper | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose (second right) celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal against Stoke City during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia stadium.

STOKE CITY 0

TOTTENHAM 1

(Rose 33)

 

Danny Rose was the central figure as Tottenham won their first away game for more than two months against 10-man Stoke City.

The defender scored his first Premier League goal of the season in the 33rd minute and was then caught by Ryan Shawcross to earn the Stoke captain a second yellow card seven minutes after the break.

Stoke responded well but were unable to find an equaliser as they slipped to only a third home defeat this season.

The main talking point before the game had centred around Charlie Adam, with Spurs boss Tim Sherwood forced to deny his players would refuse to shake the playmaker's hand. The Scot has become a hate figure for Spurs fans after a serious of controversial tackles, the most recent of which sidelined Paulinho for a month.

In the end, there was no handshake as Adam was a substitute, although that did not stop Tottenham fans jeering him.

The visitors were quicker out of the blocks and Nacer Chadli shot wide after only 19 seconds, while Asmir Begovic had to react quickly to push Aaron Lennon's mis-hit cross past the post.

Shawcross was furious with what he felt was a forearm to the face from Emmanuel Adebayor but referee Andre Marriner took no action.

The home side withstood the early pressure to enjoy a decent spell, and Spurs were grateful for the presence in their defence of Michael Dawson, back after a hamstring injury.

The centre-back was key in dealing with the threat of former Spurs striker Peter Crouch, who was involved as Stoke came close to taking the lead in the 27th minute, playing in Stephen Ireland, who cut in from the left and unleashed a powerful shot that just curled beyond the far post.

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