Stoke City dropped a rare match at Britannia Stadium when they fell 1-0 to Tottenham on Saturday. This marks the first loss for The Potters at home since being blown out 5-3 by Liverpool in mid January.
The match was chippy from start to finish with Danny Rose scoring the only goal of the game for the Spurs during the first half. Rose was eventually taken out of the game when he picked up a yellow card for pushing Geoff Cameron after a hard tackle that could have been whistled a penalty.
Potters captain Ryan Shawcross was thrown out of the game after picking up his first red card in more than three years. Shawcross was clearly rattled for most of a day that featured terrible weather to go along with the physical play.
When Shawcross left the game the Potters kept up the intense second half play, but with only 10 men on the pitch, were clearly out manned by the Spurs. Potters manager Mark Hughes also did not make things any better when he took Peter Crouch out in the second half.
Granted Hughes did substitute Oussama Assaidi when he took Crouch out of the game, but when Shawcross left is when both players should have been in the middle of the action. Crouch was having a quiet day with only one shot, but is the type of player that can score at any given moment. afterall he is the team’s leading scorer.
With the loss, Stoke City currently sits in tenth place in the Premier league with 44 points. The Potters will finish their season off with one more match in front of a friendly Britannia crowd on May 3 against Fulham before ending league play on the road at West Bromwich on May 11.