The full-back powered a header in at the far post after Emmanuel Adebayor reached the byline having rounded Glenn Whelan, the Togolese striker clipping a perfect cross to be met by Rose.
Ryan Shawcross picked up two yellow cards either side of half-time to reduce Stoke to ten men, giving Mark Hughes’ side a mountain to climb in the second half. His first came after a deliberate body-check on Christian Eriksen having been nutmegged on the half way line. The second was for a late high tackle on goalscorer Rose just after half-time.
The first half started slowly before Rose gave Spurs the lead in the 33rd minute with his first goal this season.
Spurs could have doubled their lead just before half time when Harry Kane was put through by Lennon. He ducked inside the covering Geoff Cameron before shooting on his left foot but he had delayed long enough to allow Shawcross to get a block in.
The second half saw Stoke rally after going down to ten men, putting a lot of pressure on the Spurs goal albeit without forcing Hugo Lloris into making any saves.
Marko Arnutovic should have equalised in the 87th minute when he was put through one-on-one with Lloris only for his shot to be struck tamely at the Frenchman, who gathered it with ease.
The result leaves Spurs in sixth and three points off Everton above them, while Stoke remain in tenth place.
33’ – SPURS LEAD! – Adebayor collects the ball from a throw in on the right. He squares up Whelan before knocking the ball round him and getting to the byline, clipping a cross to the far post where Rose is waiting to power a header into the back of the net.
45+1 – CHANCE NOT TAKEN! – Kane found by Lennon in space on the edge of the area. He ducks inside Cameron before getting a left foot shot away but Shawcross does well to get across to block the shot.
52’ – SHAWCROSS GONE! – Ryan Shawcross picks up his second yellow for a high late foul on Rose as the full-back gets to the bouncing ball quicker leaving Stoke fighting an uphill battle.
64’ – CHANCE TO EQUALISE! – Odemwingie darts to the near post to meet a perfect Pieters cross only for his header to balloon over the crossbar.
87’ – BAD MISS! – Arnautovic is released one-on-one with Lloris but his left footed shot is weak and the French goalkeeper can gather the ball with ease.
90+4 – COULD HAVE BEEN TWO! – Paulinho drove through midfield in the final moments but took one too many touches allowing Begovic to come out and smother the shot which was heading into the bottom corner.
All of Danny Rose’s Premier league goals have come in the month of April – his last a year ago today for Sunderland in a 6-1 defeat at Aston Villa.
Spurs have won their first game on the road in four matches and have won just four less points (33) than Liverpool on their travels this season.
The Potters’ four-game winning streak at home came to an abrupt end today – this is Mark Hughes’ seventh attempt at facing Tottenham at home, and he has won just once (three draws, three defeats).
Shawcross’ red card was Stoke’s fifth of the season, equalling their most in a Premier League season.
Was Andre Marriner right to send off Shawcross? His first yellow was indisputable but his second was seen as soft by the home fans: yes, his foot was high and the challenge late, but there was minimal contact. It’s one the Stoke fans would say is soft and the Spurs fans would say is nailed on. This time, the ref ruled in Spurs’ favour.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Younes Kaboul – He was imperious at the back today and didn’t put a foot wrong all game. When his team-mates became nervous in the final stages as Stoke piled the pressure on, he stood tall and made some important last-ditch challenges.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris 7; Naughton 7, Dawson 7, Kaboul 9, Rose 8; Lennon 6, Chadli 6, Paulinho 6, Eriksen 6; Adebayor 6, Kane 6. Subs: Fryers 7, Sigurdsson 7, Townsend 6.
STOKE: Begovic 7; Cameron 6, Wilson 7, Shawcross 4, Muniesa 7; Arnautovic 6, Whelan 6, Nzonzi 6, Odemwingie 5; Ireland 5; Crouch 5. Subs: Pieters 6, Assaidi 7.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Ryan Shawcross
- Danny Rose
- Emmanuel Adebayor