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  • Thu, 14 Jan 2021 08:00:33 +0000: Championship at halfway: miracles at Swansea and a Rooney-led revival - Stoke City | The Guardian

    Norwich are top but have not hit full tilt and Neil Warnock is targeting a remarkable ninth promotion with Middlesbrough

    Things could soon get snug at the summit but, for now, leaders Norwich have a four-point advantage over Swansea, where Steve Cooper continues to work minor miracles. For Daniel Farke the good news is that in 11 of the past 12 seasons, the team top at Christmas have clinched promotion. The bad news? For their rivals, it is that they are not yet at full tilt. Norwich have the same manager and almost an identical team to the one that secured this crown two years ago – the Tottenham loanee Oliver Skipp has slotted into midfield – but it is largely a tried and trusted formula; Tim Krul in goal, Max Aarons marauding into the box, Emi Buendía pulling off preposterous passes, and Teemu Pukki putting the ball in the net.

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  • Sun, 03 Jan 2021 12:59:57 +0000: Bournemouth condemn 'disgusting' racial abuse of Junior Stanislas - Stoke City | The Guardian
    • Cherries’ chief executive reacts to online post after win at Stoke
    • ‘It is completely unacceptable and must be called out’

    The Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, has condemned the racial abuse directed at Junior Stanislas following the away win at Stoke on Saturday, calling it “disgusting and completely intolerable”.

    Stanislas was subjected to racist slurs and insults about his family by an individual on Twitter after scoring the Cherries’ winning goal in the 1-0 Championship victory.

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    Related: Championship roundup: Norwich will not sell Emi Buendía, says Daniel Farke

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  • Sat, 02 Jan 2021 21:45:47 +0000: Championship roundup: Norwich will not sell Emi Buendía, says Daniel Farke - Stoke City | The Guardian
    • Buendía scores as Norwich seal first win in three
    • Lowe scores twice as Swansea beat Watford

    The Norwich manager, Daniel Farke, has insisted Emi Buendía will be staying at club after watching him produce another brilliant winner to see off Barnsley 1-0 at Carrow Road.

    The Argentinian playmaker settled the game in memorable fashion just past the hour when he volleyed home a deep lofted pass, his sublime first touch leaving Jack Walton with no chance.

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    The return of Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink as manager could not inspire bottom club Burton, who slipped to a 5-1 home defeat against Oxford. Matt Taylor and two Olamide Shodipo goals put the visitors out of sight, despite Kane Hemmings' consolation, before the break, with Josh Ruffels adding a fourth and fifth in the second half. 

    Carlisle made the most of previous leaders Newport County’s frozen pitch to move into top spot after beating Walsall 2-0. Omari Patrick fired the opener into the roof of the net, with Joshua Kayode putting the result beyond doubt.

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  • Wed, 23 Dec 2020 19:39:51 +0000: Mourinho takes aim at Alli after Spurs sink Stoke to reach semi-finals - Stoke City | The Guardian

    Tottenham moved a step closer to ending their 12-year trophy drought with a victory over Stoke that takes them into the Carabao Cup semi-finals. This was the competition they won in 2008 and as José Mourinho has four winner’s medals no side will relish meeting his side in the last four.

    By the close Spurs were good value for the victory, dominating apart from a wobble after the break in which Jordan Thompson levelled Gareth Bale’s opener. But they steadied themselves and ended in cruise control thanks to fine strikes from Ben Davies and Harry Kane.

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  • Wed, 23 Dec 2020 19:29:12 +0000: Stoke 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Carabao Cup quarter-final – as it happened - Stoke City | The Guardian
    • Bale, Davies and Kane on the mark for Spurs
    • Thompson nets for Stoke

    And here is the report.

    Related: Davies and Kane send Spurs past Stoke and into Carabao Cup semi-finals

    Harry Winks’ verdict: “We’re really happy. A wet and windy Wednesday night in Stoke was always going to be tough. But we applied ourselves well. We knew they were doing to be a threat, they are a good side. But the mentality of the team was to keep doing what we did to get into the lead and that helped us get the lead back.” On his own performance - which Sky Sports rewarded with a man of the match gong - he says: “It’s been really tough fitness wise and to come into a game of this intensity when you haven’t had as many minutes as you’d want is always tough. I’m really pleased to get man of the match.”

    Spurs canter into the Carabao Cup semi-finals despite some sloppiness in the second half. After dominating the first period and taking the lead through Bale - and sein Alli twice denied by Lonergan, who had a decent game - , they conceded a soft equaliser to Thompson and needed a special shot from long-range by Davies to get them back on track. Kane wrapped up the win late on. Stoke certainly were not disgraced but they never looked good enough to oust the visitors.

    86 min: Spurs are just keeping the ball now. At least they are trying to but there’s still some sloppiness about them and they keep giving it back to Stoke. Unfortunately, Stoke aren’t good enough to take advantage.

    84 min: Fletcher has space in the Spurs box! But he fails to guide his header on to the target from 10 yards. Slack finishing pardons slack defending.

    A brilliant finish surely secures Spurs’ passage to the semi-final. Stoke gave away possession and Sissoko immediately stepped in to punish them, playing a frst time pass to Kane, who held off Souttar and thrashed a shot into the roof of the net from 16 yards.

    80 min: Lamela runs on to a clearance, jousts with Souttar and wins a corner for Spurs. Son delivers an out-swinger. It sails over everyone.

    79 min: Stoke substitution: Vokes on, Oakley-Booth off. That amounts to Stoke going for it, with two up top.

    76 min: Son dinks the ball over the advancing Lonergan and into the net ... but it’s ruled out for offside. Son wags his finer and hollers “no!” and he’s right: the replay shows Batth was keeping him onside. But there’s no VAR so Son will just have to swallow his anger.

    74 min: Kane tries to do a Davies but his shot veers several yards off target.

    72 min: Stoke substitution: Powell on, Brown off.

    Bang! Davies pounces on a half-clearance by Souttar over 25 yards out and then rifles a ferocious into the bottom corner! It didn’t take a snazzy move for the Premier Leaguers to get back in front, just one impeccable blast from long-range.

    68 min: Davies pings a low pass to Kane, who takes it just inside the area with his back to goal. He tries to swivel and shoot but is bundled away. There are hopeful calls for a penalty but the ref rightly ignores them.

    66 min: Spurs substitution: Lamela and Sissoko on, Alli and Moura off. Alli had a useful first half but could not get involved in the second, though that could be said for most of the visitors.

    64 min: Spurs still look ponderous. It’s as if they came out for the second half expecting to be allowed to continue to run things and have not been able to adjust to Stoke’s rebellion.

    62 min: Moura’s well-meant pass towards Kane is too long and trickles out of play as Kane curses himself for bothering to chase it.

    60 min: Spurs are looking flat. They haven’t responded well to Stoke’s improvement. “I’m not a Spurs fan (though would describe myself as a Spurs sympathiser who would quite like to see them win the league or a cup of some sort) but find Jose very frustrating,” blubs Will Lane. “The way he set up Spurs against City, and even Liverpool where I do think they deserved to win, was classic Jose and in those games Spurs did look like title contenders. But I will never understand his insistence on playing two holding midfielders against ‘lesser’ teams when one will do. It has come back to bite him against Palace and others and if anything the over-cautiousness they show in such games will prove their undoing. The truly frustrating thing is how exciting they could be to watch with Hojbjerg, Lo Celso and Ndombele as a midfield three and allowing Bergwijn to function as an actual forward rather than an auxiliary fullback.”

    57 min: Son’s corner comes to nought. Spurs regain possession in midfield and Winks flights a nice pass into the area, having spotted a smart run by Alli. Alli stretches but can’t connect with the ball. “I fail to understand the ‘risk’ involved with a professional football player playing 45 minutes of football,” storms Matt Burtz. “Surely if ‘risks’ are involved, there is a greater one in having Harry Kane (ostensibly) play all 90 minutes.” Valid point re: Kane, but you are, of course, being a berk when complaining about the use of ‘risk’ for the introduction of Son. Playing football is more risky than sitting on one’s hole, even for a pro.

    How about that for cutting! Stoke built cleverly down the right and when Brown curled a lovely cross between Lloris and Doherty, Thompson kept his eye on the bouncing ball and rammed it past the keeper from 10 yards! That’s Stoke’s first shot worthy of the name and it’s brought them level!

    51 min: Stoke are looking a little more zesty and ambitious but they’ve still not shown any thing remotely cutting. “I do not understand why we are risking Son tonight unless Bale picked up an injury?” inquires Dan F. All I can tell you, Dan, is that I didn’t spot anything wrong with Bale and the TV reporters haven’t made me aware of anything either. Maybe the sports scientists can detect when someone’s in “the red zone” or maybe Son just wants some action.

    49 min: Kane collects the ball midway inside the Stoke half, 10 yards in from the right. He looks up and drops a lovely pass into the path of Son ... who fails to get a clean touch on it from 12 yards out.

    48 min: Smith bangs one long for Fletcher as Stoke try to start putting pressure on Spurs. But Sanchez cuts it out easly enough.

    46 min: “As a Spurs supporter I got my entertainment from watching Arsenal lose, I am now enduring the game against Stoke waiting for my Mourinho-allotted three minutes of excitement,” writes Ben Hayes. “ I think Bale and Dele gave us about 90 seconds in the first half, so we’re on course.” Well Bale won’t be giving you any more because he’s been replaced at half-time - by none other than Son. No respite for Stoke, then.

    It’s been a gentle outing for Spurs so far, though they’ll be irritated at their failure to rack up a bigger lead. Lonergan deserves credit for that, having denied Alli with two good saves, but there’s been nothing to report in terms of a Stoke threat at the other end. Can they find a way of shaking Spurs out of their stride?

    43 min: Bale sends a raking diagonal pass from left to right. Moura lets it bounce and then nods it down to Alli, who essays a fetching low curler from 20 yards. Lonergan produces another agile save, plunging to his right to tip it around the post!

    40 min: McClean loops a cross from the let into a packed Tottenham box. Fletcher slips, and Dier heads clear under no pressure.

    38 min: This is very comfortable for Spurs, but they’ll want at least one more goal asap. There’s been nothing t suggest Stoke are capable of equalising but it can’t be ruled out.

    36 min: A pass by Collins is intercepted in midfield, and Spurs quickly release Kane down the let. He lopes towards the box and then threads a pass through to Alli, who hits it first-time on the run from 10 yards. Lonergan make a fine save with his feet!

    34 min: Stoke substitution: Fletcher on, Fox off.

    32 min: Fox off looks to have picked up a muscle injury. He’s off the pitch while Stoke determine whether he needs to be replaced. McClean is filling in for him at left wingback.

    30 min: Collins booked for pulling down Alli in midfield.

    28 min: Souttar concedes a corner kick rather cheaply. Bale trots over to take it. He curls an in-swinger beyond the far post. Lonergan flaps at it and misses, but Collins does well to stop Alli from getting on the end of it.

    27 min: Stoke have a freekick by the right touchline, a chance to hoist the ball into the Tottenham box for the first time. The big men come up from the back ... and Stoke take it short and then fitter away the crossing opportunity.

    Spurs have the breakthrough in surprising fashion. Winks curled an inswinging cross in from the left and Bale was fre on the penalty spot, from where he glanced a backwards header into the net. All Stoke’s fine defensive work falls apart!

    25 min: Alli has worked hard to try to make things happen but things aren’t quite coming off for him just yet, other than a nice nutmeg on Smith just now.

    23 min: Stoke aren’t going to open up and chase an equaliser just yet. First, they’ve got to make sure Spurs don’t put the game out of sight, which they are trying to do. Stoke are struggling to get hold of the ball. “I’m curious,” admits Paulo Biriani. “Any details as to who Stoke’s sub keeper is?” It’s Blondy Nna Noukeu, an 18-year-old who joined Stoke last summer from a club in Belgium, where his father, Patrice, used to play for Mouscron. He has represented Cameroon at youth international level.

    18 min: Stoke continue to frustrate the visitors. Kane and Moura have both dropped deep in the last couple of minutes in an effort to create something but neither produced a pass accurate enough to unpick the home defence.

    15 min: Doherty skitters down the right and then slips the ball into the path of Kane, who hammers a shot into the sidenetting from a tight angle.

    12 min: The first shot of the match comes in from Hojbjerg. And by ‘comes in’ I mean he tonked the ball high and wide from 25 yards.

    9 min: Stoke are well drilled and energetic, as expected from an O’Neill team. They’ve kept Spurs at bay very effectively so far.

    7 min: Winks dances past McClean in midfield, but the Irishman hares back to dispossess Bale down the left. Neithr Bale nor Alli have done much yet.

    5 min: Spurs continue to hog the ball, mainly in the Stoke half.

    3 min: An in-swinging corner from Moura brings Lonergan into the action for the first time. The keeper goes to punch it clear but is not needed, as Batth nods it away for him. But when the cross comes back in from the left, Lonergan is required to punch it to safety.

    2 min: Arsenal were a goal down at this stage in yesterday’s quarter-final, so it’s been a superb start by Stoke even though Spurs have had about 99% of possession.

    1 min: Off they go in a very blustery conditions. Spurs are wearing their dark green third kit for the first time this season. There must be still time for you to order it as a Christmas gift?

    “Good evening! Hoping Spurs get on the front foot right away and attack so we can get two or three up by half time. Then we can withdraw people like Kane and rest them for Saturday. But as a Tottenham fan knowing us I doubt it will be that simple!” quips Dan F.

    “Is Michael O’Neill’s decision to play 37-year-old Andy Lonergan in goal—after two years on the bench with pipe and slippers at the ready—the ultimate ‘Lads, it’s Spurs!’ moment?” chortles Justin Kavanagh.

    Concerning the inclusion of Alli and Bale, Mourinho suggests this represents a chance for them to play their way into the starting lineup in the Premier League. “It is an opportunity. Of course the objective is to win and go to the semi-final and I would never a pick a team or a player that I didn’t believe can perform for the team and do the job we need to do.”

    Mourinho also says that Stoke have been fine hosts so far, having upgraded the facilities for visiting teams in the wake of a recent condemnation from the likes of Neil Warnock. “It’s very good,” says Mourinho. “I know the ones who complained had a reason to complain because we watched the videos. Probably we have to thank them because today we have very good facilities.”

    The conditions in Stoke are - yes - very wet and windy. O’Neill says that was a factor in his decision to plump for Lonergan n goal. “We only had young goalkeepers as other options and we felt with the conditions, and at this stage of the competition, we decided to go with experience. “ He adds: “The league is always our priority and we want to push for a top six position but having got this far in the competition, we want to treat this game properly. We’ve made six changes but we’ve put energy in the team.”

    With three goalkeepers out injured and another Cup-tied, O’Neill has chosen to give a start between the sticks to 37-year-old Andy Lonergan , who hasn’t played a competitive match for nearly two years. The unrested Harry Kane will be deadset on testing his reflexes ... and look, there’s Dele Alli, given a chance to play his way back into José’s heart ... or attract January bidders.

    Stoke: Lonergan; Collins, Souttar, Batth; Smith, Thompson, Cousins, Fox; Oakley-Boothe, Brown, McClean

    Hello. Stoke City win trophies at a rate of one every 153 years so they wouldn’t exactly have been viewed as prime contenders to win this season’s Carabao Cup even before being pitted against one of the best teams in England. Yes, that means Spurs even though they come into this game on the back of defeats to Liverpool and Leicester, two of the five teams above them in the Premier League table. With jumping back up that table being their chief priority for this season - and this being one of three matches Spurs have to play in a week - José Mourinho is likely to make several changes to his usual starting lineup. But make no mistake, he would like to win this tournament to prove he has turned Spurs into winners and he has a mighty squad so the Premier League side should certainly be expected to beat a team sitting seventh in the Championship. But Michael O’Neill, who took over Stoke last season when they were bottom of Tier 2, has a proud record of upsetting teams with far greater resources, especially from his time with Northern Ireland and Shamrock Rovers. Stoke have already ousted Wolves and Aston Villa this season and are capable of bloodying Tottenham’s noses. Let’s be having you!

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