Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City: Final score 1-0, IT'S DANNY ROSE!

Paul Gilham

Danny Rose!

Tottenham Hotspur look headed for Europa League, if you care about that sort of thing. Even though Manchester United have a couple games in hand, Spurs are now nine points clear of them and look destined to finish the season in sixth place. Saturday's performance wasn't spectacular, but it was good enough to get the job done in a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

Danny Rose scored the game's only goal, and uncharacteristically, it came on a header from open play. Emmanuel Adebayor set him up for it in entirely backwards fashion, lofting a cross to the back post that Rose was able to get on the end of.

Stoke's chances of mounting a comeback should have been dashed in the 52nd minute when Ryan Shawcross was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for a very aggressive challenge on Danny Rose, but the Potters were actually more dangerous with 10 men. Marko Arnautovic was their most dangerous player and forced an excellent save out of Hugo Lloris in the 69th minute.

But despite all of Stoke's threatening play, they weren't able to hit the back of the net. Spurs weren't terribly good in front of goal either, and the match ended with just that one goal. It wasn't a horribly eventful affair.

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