Tottenham player ratings vs Stoke: Kane and Davies impress in key win


ottenham’s bid to win a major trophy for the first time since 2008 remains on track after they overcame Championship outfit Stoke City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Standard Sport’s James Robson was at the bet365 Stadium and runs the rule over Tottenham’s players….

A spectator but for the goal, when he was badly let down by those in front of him.

So positive with his forward runs down the right that pinned back Stoke and allowed Bale to find space in the first half. Poor for Stoke’s goal.

Wasn’t helped by Dier going missing for Stoke’s goal – but still should have done better when trying to shut out the danger.

Dragged out of position to allow Stoke to equalise through Thompson.

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Too high up the pitch for Stoke’s goal – but made up for that with a brilliant strike to put Spurs back in charge.

In complete control in the first half, but found it more testing after the break.

His inch-perfect cross for Bale was typical of his intelligent use of the ball that allowed Spurs to totally dominate possession.

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We’ve not seen anywhere near enough of the Welshman since his return and this was a reminder of his qualities. His deft header was perfectly judged to open the scoring before going off at half-time.

Got in dangerous positions between the lines that meant Stoke couldn’t track his movement. Might have scored a couple in the first half, but lost the ball in the build-up to Stoke scoring.

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Frightened Stoke when running at them at pace, but touch let him down and faded after the break.

Spent much of the night as a creative force – but when he advanced towards the box late on, the ball was only going to end up in one place.

Heung-min Son (Bale, 46’) 5

Thought he’d scored, but was ruled offside. Struggled to get beyond Stoke’s deep defensive block.

Erik Lamela (Alli, 66’) 5

Brought on to add some inspiration to a Spurs midfield that struggled to come up with ideas.

Moussa Sissoko (Lucas, 66’) 6

Added drive to Spurs’ flagging midfield – and creativity with his pass for Kane’s goal.

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