Tottenham Hotspur rescued a late point at White Hart Lane, with Rafael Van der Vaart’s strike canceling out Kenwyne Jones’ opener for the hosts.
The draw ended a three-match losing streak for Harry Redknapp’s side, but couldn’t prevent Spurs from falling behind Arsenal in the race for third.
For Stoke, the point cements their place in 11th, behind both Everton and Sunderland on goal difference. Here’s how GMF rate the players…
Brad Friedel – 6.5
Could do little to prevent the goal, which fell to Cameron Jerome less than six yards out. Solid otherwise, and distributed well to his full-backs early on in proceedings.
Kyle Walker – 6
The England international adds an extra attacking element when going forward, but was questionable in defence in a pretty average performance.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto - 6
Also wasn’t at his best, occasionally struggling against the pace of Jermain Pennant. Also struggled to find his best when crossing.
Younes Kaboul – 7
A solid performance against the imposing Crouch and Jerome meant Kaboul was Spurs’ best defender on the night.
Ledley King – 6.5
Also did well against the aerial threat of Stoke, but will be disappointed not to have won the header that led to the opponents’ goal.
Niko Kranjcar – 6
The Croat will be disappointed with his display, struggling to get involved creatively and being withdrawn at the interval.
Gareth Bale – 7
The Welsh winger continue to shine, and whilst it wasn’t Bale’s best game, he caused constant problems for the opposition and delivered a telling cross for the injury-time equaliser.
Scott Parker – 6.5
A typical display from the former West Ham midfielder, although his passing wasn’t always up to scratch.
Luka Modric – 8
Another excellent display from Modric, who pulled the strings from the centre of the park and linked-up well with his attacking colleagues. Only finishing let the midfielder down.
Rafael Van der Vaart – 7
Did the business when it matters, bursting into the box and heading past Asmir Begovic in the 93rd minute. Wasn’t at his very best, but lively when involved.
Louis Saha – 5.5
Struggled to make any real impact as the lone striker in the first 45 minutes, and was replaced in the second period after little improvement.
Giovani dos Santos - 6
Jermain Defoe – 6.5
Asmir Begovic – 5.5
A questionable performance from the Bosnian, who inexplicably dropped the ball twice from crosses. Spurs failed to take advantage – but made no mistake with a late header.
Andy Wilkinson – 6
Started brightly in an attacking sense, but struggled to cope with the challenges of Bale in the closing stages.
Marc Wilson – 6
A night to forget for all the full-backs, with Wilson giving away possession as he struggled to cope with the pressure from several attacking Tottenham threats.
Robert Huth – 7.5
An excellent performance from the German international, who out-muscled Louis Saha throughout and blocked shots from distance. Made some telling interceptions as well.
Ryan Shawcross – 7
The skipper was also impressive at the back, with only one error of note leading to a shot from Rafael Van der Vaart. Was assured throughout the 90 minutes.
Jermaine Pennant - 6.5
A disappointing performance from the winger, who delivered the free-kick that eventually led to Jerome’s goal. Was poor with the ball in the first period, and picked the wrong pass on a couple of occasions.
Jon Walters – 6.5
Solid but unspectacular from Walters, who threatened early but failed to pose a real threat in-front of goal.
Salif Diao – 5
The Senegalese international failed to get involved during his 25 minutes before injury forced an early substitution.
Wilson Palacios – 5.5
Struggled to make an impact on return to White Hart Lane, giving away the ball a number of times and failing to impress against opponent Scott Parker.
Peter Crouch – 7
Led the line well for the Potters, and whilst he failed to get on the scoresheet, caused constant problems from long balls and set-pieces.
Cameron Jerome – 7
Started wide and did well in an unfamiliar position, and also posed a threat when moving centrally. Reacted well in the box to score.
Glen Whelan – 6.5
Dean Whitehead - 6
Rory Delap - 6
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms