Tottenham Hotspur, in brilliant form, beat Stoke City by three goals to nil in their First Division League Match in London on Saturday (October 24).
GV Stoke kick off (R to L) & Spurs intercept & attack & win corner
GV Spurs take corner & Stoke gets ball away
GV Spurs score goal (Chivers) (2 shots)
GV Knowles tries for goal for Spurs saved by Banks
GV Stoke attacks but fail
GV Spurs attack & Gilzean scores
GV Spurs attack Banks saves & clears
GV Spurs attack & Chivers scores
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Background: Tottenham Hotspur, in brilliant form, beat Stoke City by three goals to nil in their First Division League Match in London on Saturday (October 24).
Martin Chivers scored two of Tottenham Hotspurs' (Spurs) goals. The third was from Alan Gilzean. The London side gave their best performance of the season, bewildering their opposition with a brand of soccer befitting a world-class side.
Stoke, who already had to contend with the great problem of trying to contain mighty Spurs, also suffered another set-back during the match when, in the second half, Billy Stevenson, who had been brought on as a substitute, was carried off the field with a fractured leg.
Spurs had Stoke scrambling to cover their goal from the opening seconds of the match. They won two corners within the first 40-second and Chivers scored the first goal in the fourth minute, following a brilliant tactical movement.
Joe Kinnear received a back pass from Gilzean. He centred from the right and Martin Peters headed the ball down for Chivers to beat Stoke and England goalkeeper Banks from close range.
In the 16th minute a cross by Peters caused alarm in the Stoke penalty area. The ball eventually landed at Gilzean's feet and, as Banks advanced on him he chipped the ball over the goalkeeper's head into the far corner of the net.
Banks, who captained Stoke in the absence of Peter Dobing, was forced to make save after desperate save from goal-hungry Spurs attackers. But despite all his efforts Spurs scored again in the 27th minute of the first half when Chivers shot past Banks to make the score 3-0.
The second half produced an equally magnificent display of football skill from the Spurs team. It also brought a new lease of life from the until then despondent Stoke side. But try as they might, Stoke could not even get a consolation goal, although they gave the Spurs defenders a number of scares with some spirited attacks.
But when Stevenson was carried off the pitch, Stoke, with only 10 men left, were forced with an impossible task.
The rhythm of the first half was lost to Spurs, but still they piled on the pressure and accomplished several near-misses.