Tottenham survived a second-half fightback to beat Stoke and reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup following a 3-1 win.

Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Jose Mourinho’s side, who were then pegged back when Jordan Thompson volleyed home 53rd-minute equaliser for the Championship outfit.

However, Spurs responded with two goals in the final 20 minutes from Ben Davies and Harry Kane to set up a last-four meeting with January next month.

Here’s how every Spurs player rated on the night.

Hugo Lloris, 5 – Could’ve possibly done more to prevent Thompson’s crisp equaliser from creeping in at the near-post.

Matt Doherty, 4 – This represented a real opportunity for the right-back to impress after Serge Aurier’s poor display against Leicester on Sunday, but he didn’t take it.

Davinson Sanchez, 5 – Quiet opening 45 minutes, but was all over the place for the equaliser.

Eric Dier, 5 – Lost the first header and was then dragged completely out of position for Stoke’s goal.

Ben Davies, 6 – Not his best evening, but managed to put Tottenham back ahead with a fine long-range effort.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 6 – Occasionally loose, albeit on a tricky surface, but protected the back-four well.

Harry Winks, 8 – Assisted Bale’s opener with a fine in swinging cross, and kept Tottenham ticking over in what was easily his best performance of the season.

Lucas Moura, 4 – Contributed very little, in what is proving to be a testing period for him.

Dele Alli, 7 – Bright first-half, in which he found space well and had two great chances to score, although he was denied by 37-year-old Andy Lonergan on both occasions. However, he conceded the ball in the build-up for Stoke’s goal, and was hooked by Mourinho moments later in quickly turned into a sour night for Alli.

Gareth Bale, 6 – Started sloppily, although that soon changed once he broke the deadlock with a great header. Replaced by Son at the break following a groin injury.

Harry Kane, 7 – Saw a powerful near-post effort save by Lonergan early on, before setting up Alli once in either half, although he was also denied by the Stoke goalkeeper. Sealed the victory with an excellent finish for his 16th goal of the campaign.


Heung Min Son, 6 – Unfortunate not to get himself on the scoresheet – with his second-half effort wrongly chalked off for offside.

Erik Lamela, 6 – Made his first appearance for almost two months following his calf injury, and added some much-needed energy when Tottenham were enduring a tricky period.

Moussa Sissoko, 6 – Got Spurs up the pitch and took advantage of some poor Stoke defending to assist Kane’s goal with a perfectly-weighted through pass.



  1. Finally realised tonight that I don’t like, won’t accept and can’t respect mourino.
    He cannot throw his own players publically under the bus. His comments about Dele tonight, are for when dele leaves possibly now in January he has covered his arse. When will this arrogant twat learn that he can’t publically humiliate young players, on all goals scored you can trace it back to where posesion was lost, and then blame a player for it, if that’s what you need to do, do it behind closed doors. Dele is 24 a kid as a manager, support him and build his confidence. Watching All or nothing reminded me of how good Dele is. He is an asset to my club, your record I selling young talent too soon, isn’t great. SALAH DE BRUYNE AND LUKAKU stand out.
    We have been shit for four games and our best players have been below there best and mistakes have been made, but mourinos criticism is bloody selective, if players are playing below there best or of form or making mistakes surely that is the managers job to help them

  2. Well said Gary and I couldn’t agree with you more.
    Granted Alli’s Firm has fallen off a cliff since the WC in 2018 but prior to that he was the most sought after midfielder who would have commanded a fortune if sold.
    He for sure must get his act together but should have an arm put around his shoulder and not chastised in such a way.100% he will come good again.
    Unfortunately Mourinho has to “pick a fight” with someone where ever he is.This is not the sign of a clever person and certainly not a nice one.


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