Jonathan Walters on target as Stoke add to Spurs’ woes
Leighton Baines earns point for Everton; Newcastle revival continues
Jonathan Walters scores Stoke City’s second goal during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Premier League round-up: Tottenham’s woes at White Hart Lane took another turn for the worse as Mauricio Pochettino’s side slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Stoke.
Bojan Krkic’s driving shot gave Stoke an early lead and Spurs fell two behind shortly after the half-hour mark when Republic of Ireland international Jonathan Walters tapped home from close range.
Tottenham scored twice late on to beat Aston Villa last week and the home side were give hope when Nacer Chadli smashed home a volley with 13 minutes to play.
Stoke were dogged and determined, however, and as Kyle Naughton was sent off with six minutes to play, the visitors held on for their first victory in four matches.
Leighton Baines snatched a point for Everton as Sunderland were denied back-to-back Premier League victories by a late penalty in a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light.
The full back scuffed his 76th-minute spot-kick under home goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon following Connor Wickham’s illegal challenge on Seamus Coleman. It came nine minutes after Sebastian Larsson had fired the Black Cats ahead with a superb free-kick, his first league strike from a set-piece since December 2011.
Wickham and his team-mates, as well as the home fans among a crowd of 43,476 at the Stadium of Light, were incensed at referee Lee Mason’s decision to award a penalty, although replays suggested they had little cause to be.
A tight contest remained in the balance until the final whistle, with goalkeepers Pantilimon and Tim Howard both producing important saves before the goals started to go in, although James McCarthy’s injury-time clearance denied Wes Brown a last-gasp winner.
Sunderland were more than value for a point, but Everton, who had midfielder Gareth Barry carried off with what looked like a serious injury early in the first half, would have felt aggrieved if they had left empty-handed after a full-blooded encounter.
Ayoze Perez’s moment of magic inspired Newcastle to a comfortable 2-0 win at West Brom, their fifth successive victory in all competitions.
The striker brilliantly scored a third goal in as many games with a back-heeled flick into the far corner past the helpless Ben Foster as Alan Pardew’s Magpies revival continued at the Hawthorns.
Fabricio Coloccini’s header added the gloss for Newcastle, who have now won their last four Premier League games.
It was Perez’s impudence which gave them the platform though, his back-heel flick reminiscent of Kanu’s goal for Arsenal at Middlesbrough in 1999.
It helped lift the Magpies up to seventh in the league while the poor Baggies dropped to 13th with Saido Berahino, celebrating his first senior England call-up, anonymous.