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Spurs penalty gives them halftime lead at White Hart Lane

Dec 29, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

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It’s been the same old Spurs this season at White Hart Lane, as they run circles around Stoke City but can’t get a goal from open play.

Thankfully for the home side, a scissor-kick attempt by Emmanuel Adebayor resulted in a penalty for Spurs which Roberto Soldado finished to put them 1-0 up.

Adebayor looked to volley home a cross from Soldado but the ball struck the outstretched arms of Ryan Shawcross, who was at close range but clearly stuck his arms well away from his body.

The penalty was deserved, and Soldado pounded the ball past a wrong-footed Thomas Sorensen to put Spurs up.

The Spaniard’s first half work rate has been outstanding, but he has yet again missed two or three good chances from open play.

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Mark Hughes will also again be furious with the refereeing, as his side were denied a penalty early despite replays showing Michael Dawson slicing down Oussama Assaidi in the box with a view on goal.