Had nothing to do but commanded his area well and was always vigilant.
His covering ensured that Dawson's lack of pace never became a serious issue, although that might not be a sustainable strategy against more mobile strikers than Crouch and Walters.
Was always going to be outgunned by Crouch in the air but made sure that the former Spurs man did his best work far away from goal. Lucky not to concede a penalty for a dodgy first-half challenge on Assaidi.
Appears a decent option at left-back. Was solid defensively - it helped that he had no orthodox winger to face - and got forward often to produce dangerous crosses.
Looks far more comfortable at right-back. Tackled well and tried to be positive with his passing whenever he got the chance. Occasionally troubled by Assaidi.
Began the game in dawdling mood but his play gained urgency as the afternoon wore on and his goal was brilliantly taken. Rose to the task of pulling Tottenham's midfield strings once Paulinho went off.
The key reason for Tottenham's midfield dominance until his enforced withdrawal through injury on the hour. His passing, tackling, awareness and energy were all superb and only his shooting let him down. An impressive return from suspension.
Almost every forward pass in the first half was wayward and his set-pieces were consistently poor. Improved after the break and tested Sorensen once with a long shot but remained on the periphery.
Spurs' likeliest route to a goal whenever he isolated Pieters, even when his final ball was inconsistent. Both Soldado and Adebayor should have found the net from his crosses. Took his goal brilliantly.
Still cannot buy a goal from open play and missed a couple of very good chances but took his penalty with the kind of assurance which belies a man in the midst of a confidence crisis. The goals will come, surely.
Fluffed one good chance to score himself but worked himself into the ground and drove his team forward at every opportunity. Is he out of contract soon?
Made a couple of decent saves and could do nothing about any of the goals.
Comfortable dealing with high balls into the box, uncomfortable with everything else. Tottenham quickly found ways around him.
Tormented by Lennon all afternoon. A torrid display, though it was hardly his fault his boots were not fitted with a turbocharger.
Eriksen's tendency to drift inside meant that he had no direct opponent but he failed to provide his team with any sort of counterattacking outlet.
Made a number of good headed clearances early on but committed the worst decisive mistake of the match when he practically saved Adebayor's scissor-kick in the box. His team never recovered.
Did nothing in the first half and it was no surprise to see him hauled off for Adam five minutes after the break.
Pressured well early on but could not get a grip as the game opened up after Soldado's opener.
Was supposed to be the passer in this Stoke midfield but was comfortably outshone by Dembele, Paulinho and Capoue. Made to look silly for Dembele's goal.
Looked Stoke's most dangerous attacking outlet and perhaps should have had a penalty when felled by Dawson but faded with his team after Soldado's penalty.
His good hold-up work ensured that Stoke's gameplan worked until Soldado's penalty but he had nothing with which to work.
Aside from one run in behind the Tottenham defence early on he was completely starved of service.