Stoke prevail after a shootout that followed 120 minutes of highly uninspiring football, suggesting both sides see this competition as a hindrance to their schedules
Both sides made several changes from their weekend XI's and both managers had suggested that the game was an unwelcome addition to their Premier League and Europa League commitments.
Neither side were able to take the upper hand in the early stages, Wilson Palacios was warned by referee, Probert after clattering former team-mate Van der Vaart in the opening minutes of the match.
Stoke were dealt an early blow when Kenwyne Jones picked up a suspected hamstring injury and had to be replaced by Peter Crouch who recieved a warm reception from both sets of supporters.
Stoke then had the first half-chance of the match as Huth headed over from Matty Etherington's corner.
The home side had settled into a pattern of playing long balls up to Crouch but he was dealt with comfortably throughout by Spurs' central defensive partnership of Bassong and Kaboul.
Crouch was involved in another Potters chance just after the half hour though, a deep cross found the England forward at the back post, his header across the area would have given Cameron Jerome an easy chance but Kaboul was on hand to intercept and clear the ball away.
Brazilian midfielder Sandro was making his comeback from injury and didn't show any ill effects of his recent time out as he fizzed a shot towards the Stoke goal but Sorensen saved comfortably.
Spurs looked to end the second half well and could have taken the lead when Pavlyuchenko's cross found the on-rushing Tom Carroll but a lack of composure lead to the ball flying high over the crossbar.
The game remained goalless at the break with neither side showing a real desire to take the game.
Spurs came out for the second period showing much more attacking intent, a short corner was worked into Jake Livermore's path but his shot squirmed just past the post.
Redknapp's men continued to attack and good work down the right-hand side found Pavlyuchenko in the box, with Giovani dos Santos in a good position the Russian decided to take it on himself and forced a good save from Sorensen.
Stoke were unable to get themselves back into the match, Van der Vaart was fouled on the edge of the penalty are and his resulting free-kick was hit through the wall but just wide.
Stoke finally managed to trouble Spurs 'keeper Gomes who struggled with Etherington's cross, clearing it at the second attempt showing the kind of frailties that have seen him fall behind Brad Friedel in Harry Redknapp's thoughts.
After a bright start to the second period the play soon deteriorated with neither side able to create any clear-cut chances and the game drifted into normal time.
Stoke looked dangerous with balls into the Spurs area but were unable to carve out a decent opportunity and the game went into extra-time without a goal.
Jon Walters had a golden chance to open the scoring for Stoke right at the end of the first period of extra-time when played through one-on-one but he dragged his effort wide of Gomes' far post.
The match dragged on through the remaining time and a penalty shoot-out was required to seperate the teams.
Both opening spot-kicks were scored, but Jermaine Pennant hit the cross bar for Stoke and when given the opportunity to give Spurs the advantage, Roman Pavlyuchenko blazed his effort over to complete an abject night for the Russian.
The spot-kicks continued to go in well into sudden death, Crouch and Etherington scoring against their former clubs and Spurs' youngsters Livermore and Carroll showing maturity to net their kicks.
However, following Shotton's succesful strike it was another young midfielder, substitute Luongo whose saw Sorensen save his kick to send Stoke through to the fourth round.