Was left exposed for Jerome’s goal midway through the second half, yet was rarely tested by Crouch and Walters. Did well to release Walker early as Tottenham looked to break.
Will be disappointed not to have cleared a fairly tame Pennant cross that led to Stoke’s goal. Otherwise looked solid alongside Kaboul.
The youngster is a superb outlet on the break, yet such an attacking advantage can prove to be a defensive sacrifice, with Jerome often slipping in behind Walker. Luckily, Kaboul was consistently alive to plug the gaps, yet he was not on hand to prevent Jerome from scoring.
Defensively solid overall, but the presence of Crouch and even Walters ensured the center back was kept on his toes throughout. Going forward, the 26-year-old was less productive, often opting for hopeful balls that were easily cut out by the Potters’ large backline.
The Cameroon international saw his first-half free-kick fly just a yard over the bar, but his delivery in general wasn’t up to scratch. Also allowed Pennant more and more space down the right wing as the game progressed.
Will feel unlucky to have been replaced at half time by Jermain Defoe, but the midfielder’s contribution was limited to link-up play in midfield, with the Modric and Parker taking on the creative onus.
R. van der Vaart
As is so often with the Dutchman, he drifted in and out of a game largely bypassed him. Yet was on hand to guide home Bale's cross to snatch a point in the dying minutes.
The England captain was combative as ever, and complimented Modric well in the middle of the park. However, at times was loose in his passing when precision could have proved vital.
The Croatian not only looked to dictate play from the center of the park, linking up well with Parker as Tottenham brought the ball forward with a series of passing moves. Also proved his side’s greatest attacking threat, but was unable to hit the target with two golden opportunities.
Gave Andy Wilkinson a difficult evening after a quiet start to the game. At times struggled to find his usual quality in the final ball, but in the second half he continued to threaten, often being drawn into an increasingly familiar central role as the game progressed.
A disappointing evening for the French striker, who struggled as a lone striker in the first half, while the introduction of Jermain Defoe in the second did little to improve his output. Replaced by Dos Santos with 20 minutes remaining.
A real rocky performance from the Bosnian, who dealt well as Tottenham peppered his goalmouth from distance, but fell apart twice as he fluffed his attempts to catch the ball in the box. Luckily for the stopper neither Ledley King nor Jermain Defoe were able to take advantage on either occasion.
The 24-year-old started brightly with a number of solid challenges but soon became overwhelmed by the pace of Kyle Walker on the right-hand side, while the presence of Louis Saha and Scott Parker also forced Wilson to carelessly lose possession at times.
The Stoke captain nearly teed up Van der Vaart for a long-range effort after a poor headed clearance, but was otherwise solid alongside defensive partner Huth.
Initially looked to get forward and trouble Assou-Ekotto but was soon forced to focus on his defensive duties, with Bale routinely beating him to the touchline down the left-flank.
Solid display from the German center half, who did well to block a number of Spurs’ attempts from range, as well as vitally intercepting a Modric through ball which looked to have played Parker through on goal.
The wideman failed to contribute after a lively start to the game. Showed a complete lack of vision just before halftime when opting to play the ball out wide instead of finding Peter Crouch’s free run through the middle of Tottenham’s defence. Yet made up for it in the second, as his ball found Jerome at the back post to bag Stoke’s goal.
The Senegalese midfielder failed to find his feet in the 25 minutes he was on the field, allowing Kyle Walker too much time on the ball when the home side looked to break. Was replaced by Glenn Whelan due to injury.
On his return to White Hart Lane following his exit last summer, the Honduran looked slow off the mark, twice giving away needless fouls, while his replacement at Tottenham, Scott Parker, well and truly had the better of his counterpart. Replaced early in the second half by Dean Whitehead.
Proved problematic against his former side, and led the line well, even if his flick-ons were often unable to find a teammate.
Lively but blunt throughout. At first had looked to combine well with Jerome and Crouch, but there was at time miscommunication between the trio. A solid performance otherwise.
Deployed in an unfamiliar wide role due to the absence of Matthew Etherington, Jerome did well to trouble Kyle Walker, with the ex-Birmingham man finding space in behind the young full-back in the opening minutes, which in turn forced him to remember his defensive duties. Capped off an impressive showing with a goal as the Potters snatched all three points.
- 33 R. Nelsen
- 23 C. Cudicini
- 25 D. Rose
- 29 J. Livermore
- 30 Sandro
Gifted a glorious chance just minutes after entering the fray at halftime, yet the former Portsmouth man scuffed his shot with an opening goal in front of him. Was never granted a better opportunity.
G. dos Santos
Replaced Saha with 20 minutes remaining.
Came on for Cameron Jerome with 10 minutes remaining.
- 29 T. Sørensen
- 30 R. Shotton
- 20 M. Upson
Replaced Palacios early on in the second half, and did well alongside Whelan.
The combination of Parker and Modric at first looked too much for the midfielder after his introduction in place of Diao midway through the first half, but proved constant in the center of the park as he helped to limit Tottenham’s attacking threat.
- 9 K. Jones