The veteran shot-stopper was barely tested in the first period but reacted well to an arrowed effort from Modric that had to be tipped wide and pushed a fine second half effort from Parker over. Fortunate that a teammate was on the line to head away Kaboul's strike after he put a shot into the defender's path.
A second successive league start for the local defender, who was again deployed in a more advanced role in lieu of Pennant. Whipped in the ball that led to the opener and hurled some handy throws, with one finding its way to Etherington and into the back of the net. Caused Assou-Ekotto problems by opening a handy box of tricks every now and then to create space to put in some dangerous crosses.
The center back was again deployed wide right for Stoke and was unsurprisingly beaten for pace on a few occasions by Bale and Lennon. The latter was felled in a dangerous area by the former Spurs man, which earned a needless booking. Lucky not to pick up a second yellow after clattering into Parker and even more fortunate not to concede an own goal from a Walker cross. Replaced by Delap late on.
The skipper had precious little to contend with in the first half but should have done better from an attacking point of view when a looping set play found its way to him at the back stick, only for Walker to shuttle it away for a corner. Made a vital diving header from a Bale cross flying towards Adebayor and then hooked Kaboul's shot off the line, though replays suggested it came off his arm. Denied a goal from a corner by Friedel's quick hands.
Nominally a center midfielder, the Irishman looked untroubled at left back despite the threat of Bale and Lennon. Put Defoe on his backside with a deft feint and dribble, summing up his composed display.
Back once again in his preferred role in the middle, the German decisively dealt with an early and threatening Bale cross that could easily have wound up in the back of his net. Dependable.
Foolishly left his right leg out for Modric to trip over inside the box, gifting Spurs a way back into the game. Like his midfield partner, he alternated between snapping and standing back, allowing Modric and Co. too much space on occasion.
The former Sunderland man was typically combative although he and Whelan too often sat back and allowed Tottenham's trio of central midfielders to dictate the play.
Downed his former team with two goals. The first came from close range as he pounced on a reverse ball across the face of goal to slam home, and the second with a scuffed effort that looped over Friedel. The flying winger seems to be getting back to his best and nearly scored a stunner with a sweet volley that had the keeper at full stretch. Taken off to a standing ovation.
Wasted an excellent chance to roll the ball out to a midfielder to thump in from the edge of the area after excellent work from Etherington, but made up for that by harassing his markers and teeing up his teammate for a tap in – although there was a hint of handball as he challenged in the air.
The Irishman had a hand in the opener by flicking on the cross, dragging the back four all out of shape, and got a touch on Shotton's throw for the second. Tirelessly ran to pressure the center backs and offer options down the channels.
Made a good early stop from Etherington and popped up to make himself big at the near post, forcing the second effort wide. Could do nothing about either of Stoke's two first half goals as he was left exposed by his back four. Forced into a fantastic reflex save to deny Shawcross from a corner, keeping his team in the contest with his quick reactions.
Sent off for two bookable offenses – the second a needlessly cynical challenge on Walters that diminished his team's comeback charge. The Frenchman was a bystander for the opener, failing to react to the knock down and unaware of the red and white shirts running into space. A largely self-inflicted day of hurt for the defender, who had seen a shot cleared off the line at 2-1.
Caught out for the opener as he failed to spot Etherington steaming through unmarked, not moving off the line until the winger was inches away from slamming home. Had more opportunities to fly forward in the wing back role after the break and swung in some terrific crosses.
The Cameroonian was turned a few times in the first half by Shotton and was fortunate that the referee awarded a foul against him after Walters dispossessed him in the box following a sublime, but risky, first time control. Subbed off at the break for Bassong.
Hapless against Crouch in the build up to Etherington's first as he failed to clear his lines and allowed the forward to cut the ball back across goal. Highlighted the club's need to invest at the back in January.
Tottenham's little wizard struggled to pull any tricks out of his sleeve in the opening exchanges as Stoke squeezed the play, but the Croat was instrumental when the hosts began to drop deep. Saw a long-range howitzer tipped round the post and had more of the ball after the break when Spurs switched formation, which allowed him to pull the strings from afar. Jinking run drew a foul out of Whelan in the box.
R. van der Vaart
The Dutchman, who was left on the bench in the win over West Brom, replaced Defoe in the starting lineup but struggled to make his mark until he dropped deeper to give some passing relief to Modric and Parker - although even then he was far from instrumental. Taken off for Dos Santos late on after an almost anonymous second half.
The England international was quiet as Stoke came flying out of the traps and nearly put his team in further trouble with a sloppy back pass that had to be intercepted by Walker as Walters chased it down. Stepped up a gear after the break and forced a stellar stop from Sorensen with a driven strike from range. Went into the book after lunging at Crouch in frustration.
The winger swapped flanks with Bale and looked much more threatening down the left, cutting inside Shotton and Woodgate. Rather surprisingly replaced by Defoe at halftime as Harry Redknapp shuffled his pack.
The Togolese target man, so effective for Tottenham this season, scarcely got a kick in the first half and could only hit a tame shot straight down Sorensen's throat. Composed from the spot to slam home and almost curled in a sweet equalizer from 18 yards out.
Got the better of former teammate Woodgate a few times before switching to the opposite flank, where he drifted infield and helped Modric and company recycle possession. Played as an out-and-out wing back in the second period after Assou-Ekotto was taken off and became a real nuisance, though still far from his effervescent best.
- 1 Gomes
- 22 V. Ćorluka
Replaced Assou-Ekotto at the break as Spurs switched to three at the back and missed a chance to test Sorensen when he banged a header into the stands from a corner.
- 30 Sandro
- 40 S. Pienaar
G. dos Santos
Young Mexican could do nothing in his limited time on the pitch.
The impish striker came on to support Adebayor in the second half but rarely got involved in the play directly as he scuttled about with little purpose.