Absolutely nothing he could do about the two moments of class from Etherington and Jones and was otherwise largely untested.
Solid game that saw him eagerly to push forward. Comfy on the ball without ever really being hassled too much.
Had his day made much easier by a Bale who was willing to get at his full-back at every opportunity. Defensively, he was threatened in glimpses by Pennant without ever being too worried.
Dealt admirably with the sizeable Stoke front pairing. Jones got the better of him for the goal, but you can hardly blame him for that.
Did well to keep Jones and Walter under wraps, with the two only occasionally popping up to trouble the Spurs back four.
Was hit and miss in the middle of the park, spraying the ball around and needlessly giving it area in equal measure. Got about the park though and asserted himself on the game.
R. van der Vaart
Always lively and worked incredibly well off Crouch and Pavlyuchenko, at the hub of all his sides attacking endeavour.
Pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the creative midfielder. Innovation in abundance, he got on the scoresheet and threatened everytime he had the ball in an advanced position.
Regularly surged down the left to good effect but was caught napping and allowed Stoke to score their second.
A first half double that reaffirmed everything we know about the lanky striker. Great finishes both of them and proved the match-winner for his team.
Dropped off deep and interchanged well with his sides’ midfield, causing the Stoke defence all manner of headaches. Quality on the ball still seemed suspect though as a couple of half-chances went begging.
With the ball tossed into his box in a manner that he is usually used to witnessing his team utilise, the keeper had a day to forget.
Essentially the defender will be judged by the fact that his defence let three goals in but in reality, he dealt reasonably well with a Spurs attack that was fluent all afternoon.
Had to deal with angled balls into Crouch all day long and by and large didn’t do too badly. Three goals let in in the first half says it all though
Remained largely in the background all game. Difficult afternoon all-in-all as he was run ragged by an interchanging Spurs attack.
Did very well to nip and a steal the ball off Bale for his side’s second goal. Otherwise was largely charged with containing the Welshman, which he did with increasing influence as the game went on.
A moment of sheer quality for his goal and was the main source of respite for a Stoke side that was bombarded from the first minute. Dangerous throughout.
Can’t actually remember him hurling the ball into the box once and pretty much spent all day tracking back. Not the best of days.
Over-ran in midfield and lost, markedly, in a battle of class with his counterparts. Could do little to quell waves of Tottenham attack from deep in the first half, which effectively decided the course of the game.
Was ill-afforded the opportunity to get forward in the first half but grew in influence as the game progressed. Neat and tidy without too much innovation.
Was largely anonymous throughout. Most of his work was done defensively in what proved a frustrating afternoon.
His physicality presented few problems to the dominant pairing of Kaboul and Dawson, until he was gifted a golden chance by Bale and finished with aplomb.