Spurs hand’t tasted defeat since Manchester City thrashed them 5-1 at White Hart Lane in August but came unstuck at the Britannia Stadium with one of former players at forefront of their downfall. Etherington, who spent three years at White Hart Lane, scored twice in the first half to effectively win the game for The Potters before Emmanuel Adebayor set up a tense finish although their hopes of a comeback were dashed following Younes Kaboul’s red card nine minutes from time. Harry Redknapp will be disappointed with his sides performance in the Potteries as they failed to match a physical Stoke side who never really broke a sweat on the way to their third win in a row. A stern defensive performance and a number of saves from Thomas Sorensen guaranteed all three points for Tony Pulis’ men with Etherington proving to be the match winner with two strikes in the first forty five minutes.
With a quartet of former Tottenham players on the field it was the winger who made the biggest impact opening the scoring in the 13th minute slamming home Peter Crouch’s lay off he collected Jon Walters flick from Ryan Shotton’s cross. It was just rewards for a bright start from the hosts with Etherington calling 40-year-old Brad Friedel into action after just 37 seconds before Shotton dragged a shot wide after robbing the ball from Benoit Assou-Ekotto. However after going behind the away side started to gain a foothold in the game especially after Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon swapped wings. Rafael Van Der Vaart tested Sorensen with an effort before the Dane tipped a fizzing Luka Modric drive wide. The Potters keeper then saved comfortably from Emmanuel Adebayor and his saves proved to be crucial as Ethertington doubled his side’s lead two minutes before half time. A long throw from Shotton was helped on by Walters with the winger scuffing in a volley at the far post.
Spurs improved in the second half with substitute Sebastien Bassong heading Modric’s corner over the bar before Jermain Defoe snapped a shot wide of the post. Scott Parker then narrowly missed out on connecting with Kyle Walkers cross as the visitors continued their hunt for a route back into the game. Their pressure finally paid off as Modric went tumbling in the penalty area following a challenge from Glenn Whelan allowing Adebayor to convert from 12-yards and put his side on the front foot. Parker brought the best out Sorensen with the keeper pulling off a stunning save to keep out the midfielders sweetly struck effort before Adebayor curled wide. However their chances of taking something from the game were shattered after Kaboul was sent off for a challenge on Walters with Stoke holding on to move into eight position.