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Tottenham smash Stoke At White Hart Lane

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Tottenham walked out 3-0 winners at White Hart Lane after a dominant display against an injury-stricken Stoke City.

Stoke were without many key players and it showed, as Spurs ran the show for the full 90 minutes on Sunday evening, having 68 per cent of the possession, 20 shots on target and, disappointingly perhaps but an improvement on recent statistics - seven of them were on target. A good showing all round from the north London side.

Tottenham went close throughout the first half with Roberto Soldado heading inches wide, and the Spaniard missed again when a sensational flick from Paulinho sent him through and he struck just wide.

He eventually found the net after Shawcross was adjudged to have handled the ball after he was hit by a close-range Adebayor scissor-kick, and a penalty was awarded for Spurs. Soldado sent Sorensen the wrong way to dispatch his fifth Premier League goal of the season, his fourth from the spot.

It was 1-0 at the break, and little changed in the second half with Tottenham cruising, always coming excruciatingly close to finding the net. Eventually they did when a beautiful run from Mousa Dembele, bamboozling defenders with his control and dribbling before unleashing a stunning left-footed strike into the bottom right hand corner in the 65th minute.

Minutes after going 2-0 up, Spurs made it 3-0 - through Englishman Aaron Lennon, in the 69th minute. He had been playing exceptionally and deserved a goal, and it was arguably the best of the lot - Soldado switched the ball, Adebayor looked to have messed the play up but Lennon deftly touched the ball up on his thigh and slammed a delightful volley cross-goal into the Stoke goal.

There were a multitude of chances for Tottenham and it could, and perhaps should, have been an even bigger margin of victory. Tottenham got their first home win since October and also a clean sheet - a drastic improvement on recent home performances.

The victory made it two wins and a draw for Sherwood in the League, however Spurs now face trips to Manchester United and Arsenal this week, which will truly test their standing as a top Premier League team. Based on this result though, they can't be faulted!

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