Roberto Soldado scored one and set up another as Spurs claimed a confidence boosting 3-0 win over Stoke City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele completed the rout as Spurs climbed to seventh and Stoke dropped to 12th in the Premier League table.
New Spurs manager Tim Sherwood made five changes to the team that drew with West Brom on Boxing Day with Zeki Fryers, Lennon, Kyle Naughton, Dembele and Paulinho coming back into the side.
Whilst Stoke boss Mark Hughes had his own headache with Marc Wilson and Glenn Whelan serving suspensions for their red cards received during the 5-1 loss to Newcastle, Wilson Palacios and Andy Wilkinson replaced them with Stephen Ireland in for Charlie Adam.
Stoke were defending from the outset with Tottenham on the front foot and asking all the questions. Soldado knocked the ball wide from Paulinho’s cross but Spurs were struggling to take advantage of their pressure.
Stoke were denied a penalty when Oussama Assaidi was brought down in the area by Michael Dawson but the referee waved play on.
Tottenham broke the deadlock in the 36th minute. When Ryan Shawcross blocked Emmanuel Adebayor’s cross with his arms he was penalised for a handball in the area and Soldado stepped up to take the subsequent penalty, slotting home his fourth spot-kick of this season.
Dembele was back in the team after limping off against Southampton last weekend and he proved he was back to his best in the second half when he found space and unleashed a 25-yard shot which left Thomas Sorensen with no chance for his second of the season.
Goalscorer Soldado then set up Spurs’ third goal after being found by Adebayor. The Spaniard set up Lennon who was in acres of space right of the penalty area and angled a superb shot past the Stoke keeper to give Tottenham the 3-0 win.
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