Tottenham extended their poor run to two league wins in eight games as they were easily brushed aside by Stoke City at White Hart Lane today.
First half goals from Bojan and Jon Walters put Mark Hughes' side in a commanding position and, despite Nacer Chadli's late strike, the Potters strolled to victory. Kyle Naughton's late red card only helped the visitors to secure the win that lifted them above Tottenham in the table.
Mauricio Pochettino will have plenty of questions to answer as his defence once again failed to deal with the most basic of tests, as Bojan ran from the halfway unchallenged before slotting the ball into the corner. Walters than converted Mame Biram Diouf's cross after Ryan Shawcross' header on the halfway line caught the Spurs back line all at sea.
Chadli volleyed home impressively from Danny Rose's cross to raise hopes for a battling last ten minutes from the Lilywhites but Naughton's trip on Victor Moses when clean through did not help the home side's cause.
Same old story
Despite dominating possession and having more shots it was a familiar story for Tottenham fans as Younes Kaboul and Federico Fazio were woefully exposed, the midfield lacked creativity and width, while Harry Kane was starved as service upfront.
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Things could have been so much better for Spurs and the England youngster had Kane converted a header in the six yard box in the opening minutes, but instead of finding the open net he sent his header back towards Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic.
Erik Lamela forced a finger tip save from the Bosnian stopper in the second half but far too many Spurs players failed to perform to a minimum requirement.
Star players struggle again
Christian Eriksen was again on the periphery as he struggles to find form, Chadli provided nothing save his goal - a now familiar experience - while Moussa Dembele's half time introduction simply added to the number of misplaced passes and dispossessions.
Emmanuel Adebayor came off the bench and was at least a presence for the Stoke defenders to deal with but his one sight of goal saw the Togolese spurn a header wide.
Pochettino's 4-2-3-1 system once again failed, with Spurs struggling to create real openings despite the majority of the ball. Too often moves were forced down the middle where Kane was outnumbered by Shawcross and Marc Muniesa.
The Argentine's reluctance to change systems or show any continuity with his selection is adding to Tottenham's woes and it remains to be seen whether he has the ability to rectify the north London club's slide down the table.
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