For 45 spell-binding minutes, Spurs made a mockery of their lowly position at the foot of the Premier League and played like a team chasing for a Champions League spot. Within 25 minutes, goals from Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson had placed Spurs into an unassailable lead.
Naturally, Spurs took their foot off the pedal somewhat and gifted Stoke’s James Beattie a goal but for once, Spurs were not in any real danger of losing a substantial lead. This time, anyway.
Considering the attack-minded midfield – Bentley, Modric & Lennon all started – the combative Stoke midfielders could not take control in the middle of the park especially with Modric pulling the strings brilliantly. This game was also notable for being the debut of new goalie Carlo Cuducini and although Stoke never really tested him, Cuducini looked composed throughout.
With Palacios and Chimbonda stil to come on board, Spurs are beginning to look like they will have the steel to match the flair as the crucial run-in begins with a tough game away to Bolton this Saturday.