The visitors had a dreadful start, with Skipper Ryan Shawcross, diverting the ball past his own keeper on the 12 minute mark to give the home team a surprise 1-0 lead which they took into the break. Unfortunately for the Potters Spurs turned on the style in the second half and quickly doubled their lead through Son Heung-min. Within 60 seconds Spurs where in again, this time via the head of Harry Kane to make it 3-0. It was Kane again who added his 2nd and Tottenham’s forth with a stunning strike midway through the half.
As time ran out Tottenham continued to push forward and were rewarded again, this time Heung-min setting up Christian Eriksen before Shawcross got his name on the right side of the score sheet with a late consolation goal.
Afterwards Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino challenged his men to continue to show their ‘true quality’ and show some consistency in the league after slipping behind in the Premier League race, while Stoke Boss Mark Hughes as to find a solution to his team’s defensive issues fast as they have now averaging two goals per game against them as they come up to a tricky Christmas period.
Elsewhere Chelsea missed the chance to draw level with Manchester United, going down 1-0 to West Ham at London Stadium. A goal in the 6th minute from Marko Arnautovic proved to be enough to earn David Moles his first win since taking over at the London club. Chelsea had their chances, but a solid performance from the West Ham back four and Adrian in net was enough to secure the 3 points.
Burnley are keeping up the pressure on the bigger clubs at the top of the league with a 1-0 win over 10 men Watford. Marvin Zeegelaar’s was given his marching orders late in the 1st half, for a controversial tackle on Steven Defour. Although there was still time for Scott Arfield to score his second of the campaign to give his side the lead, which they kept.