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Etherington double downs Spurs

Emmanuel Adebayor was controversially denied an equaliser as Stoke brought 10-man Tottenham's long unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League to an end with a 2-1 victory.

The Spurs striker replied to Matthew Etherington's first-half double from the penalty spot at the Britannia Stadium but had a second contentiously ruled out by an offside flag.

The visitors could also have had another penalty when Ryan Shawcross cleared off the line with his arm in a frantic second half but Stoke held on after the dismissal of Younes Kaboul.

Stoke claimed a deserved lead. A Ryan Shotton throw was not dealt with by the Spurs defence and Shawcross failed to connect when well placed at the back post.

The ball was worked back to Shotton and his deflected cross was flicked into Peter Crouch's path by Jon Walters. Crouch chested down and fired against the near post and Etherington followed up to turn in.

The Potters grabbed a second in typical fashion just before the break. Walters again flicked on another long throw from Shotton and Etherington arrived unmarked to score despite not hitting the cleanest of strikes.

Spurs began to assert themselves, and referee Chris Foy pointed to the penalty spot after adjudging Glenn Whelan to have caught Luka Modric after 64 minutes. Adebayor made no mistake as he clinically dispatched his spot-kick.

There was further drama in the Stoke box when, after Jermain Defoe went down appealing for a penalty, a Kaboul shot was cleared off the line by the arm of Shawcross.

Again Foy saw nothing untoward and then blew for offside as Adebayor tucked the ball in, when replays indicated he may have been onside.

Stoke were clearly hanging on but they may have breathed a sigh of relief as Kaboul received a second yellow card for bringing down Walters on a rare counter-attack.

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