Crouch bags brace in Potters defeat
Harry Redknapp's decision to keep faith with Peter Crouch paid off as the striker scored twice in a 3-2 victory over Stoke to give Tottenham their first win in almost two months.
Despite his costly dismissal against Real Madrid, the England striker started the game and took only 10 minutes to open the scoring with a well-taken header before Luka Modric made it 2-0.
Crouch added his second after Matthew Etherington had pulled one back for Stoke but Kenwyne Jones smashed one in off the bar to make it 3-2 just before the break.
Spurs opened the scoring when Roman Pavlyuchenko whipped in a cross and Crouch powered a header past Asmir Begovic from eight yards.
Spurs pushed for a second and it came seven minutes later. Pavlyuchenko played in Modric and the Croatian breezed past two markers before slotting the ball between Begovic's legs.
With 26 minutes gone, however, the Potters shocked the hosts with an amazing goal from former Spurs man Etherington. The winger picked the ball up on the halfway line, skipped past Michael Dawson and held off Tom Huddlestone's challenge to go clean through and nutmeg Heurelho Gomes from eight yards.
Crouch restored the two-goal cushion 33 minutes in when he climbed to reach Huddlestone's pin-point 35-yard cross and power home a header.
Redknapp was cursing his side's defending soon after though as Andy Wilkinson robbed Gareth Bale of the ball and played in Jones, who smacked a 20-yard screamer in off the bar.
Stoke almost levelled after the break when Jon Walters' close-range effort struck a post after Gomes had palmed away Jones' cross. And the ball was in the Stoke net 65 minutes in but the referee ruled that Younes Kaboul had bundled Begovic over the line before Pavlyuchenko tapped in.
The Tottenham fans were becoming nervous at their side's failure to find a fourth and Jones reminded them of the threat he posed when he fired a 20-yard drive that Gomes did well to tip over.