Tottenham moved three points off the top four in the league with a comfortable victory over Stoke.

Spurs went ahead when Roberto Soldado scored a penalty after Ryan Shawcross handled Emmanuel Adebayor's volley.

Soldado had a tame 10-yard shot saved before Mousa Dembele added a second when he rifled in a 20-yard shot.

Stoke rarely threatened and Aaron Lennon's angled strike across goal sealed Tottenham's first home league win in five outings.

Tottenham 3-0 Stoke: Tim Sherwood surprised by Paulinho talent

The victory also provided Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood with his first win since taking over as permanent manager as his side rose to seventh in the top-flight and level on points with sixth-placed Manchester United, who they visit on New Year's Day.

Sherwood has been keen to implement a more attacking style of play since he replaced Andre Villas-Boas and his team certainly put that into practice as they won at White Hart Lane for the first time since 27 October.

Tottenham were helped by an obliging Stoke, who have the joint-worst away record in the Premier League, having accumulated just five points on their travels.

The Potters had set themselves up to frustrate Spurs but did give the home side an early scare when striker Jon Walters ran on to a long ball and went down following a challenge by covering left-back Ezekiel Fryers.

Referee Kevin Friend did not entertain the half-hearted penalty appeals from the visitors, who then had to withstand increasing pressure from Spurs.

The home side created plenty of chances and Adebayor had a clear sight of goal when he latched on to a Lennon pull-back only to miscue his eight-yard shot. The ball found Christian Eriksen, whose point-blank effort was saved by keeper Thomas Sorensen.

Analysis

"Seven out of a possible nine points for Tottenham under Tim Sherwood and it has been an excellent holiday period for the London club. It was a very comfortable win over Stoke."

Paulinho was back for Tottenham after suspension and he blended power with panache in midfield - the Brazilian producing an audacious looped backheel pass which Soldado controlled before shooting wide across goal.

Stoke were doing well to keep the game goalless, although they again threatened when winger Oussama Assaidi cut into the Spurs area from the right but, just as he was about to shoot, he had the ball stolen away from him by a crucial tackle by Michael Dawson.

However, the home side's efforts were eventually rewarded when Soldado rolled in the opener from the penalty spot after Adebayor controlled a cross on his chest and had his volley blocked by the arms of Shawcross.

Four of the Spaniard's five top-flight goals this season have come from the spot, and he should have added to his tally when he was found by a Lennon pass only to shoot straight at Sorensen from close range.

However, Dembele helped consolidate Tottenham's lead when he sidestepped to the left and powered a low 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.

Lennon impressively controlled at the far post before applying an emphatic finish for Tottenham's third and the home side could have had more, with Erik Lamela having a late shot turned wide by Shawcross.

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Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood:

"I thought we played well from start to finish. Two goals is never enough as we know what Stoke are about.

Stoke struggled to cope - Hughes

"They can hang on, get a scrappy goal and all of a sudden they are back in the game. We didn't allow them to do that. We managed to get the third goal and are pleased with the three points.

"We took some of our chances. A few more went missing. The strikers will score more often than not if they get into those positions, especially the top strikers we have got."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"I felt a little bit aggrieved at the start of the game. I felt we had a good claim for a penalty before Tottenham's penalty.

"In terms of having an impact on the game, we found it difficult.

"They have got a lot of power and pace and we struggled to cope with that. There are reasons for that as we are missing key players but we need to do better.

"On the day we were not good enough and up to the standard of the Spurs players."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton
  • 35 Fryers
  • 08 Paulinho (Capoue - 62' )
  • 20 Dawson
  • 06 Chiriches
  • 07 Lennon (Lamela - 75' Booked )
  • 19 Dembélé Booked
  • 09 Soldado
  • 10 Adebayor (Chadli - 80' )
  • 23 Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 11 Lamela
  • 15 Capoue
  • 21 Chadli
  • 24 Friedel
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 43 Fredericks
  • 51 Veljkovic

Stoke City

  • 29 Sørensen
  • 28 Wilkinson (Muniesa - 81' )
  • 03 Pieters
  • 08 Palacios (Pennant - 69' )
  • 17 Shawcross Booked
  • 20 Cameron
  • 19 Walters Booked
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 25 Crouch
  • 32 Ireland (Adam - 50' )
  • 24 Assaidi

Substitutes

  • 05 Muniesa
  • 07 Pennant
  • 09 Jones
  • 14 Ness
  • 16 Adam
  • 22 Butland
  • 26 Etherington
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 36,072

Match Stats

Shots

20 2

On target

7 1

Corners

6 1

Fouls

6 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Stoke City 0.

90:00 +3:58 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Stoke City 0.

87:16 Booking

Booking Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:00

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

87:00

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:23

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:23

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

85:49

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:49

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

82:56

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermaine Pennant with a cross.

82:20

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

82:20

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:27

Offside, Stoke City. Peter Crouch tries a through ball, but Oussama Assaidi is caught offside.

80:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Marc Muniesa replaces Andy Wilkinson because of an injury.

79:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Emmanuel Adebayor.

77:52

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Vlad Chiriches.

75:40

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

74:47

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

74:45

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

74:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Aaron Lennon.

72:15

Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:15

Foul by Jermaine Pennant (Stoke City).

71:20

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

71:20

Jermaine Pennant (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:40

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:40

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

68:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Stoke City 0. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

67:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Jermaine Pennant replaces Wilson Palacios.

66:02

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:02

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

64:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Stoke City 0. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

62:54

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

62:31

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

62:31

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:58

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

61:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

61:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Etienne Capoue replaces Paulinho because of an injury.

60:32

Delay in match Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

58:12

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:12

Foul by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke City).

57:11

Attempt saved. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

54:52

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

54:07

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

54:07

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:52

Offside, Stoke City. Thomas Sørensen tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.

51:51

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

51:20 Booking

Booking Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

51:14 Booking

Booking Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

51:09 Booking

Booking Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:41

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:41

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

50:04

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

49:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Stephen Ireland.

47:08

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

45:35

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 1, Stoke City 0.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Stoke City 0.

45:00 +1:03

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:00 +1:03

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:54

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

44:39

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

42:42

Offside, Stoke City. Thomas Sørensen tries a through ball, but Stephen Ireland is caught offside.

41:54

Offside, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.

41:08

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

38:28

Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:28

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

37:31

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:31

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

36:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Stoke City 0. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

35:11

Penalty conceded by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

35:07

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Soldado with a cross.

34:24

Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:24

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

31:44

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ezekiel Fryers with a cross.

28:50

Attempt missed. Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

17:57

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Steven N'Zonzi.

15:33

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paulinho.

14:20

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

14:19

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

13:38

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:38

Foul by Andy Wilkinson (Stoke City).

11:31

Attempt missed. Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

10:52

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

7:08

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:08

Foul by Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).

3:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

3:03

Delay in match Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) because of an injury.

2:00

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:13

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:13

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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