It was Eidur Gudjohnsen's first Premier League goal for four years
By Anna Thompson
Tottenham earned a vital win over 10-man Stoke to further press their claim for a Champions League spot, moving four points clear of Liverpool.
First-half substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen scored his first goal since joining Spurs on loan from Monaco straight after half-time to put them ahead.
Stoke had Dean Whitehead sent off two minutes later before Matthew Etherington equalised with a penalty.
Niko Kranjcar earned Spurs the points, firing in Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross.
With the race for the Premier League's coveted fourth place hotting up, Spurs have boosted their chances, especially with rivals Aston Villa dropping two points in a 2-2 draw with Wolves at Villa Park earlier in the day.
Spurs had not won at Stoke since Garth Crooks scored the only goal 25 years ago but Gudjohnsen and Kranjcar put paid to that statistic.
Within seconds of the start of the second half Gudjohnsen broke the deadlock with his first Premier League goal since January 2006.
Peter Crouch laid the ball off to the former Chelsea star, on as replacement for the injured Roman Pavluychenko who has a hamstring problem, and the 32-year-old Icelandic striker held off Stoke captain Abdoulaye Faye to fire into the top of the net.
Pulis takes issue with referee Dean
Stoke immediately set about restoring parity, putting Spurs under pressure.
But then to compound their efforts, within four minutes of the restart, they were reduced to 10 men when Whitehead saw red for a second bookable offence for a challenge on Luka Modric - it was the third time this season referee Mike Dean has sent off a Stoke player.
The goal gave Spurs the impetus they needed and they could have added to their tally with Assou-Ekotto going close.
Redknapp salutes Gudjohnsen
But despite being a man down the home side did not give up and were awarded a penalty in the 64th minute when Assou-Ekotto pushed Dave Kitson in the back and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot.
The spot-kick was despatched coolly by former Tottenham man Etherington, who slotted it into the right-hand corner, sending Heurelho Gomes the wrong way.
And the Potters should have taken the lead six minutes later when Ricardo Fuller was guilty of one of the misses of the season after he skied Danny Higginbotham's shot over the bar from a few yards out with an open goal to aim at.
Kranjcar took his season tally to eight with his 77th minute goal
Spurs made them pay dearly for that miss when Kranjcar scored the winner on 77 minutes.
After giving away the penalty, Assou-Ekotto made amends by crossing the ball, which Gudjohnsen cleverly stepped over, allowing the Croat to fire past Thomas Sorensen with a terrific right-foot finish.
Chances had been few and far between in the first half with Faye going closest for Stoke, heading just wide after Kitson had flicked on Glenn Whelan's cross.
Potters skipper Faye also produced some admirable defending at the other end, preventing Gareth Bale from realising the trigger right on the stroke of half-time.
Spurs join Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Birmingham in leaving the Britannia Stadium with all three points this season and have certainly shown their top-four credentials.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp on the game: "It's a difficult place to come. The crowd were fantastic. It was an intimidating atmosphere but a good atmosphere. You never get an easy game here." Redknapp on Gudjohnsen: "I want to keep him here next year. He's a real top player and he's got fantastic ability. With Jermain Defoe out injured he has got a big part to play.
"The chairman did the deal for him and I don't know the details but we are certainly interested. The rest of the lads like him and they really love playing with him."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis on referee Mike Dean: "I rang Mike Riley on Wednesday and told him my concerns about Mike Dean. I was just seeing if we could change the referee because we weren't happy.
"I just thought it (the sending-off) was a very, very poor decision. We've had him earlier in the season and he's made poor decisions and we compiled stats on him."
83:38 Substitution Mamady Sidibe replaces Dave Kitson.
81:57 The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.
78:21 Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
76:38 Benoit Assou-Ekotto provided the assist for the goal.
76:38 GOAL - Niko Kranjcar:Stoke 1 - 2 Tottenham A goal is scored by Niko Kranjcar from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-2 Tottenham.
76:00 Centre by Niko Kranjcar.
75:09 The ball is swung over by Younes Kaboul, clearance by Danny Higginbotham.
73:47 The ball is sent over by Glenn Whelan, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
72:04 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
71:17 The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, save by Thomas Sorensen.
68:56 The ball is delivered by Matthew Etherington. Ricardo Fuller conjures a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that
clears the bar.
68:24 Dave Kitson fouled by Younes Kaboul, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.
67:39 The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
67:26 The ball is delivered by Vedran Corluka, blocked by Danny Collins.
66:24 A cross is delivered by Niko Kranjcar, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
65:59 Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.
65:50 The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Danny Collins.
64:36 Shot from outside the box by Younes Kaboul goes wide right of the target.
63:06 Assist on the goal came from Dave Kitson.
63:06 GOAL - Matthew Etherington:Stoke 1 - 1 Tottenham Matthew Etherington scores a placed penalty. Stoke 1-1 Tottenham.
62:25 Booking Benoit Assou-Ekotto goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
62:12 The ball is delivered by Danny Collins, Dave Kitson fouled by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, the ref awards a Penalty.
61:56 A cross is delivered by Danny Collins, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
61:10 Matthew Etherington fouled by Niko Kranjcar, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Collins.
60:17 The ball is swung over by Peter Crouch. The ball is delivered by Younes Kaboul.
Correction - 59:56 Centre by Younes Kaboul, clearance made by Abdoulaye Faye.
59:56 Younes Kaboul crosses the ball.
58:30 Shot from deep inside the area by Younes Kaboul clears the bar.
58:13 Gareth Bale takes a inswinging corner.
57:52 Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Dave Kitson gets a block in.
57:27 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, blocked by Robert Huth. Gareth Bale takes a short corner.
56:36 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Danny Higginbotham gets a block in.
55:22 Younes Kaboul takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
52:38 Younes Kaboul crosses the ball, save by Thomas Sorensen.
51:22 Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
49:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Bale on Dave Kitson. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
48:08 Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
48:08 Sent off Dean Whitehead receives a red card for second bookable offence.
47:59 Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric.
46:51 A cross is delivered by Rory Delap, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
45:20 Assist by Peter Crouch.
45:20 GOAL - Eidur Gudjohnsen:Stoke 0 - 1 Tottenham Eidur Gudjohnsen finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Stoke 0-1 Tottenham.
45:01 The referee starts the second half.
45:00+3:12 The players leave the pitch at half time.
45:00+1:48 Unfair challenge on Niko Kranjcar by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick.
45:00+1:08 Abdoulaye Faye takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
44:52 Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Danny Collins makes a clearance.
Correction - 42:48 Foul by Younes Kaboul on Dave Kitson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
42:48 Younes Kaboul challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rory Delap takes the free kick.
40:18 Michael Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Fuller. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.
37:51 The ball is sent over by Niko Kranjcar, clearance made by Danny Higginbotham.
37:22 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Glenn Whelan gets a block in.
37:06 The ball is sent over by Dave Kitson, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
35:18 Substitution Eidur Gudjohnsen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Roman Pavlyuchenko.
34:59 Dave Kitson takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
31:18 Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
31:18 Booking Dean Whitehead goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
31:11 Dean Whitehead challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick.
30:31 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
29:40 The ball is swung over by Younes Kaboul.
29:06 Vedran Corluka delivers the ball, Matthew Etherington gets a block in. Niko Kranjcar takes a short corner.
25:55 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Glenn Whelan. The ball is sent
over by Luka Modric.
24:26 Matthew Etherington takes the inswinging corner, Close range headed effort by Danny Higginbotham clears the crossbar.
23:59 Glenn Whelan takes the inswinging corner, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
23:51 Dave Kitson delivers the ball, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
21:22 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson. Corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line. Abdoulaye
Faye has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
19:42 Foul by Ricardo Fuller on Sebastien Bassong, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
19:25 Niko Kranjcar produces a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.
18:41 Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
18:41 Booking Ricardo Fuller shown a yellow card.
18:34 Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Ricardo Fuller results in a free kick.
17:50 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
17:20 Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, blocked by Glenn Whelan.
14:00 Rory Delap crosses the ball.
12:47 The ball is crossed by Rory Delap, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
Correction - 12:16 Dave Kitson fouled by Younes Kaboul, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
12:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Younes Kaboul. Abdoulaye Faye takes the direct free kick.
10:27 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, blocked by Dean Whitehead. Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Headed effort
on goal by Sebastien Bassong from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
9:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Gareth Bale. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
8:53 Foul by Gareth Bale on Robert Huth, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
7:13 Robert Huth produces a cross, Headed from the edge of the area by Dave Kitson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
6:03 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
1:27 Matthew Etherington produces a cross, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
0:00 The game kicks-off.
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