Stoke players remonstrate with referee Chris Foy over Walters' late 'goal'
By Sam Lyon
Gareth Bale's brace earned Tottenham a first league win of the season but only the controversial non-award of a late equaliser denied Stoke a deserved draw.
Jon Walters' 86th-minute header looked to have crossed the line despite Peter Crouch's block, but it was not given.
It meant Bale's double proved decisive, his first bundled home from a yard out and the second a stunning volley.
Ricardo Fuller had poked in to level in between, but in the end Stoke's second-half rally came to nothing.
That was partly down to some wasteful finishing from the hosts - Tuncay in particular the guilty party - while Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes also produced a couple of excellent stops.
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But in the end the game hung on the officials' decision not to award Walters a debut goal following his £2.75m arrival from Ipswich in midweek, a moment that will no doubt heighten calls for video technology to be introduced.
Following summer controversy over Frank Lampard's disallowed effort for England against Germany at the World Cup, this was another example of an occasion when referee Chris Foy could have benefited immeasurably from a video replay.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp claimed after the game that a foul in the lead-up to Walters' header should have rendered the debate over whether it had crossed the line redundant anyway.
Either way, though, he will be delighted with a win that sets his side Spurs up perfectly ahead of their crunch Champions League qualifier return leg against Young Boys at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
It was a victory that did not look in too much doubt at half-time after a first 45 minutes dominated by the visitors.
A spate of injuries meant Redknapp was forced to play Peter Crouch - his only fit striker - up front on his own in a 4-5-1 formation, but Spurs made it work to their advantage with some fine passing and movement across the midfield.
It still took a moment of good fortune for them to take the lead, however.
Aaron Lennon sparked the move with a delightful ball over the top that set Bale in behind the Stoke defence for the first time, and even though his shot was parried by keeper Thomas Sorensen the Welshman was in the right place to deflect home the opener from Ryan Shawcross's attempted clearance.
The hosts responded with typical bite and were level minutes later when Fuller prodded home from close range after Spurs keeper Gomes - claiming a foul by Robert Huth - had got lost under a Matthew Etherington corner.
But Tottenham were in front again minutes later when Bale, picked out by another excellent ball from Lennon, lashed a stunning left-foot volley over the keeper and into the top far corner.
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As good as Spurs were in the first half, though, Stoke were better in the second - and only some poor finishing and that late controversy denied them a share of the spoils.
Gomes did well to tip Tuncay's deflected long-ranger over the bar on 70 minutes, moments before the Turkish frontman sent a header wide of the goal unmarked six yards out from a corner.
Shawcross then blazed over from inside the box, Gomes got down well to save from Fuller, and Jermaine Jenas did well to block Matthew Etherington's goalbound shot.
Spurs will take credit for a fine rearguard action in the face of almost constant home pressure towards the end - but in the end Stoke were left fuming with the officials' decision not to award Walters' late strike.
And that misery was compounded after the game with the news that striker Mamady Sidibe could be ruled out for the entire season after snapping an Achilles tendon in the closing stages of the match.
The defeat leaves the Potters pointless from their first two games, though on this evidence they will again cause opposition sides plenty of problems this season.
And as for Tottenham, they will hope their defence - and luck - holds just as well when they host Swiss minnows Young Boys at the Lane on Wednesday.
90:00+6:11 Tuncay Sanli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
90:00+5:32 Attacking throw-in by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke).
90:00+4:05 Gareth Bale (Tottenham) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Dean Whitehead (Stoke) from own half, resulting
in open play.
90:00+1:14 Attacking throw-in by Matthew Etherington (Stoke).
89:35 Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Crouch.
89:00 Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line, Danny Collins takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
88:46 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
87:13 Substitution Michael Tonge joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mamady Sidibe.
86:07 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Aaron Lennon replaced by Kyle Walker (tactical).
84:42 Header by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes
83:55 Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
83:55 Substitution Rory Delap leaves the field to be replaced by Mamady Sidibe.
83:55 Handball by Jermaine Jenas.
83:38 Cross by Jonathan Walters (Stoke), shot by Ricardo Fuller (Stoke) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save
(caught) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
83:04 Shot by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) lobbed left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Thomas Sorensen
82:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Dean Whitehead. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
81:17 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
79:37 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
78:12 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
77:16 Defending throw-in by Danny Collins (Stoke).
76:31 Matthew Etherington sends in a cross, Close range header by Tuncay Sanli goes over the crossbar.
75:39 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
75:02 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
74:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Fuller on Tom Huddlestone. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
73:41 Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
72:51 Gareth Bale has an effort direct from the free kick.
72:51 Booking Ryan Shawcross shown a yellow card.
72:30 Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded.
70:07 Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
69:15 Effort from deep inside the area by Ryan Shawcross clears the bar.
68:55 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington (Stoke) to far post, clearance by Younes Kaboul
68:48 Shot by Tuncay Sanli (Stoke) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Michael Dawson (Tottenham).
67:23 Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes. Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line,
Tuncay Sanli produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
66:56 Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
66:14 Shot by Dean Whitehead (Stoke) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), blocked by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham).
65:27 Shot by Rory Delap (Stoke) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
64:53 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
64:44 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
64:27 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
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