Tottenham needed a late Rafael van der Vaart header to rescue a point and deny Stoke City victory at White Hart Lane.

Van der Vaart met Gareth Bale's cross deep into stoppage time to end Spurs' three-match Premier League losing run.

The Potters had previously defended well, going ahead against the run of play when Cameron Jerome poked home from close range.

Redknapp frustrated by Spurs tactics

And, despite their late equaliser, Spurs slipped behind north London rivals Arsenal to fourth in the table.

It was a bitter-sweet night for Tottenham, Van der Vaart's late goal masking the frustrations of a disappointing performance and the news that Arsenal had won at Everton.

On 1 February, Spurs' advantage over the Gunners stood at 12 points, but they now trail their neighbours by one.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said he would check on the mental state of his players after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Whether or not they were affected by the events concerning Muamba, the home side made a sluggish start but looked the much more likely side to win the game from midway through the first half.

  • Since Fabio Capello resigned as England manager, Tottenham have picked up only four points from a possible 15

However, for all their possession, they struggled to break down an organised Stoke defence, Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic rarely being forced into action.

Still, it was a surprise when the Stoke goal came, as Spurs were enjoying their best spell of the match, Bale's long-range effort looping over Begovic but not dipping under the crossbar.

Almost instantly, Stoke won a free-kick midway into the hosts' half that was whipped in by the recalled Jermaine Pennant and met by Robert Huth.

Jerome, who came closest for Stoke in the first half by twice testing Brad Friedel from distance, reacted quickest, prodding the ball home and giving Stoke hope of their first-ever league double over Tottenham.

Pulis believes Stoke should have won

Even the shock of going behind was unable to awaken Spurs, who now looked likely to rue the chance Modric wasted in the first half.

On a rare moment of slack defending from the Potters, Modric was fed by a slide-rule pass by Bale, but could only shoot across Begovic and wide.

Aside from that, the Stoke keeper was only called into action twice in the opening period, first dropping onto Van der Vaart's low effort, then tipping Louis Saha's shot from the edge of the box over the bar.

With those chances gone, and Bale's brilliant effort unrewarded, Spurs looked set for a fourth defeat until the Welshman's fizzing cross late in stoppage time.

Van der Vaart's header flew past Begovic but, by then, Spurs' grip on third spot, and the mantle of top London side in the top flight, was already slipping.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Tottenham

  • 24 Friedel
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 26 King (Nelsen - 83' )
  • 28 Walker
  • 32 Assou-Ekotto
  • 03 Bale
  • 08 Parker
  • 11 Van der Vaart Booked
  • 14 Modric
  • 21 Kranjcar (Defoe - 46' )
  • 15 Saha (Giovani - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Cudicini
  • 33 Nelsen
  • 25 Rose
  • 29 Livermore
  • 30 Sandro
  • 17 Giovani
  • 18 Defoe

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 04 Huth
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 12 Wilson
  • 15 Diao (Whelan - 26' )
  • 16 Pennant
  • 40 Palacios Booked (Whitehead - 57' )
  • 19 Walters
  • 25 Crouch
  • 33 Jerome (Delap - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 29 Sorensen
  • 20 Upson
  • 30 Shotton
  • 06 Whelan
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 24 Delap
  • 09 Jones
Ref: Jones
Att: 35,172

Match Stats

Shots

24 8

On target

18 2

Corners

13 1

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:09 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +5:40

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.

90:00 +2:26

The assist for the goal came from Gareth Bale.

90:00 +2:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Rafael Van der Vaart - Tottenham 1 - 1 Stoke Rafael Van der Vaart finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Tottenham 1-1 Stoke.

90:00 +1:29

Corner from the left by-line taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:15

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.

89:59

Foul by Peter Crouch on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.

88:38

Foul by Ryan Nelsen on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Andy Wilkinson takes the free kick.

87:50

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.

84:32

Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Gareth Bale results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.

84:19

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.

82:43 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Nelsen replaces Ledley King.

82:18 Substitution

Substitution Rory Delap comes on in place of Cameron Jerome.

81:05

Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

81:05 Booking

Booking Rafael Van der Vaart receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

80:08

Foul by Rafael Van der Vaart on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded.

79:01

Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dos Santos Giovani. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Andy Wilkinson.

78:03

Shot from 20 yards by Gareth Bale. Blocked by Marc Wilson. Luka Modric takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Robert Huth.

77:48

Gareth Bale produces a cross.

77:02

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

76:20

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

74:24

Robert Huth provided the assist for the goal.

74:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Cameron Jerome - Tottenham 0 - 1 Stoke Cameron Jerome scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 0-1 Stoke.

74:13

Kyle Walker challenges Cameron Jerome unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant,

73:35

Gareth Bale takes a shot.

73:15

Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Andy Wilkinson gets a block in.

71:41 Substitution

Substitution Dos Santos Giovani comes on in place of Louis Saha.

71:41

Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermain Defoe. Ledley King takes the indirect free kick.

69:19

Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.

68:55

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Andy Wilkinson gets a block in.

68:29

Corner taken by Luka Modric from the left by-line to the near post, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.

68:05

Peter Crouch is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

64:50

Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart.

64:16

Corner from left by-line taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

64:04

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.

63:48

Luka Modric takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.

62:18

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Comfortable save by Brad Friedel.

60:33

The ball is sent over by Jermaine Pennant, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.

57:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Luka Modric. Luka Modric takes the indirect free kick.

56:18 Substitution

Substitution Dean Whitehead on for Wilson Palacios.

56:08

The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.

55:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Louis Saha. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

54:13

Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Younes Kaboul takes the indirect free kick.

53:59

The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.

52:41

Louis Saha takes a shot. Wilson Palacios gets a block in.

50:03

Rafael Van der Vaart produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

49:28

Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line played to the near post, Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance.

49:21

Kyle Walker crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.

48:36

The ball is sent over by Kyle Walker, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.

47:40

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart.

47:23

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Jermaine Pennant.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jermain Defoe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Niko Kranjcar.

45:00 +2:37 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:39

Foul by Gareth Bale on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross, Header on goal by Robert Huth from just inside the area goes over the goal.

45:00 +0:06

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Glenn Whelan.

42:59

Indirect free kick taken by Ledley King.

42:59 Booking

Booking Wilson Palacios receives a yellow card.

42:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Niko Kranjcar.

40:23

Effort from outside the area by Andy Wilkinson goes wide right of the goal.

38:56

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.

38:33

Rafael Van der Vaart takes the outswinging corner, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.

38:16

Louis Saha takes a shot. Brilliant save by Asmir Begovic.

37:12

Niko Kranjcar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

37:04

The ball is swung over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance made by Glenn Whelan.

35:47

Jonathan Walters is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.

35:05

Glenn Whelan fouled by Younes Kaboul, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

34:28

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Peter Crouch.

32:33

Rafael Van der Vaart is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

29:59

Glenn Whelan challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.

28:51

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart, Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Louis Saha results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.

28:12

Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker. Indirect free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.

24:12

Shot comes in from Benoit Assou-Ekotto from the free kick.

24:12 Substitution

Substitution Salif Diao leaves the field to be replaced by Glenn Whelan.

24:12

Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha.

22:12

Luka Modric takes a shot. Jonathan Walters gets a block in.

21:41

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.

21:18

Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.

20:24

Luka Modric concedes a free kick for a foul on Salif Diao. Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Brad Friedel makes a save.

19:01

Luka Modric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

18:10

Peter Crouch produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

17:27

Luka Modric has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

16:11

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

14:44

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.

10:31

Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Peter Crouch misses to the right of the target.

9:25

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.

6:52

Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Indirect free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

6:12

Cameron Jerome produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

5:08

Cameron Jerome has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

3:53

Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Salif Diao gets a block in.

0:38

Jonathan Walters is ruled offside. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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