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Blistering Tottenham Hotspur Hit Stoke City For 5

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Rampant Tottenham secured a place in the history books and brought happiness back to Wembley with a devastating destruction of feeble Stoke.

Mauricio Pochettino's sharpshooters became the first side to win four consecutive English top-flight matches against the same opponent by four goals or more in each match.

Poor Stoke might have thought things could not get any worse after three successive 4-0 maulings but the latest humiliation was truly the stuff of nightmares, triggered by an unfortunate own goal before a total collapse in the second half.

This, however, was Tottenham back to something like their scintillating best. Recent stumbles were banished with an assured performance crowned by a display of devastating finishing, led by Harry Kane, who struck twice as Spurs ran amok after the interval.

Tottenham had entered the day closer to the bottom of the table than leaders Manchester City - at least in terms of points - and horizons lowered from title-chasing to simply securing a place in the top four.

A tally of just two points gleaned from a possible 12 had seen them slip behind Arsenal and Liverpool in the chase for Champions League places next season.

The Londoners' cause has not been helped by failure to continue the White Hart Lane win habit at their temporary Wembley abode, where nine priceless points had been allowed to slip away before this weekend. But all that doubt was swept away as Tottenham turned the power back on to thrilling effect.

Stoke came to make life awkward, their usual back-three more a back five with Thomas Edwards and Erik Pieters fully focused on wide defensive duties.

It was a bitter blow for Stoke manager Mark Hughes when his men were only able to hold firm for less than a quarter of the game and the home side were presented with their breakthrough from an own goal.

Son, who had shown most enterprise in a quiet Tottenham opening, whipped in a low cross that initially took a deflection from Stoke defender Kurt Zouma before ricocheting off the chest of Ryan Shawcross, who was under pressure from Kane, and beyond goalkeeper Jack Butland.

It was a cruel moment for the Stoke captain, the sole survivor from the last Stoke team to visit Wembley, who suffered FA Cup final heartbreak at the hands of Manchester City in 2011.

Stoke were fortunate not to be further embarrassed four minutes later when Son charged upfield through the wide empty spaces following the breakdown of a corner routine. It could, make that should, have been a spectacular solo goal but the South Korean's shot was blocked by Butland.

There was plenty more work for the Stoke goalkeeper as Tottenham continually pressed forward. Eager to present his England credentials on the Wembley stage, Butland denied Christian Eriksen, from a free-kick, and Mousa Dembele in rapid succession.

He thus deserved a moment of good fortune when, eight minutes before the interval, a clean-through Kane drilled wide from 10 yards.

The match, however, was put beyond any doubt early in the second half with a rapid Tottenham double-strike that left Stoke reeling. Eight minutes after the restart, Dele Alli's perfectly weighted through ball wafted into the path of Son who strode on to finish low to Butland's left.

Cue complete distintegration by Stoke. Butland was caught in possession by Kane and scrambled the ball out for a corner. When that danger was not properly cleared, Ben Davies pitched in a deep cross that Kane met perfectly, heading down and past the helpless Butland.

Could it get any worse for Stoke? It most certainly could. Their flimsy rearguard was again in tatters as Kane was given time and space to guide home crisply from the edge of the penalty area in the 65th minute.
The agony increased when Tottenham grabbed their fifth in the 74th minute, the outstanding Son serving up Christian Eriksen with the chance to slide the ball calmly beyond Butland.

Shawcross headed home 10 minutes from the end but it could barely be described as even a consolation on a desolate afternoon for Stoke.

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