Spurs were never at their best, lacking the quality to break down a well organised Stoke rearguard despite having the majority of play.
The Potters it was who went ahead in the second half against the run of play with 15 minutes remaining when Cameron Jerome finished from close range. Jerome it was who had also gone close for the visitor’s before the break.
On 1 February, Spurs' advantage over the Gunners stood at 12 points, but they now trail their neighbours by one.
It could have been worse had van der Vaart not got on the end of a Gareth Bale cross in the final minute
Referee: Mike Jones
Venue: White Hart Lane
Tottenham scorers: Van der Vaart 90
Stoke scorers: Jerome 75
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Yellow cards: Palacios (STO), Van der Vaart (TOT)