Slumping Tottenham falls to Stoke City, slips into bottom half of table
LONDON (AP) — Tottenham slipped into the bottom half of the Premier League by losing 2-1 to Stoke on Sunday, with a red card to full back Kyle Naughton capping a miserable game for the struggling home side.
Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic scored his first goal for Stoke with a brilliant individual effort in the fifth minute and Jon Walters doubled the visitors' lead in the 33rd, slotting home from Mame Biram Diouf's cross.
Nacer Chadli met Danny Rose's left-wing cross with a volley from a narrow angle to reduce Spurs' deficit in the 77th but they could not complete a comeback.
Tottenham has now lost four games at home in the league, all of them coming immediately after playing in the Europa League on Thursday nights.
"It was disappointing and frustrating. A very bad result," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "In the next few days, we will try to find a solution and change our mentality."
Naughton was given a straight red card in the 85th for a foul on Victor Moses.
Stoke moved into the top half with its first away win since beating Manchester City in August.
"We had a game plan and executed it to the letter," Stoke manager Mark Hughes said. "We were always a threat, we had a good shape about us, when we had the ball we broke with pace and precision and scored two goals as a consequence."
Stoke lost defenders Marc Wilson (hamstring) and Phil Bardsley (groin) to injury.