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MATCH SPY: Early spree against Stoke eases relegation worries

PUBLISHED: 12:36 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 07 September 2010

SPURS bounced back from Saturday s FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford to secure three vital Premier League points at the expense of relegation rivals Stoke at the Lane on Tuesday, writes Patrick Mooney. Three goals from in the opening 25 minutes from Aaron Len

SPURS bounced back from Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford to secure three vital Premier League points at the expense of relegation rivals Stoke at the Lane on Tuesday, writes Patrick Mooney.

Three goals from in the opening 25 minutes from Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson settled the outcome as Tottenham produced one of their best first-half performances of the season.

Luka Modric pulled the strings for Tottenham and the win - Spurs first in seven league games - lifts Harry Redknapp's side to 13th in the table.

Redknapp brought back Jonathan Woodgate, Lennon and Defoe, who all missed the FA Cup loss at Manchester United. And it was Lennon who set Spurs on their with a sweet strike in the eighth minute after being set up by Defoe.

Defoe turned goalscorer 13 minutes later before Dawson headed the third in the 25th minute from Modric's cross.

There was to be no clean sheet debut for new goalkeeping signing Carlo Cudicini. He was well beaten by Kevin Beattie's goal in the 57th minute. But Cudicini had little to do for the remaining 23 minutes as Stoke ran out of ideas.

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