DANNY ROSE inflicted a third home defeat of the season upon the Potters on Saturday afternoon in what proved to be a hugely controversial encounter at the Britannia Stadium.
The young full-back headed home the only goal of the game shortly after the half-hour mark, and then further irritated the home supporters by appearing to make the most of a challenge from Ryan Shawcross, which culminated in the skipper being dismissed.
Ironically, during the opening few minutes of the clash, Shawcross looked to be the victim off a deliberate elbow from Spurs frontman Emmanuel Adebayor - an incident that could have resulted in the Togo international receiving his marching orders.
Despite their numerical advantage for the majority of the second half, the hosts will feel aggrieved not to have registered a point having created numerous opportunities to do so, with Marko Arnautovic and Stephen Ireland both going agonisingly close.
Brazilian midfielder Paulinho was presented with a golden opportunity to rub further salt into the City wounds deep into stoppage time, however, he was unable to beat Asmir Begovic from 12-yards after being played through on goal.
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