...if they weren't around? Nobody likes Stoke, the place, the team, it's fans, but after their third four nil thrashing on the trot they might be missed by Spurs.
..season so far. Another disappointing draw for Spurs, saw them drop to fifth in the league when they could have been top but amazingly are just one point away from there.
...were introduced to football. Spurs really got their season up and running with another four nil thumping of the Stoke thugs at their own dump.
...tally-ho! A cold Monday in Stoke, yup this Spurs side can do that, as they cut the gap on the league leaders to five points with four games to go.
...out someone to replace the kids. The kids were alright, the kids were winning the first home game of the season against Stoke, it's just Pochettino had nothing to replace the kids with.
...the season. Stoke, yes Stoke City, yes Stoke City under Mark Hughes, never mind a banana skin Stoke City turned out to be a bacon sarnie for Pochettino and his Spurs side.
...plumb. It was barely a month ago when Spurs last found a new depth to plumb, well after yet another meek loss at home, to Stoke, they've delved deeper down into the abyss.
...bestest in the whole world. An unremittingly awful game of football from some, clogging thuggery from others, fitting last on Match of the Day, highlighting everything wrong about both Spurs and Stoke.
...a cup game. It wasn't long ago, it was just two cup defeats ago in fact. Back in the halcyon days when Spurs were in all four competitions they entered. Down to one now and you don't give 'em any hope in that.
...from the league. That would have been the cherry on top of the cake. But Spurs beating Stoke on their “special” day, with Charlie Adam being sent off will have to do.
...City. Don't know what's worse what Stoke call football or the joy they take in killing the game. Points for points sake, no enjoyment, glory in destruction, you wonder what Danny Blanchflower would have made of it all.
...or should that be Keggy Keegling it? It pretty much doesn't matter which, both the same, both have seen what could at one stage have been a 16 point lead is now a one point deficit after another insipid display.
...to Stoke that sorts the men from the boys? It certainly did a job on Spurs during the first half while referee Chris Foy did it in the second.
...ain't that the usual response? Stoke and Spurs play out one of the most abject games you'll hear in their League Cup 3rd round tie.
...but you can broadcast it. ITV yet again do their best to hammer the final nail into the coffin of the F.A. Cup because everything turns to crap once it lands on that channel.