Stoke City added to Tottenham Hotspur's home woes in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Goals from Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters subjected Spurs to a fourth home defeat of the top-flight season and Stoke's first league win over them since 2011.
Bojan's mazy dribble led to his first goal of the campaign in the opening six minutes, while Walters added a second just after the half-hour with a close-range volley. Pochettino's attempts to revive Spurs after the break took time, but eventually the hosts got back into the match as Nacer Chadli volleyed home from a narrow angle in the 78th minute.
Spurs continued to push for an equaliser, but were hampered by Kyle Naugton's late dismissal and Stoke's defence remained resolute to record a second league win away from home this term.
Victory lifts the visitors back into the top 10, while Spurs' third league defeat in four matches drops them into the bottom half.
Spurs created the opening chance in the fourth minute as Harry Kane, handed his first league start as one of three changes, saw his header from a Chadli cross easily saved by Asmir Begovic.
The visitors took the lead two minutes later courtesy of Bojan's excellent solo effort. Having exchanged passes with Steven N'Zonzi inside his own half, the former Barcelona striker embarked on a run towards goal from the halfway line and, with no Spurs challenge forthcoming, he unleashed a low shot from 20 yards that beat Hugo Lloris.
Stoke's joy was dampened slightly in the seventh minute when Phil Bardsley, Mark Hughes' only change after serving a suspension, was forced off with a groin injury, Geoff Cameron replacing him.
Kane continued to pose a threat in the attacking third for Spurs but was unable to beat Begovic, who saved twice from the young striker. Another defensive injury forced Stoke to make their second change before the half-hour as Marc Muniesa replaced Marc Wilson, but it failed to affect the visitors who doubled their lead after 32 minutes.
Spurs defending was again in question as a simple Ryan Shawcross header found Mame Biram Diouf in space and his square ball was tapped in by the unmarked Walters.
Pochettino rang the changes at the break in a bid to lift the hosts, Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele entering the fray for Andros Townsend and Christian Eriksen. Lamela nearly had the desired impact as a run down the left resulted in a pass to Kane, but the striker was unable to beat Begovic.
More poor defending from Spurs almost gifted Stoke a third goal, as Federico Fazio gifted the ball to N'Zonzi inside the penalty area, but the defender’s blushes were spared as the resulting shot was lashed wide.
With time running out Spurs began to lay siege to the Stoke goal, Begovic saving brilliantly from a Lamela free-kick before Chadli finally reduced the deficit. Danny Rose made good ground down the left and delivered a cross to the back post where Chadli volleyed into the top corner from a very tight angle.
Spurs' momentum was brought to an abrupt halt in the closing minutes as Naughton brought down Victor Moses as he ran on goal, and Stoke could have extended their lead further through substitute Stephen Ireland.
Lloris made a fine save to deny the midfielder just before the final whistle.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino: “I am unhappy and disappointed with the performance and the result. We need to find a solution, we started the game well, and created a good chance with Harry Kane, but after we conceded the first goal we started to play uncomfortably.
"We made rash decisions and that is not possible in the Premier League. In the second half we tried to fix some things to manage possession of the ball, but at 2-0 down it is difficult to change the game. There is no added pressure. We need to find a solution, this is my job, this is my plan in the next few weeks, we need to find a new mentality."
Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "I was really pleased with the manner of the performance today. We had a game plan and executed it to the letter. 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.
"All in all it was a very satisfying performance. When Tottenham did create things our goalkeeper Asmir Begovic made an outstanding save. The group is really strong together, we have talent as well and when you have those it is a good mix.
"We are where we expected to be after these games so we are progressing well. Marc Wilson pulled up with a hamstring and Phil Bardsley tweaked his groin but I was really pleased with the lads who came in. They were magnificent on the day and that shows the strength of the group."
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