Spurs give Tim first Lane victory

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Tim Sherwood tasted victory at White Hart Lane for the first time as Tottenham put on a vintage display to crush Stoke.

Roberto Soldado converted his fifth penalty of the campaign while Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele also scored fine goals to give Spurs a comfortable 3-0 win.

Tottenham were flat and wasteful in Sherwood’s first full game in charge on Boxing Day, but on Sunday they were far better.

Dembele and Paulinho bossed the midfield against a physical Stoke side while Lennon’s performance on the right flank gave Tottenham the cutting edge they lacked against the Baggies.

Sherwood promised to bring attacking football back to the blue and white half of north London and he certainly has lived up to that vow.

More welcome to the Tottenham manager will be the fact that his team managed to keep a clean sheet in the league for the first time since November 3.

Everton finished 2013 on a high as Romelu Lukaku’s first goal in six games helped them to a 2-1 home victory over Southampton.

The Toffees went ahead in the ninth minute when Seamus Coleman and Saints substitute Gaston Ramirez equalised in the 71st minute before Lukaku’s winner three minutes later.