Indeed, the north London side led Mark Hughes' men at White Hart Lane thanks to goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli.
But a late rally from the Potters ensured Tottenham capitulated to end up drawing 2-2.
Former Tottenham striker Lineker, meanwhile, reacted on Twitter by comparing Spurs... to Spurs.
Spurs are being...well Spurs! 2-0 up to 2-2.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 15, 2015
And former club chairman Alan Sugar echoed Lineker's sentiments on social media.
How quickly things change - with Spurs suddenly looking as though they have vastly improved. Losing 1-0 at Manchester United was a better result than their comprehensive defeat last season. Winning against Stoke, meanwhile, was something they didn't manage throughout all of last campaign.
But to concede two goals so late on and drop a lead during a home game was something Tottenham fans simply didn't want to see.
“@GaryLineker: Spurs are being...well Spurs! 2-0 up to 2-2........yes here we go again— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 15, 2015
Indeed, Crooks said: "The first half was one of the best Spurs performances I’ve seen. But it all evaporated.
And Keown added: "You have to ask: where’s the character in this Tottenham team?”