OTD 2009 | Stoke Steal Points at Spurs

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It’s seven years since Stoke gained an unlikely victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Potters went into the game having won just two of their first 23 Premier League matches away from home, including a 3-1 thumping at Spurs in the January of 2009.

In truth, Spurs battered Stoke for most of the afternoon, but a superb individual performance from stand-in keeper Steve Simonsen kept matters level.

There was also an excellent clearance off the line from James Beattie, who acrobatically denied future Stokie Peter Crouch.

Aaron Lennon picked up an injury late on for Tottenham and, having used all their substitutes, the home side were forced to play the remainder of the match with 10 men.

And, with Ricardo Fuller about to be withdrawn, the magician went on a trademark run down the right wing. Jinking one way and then another, he pulled the ball back for substitute Glenn Whelan.

The Irishman whipped a first time effort into the back of the net to send the visiting Stokies wild.

There was still time for Salif Diao to get away with a trip in the penalty area during five minutes of stoppage time and, as Lee Probert waved away Spurs’ protests, who brought the curtain down on a fantastic away victory that lifted Stoke to ninth in the table.

Stoke City: Simonsen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Ab. Faye, Collins, Delap (Whelan 57), Diao, Whitehead, Etherington, Fuller (Higginbotham 89), Beattie (Tuncay 70). Unused: Cort, Lawrence, Pugh, Kitson.

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