Saturday 28 September 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch scored against their former club Tottenham Hotspur as 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth moved to the top half of the Barclays Premier League with victory.
The visitors were rooted to the bottom of the table after the defeat made it six matches without a league win at the start of the season as strike pairing Defoe and Crouch struck either side of half-time at Fratton Park.
Defoe, who joined Pompey from Spurs in January 2008 after 139 Barclays Premier League appearances and 43 goals in four years at White Hart Lane, opened the scoring from the penalty spot in 34 minutes. After the break, former Spurs trainee Crouch headed home a second to secure the three points.
Less than a month later, the man who masterminded the victory, Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, had replaced Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane. Redknapp oversaw a remarkable transformation and, after finishing eighth in the 2008/09 campaign, Spurs went on to finish fourth the next season and qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Redknapp bought both Defoe and Crouch back to White Hart Lane, and they were a key part of Spurs’ transformation. Defoe remains a Spurs player and has scored 47 goals in 126 appearances during his second spell at the club.