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Saturday 28 September 2013

On this day in 2008: Defoe and Crouch sink Spurs

Looking back at Premier League history, Defoe and Crouch score as Pompey beat Spurs 2-0

  • Jermain Defoe gave Portsmouth the lead against Tottenham Hotspur from the penalty spot

  • The striker declined to celebrate against his the club he joined Pompey from in 2008

  • Former Spurs trainee Peter Crouch doubled the hosts' lead with a second half header

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 28 September 2008 - Portsmouth 2-0 Spurs

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.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Peter Crouch and Jermain Defore scored against their former club as Portsmouth beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0