Spurs secure European spot

2010-05-06 07:18

Manchester - Tottenham booked a lucrative place in the Champions League in dramatic fashion as Peter Crouch's late header clinched a 1-0 win against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Harry Redknapp's team will finish at least fourth in the Premier League, guaranteeing a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds, after Crouch's 82nd minute winner at Eastlands opened up a four-point advantage over fifth-placed City with just one match to play.

A fixture dubbed a 50 million pounds playoff for a place in Europe's elite club competition lived up to its' billing as both sides went for broke, but it was Spurs who were deserved winners.

Redknapp said: "It's fantastic. It's been a terrific season for us, we've played some great football along the way and we deserve it.

"It was a good night, we played some good stuff and I could see the goal coming.

"Crouchy was fantastic, led the line, unbelievable. It was a good performance."

City manager Roberto Mancini could be sacked as a result of his failure to secure fourth place, but asked whether he thought he would be staying, he said: "I think so. It's disappointing because I think we played a good game, a game we had to win or we went out of the Champions League.

"I think we've had a good season because we'll play in the Europa League next year and we've improved a lot.

"I'm disappointed with this result, but it's football."

The presence of Ledley King, who struggles with a persistent knee injury, in Tottenham's team for a rare second appearance in quick succession showed just how important the match was.

Spurs last played in the European Cup in the 1961-61 season and they earned the right to play against the continent's best again with a dominant display.

Crouch's header hit the woodwork early on before King had a headed goal ruled out for a foul on Gareth Barry.

There were chances at both ends in an open encounter and it took fine stops from Marton Fulop to deny Spurs duo Crouch and Jermain Defoe in the second half.

Crouch finally broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute when he headed home from close-range after Fulop could only push Younes Kaboul's cross into his path.


  • Mark - 2010-05-06 08:07

    Up the Spurs!!! let's hope the cash injection and the Champions league spot will attract even better players, which will entrench us for season's to come in the top three or four. Perhaps a title challenge is on the cards next season!

  • Stanford Flanagan - 2010-05-06 08:07

    Spurs, you BEAUTY. I am very proud to be a SPURS supporter all my soccer life. At the start of the season, I predicted that we would qualify to play Champions League soccer, and an avid City fan called Norman Ivor Lamont, asked on what drug I am, well how fitting that we beat HIS team, City to clinch the 4th spot.

  • Wazza - 2010-05-06 08:13

    Well done my Spurs. I am so very proud of you lot! What a team, its been a long time coming! Audere Est Vacere!!!!

  • dronkie - 2010-05-06 08:16

    At last......well done Spurs

  • kevin - 2010-05-06 08:27

    At last some reward for being a faithful Spurs supporter for 50 odd years.Well done Harry.

  • kevin - 2010-05-06 08:28

    At last some reward for being a faithful Spurs supporter for 50 odd years.Well done Harry.

  • coco - 2010-05-06 08:31

    Cm on you spurs!!! What a side that Harry has got going!!!! Great Football!!!!

  • Marcel - 2010-05-06 08:39

    As a long time Spurs fan, pretty happy with the result. 3rd would be fantastic, the playoffs won't be easy so nothing's gauranteed just yet. Just dreading the influx of new Spurs supporters now they've got a bit of success. Although whose to say I'm not a new or fair-weather fan I guess. Anyway, fantastic fantastic season, lets hope this becomes a regular occurence and isn't a once off. I'd like consistent top 5/6 rather than one champs league appearance.

  • vincent - 2010-05-06 08:43

    Well done Spurs. may you flourish in the champions league. A reward for hard work. From a City supporter

  • Glenn - 2010-05-06 08:43

    Absolutely fantastic. Been supporting SPURS through thick and thin since the early sixties. Despite their position they alway attempt tp plat attractive football. At least this year they have managed to hold onto their top players without the likes of Man U poaching them. Thank goodness they bought the Bulgarian!!!!! Well done Harry and the Team....

  • vincent - 2010-05-06 08:44

    Well done Spurs. may you flourish in the champions league. A reward for hard work. From a City supporter

  • J - 2010-05-06 08:45

    Nice to see some spurs fans rather than the boring big 4 which seams everyone supports. Hopefully spurs can win the premier league next and finsih third this season

  • Well done, Boys! - 2010-05-06 08:47

    It seemed that the early scare from Tevez kick-started SPURS into action. A great display of the soccer that we love! And what about the physicality!? Harry for the President! Come on you SPURS!

  • Aleks - 2010-05-06 08:52

    AWESOME stuff there Spurs!!! Fulham now need to sort out Arsenal and we Burnley and THIRD spot's ours!!!

  • Nash the Gunner - 2010-05-06 08:56

    We'll done Spurs

  • Aleks - 2010-05-06 08:58

    AWESOME stuff there Spurs!!! Fulham now need to sort out Arsenal and we Burnley and THIRD spot's ours!!!

  • Harold - 2010-05-06 09:04

    If there were no Man United I would have been a Spurs supporter. Great win last night and Harry certainly has a team capable of doing well in the CL if he can keep the side together. They play the same attacking game that United do & like United have defenders that are comfortable going forward. Citeh should have never let Hughes go as They went backwards with Mancini.

  • JustinD - 2010-05-06 09:04

    Well Done Spurs, you really deserve it.....and a very big up to Harry, that boy knows his stuff.

  • OZZIE - 2010-05-06 09:10

    Well deserved. They have been threatening for a few years now. On their day, will beat almost anyone. Harry is a master at getting the best out of his players. The FIRST English manager to take an English team into the Champions League. A great team, with great spirit, playing great footie !

  • TRUE Red - 2010-05-06 09:12

    From a scouser, Well Done Spurs, really happy for you guy's :-) I too celebrated when Crouchie scored the winner, as I'd rather much have you guy's than City in the CL next season ! SO, City have all the money, but will "big" player's still come this summer now that they are in Europa - and talking about Europa, hope we cross path's with them to show them why we say "form is temporary, class is permanent"

  • Shaheen - 2010-05-06 09:16

    Emmanuel Adebayor £25m... Carlos Tevez £25m... Joleon Lescott £24m, a collective transfer total of £120m.... no Champions League tickets for Citeh fans next season... Priceless! Well done to Harry and his team. Has taken Spurs from the bottom of the Premiership to the Champions League since taking over. A job very, very well done. Now Spurs should try and get 3rd spot and knock the Gunners down to 4th.

  • Nelson - 2010-05-06 09:17

    at last something to chirp about...i am really chuffed..way you go Harry..good team you built there...up the Spurs

  • AL (ManU) - 2010-05-06 09:25

    That was one of the best games of football I`ve watched in a long time. Respect to Spurs, long time coming. Crouch was very impressive. Pity Tevez`s career is just going backwards hahaha.

  • diski - 2010-05-06 10:11

    Well done Spurs for proving me wrong this season ! Welcome to the top 4 but dont get it twisted we wont let go of 3rd spot !

  • Hopkins - 2010-05-06 10:19

    Well done Spurs and all the best in the Champions league next seasion.

  • guns - 2010-05-06 10:27

    COME ON YOU SPURS!!!!!!!!! wwwwwhhhhhhhhoooooooo

  • manyikos - 2010-05-06 10:33

    money doesn't but CL spot.....hehehe lol City try next time.congratulations to Tottenham n Harry Redknapp.i think u guys wanted it more n now pls the journey doesn't end here,go shine against big guns.Crouch was fab,i still wander y liverpoo sold that man n i hope Capello was watching coz Crouch n Rooney can link well.

  • Lindsey - 2010-05-06 10:48

    well done Spurs you deserve to be there

  • not a spur - 2010-05-06 11:16

    wow all of a sudden there are so many tottenham supporters apparently have been for ages, but where were you lot a while ago after getting beaten by pompey, answer no where, bandwagon anyone.oh and i forgot something: we've got our foreskins how about you

  • Junaid - 2010-05-06 11:42

    Spurs beat city in a Fa-cup final game in the late 70's early 80's and from there became a force to reckon with (remember Steve Archibald) now we beat city to the champions league and I think more good seasons are coming.

  • Gary N - 2010-05-06 11:45

    Spurs for the champions league. A fantastic 50th birthday present for me. Long live tottenham

  • Ryan - 2010-05-06 12:01

    Well done Spurs ! Will be good to see them in CL next season . Just goes to prove that an expensively assembled City side is no guarantee of success . Spurs might even go on to win third place if Arsenal continue as they did against Blackburn - wouldn't that be something ? ! Harry is truly Houdini ...

  • LFC for LIFE - 2010-05-06 14:05

    i'm happy to see that Spurs have clinched 4th place. BUT there's still 2 qualifiers to come and only than will CL football be coming to White Hart Lane.... many 1st timers have crashed at this hurdle....i hope spurs don't. Imagine Spurs qualify and Arsenal get knocked out to Europa league...what's the odds on that ....lolol....

  • Chad - 2010-05-06 14:25

    @ not a spur - where were we after losing to portsmouth? hmmm, let me think, we went and beat arsenal 3 days later, then we beat chelsea, then we did loose to man united, but we came back and beat man city...still pretty sure its still all the same fans, just being spurs fans we dont often have much to cheer about....are we supposed to jump for joy after losing to portsmouth? no! but we finished the toughest closing fixtures of the season far better than even the most avid spurs fan could have forgive us for coming out of the closet! and if we finish third, dont we avoid the CL qualifiers?....come on Fulham!

  • diggo - 2010-05-06 15:19

    well done Spurs.Benitez 'Thanks' for selling Crouch.REDDD FAN.

  • @not a spur - 2010-05-06 15:31

    Spurs for life!!!

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