Whelan leaves it late to ruin Redknapp's day

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Stoke City 1: Plucky Potters the perfect party poopers as Tottenham manager's anniversary falls flat

Who would you like to come visiting on your anniversary? If you are Harry Redknapp, celebrating your first year in charge at Tottenham Hotspur, then Stoke City might not have been top of the list, even before they snatched the points at White Hart Lane. This win was deserved only as a triumph for dogged resistance in the face of Spurs' attempts to prise open one of the most stubborn defences in the league. It was also a victory for Stoke's strength in depth, something they are not noted for.

Thomas Sorensen came down with a virus 20 minutes before kick-off, which meant Steve Simonsen had to come in for his second league appearance of the season. The 30-year-old former Everton goalkeeper did not appear to be too fazed by the lack of notice. Simonsen, who pulled off three fine saves, was only beaten in his ability to make an impact by his fellow substitute, Glenn Whelan.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder had been on for 30 minutes when, after following Ricardo Fuller upfield, he was picked out by the Jamaican, hit his shot first time and beat Heurelho Gomes at his far post. It was the Potters' first win at White Hart Lane since 1975 and put them ninth, level on points with Liverpool. They now form a triumvirate – with Manchester United and Everton – to win at White Hart Lane in Redknapp's time in charge. Stoke's reputation as party-poopers, in their best performance on the road since joining the Premier League last year, has been well and truly confirmed.

By the time of Whelan's strike, Tottenham, who could have gone joint top temporarily with Manchester United if they had won, should have been far ahead of Tony Pulis's men. By the time of Whelan's strike, however, Tottenham were down to ten men, thanks also to Whelan. The midfielder tackled Aaron Lennon by the touchline and the England winger wanted to come off.

Redknapp wanted him to stay on as he had used all his substitutes but Lennon was adamant he had to go off for treatment. A debate ensued for a couple of minutes on the sidelines before Lennon disappeared down the tunnel with 14 minutes left. Redknapp said: "I was hoping Aaron would stay on as we were down to 10 men but he said his ankle was too sore, he said he couldn't carry on."

Stoke's approach often leaves a trail of broken and bruised bodies, although their endurance is normally better shown at their own stadium. Yet they began to work their way through Tottenham after only two minutes, albeit inadvertently. Jonathan Woodgate bravely and decisively dived in to head away Matthew Etherington's cross-shot but, as he did so, he was caught in the face by James Beattie's trailing leg. After that he only lasted another 13 minutes before he trudged off, replaced by Michael Dawson. It capped a bad week for the England international, who wasphotographed dancing in a nightclub last week with Peter Crouch. Nothing wrong with that, just that he was caught making rather strange facial expressions which added to his embarrassment.

Beattie had just as big a part to play when it came to defending his own net after 27 minutes. Peter Crouch's header had looped over Simonsen but Beattie, facing his own net, jumped and hooked his leg high to clear the danger. A minute later neither Beattie nor Simonsen could do anything about Niko Kranjcar's shot that ricocheted away off the post.

Simonsen's best save had come three minutes earlier when Lennon, who was Spurs' most effective forward, swapped flanks. Cutting in from the left, and on his right foot, he curled a shot that forced Simonsen to dive full length to push the ball away.

The theme remained the same in the second half when Robbie Keane's shot was palmed out by Simonsen and with Crouch bearing down six yards out, Ryan Shawcross and Danny Collins combined to clear just in time.

Keane had been disappointing while the tendency to single out Crouch in the air failed to bring the best out of those around him and Stoke's defenders will happily jump all afternoon like performing seals to head balls away.

Yet when Pulis took Beattie off, Fuller looked equally isolated, before they made a break for goal with four minutes remaining. Fuller ran at Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Wilson Palacios and emerged the other side with the ball, looking as shocked as the Spurs support. He looked up and found Whelan, who delivered the coup de grâce.

Pulis said: "Fuller pulled a genie out of the bag, he's a good player, and Glenn finished it with aplomb." And Redknapp's anniversary dinner plans went down the drain.

Attendance: 36,031

Referee: Lee Probert

Man of the match: Simonsen

Match rating: 7/10

people And here is why...
Arts and Entertainment
Amazon has added a cautionary warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons on its streaming service
voicesBy the man who has
Arsene Wenger tried to sign Eden Hazard
footballAfter 18 years with Arsenal, here are 18 things he has still never done as the Gunners' manager
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
The new Windows 10 Start Menu
Arts and Entertainment
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in The Twilight Saga but will not be starring in the new Facebook mini-movies
tvKristen Stewart and Stephenie Meyer will choose female directrs
Arts and Entertainment
Hilary North's 'How My Life Has Changed', 2001
books(and not a Buzzfeed article in sight)
More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc
newsThis and other facts you never knew about the paper circle - completely obsolete today
Arts and Entertainment
There has been a boom in ticket sales for female comics, according to an industry survey
comedyFirst national survey reveals Britain’s comedic tastes
Arts and Entertainment
Twerking girls: Miley Cyrus's video for 'Wrecking Ball'
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Ed Sheeran performs at his Amazon Front Row event on Tuesday 30 September
musicHe spotted PM at private gig
people'I’d rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on childcare'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?