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Five goals that shaped the Redknapp era at Tottenham

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Peter Crouch celebrating the winner at the San Siro (©GettyImages)
Peter Crouch celebrating the winner at the San Siro (©GettyImages).

Like him or loathe him, Harry Redknapp played a huge part in Spurs' ascent.

Everyone knows the story of Redknapp taking over bottom of the table Spurs, and guiding them to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

But which goals helped shape Spurs’ future and define Redknapp's teunure?  GMS takes a look.

Aaron Lennon vs Arsenal-Wednesday 29th October 2008
Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham

Redknapp’s second game in charge. Having delivered Spurs’ first win of the season with a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Bolton the previous weekend, Harry lead his Spurs side out at the Emirates.

Following a tumultuous affair, Tottenham found themselves 4-2 down with just a few minutes left on the clock.

On 89 minutes Jermaine Jenas, the perennial goalscorer against Arsenal, gave Spurs hope but a comeback still seemed unlikely.

Step forward Aaron Lennon. After a shot from Luka Modric cannoned off the post, Lennon was on hand to send the travelling supporters into delirium.

Redknapp remained unbeaten, and Spurs picked up momentum to incredibly rise to 8th, having been bottom after eight games.

Peter Crouch vs Manchester City-Wednesday 5th May 2010
Manchester City 0-1 Tottenham

Probably the most important goal of his reign. It was a must win game for both sides - for the winner, a place amongst Europe’s elite in the Champions League, for the loser, another year to reflect on what might have been.

It had been a tight game, with both sides having chances - a nail-biter for the fans - neither side could afford to lose.

However ,despite Sheikh Mansour’s riches fuelling City, it was Spurs who struck in the 82nd minute to end City dreams for another year.

City were having to field emergency loan signing and ex-spurs youngster Marton Fulop in goal due to the shoulder injury sustained by Shay Given, and it was his parry from Younes Kaboul’s cross that provided Peter Crouch the opportunity to enter Tottenham folklore.

Roman Pavlyuchenko vs Young Boys vs Young Boys-Tuesday 17th August 2010
Young Boys 3-2 Tottenham

Relief was the overriding Spurs emotion following another roller-coaster ride of a match.

Making their Champions League debuts, Tottenham found themselves 3-0 down after half an hour, and things looked bleak.

But after Sebastien Bassong pulled one back just before half time, it was Pavlyuchenko who really gave Spurs belief that they could make the group stage. Following a lay off from Robbie Keane, the Russian smashed the ball into the top corner, making it 3-2 on the night.

Spurs ended up making the quarter finals, but more of that later…

Younes Kaboul vs Arsenal-Saturday 20th November 2010
Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham

Since opening in 2006, the Emirates had not been a happy hunting ground for Spurs, with three defeats and one draw since Arsenal had moved from Highbury.

And 2-0 down at the break - through goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh - it looked like a typical away derby day.

But this derby day was to be different. Redknapp decided to bring on Jermain Defoe for Aaron Lennon at half time, and this seemed to spur Tottenham on.

With Bale pulling the first goal back and Van der Vaart equalising from the spot, it was Younes Kaboul that sent Spurs fans into dreamland as he rose highest to glance home Van der Vaart’s free kick in the 85th minute.

It completed the most unlikely of comebacks and providing the fans with a day they’ll never forget.

Peter Crouch vs AC Milan-Tuesday 15th February 2011
AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham

This was a Champions League night with a sense of magic in the air - and a hint of the unexpected.

Ex-gunner Mathieu Flamini got away with an ankle breaking tackle on Vedran Corluka, Joe Jordan was throttled by Gennaro Gattuso and Tottenham pulled off a remarkable win over the 2007 winners AC Milan at the San Siro.

It was a case of hanging in there, and giving absolutely everything.

And in the 80th minute, Spurs got their reward. A superb, lung-busting run from Aaron Lennon set Tottenham on the counter attack and he squared for that man Peter Crouch - the man who’s goal secured Champions League football the previous May - to slot home to give Spurs a famous win.

And after a 0-0 stalemate at The Lane a few weeks later, Spurs made it into the Champions League quarter finals.

In Andre Villas-Boas Tottenham now have a progressive young coach that is looking to take them to the next level, but it never hurts to take a nostalgic look back once in a while.

Was there another goal that you felt should have made the list? You can have your say in the comments section below.

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