Peter Crouch scored the most important and lucrative goal of his Tottenham career to secure the 1-0 win at Manchester City on Wednesday which booked his side’s place in the Champions League.
Crouch headed home from close range on 82 minutes after Younes Kaboul got the better of Craig Bellamy to leave City stunned as their bid to overhaul fourth-placed Tottenham was blown to pieces.
The England striker’s eighth goal of the season could be worth up to 50 million pounds to Tottenham, guaranteed to finish at least fourth in the Premier League. They can now look forward to competing in Europe for the first time since the 1961-62 season.
Crouch’s effort left boss Harry Redknapp dancing a jig of joy on the touchline and opposite number Roberto Mancini stood in shock as his own dream turned into a nightmare.
But it was no more than the visitors deserved after dominating for large spells before Crouch pounced.
Redknapp was handed a massive boost before kick off when captain Ledley King was passed fit to play, while England winger Aaron Lennon was also recalled to the starting line-up.
A frantic start saw City make the early running with Carlos Tevez particularly threatening on his 100th Premier League start.