Blackpool breathed new life into their English Premier League relegation battle with an incredible 3-1 victory over Tottenham on Tuesday.
It was the promoted club’s first win in seven games and first against the Londoners for 45 years but, despite the scoreline at Bloomfield Road, it was a match dominated by the visitors.
Blackpool had to survive wave after wave of attacks but a combination of poor Spurs finishing, inspired goalkeeping from Richard Kingson and some clinical execution at the other end ensured they moved five points clear of the relegation zone.
Charlie Adam – a January transfer deadline day target for Spurs – put Blackpool ahead from the spot after 18 minutes before DJ Campbell rounded off a brilliant sweeping move to make it 2-0 just before half-time.
And substitute Brett Ormerod rounded off the victory 10 minutes from the end, before Harry Redknapp’s scored an injury time consolation through Roman Pavyluchenko.
The result puts a huge dent in Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the Champions League spots, just seven days after their stunning victory in Milan.
Ian Holloway gave a surprise debut to Belarus international Sergey Kornilenko, while Spurs were forced to reshuffle with Rafael van der Vaart and Vedran Corluka missing through injury after their San Siro heroics.
After a messy start, Blackpool nicked a goal from nowhere when Sebastian Bassong clumsily pulled down Campbell as he tried to turn and shoot.
Adam beat Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes from the spot despite the Brazilian getting a fingertip to the well-struck shot low to his right.
Spurs were almost level 10 minutes later when Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart bravely blocked Jermaine Defoe’s close-range shot before Adam’s clearance slammed off Steven Pienaar and inches over the bar.
Cathcart then headed off the line after Defoe’s chipped effort looped off Richard Kingson’s right hand and looked to be heading in.
Alex Baptiste cleared off the line again from Defoe as he shot through a forest of players, before Blackpool broke to other end of the pitch at lightning speed, with Campbell rounding off the brilliant sweeping move.
Pienaar rolled a shot wide and Kingson made a quick reaction save from Pavyluchenko as Blackpool continued to ride their luck after the restart.
With 20 minutes remaining, Kingson made another superb stop to deny Pavlyuchenko and then shortly after he dived at the feet of Luka Modric as Spurs continued to carve open the home side for no reward.
But in the 81st minute, Blackpool launched a rare attack and amazingly extended their advantage.
Substitute Matt Phillips drove at the Spurs defence and the ball fell for veteran striker Ormerod to tap home.
Pavlyuchenko finally got a goal deep in injury time with a volley that took a deflection and looped over a stranded Kingson, but it was scant reward for Spurs’ dominance.