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Out to banish bad memories

Posted on 18 March 2010  - 12:00

Vedran Corluka knows just how tough a trip to Stoke can be.

Out to banish bad memories

Vedran Corluka knows just how tough a trip to Stoke can be.

The defender was in the early stages of his Spurs career when he and the team experienced a day to forget at the Britannia Stadium.

A 2-1 defeat in October 2008 saw us rooted to the bottom of the league table at the time and ‘Charlie' leave the field on a stretcher after a collision with Heurelho Gomes (pictured above).

And that came as a result of us desperately defending one of Rory Delap's famous long-throws that wreak havoc in opposition boxes on a weekly basis.

‘Charlie' expects more of the same when we return to Staffordshire on Saturday, and recalls: "I can remember. It was a bad game for us.

"We lost the game, we had two players sent off - it was a difficult game. It will be another tough game for us on Saturday, one of the toughest in the Premier League."

Since our last trip to the Britannia, Stoke have established themselves as a competent Premier League side, mixing a sound playing style with their renowned grit and physical prowess.

But we find ourselves battling to stay in the top four of the division, so ‘Charlie' knows we are more than capable of stamping down our own authority at the Potteries.

The Croatian added: "It's difficult but we need to impose our style on the game and deal with the throw-ins and the set-pieces and hopefully we'll be okay.

"We know what to expect from this game and we'll do our best, play our football and hopefully we'll come away with a win."