Simonsen denies direct style
Stoke goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has denied that the Potters are a route-one side after their win over Spurs.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 25/10/09 7:56pm
Stoke goalkeeper Steve Simonsen has denied that the Potters are a route-one side after their win over Tottenham.
City nicked a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane thanks to a last-gasp strike from midfielder Glenn Whelan, as Simonsen was drafted in at the last minute because first-choice stopper Thomas Sorensen pulled out with illness.
Simonsen produced a number of excellent saves for the away side, and refuted claims that Stoke brought a negative, route-one approach to north London.
"Everyone has us down as a route-one team but we can use it," Simonsen said.
"We have fantastic football players here and get it down and play it in the right areas, like we did for the goal.
"People have a bit of a stereotype about Stoke being route one but we're not.
"We've shown on numerous occasions we don't have to play like that.
"We're not bothered because we are getting the result. Even if we were outrageously route one, a la Wimbledon, it wouldn't bother us if we were getting results."
The result means Stoke move into the top half of the Premier League with 15 points from 10 games, and Simonsen said the win was extremely satisfying.
"It is satisfying because we didn't allow them to pass the ball around the way they wanted to," he added.
"We were at them all the time and biting at their heels. They couldn't move it around the way they wanted to.
"The fact they went route one in the last 20 minutes was a testament to the way we played."