SAINTS can end a historic week by setting a new club record today.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side equalled the club record for successive clean sheets away from home when they won 4-0 at Portsmouth on Tuesday night.

Now, four days after their first win at Fratton Park for 35 years, they will make it a record 400 minutes without conceding on the road if they keep out Spurs for the first 25 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The club’s biggest-ever victory at Fratton Park gave Alex McCarthy back-to-back clean sheets in the Carabao Cup, following the 1-0 second-round win at Fulham, while Angus Gunn has kept Premier League shut-outs at Brighton, where the record-equalling run began, and Sheffield United.

It is now 375 minutes since Saints last conceded away from home, in the 3-0 defeat at Burnley on the opening day of the season.

Only twice before, in 1922 and November 1981, have Saints kept four successive clean sheets on the road.

Thirty-eight years ago, Lawrie McMenemy’s side went 399 minutes without conceding a goal away from home.

That run began with a goalless UEFA Cup second leg tie at Sporting Lisbon (Saints lost 4-2 on aggregate) and was followed by division one shut-outs at Stoke City (2-0), Wolves (0-0) and, most impressively of all, Liverpool (1-0).

Now the challenge for Saints is to put the 3-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth by continuing their outstanding recent run.

What makes Saints’ achievement since the Burnley defeat all the more impressive is that it has come amidst several changes to the defence, especially in the full-back/wing-back positions, which have been occupied by six different players during the record run.

Jannik Vestergaard has been a key figure at the heart of the defence in the wins at Brighton and Sheffield United.

He knows it will not be easy against a Tottenham side smarting from their shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United and is relishing the prospect of challenging himself against the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and the “phenomenal” Christian Eriksen, his fellow Dane.

“It’s a very tough place to go, they had a great win against Crystal Palace there in their last game, which showed what they can do to an opposition that is very good defensively,” he said. “Palace are very organised and they beat them 4-0.

“But if we are at our best we can give them problems and that’s what we’ll try to do.

“I look forward to this game very much. We go there as the outsiders and will try to challenge them, to annoy them and give them a headache.

“We’ll try to force our style of play on them and destroy their rhythm.”

 Vestergaard impressed in his one previous game against Spurs, Saints’ 2-1 win at St Mary’s in March.

“We go there with confidence but we also go there with respect,” he continued.

“Harry Kane is exceptional and has a wide range of ability. It will be a tough task to stop him but it will be tough to stop any of their front players.”

Vestergaard is expected to be recalled after being rested in midweek, but the win at Pompey has boosted the confidence of the entire squad.

“It was a very big win regardless of the differences between the leagues,” added Vestergaard.

“Derbies have their own rules and they started out fast as you’d expect. But after we scored we dominated. It was a very impressive performance.”