Sunday 24 March 2002, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Tottenham Hotspur
Sheringham 28'; Poyet 31'

65' Yellow Card

Jon Harley Card was given for a foul

71' Yellow Card

Alain Goma Card was given for a foul

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rufus Brevett
Off:Jon Harley

28' Goal

Teddy Sheringham

31' Goal

Gustavo Poyet

22' Yellow Card

Anthony Gardner Card was given for a foul

58' Yellow Card

Tim Sherwood Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Davies
Off:Darren Anderton

Two goals in 3 minutes from Sheringham and Poyet won the game for Spurs.

Teddy Sheringham enjoyed a huge slice of luck as he scored his first goal in the Barclaycard Premiership since December 3 to set Spurs on their way to ending a run of four successive defeats.

Hosts Fulham were still stunned by the Spurs captain's 28th-minute opener when Gus Poyet grabbed the second goal just three minutes later, and Glenn Hoddle's men completed their third victory over the west Londoners this season.

Tottenham's victory eased their fears of being dragged into the relegation dog fight but increased the pressure on Fulham boss Jean Tigana with his team's sixth successive defeat in the league.

Fulham made the brighter start.

But the game turned against them when England striker Sheringham - back from injury - scored his ninth goal of the season.

Alain Goma conceded a free-kick on the right edge of the Fulham box when he whacked Steffen Iversen in the head with his elbow as the pair jumped for a header.

Christian Ziege drilled in a low shot with his left foot which hit Sylvain Legwinski on the end of the wall and then deflected off Sheringham's head and past hapless goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

Ziege was again influential three minutes later when he charged into the box and hit a fierce drive which van der Sar could only parry. Poyet pounced to stroke home the rebound for his 13th goal of the season.

Tigana and his men will be glad to see the back of Spurs this season, having been well beaten 4-0 at White Hart Lane in the league earlier in the season and also knocked out of the Worthington Cup at Craven Cottage by Hoddle's team.

In front of their lowest league gate of the season, just under 16,000, Fulham had made the early running; yet it was Spurs who forced the first real chance in the third minute.

Goalkeeper Neil Sullivan's long punt to the left flank was picked up by Poyet, who delivered an early cross into Fulham box. Iversen out-jumped Goma but could only direct his header over the bar.

Spurs put together another good move after 11 minutes when Ziege played a ball over the top to pick out Iversen down the right. His cross dropped on the head of an unmarked Sheringham, but he headed tamely into the arms of van der Sar despite having enough time to maybe bring down the ball and try a shot.

Spurs won a free-kick when Sheringham was bundled over after 25 minutes. He quickly fed it out to Darren Anderton on the right, and his dangerous cross was met at the far post by Iversen - but van der Sar palmed his effort behind for a corner.

The visitors were on the up and then effectively sealed the points with those two goals in the space of three minutes.

Fulham had a good chance to pull back a goal on the stroke of half-time as Steve Marlet sent in a good cross from the right, but Barry Hayles headed over.

Spurs should have increased their lead inside the first two minutes of the restart.

Anthony Gardner played a clever ball over the top, and Iversen beat the offside trap to meet it.

The Norwegian international striker was clean through with just van der Sar to beat, but he blasted the ball wide of the right-hand post from the edge of the box.

It was no surprise when he dropped to the floor and held his head in a mixture of shame and embarrassment.

There was a scramble in the Spurs box after 52 minutes as Marlet's delicate cross left Sullivan stranded - and when the ball fell to Steed Malbranque he scooped his shot over the bar.

Spurs were enjoying all the luck, and in the 71st minute Hayles crossed from the left for Marlet who saw his header hit the post. The ball ran across the line before Ben Thatcher hooked it clear, with Sullivan again in no-man's land.

Anderton was rested after 75 minutes as Welsh international Simon Davies was introduced by Hoddle.

The substitute should have scored with his first touch when he had a free header from Iversen's cross - but he sent it over the bar.

It mattered not as Spurs held on to record their first win since March 2 in what was Hoddle's 50th game in charge, leaving FA Cup semi-finalists Fulham without a league victory of their own since February 9.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 24 March 2002
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 15,885

Referee: Paul Durkin


Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Goma, Ouaddou, Harley (Brevett 58'); Malbranque, Legwinski, Davis, Marlet; Hayles, Saha

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Melville, Collins, Boa Morte

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Sullivan; Perry, Gardner, King, Thatcher; Anderton (Davies 76'), Sherwood, Poyet, Ziege; Sheringham, Iversen

Unused substitutes: Keller, Thelwell, Etherington, Rebrov

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 32 65
2 Manchester United 32 64
3 Arsenal 30 63
4 Newcastle United 30 56
5 Leeds United 31 54
6 Chelsea 31 53
7 Aston Villa 31 42
8 Charlton Athletic 31 41
9 Tottenham Hotspur 31 41
10 Middlesbrough 31 38
11 Southampton 31 37
12 West Ham United 30 37
13 Everton 31 36
14 Fulham 31 35
15 Sunderland 31 35
16 Bolton Wanderers 31 33
17 Blackburn Rovers 30 32
18 Ipswich Town 31 32
19 Derby County 31 29
20 Leicester City 31 19
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 25Abdeslam Ouaddou
  • 7Jon Harley
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 7Steve Marlet
  • 15Barry Hayles
  • 20Louis Saha
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 10John Collins
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2)
  • 1Neil Sullivan
  • 6Chris Perry
  • 30Anthony Gardner
  • 26Ledley King
  • 18Ben Thatcher
  • 7Darren Anderton
  • 8Tim Sherwood
  • 14Gustavo Poyet
  • 23Christian Ziege
  • 10Teddy Sheringham
  • 16Steffen Iversen
  • 13Kasey Keller
  • 31Alton Thelwell
  • 28Matthew Etherington
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 11Serhiy Rebrov