Wednesday 11 September 2002, 8:00pm at Loftus Road, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Inamoto 68'; Malbranque (pen) 84'; Legwinski 90'
Tottenham Hotspur
Richards 36'; Sheringham 44'

68' Goal

Junichi Inamoto

84' Penalty

Steed Malbranque

90' Goal

Sylvain Legwinski

21' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Barry Hayles
Off:Louis Saha

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steed Malbranque
Off:Luis Boa Morte

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Collins
Off:Pierre Wome

36' Goal

Dean Richards

44' Goal

Teddy Sheringham

75' Yellow Card

Ben Thatcher Card was given for a foul

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Christian Ziege
Off:Milenko Acimovic

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gary Doherty
Off:Chris Perry

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steffen Iversen
Off:Matthew Etherington

2-0 down, 3-2 up. After trailing at the break an inspired second-half performance from Fulham was capped off by Slyvain Legwinski scoring a memorable 90th-minute winner for Fulham, in a night to remember at Loftus Road.

New signing Robbie Keane kicked his heels in frustration on the Tottenham bench, as having spent all summer desperately trawling Europe for a striker, Glenn Hoddle bizarrely chose to leave his £8 million capture in the dug-out as his side tamely capitulated at Loftus Road.

Even when Hoddle made his last throw of the dice, it was to Steffen Iversen that he turned as Les Ferdinand and Teddy Sheringham remained on the pitch.

Then again, he had rather more defensive worries on his mind by that time as his side, who had powered into a 2-0 half-time lead through Dean Richards and Teddy Sheringham, were under constant Fulham pressure.

Inspired by half-time substitute Steed Malbranque and driven forward remorselessly by the effervescent Sean Davis, Jean Tigana's side simply refused to give up.

Junichi Inamoto pulled a goal back with 22 minutes remaining and then, when Anthony Gardner was adjudged to have fouled Barry Hayles, Malbranque struck a penalty equaliser.

With Malbranque then hitting the winner deep into injury time, the limitations of Spurs' early title challenge were cruelly exposed.

While it was expected that Keane would start, Hoddle had evidently decided that Les Ferdinand and Sheringham deserved to keep their places up front after the club's promising start to the season.

Initially, his faith looked to be misguided as Ferdinand struck his first half-chance wide of the far post, headed the next over the bar and was then dispossessed in front of goal by Alain Goma.

However, the home side's early lack of cutting edge, with Louis Saha limping off, was matched by their defensive disarray in the absence of captain Andy Melville.

Tottenham duly took full advantage as Richards rose above Zat Knight to powerfully head home Acimovic's corner on 35 minutes.

Fulham's defence remained worryingly suspect thereafter and it was not long before Spurs' lead doubled with Fulham again only having themselves to blame following a weak clearance.

The ball was quickly returned to Ferdinand, who controlled it into the path of Matthew Etherington and his neat touch found Sheringham, who swept a shot home from 12 yards out.

Fulham lost the services of Luis Boa Morte and Spurs, with Etherington shooting just wide and the impressive Milenko Acimovic attempting a lob from the halfway line, looked set to make the game safe.

They certainly thought they had scored a third on 56 minutes only for Acimovic's powerful header to be ruled out for offside. However, Fulham started to rally and Tottenham were indebted to Keller, who produced a stunning one-handed save to parry Davis's long-range drive.

Keller also had to grasp Facundo Sava's close-range header after the striker was allowed too much space in the Spurs defence, while Ben Thatcher denied Sylvain Legwinski with a last-gasp sliding tackle.

The Fulham pressure was gradually increasing and although Hayles headed just wide, Inamoto managed to haul the home side back into contention with 22 minutes left.

Davis was the catalyst behind the move and when his shot was weakly blocked by Chris Perry, the Japanese international delivered a stinging shot back into the far corner.

That was the inspiration which Fulham desperately needed and while Finnan clipped the bar, Gardner tangled with Hayles inside the area.

Although referee Mike Halsey did not immediately point to the spot, he consulted his assistant before awarding a penalty with six minutes left.

Malbranque calmly planted his spot-kick to the right of Keller's desperate dive and still Hoddle did not introduce Keane, instead bringing Steffen Iversen onto the right flank for Etherington.

Tottenham were by now hanging on desperately for a point as Keller produced superb saves from Finnan and then Malbranque.

However, they were undone again in injury-time as Legwinski burst through the centre of their slipshod defence to beat Keller and claim a memorable victory.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2002
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Loftus Road, London
Attendance: 16,757

Referee: Mark Halsey


Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Knight, Goma, Wome (Collins 81'); Inamoto, Legwinski, Davis, Boa Morte (Malbranque 45'); Sava, Saha (Hayles 21')

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Melville

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Keller; Gardner, Perry (Doherty 80'), Richards, Thatcher; Etherington (Iversen 84'), Acimovic (Ziege 73'), Bunjevcevic, Davies; Ferdinand, Sheringham

Unused substitutes: Hirschfeld, Keane

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 5 11
2 Tottenham Hotspur 5 10
3 Leeds United 5 9
4 Liverpool 5 9
5 Chelsea 5 9
6 Middlesbrough 5 8
7 Manchester United 5 8
8 Fulham 4 7
9 Aston Villa 5 6
10 Charlton Athletic 5 6
11 Manchester City 5 6
12 Bolton Wanderers 4 6
13 West Bromwich Albion 5 6
14 Blackburn Rovers 5 5
15 Birmingham City 5 5
16 Everton 5 5
17 Southampton 5 5
18 Sunderland 5 5
19 Newcastle United 4 4
20 West Ham United 4 1
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 27Pierre Wome
  • 6Junichi Inamoto
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 9Facundo Sava
  • 20Louis Saha
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 10John Collins
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 15Barry Hayles
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2)
  • 123Kasey Keller
  • 30Anthony Gardner
  • 6Chris Perry
  • 36Dean Richards
  • 18Ben Thatcher
  • 28Matthew Etherington
  • 21Milenko Acimovic
  • 5Goran Bunjevcevic
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 9Les Ferdinand
  • 10Teddy Sheringham
  • 24Lars Hirschfeld
  • 12Gary Doherty
  • 23Christian Ziege
  • 16Steffen Iversen
  • 22Robbie Keane