Saturday 26 February 2005, 3:00pm at White Hart Lane, London
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur
Kanouté 78'; Keane 90'
Fulham FC

78' Goal

Frederic Kanouté

90' Goal

Robbie Keane

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Frederic Kanouté
Off:Jermain Defoe

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Robbie Keane

77' Yellow Card

Lee Clark Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Andrew Cole

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Claus Jensen

Tottenham substitutes Fredi Kanoute and Robbie Keane pounced in the second half to settle this Barclays Premiership spectacle in the home side's favour, after it looked like some promising play from Fulham had done enough to earn them a point.

Spurs' appalling record in London derbies - they had registered just one victory to show from their last 22 top-flight matches against capital opposition before today - looked set to continue until Martin Jol brought on his two replacement strikers.

Kanoute fired home a 78th-minute free-kick past Fulham goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, and Keane guaranteed the three points with an injury-time strike as the visitors' defence was caught out of position.

Thimothee Atouba and Anthony Gardner both failed fitness tests on their knee problems but Andy Reid was recalled to left midfield after missing out cup-tied against former club Nottingham Forest last week.

Denmark midfielder Claus Jensen started his first match for Fulham in four months after finally winning his lengthy battle against injury while Liam Rosenior was preferred to Moritz Volz at full-back once again.

Spurs created an early half-chance when Michael Brown threaded a pass through to Stephen Kelly but the Irish right-back was tackled by Papa Bouba Diop while in the process of hitting his shot. Mido, who was starting alongside Jermain Defoe with Frederic Kanoute and Robbie Keane on the bench, dragged a weak shot wide of the right post after a slick counter from the home side.

Another promising move involving Defoe and Simon Davies was completed when Mido smashed the ball into the stands while trying his luck from an impossible angle.

Kelly and Davies combined in the 14th minute but the latter's cross was cleared by Edwin van der Sar for a corner which the Dutch 'keeper then punched to safety after scrambling off his line.

Andy Reid sprinted down the right wing to collect a long pass played from the defence but he was unable to control the ball with Rosenior in close attendance and a heartbeat later Brown went desperately close with a header. After a lethargic opening 20 minutes Spurs were beginning to put Fulham's goal under sustained pressure, although the visitors' defence was proving hard to unlock.

Reid forced a fine save from van der Sar in the 28th minute after pulling the trigger with the outside of his boot from the edge of the area but the keeper palmed the ball - destined for the top left corner - to safety. Spurs continued to crank up the pressure with skipper Ledley King escaping Bouba Diop at a corner before heading wide, while in contrast there was very little happening at the end with Fulham failing to create a single chance in 35 minutes.

But after beginning to liven up what was a very disappointing first half, the north London club took their foot off the pedal and the match returned to a tiresome midfield battle which left bored fans with little to cheer.

Fulham enjoyed a brief flurry at the end of the first half with Luis Boa Morte trying to force his way through a packed defence in injury-time but he was easily bundled off the ball. Defoe fired wide moments after the interval and Mido nodded off-target for a goal kick, although the ball appeared to have struck Zat Knight before slipping out of danger. Noureddine Naybet headed over the crossbar from a corner as Spurs' bright opening to the second half continued, giving Fulham's defence little chance to catch their breath.

In a bid to breathe some life into his side, Fulham boss Chris Coleman substituted Andy Cole for Collins John in the 60th minute.

Reid squandered a glorious chance in the 73rd minute after being set up by Davies. He directed his header wide, although the effort took a deflection before bouncing out of play. Kanoute and Keane were brought on - Defoe and Mido made way - and their appearances finally gave Spurs fans something to cheer.

Fulham captain Lee Clark clattered into Reid, and Kanoute steered the resulting 25-yard free-kick into the net - with van der Sar rooted to the spot.

Kanoute and Keane combined, but the Republic of Ireland international was guilty of a glaring miss as he failed to place the ball into what was irtually an open net. But Keane made amends in injury time by picking up a long ball from Michael Carrick, shaking off a Boa Morte tackle and rounding van der Sar before steering home to seal the result.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 26 February 2005
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 35,885

Referee: Neale Barry

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Robinson; Kelly, Naybet, King, Edman; Davies, Carrick, Brown, Reid; Defoe (Kanouté 73'), Mido (Keane 79')

Unused substitutes: Cerny, Pamarot, Ziegler


Line-up: Van der Sar; Rosenior, Goma, Knight, Bocanegra; Radzinski, Diop, Clark, Claus Jensen (McBride 86'), Boa Morte; Cole (John 59')

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Volz, Legwinski

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 27 68
2 Manchester United 27 59
3 Arsenal 28 58
4 Everton 28 51
5 Liverpool 27 43
6 Middlesbrough 27 41
7 Bolton Wanderers 27 40
8 Tottenham Hotspur 27 39
9 Charlton Athletic 26 38
10 Aston Villa 28 35
11 Manchester City 27 33
12 Birmingham City 28 32
13 Newcastle United 26 31
14 Portsmouth 27 30
15 Fulham 27 29
16 Blackburn Rovers 27 28
17 Crystal Palace 28 25
18 Southampton 28 21
19 Norwich City 27 20
20 West Bromwich Albion 27 18
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2)
  • 1Paul Robinson
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • Nourredine Naybet
  • 26Ledley King
  • 3Erik Edman
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 16Michael Carrick
  • 17Michael Brown
  • 19Andy Reid
  • 18Jermain Defoe
  • 11Mido
  • 12Radek Cerny
  • 16Noé Pamarot
  • 16Reto Ziegler
  • Frederic Kanouté
  • 10Robbie Keane
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Collins John