Saturday 30 October 2004, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Boa Morte 33'; Cole 61'
Tottenham Hotspur

33' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

61' Goal

Andrew Cole

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomasz Radzinski
Off:Collins John

24' Yellow Card

Goran Bunjevcevic Card was given for a foul

41' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Davies
Off:Michael Brown

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Frederic Kanouté
Off:Reto Ziegler

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Carrick
Off:Sean Davis

Luis Boa Morte and Andy Cole lifted Fulham boss Chris Coleman's spirits but consigned Jacques Santini's Tottenham to their third straight league loss.

Boa Morte made the home side's dominance pay as he slotted home Steed Malbranque's cross after 33 minutes. The Portuguese striker turned provider in the second half when he set up Cole, whose neat header made it 2-0.

Jermain Defoe, watched by England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, was off-target as Spurs' attack continued to misfire. Bathed in the sunshine at Craven Cottage, Fulham started the match with renewed vigour.

German Moritz Volz saw his long-distance shot bundled out of trouble in the opening minute.

And Tottenham's defence reliably held firm when Boa Morte and Collins John, in for the injured Claus Jensen, tried to weave their way through.

Jacques Santini's side preferred to sit back but looked a threat on the break. England striker Defoe utilized his pace to turn play in Tottenham's favour but his shot was blocked by Zat Knight.

The 22-year-old again came close to breaking the deadlock in the 26th minute but Defoe did not have his sights clearly set on goal and his effort from the right sailed wide. Paul Robinson proved himself at the opposite end when he came off his line early to smother the ball at Fulham captain Cole's feet.

But there was nothing the Spurs keeper could do moments later when the lively Boa Morte gave Fulham the lead after 33 minutes. The Portuguese forward picked up Malbranque's pass from the left and coolly clipped it into the corner for his fourth Premiership goal of the season.


Fulham were denied a swift second when John directed his header straight at Robinson, who clasped the ball to his chest. Noe Pamarot and Defoe epitomised Tottenham's wasteful play after the break as both missed early opportunities to get Spurs back on level terms.

Spurs' lack of firepower told when Cole doubled Fulham's lead after 61 minutes. Boa Morte flicked the ball across from the left and the captain leaned back to head home.

With the momentum in Fulham's favour, Robinson did well to collect himself - and the ball - to deny John quickly making it 3-0.

Santini tried to breathe new life into the Spurs' attack, bringing on Freddie Kanoute in place of Reto Ziegler. But it was Fulham who showed more endeavour and promise going forward. Boa Morte demonstrated great control as he stretched to bring the ball down in mid-air but he was not able to find the final touch.

Papa Bouba Diop then tried to get in on the act with a fizzing 30-yard strike only to see it fly inches over the bar. And Cole almost grabbed his second but the England number one palmed away his shot.

Fulham mopped up some late pressure from Spurs but held on to move further away from the foot of the Premiership and put an end to their losing streak. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 30 October 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 21,317

Referee: Alan Wiley


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Rehman, Knight, Bocanegra; Malbranque, Pembridge, Diop, Boa Morte; John (Radzinski 70'), Cole

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Rosenior, Buari, McBride

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Robinson; Pamarot, King, Naybet, Bunjevcevic; Ziegler (Kanouté 67'), Davis (Carrick 83'), Brown (Davies 41'), Pedro Mendes; Defoe, Keane

Unused substitutes: Cerny, Edman

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 11 26
2 Chelsea 11 26
3 Everton 11 23
4 Middlesbrough 11 18
5 Bolton Wanderers 10 18
6 Manchester United 11 17
7 Liverpool 9 16
8 Newcastle United 10 16
9 Portsmouth 10 15
10 Aston Villa 11 15
11 Tottenham Hotspur 11 13
12 Charlton Athletic 11 12
13 Manchester City 10 11
14 Crystal Palace 11 11
15 Fulham 11 11
16 Birmingham City 11 9
17 West Bromwich Albion 11 8
18 Southampton 11 7
19 Norwich City 10 6
20 Blackburn Rovers 10 6
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 17Collins John
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • Malik Buari
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2)
  • 1Paul Robinson
  • 16Noé Pamarot
  • 26Ledley King
  • Nourredine Naybet
  • Goran Bunjevcevic
  • 16Reto Ziegler
  • Sean Davis
  • 17Michael Brown
  • 30Pedro Mendes
  • 18Jermain Defoe
  • 10Robbie Keane
  • 12Radek Cerny
  • 3Erik Edman
  • 16Michael Carrick
  • 29Simon Davies
  • Frederic Kanouté