Saturday 15 November 2008, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Davies 33'; Johnson 70'
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
Campbell 81'

33' Goal

Simon Davies

70' Goal

Andrew Johnson

16' Yellow Card

Bobby Zamora Card was given for a foul

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zoltán Gera
Off:Clint Dempsey

81' Goal

Fraizer Campbell

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Roman Pavlyuchenko
Off:Tom Huddlestone

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Lennon
Off:Luka Modric

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fraizer Campbell
Off:Darren Bent

An excellent display from Fulham was enough give the Whites all three points on Saturday and end Spurs’ recent run of form. Simon Davies’ first goal of the season and another strike from Andy Johnson secured the win.

Roy Hodgson named one change to the team from the previous week’s line-up against Newcastle, with Clint Dempsey replacing Zoltan Gera. Dempsey took up a position on the right flank with Simon Davies playing on the left.

The encounter got off to something of a tentative start with Fulham clearly mindful of their opponent’s fine recent form. Tottenham lined up with a rather conventional 4-4-2 formation, however the eagerness of David Bentley to get forward often resulted in a 4-3-3 shape.

Much of Spurs’ early work coming forward came via counter attacks but these were of limited success thanks to good defensive tracking from both Danny Murphy and Jimmy Bullard.

Fulham were first to create a meaningful chance when, in the 12th minute, Andy Johnson got in behind the Spurs defence on the right flank and cut the ball back from the by line, Simon Davies missed sliding in but Murphy was waiting on the edge of the box. His right footed shot was hit with plenty of force but cannoned off a Spurs defender. Fulham maintained their forward momentum a minute later when Clint Dempsey unleashed a fierce left-footed shot from 25 yards which brought an acrobatic save from Heurelho Gomes.

The Spurs stopper was in action again shortly after when he made hard work of a Jimmy Bullard corner, collecting the ball at the second time of asking.

Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson combined well in the 19th minute to craft a good chance. John Pantsil’s cross from the right flank was touched back into the path of Johnson by Zamora but ultimately the striker was unable to get over the ball and fired over.

Fulham’s midfield was working hard to control the game, ensuring the Spurs’ midfield men had little time on the ball. Danny Murphy’s exquisite tackle on Tom Huddlestone to set up a Fulham attack was a prime example.

David Bentley came close to finding the target in the 29th minute after Spurs managed to break through Fulham’s midfield – the ball found its way to the winger who drilled his shot just wide. Spurs went close again when Darren Bent managed to get a toe to a raking diagonal pass – thankfully Schwarzer produced a routine catch.

Fulham took the lead in the 32nd minute with Simon Davies’ first goal of the season. The Fulham winger cut in from the left wing and delivered a curling ball into the box, Jonathan Woodgate managed to get a slight flick on the delivery, and that proved enough to deceive Gomes who let the ball slip through his arms and into the back of the net.

Spurs struggled to get out of their own half with any real quality following the goal and were clearly looking forward to half-time in order to settle down and regain some of their earlier organisation.

Fulham won a corner on 42 minutes after fine play from Johnson saw the striker nick the ball off the toe of a Spurs defender. The first corner from Bullard saw the Spurs back line clear the ball awkwardly from under the post – the second was more easily dealt with at the near stick.

Tottenham started the second half with a double substitution. Roman Pavlyuchenko came on for Tom Huddlestone whilst Luka Modric was replaced by Aaron Lennon. Both changes clearly indicated Harry Redknapp’s intentions.

Jimmy Bullard tested Gomes on 53 minutes after Fulham won a free kick for a push on Clint Dempsey. Bullard struck a low and hard shot which was saved in somewhat unorthodox fashion by Gomes. The ball bounced out but was cleared to safety before the rapidly advancing Johnson was able to get near.

Spurs were certainly intent on finding an equalising goal, even though their pattern of play had not drastically changed from the first half, they were pushing plenty of players up the pitch. As the second half progressed, Spurs were increasingly turning to Lennon to provide the ammunition.

Fulham had a good shout for handball turned down on 62 minutes when Andy Johnson tussled with Ledley King in the box. In the defender’s attempt to turn away from Johnson, he clearly looked to have made contact with his hand. Unfortunately the referee did not have a clear view.

Play switched immediately to the other end where Lennon broke clear down the left wing, but his cross was well cut out by Brede Hangeland on the stretch.

Fulham heaped the pressure on Spurs in the build up to the Whites’ second goal of the game on 70 minutes. Tottenham were unable to clear a fine piece of possession play which culminated in a corner for Fulham. Paul Konchesky’s delivery was only partially cleared and eventually fell to Andy Johnson who powerfully swept the ball home from close range.

Gomes was back in action on 72 minutes when he palmed a fierce Jimmy Bullard free kick around the post. Fulham were certainly on the front foot, but with Spurs introducing another attacking option in the shape of Fraizer Campbell, the Whites would have to be mindful at the back.

Spurs got back in contention in the 80th minute through Campbell. The striker finished off a sweeping move from right to left and even though Mark Schwarzer got a touch on the ball, he could not prevent it from rolling into the back of the net.

Fulham passed up a fine scoring opportunity just moments later when Ledley King’s header back was intercepted by Zamora but he could only flick the ball over Gomes and wide of the post.

Zoltan Gera replaced the hard working Clint Dempsey on 87 minutes.

Heurelho Gomes went some way to showing his shot stopping credentials in added time when he flung himself full stretch to keep out a Bullard free kick which was heading for the top corner.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 15 November 2008
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,139

Referee: Alan Wiley


Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky; Davies, Murphy, Bullard, Dempsey (Gera 87'); Zamora, Johnson

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Stoor, Kallio, Baird, Gray, Nevland

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Gomes; Corluka, Woodgate, King, Bale; Bentley, Jenas, Huddlestone (Pavlyuchenko 46'), Zokora; Modric (Lennon 46'); Bent (Campbell 71')

Unused substitutes: Cudicini, Hutton, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 13 32
2 Chelsea 12 29
3 Manchester United 12 24
4 Arsenal 13 23
5 Aston Villa 13 23
6 Hull City 12 20
7 Everton 12 18
8 Portsmouth 13 18
9 Fulham 12 17
10 Middlesbrough 12 17
11 Sunderland 13 15
12 Bolton Wanderers 13 14
13 West Ham United 13 14
14 Stoke City 13 14
15 Manchester City 12 13
16 Wigan Athletic 13 13
17 Newcastle United 13 13
18 Blackburn Rovers 13 13
19 Tottenham Hotspur 13 12
20 West Bromwich Albion 12 11
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 25Simon Davies
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 21Jimmy Bullard
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 9Bobby Zamora
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 22Fredrik Stoor
  • 33Toni Kallio
  • 34Chris Baird
  • 17Julian Gray
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 11Zoltán Gera
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Heurelho Gomes
  • 22Vedran Corluka
  • 39Jonathan Woodgate
  • 26Ledley King
  • 11Gareth Bale
  • 15David Bentley
  • 21Jermaine Jenas
  • 6Tom Huddlestone
  • 4Didier Zokora
  • 14Luka Modric
  • 10Darren Bent
  • 23Carlo Cudicini
  • 2Alan Hutton
  • 20Michael Dawson
  • 32Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • 7Aaron Lennon
  • 9Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • 18Fraizer Campbell