Sunday 30 January 2011, 4:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Murphy (pen) 11', (pen) 14'; Hangeland 24'; Dembélé 45'+2
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur

11' Penalty

Danny Murphy
Assist by Clint Dempsey

14' Penalty

Danny Murphy
Assist by Mousa Dembélé

24' Goal

Brede Hangeland

45'+2 Goal

Mousa Dembélé

34' Yellow Card

Damien Duff Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zoltán Gera
Off:Andrew Johnson

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathan Greening
Off:Danny Murphy

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Davies
Off:Mousa Dembélé

13' Red Card

Michael Dawson Card was given for a foul

27' Yellow Card

Rafael van der Vaart Card was given for a foul

17' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:William Gallas

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Peter Crouch
Off:Jermain Defoe

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jermaine Jenas
Off:Rafael van der Vaart

Fulham booked their place in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup after a stunning victory over Tottenham. A brace from Danny Murphy plus goals from Brede Hangeland and Mousa Dembele secured the Whites passage to the next round.

The Whites started the match on the front foot and Clint Dempsey’s header on five minutes from a well delivered Damien Duff corner almost handed Fulham an early lead. Dempsey did well to beat his marker but glanced his header just wide of Heurelho Gomes’ right hand post.

The Whites were awarded a penalty in the 10th minute after Dempsey intercepted a loose pass from Michael Dawson and made straight for goal. Before the American attacker was able to get an effort away, he was barged to ground by Alan Hutton. Danny Murphy stepped up and calmly placed his spot kick past Gomes.

Fulham doubled their lead on 13 minutes and once again it came from the boot of Murphy from the penalty spot. Heurelho Gomes elected to play a short pass out to Dawson who proceeded to lose possession to Mousa Dembele.

Despite having his shirt pulled by Dawson, Dembele was able to get a shot on target, which was saved by Gomes. However, Mr Dowd had already pointed to the spot and issued Dawson with a straight red card. Murphy sent Gomes the wrong way to record his second goal of the game.

Certainly Gomes’ choice of distribution was not making matters any easier for his side as he often opted to play the ball short, placing in team-mates in risky situations.

The goal and dismissal knocked Spurs out of their stride and Clint Dempsey could have made it three for Fulham after good work from Andrew Johnson, unfortunately his attempted finish spun just over the bar.

The Craven Cottage faithful didn’t have long to wait for the third and it came from the trusty boot of Brede Hangeland on 23 minutes. Damien Duff’s corner was helped on by the head of Andrew Johnson and into the path of Hangeland at the back post - the big central defender made no mistake from two yards out.

There was a nervy moment for Gomes on the half hour mark when a 25 yard shot from Johnson took an awkward bounce and ricocheted off the Spurs goalkeeper’s chest. But the Brazilian was able to recover and collect the ball before the Whites could regain possession.

Despite being a man down Tottenham showed signs of threat in attack, and certainly with the individual talent on display in their line-up, the Whites needed to maintain their focus.

Mousa Dembele rounded off the scoring in the first-half with a wonderful individual effort. Collecting the ball on the halfway line the Belgian international had only one thing in mind. He rounded William Gallas before advancing to the edge of the penalty area, beating Sebastien Bassong and placing a fine low finish past Gomes.

Harry Redknapp started the second-half with a substitution, replacing Jermain Defoe with Peter Crouch. His half-time words certainly appeared to have an effect as his side started the second-half in vibrant fashion.

But Spurs were unable to sustain that pace beyond the first ten minutes of the second-half as the game proceeded to take a more predictable flow – with Fulham controlling the majority of possession and not taking any unnecessary risks.

A John Pantsil interception on 58 minutes set Fulham up for fine counter-attacking move which culminated in Johnson and Dembele almost linking up for a shooting opportunity on the edge of the Spurs area.

Heurelho Gomes needed to be alert on 63 minutes when an extended spell of Fulham possession ended with Dempsey’s run and shot forcing a full stretch save from the Spurs keeper.

With the height of Peter Crouch up front, Spurs’ primary tactic was to play high balls to the England international and attempt to build play off his knock downs. But for the most part Crouch cut a solitary figure as most of his team-mates were committed to their defensive duties.

Fulham’s first substitution of the encounter came on 68 minutes when Zoltan Gera replaced Andrew Johnson up front. Johnson went off to a hearty round of applause after putting in another good display.

Danny Murphy’s participation ended on 74 minutes when he was replaced by Jonathan Greening. And Simon Davies came on for Mousa Dembele on 80 minutes – Davies took up his position on the left flank with Clint Dempsey joining Zoltan Gera up front.

Aaron Hughes struck the woodwork late on from a Duff corner as Fulham pushed for a fifth goal. Zoltan Gera was also denied by the foot of Gomes on 87 minutes when he found himself in space.

Fulham continued to dominate the possession stakes as the clocked ticked ever closer to full-time - securing a place in the Fifth Round.

Match Information

Competition: The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON

Date: Sunday 30 January 2011
Kick-off: 4:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 21,829


Line-up: Stockdale; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido; Duff, Sidwell, Murphy (Greening 74'), Dempsey; Dembélé (Davies 80'), Johnson (Gera 68')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Kelly, Dikgacoi, Kamara

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Gomes; Hutton, Dawson, Sébastien Bassong, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Sandro (Gallas 17'), Modric, Pienaar; van der Vaart (Jenas 66'); Defoe (Crouch 45')

Unused substitutes: Cudicini, Corluka, Kranjcar, Pavlyuchenko

Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Carlos Salcido
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Mousa Dembélé
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 26Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 15Diomansy Kamara
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Heurelho Gomes
  • 2Alan Hutton
  • 20Michael Dawson
  • 19Sébastien Bassong
  • 32Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • 7Aaron Lennon
  • 30Sandro
  • 14Luka Modric
  • 40Steven Pienaar
  • 10Rafael van der Vaart
  • 18Jermain Defoe
  • 23Carlo Cudicini
  • 13William Gallas
  • 22Vedran Corluka
  • 21Niko Kranjcar
  • 21Jermaine Jenas
  • 9Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • 15Peter Crouch