Monday 24 February 2003, 8:00pm at White Hart Lane, London
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur
1
Sheringham (pen) 40'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
o.g. King 15'
A spirited performance from Fulham at White Hart Lane saw the Whites take a point despite playing with ten men for nearly an hour, after goalkeeper Maik Taylor was sent off for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

40' Penalty

Teddy Sheringham

60' Yellow Card

Dean Richards Card was given for a foul

69' Yellow Card

Darren Anderton Card was given for a foul

73' 2nd Yellow Card

Darren Anderton Card was given for a foul

35' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Milenko Acimovic
Off:Gustavo Poyet

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matthew Etherington
Off:Milenko Acimovic

15' Own-goal

Ledley King

38' Red Card

Maik Taylor Card was given for a foul

54' Yellow Card

Pierre Wome Card was given for a foul

83' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

13' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Zat Knight
Off:Martin Djetou

19' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Louis Saha
Off:Steve Marlet

39' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Martin Herrera
Off:Facundo Sava

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90

And after Spurs' Darren Anderton was also sent packing by referee Graham Barber with 18 minutes to go, the home side flirted dangerously with the prospect of a humiliating defeat when Fulham claimed a spot-kick of their own as Luis Boa Morte's shot struck the arm of Dean Richards in the closing seconds.  

This time referee Barber waved the appeals away, but the point gained could well be vital for Fulham in their fight for top-flight survival.  

And on this gallant display they will deserve to do it.  

In what was often a bizarre spectacle Fulham were a gift goal up before being reduced to 10 men seven minutes from the break when Taylor was red-carded forpulling down Simon Davies, an instinctive action which opened the way for Teddy Sheringham to net a penalty and put Spurs level.  

But the visitors, playing their third game in nine days and facing a fifth round FA Cup replay at Burnley on Wednesday, battled gamely to frustrate Spurs in the second half.  

They have not won a league game at White Hart Lane in 55 years but afterAnderton had been dismissed for a second yellow card in four minutes, Jean Tigana's side looked the more likely winners.  

Spurs had not played at all for 16 days but with six first-teamers including hot-shot Robbie Keane sidelined by injuries, they looked distinctly rusty.  

Replacement Gary Doherty and Slovenian midfielder Milenko Acimovic, who cameon as a substitute, looked hopelessly off the pace and missed a series of chances.  

Sheringham, who registered his 300th goal the last time Spurs were in action at White Hart lane 16 days ago, should have set out on another triple-century after just four minutes but made a complete hash of a free header from Anderton's cross.  

It all seemed set up on a plate for Spurs when Fulham, already without centre-backs Alain Goma and Andy Melville through injury and suspension, lost Martin Djetou early on when he was carried off on stretcher with a facial wound.  

Yet generous Spurs decided to make it difficult for themselves by handing out an own goal - courtesy of King who diverted Boa Morte's cross beyond Keller after a penetrating run by Boa Morte.  

Within minutes, Marlet had also left the field injured and Tottenham stepped up their attacks with Sheringham testing Taylor with a much better downward header from Steve Carr's long cross before tumbling under substitute Zat Knight's clumsy challenge for what looked a nailed-on penalty in the 27thminute.  

Barber dismissed their claims and awarded a goal kick - much to the home fans' disgust and with Tottenham's pressure decidedly of the huff-and-puff variety, Fulham rode their luck with Taylor producing two good saves in four minutes.  

First he flew high to tip over Anderton's powerful half-volley from 20 yards and then stretched to palm the luckless King's header against the underside of the bar.  

But three minutes later Fulham's luck, and particularly Taylor's, ran out in a big way.  

Davies, sent clear by Anderton, rounded Taylor but was hauled down - although the keeper got a touch on the ball.   

Sheringham beat substitute keeper Martin Herrera from the spot.  

Fulham had to withdraw Argentinian striker Facundo Sava to accommodate his 33-year-old compatriot - yet Herrera, who played in the 2000 UEFA Cup Final for Alaves against Liverpool, was barely tested before Anderton's dismissal made it 10-a-side.  

Acimovic, the Slovenian midfielder who replaced Gus Poyet just before the home side's equaliser, squandered a hat-trick of opportunities - two of them frominside the six-yard box, one in front of an open goal from 20 yards out - and was eventually replaced by Matthew Etherington.  

And it was another Fulham sub, Louis Saha who provided the best moments of the second period in his tireless role as lone striker.   

Twice he brought saves from Keller before crashing a 75th minute effort against the crossbar.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 24 February 2003
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 34,704

Referee: Graham Barber

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Keller; Carr, King, Richards, Taricco; Bunjevcevic, Anderton, Poyet (Acimovic 35' (Etherington 84')), Davies; Sheringham, Doherty

Unused substitutes: Sullivan, Thatcher, Toda

Fulham

Line-up: Taylor; Finnan, Ouaddou, Djetou (Knight 13'), Wome; Malbranque, Legwinski, Davis, Boa Morte; Sava (Herrera 39'), Marlet (Saha 19')

Unused substitutes: Harley, Inamoto

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 28 60
2 Manchester United 28 55
3 Newcastle United 27 52
4 Chelsea 28 48
5 Everton 28 48
6 Charlton Athletic 28 45
7 Liverpool 28 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 28 43
9 Blackburn Rovers 28 40
10 Southampton 28 39
11 Manchester City 28 38
12 Aston Villa 28 35
13 Middlesbrough 27 34
14 Leeds United 28 34
15 Fulham 28 34
16 Birmingham City 28 29
17 Bolton Wanderers 28 26
18 West Ham United 28 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 28 21
20 Sunderland 28 19
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2)
  • 1Kasey Keller
  • 2Stephen Carr
  • 26Ledley King
  • Dean Richards
  • 27Mauricio Taricco
  • Goran Bunjevcevic
  • Darren Anderton
  • Gustavo Poyet
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 10Teddy Sheringham
  • Gary Doherty
Substitutes
  • 1Neil Sullivan
  • 3Ben Thatcher
  • Kazuyuki Toda
  • Milenko Acimovic
  • 26Matthew Etherington
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 25Abdeslam Ouaddou
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 27Pierre Wome
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 9Facundo Sava
  • 7Steve Marlet
Substitutes
  • Martin Herrera
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 26Jon Harley
  • 6Junichi Inamoto
  • 20Louis Saha