Tuesday 26 January 2010, 8:00pm at White Hart Lane, London
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
2
Crouch 27'; Bentley 60'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Despite some promising displays and Bobby Zamora returning from injury, Tottenham ran out comfortable 2-0 winners on Saturday afternoon.

27' Goal

Peter Crouch

60' Goal

David Bentley

89' Yellow Card

Michael Dawson Card was given for a foul

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Robbie Keane
Off:Jermain Defoe

87' Yellow Card

Diomansy Kamara Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Davies
Off:Bjorn Helge Riise

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Diomansy Kamara
Off:Zoltán Gera

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Elm
Off:Bobby Zamora

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90

There was positive news ahead of kick-off with Roy Hodgson welcoming Bobby Zamora back for Tuesday night’s match at White Hart Lane after the striker recovered from a recent shoulder injury.

Zoltan Gera resumed his role alongside Zamora in attack; a partnership that has brought impressive results in recent months. In midfield Bjorn Helge Riise made his first league start for Fulham following a notable performance in last weekend’s FA Cup Fourth Round victory over Accrington Stanley.

Roy Hodgson revised his defensive line-up to face Spurs with Chris Smalling making his second league start of the season in central defence. Aaron Hughes shifted to right-back with Chris Baird highlighting his versatility at left-back.

Ledley King returned to Tottenham’s starting eleven on Tuesday night, captaining Harry Redknapp’s side in front of a crowd of 35,467 at White Hart Lane.

It was a testing start for Fulham as Spurs rained in shots during the opening exchanges. The home side applied pressure down the flanks with Bale and Corluka’s overlapping runs causing particular concern in the first few minutes.

Mark Schwarzer was required within the first minute of play to deny Tom Huddlestone from finding the bottom corner with a fierce drive. Sixty seconds later Peter Crouch went close, heading over the cross bar from close range. However Fulham soon subdued the home side as they settled into the passing game.

Fulham’s first phase of pressure came after 10 minutes of play with Bobby Zamora almost finding a finishing touch from just six yards out. Spurs keeper Gomes managed to smother the ball at the striker’s feet after a positive passage of play in the final third by Hodgson’s side.

Both sides were guilty of losing possession all too easily during the first twenty minutes as the attacking threat dried up at either end. Fulham had certainly settled after the home side’s potent start as their passing game came more and more into play as the game wore on.

After a promising start Fulham were dealt a blow just before the half hour mark when Peter Crouch clipped the ball over Mark Schwarzer from close range. The goal came courtesy of Luka Modric, with the Croatian midfielder stealing the ball off Riise on the left by-line before handing Crouch the opener from barely four yards out.

Following Crouch’s goal the remaining 15 minutes of the half passed without incident but as the break approached both sides went on the offensive. Luka Modric found space in Fulham’s area to deliver a curling right-footed shot that skimmed the roof of Schwarzer’s net.

Whilst Spurs enjoyed the majority of attacking opportunities during the first 45, Hodgson’s side would have been disappointed to have entered the break a goal behind after containing Tottenham effectively after the home side’s early surge.

Fulham made a bright, positive start to the second-half, playing at a higher intensity with some quick one touch passing. However Spurs continued to threaten, particularly from the flanks and five minutes into the second-half Palacios went close, sending a headed effort from Bentley’s cross just wide of Schwarzer’s far post.

Fulham were battling hard to re-establish their position as the hour mark approach and Kagisho Dikgacoi caught the eye in central midfield with some tough tackling and high energy levels.

Just before the hour mark Spurs were awarded a free-kick twenty yards from goal down Fulham’s left flank. David Bentley’s right-footed curling effort caught a deflection and flew into the far corner of the net.

Schwarzer was left with no chance as the ball deviated off its original course to double the home side’s lead.

Following the home side’s second goal of the evening Roy Hodgson made two substitutions in quick succession. First Simon Davies came on for Bjorn Helge Riise down Fulham’s right flank before Diomansy Kamara replaced Zoltan Gera.

Kamara earned Fulham’s next opportunity on 74 minutes, winning a free-kick 25 yards from goal. The set piece was laid off to Chris Baird whose shot blazed harmlessly wide of goal. At the other end Dawson went close a minute later with an angled header which flew just over the cross bar.

After completing almost 80 minutes of action on his return from injury, Zamora was replaced by David Elm. Harry Redknapp followed suit a minute later, replacing Jermain Defoe with Robbie Keane.

The final minutes of the match petered out as Fulham failed to find a way back into the game, resulting in Tottenham taking all three points from Tuesday night’s game. Fulham will now have three full days to prepare for Saturday’s game against Aston Villa at the Cottage.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Tuesday 26 January 2010
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 35,467

Referee: Mike Dean

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Gomes; Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale; Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric; Defoe (Keane 80'), Crouch

Unused substitutes: Alnwick, Hutton, Rose, Bassong, Jenas, O'Hara

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Hughes, Hangeland, Smalling, Baird; Bjorn Helge Riise (Davies 63'), Dikgacoi, Murphy, Duff; Zamora (Elm 78'), Gera (Kamara 71')

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Kallio, Greening, Nevland

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 23 50
2 Arsenal 22 48
3 Chelsea 21 48
4 Tottenham Hotspur 23 41
5 Liverpool 23 38
6 Manchester City 21 38
7 Aston Villa 21 36
8 Birmingham City 21 33
9 Fulham 22 27
10 Everton 21 26
11 Stoke City 21 25
12 Blackburn Rovers 22 24
13 Sunderland 21 23
14 Wigan Athletic 20 22
15 Bolton Wanderers 21 21
16 West Ham United 22 20
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 20
18 Burnley 22 20
19 Hull City 22 19
20 Portsmouth 21 15
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2)
  • 1Heurelho Gomes
  • 22Vedran Corluka
  • 20Michael Dawson
  • 26Ledley King
  • 11Gareth Bale
  • 15David Bentley
  • 6Tom Huddlestone
  • 12Wilson Palacios
  • 14Luka Modric
  • 18Jermain Defoe
  • 15Peter Crouch
Substitutes
  • 12Ben Alnwick
  • 2Alan Hutton
  • 3Danny Rose
  • 19Sébastien Bassong
  • 21Jermaine Jenas
  • 24Jamie O'Hara
  • 10Robbie Keane
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 34Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 11Zoltán Gera
Substitutes
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 33Toni Kallio
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 15Diomansy Kamara
  • 35David Elm