Sunday 13 May 2012, 3:00pm at White Hart Lane, London
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
2
Adebayor 2'; Defoe 63'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Fulham were defeated two-nil by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon but Martin Jol's team ended the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League season in ninth position.

2' Goal

Emmanuel Adebayor
Assist by Rafael van der Vaart

63' Goal

Jermain Defoe

50' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Ryan Nelsen
Off:Kyle Walker

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jermain Defoe
Off:Rafael van der Vaart

76' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Adam Smith
Off:Younes Kaboul

27' Yellow Card

Brede Hangeland Card was given for a foul

46' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Danny Murphy

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There was only one change to Fulham’s starting eleven to face Spurs on Sunday afternoon from the Team that defeated Sunderland at Craven Cottage in the Club’s penultimate match of the season last weekend.

The Club’s leading scorer, Clint Dempsey, missed out on the trip to North London through injury, resulting in Manager Martin Jol handing Academy graduate Kerim Frei a starting berth on the left hand side of midfield.

Fulham’s bench also featured two further graduates, with Matthew Briggs and Marcello Trotta named amongst Jol’s substitutes. Fulham got Sunday’s highly anticipated fixture underway, with Spurs looking to claim a Champions League place and Fulham targeting a Club record points tally in the Barclays Premier League.

Spurs got off to the best possible start, when Adebayor fired the home side ahead after less than two minutes of play. Luka Modric’s precise through ball set Adebayor clean through on goal down the left hand side of the area and the striker’s right footed strike curled into the far corner of the net.

Modric was certainly pulling the strings in midfield during the opening stages of the game as Fulham looked to settle the play inside a buoyant White Hart Lane. The Whites successfully defended a succession of corners and raids down the flanks from Bale and Lennon in the opening 15 minutes.

Sunday’s match was certainly played at a frenetic pace and Tottenham’s early goal aside, Fulham stood firm to the home side’s early barrage of pressure. In fact, as the game passed the 20 minute mark, it was Martin Jol’s team that took control of possession.

In midfield, Dembele’s influence grew as the minutes passed and Frei was given the chance to attack rather than track back down the left flank. There was certainly no lack of attacking intent from Jol’s Team, with Riise and Kelly pressing high up the pitch from defence.

Fulham were making serious ground down the left flank as the half hour mark approached and an equaliser looked on the cards, with the balance of play falling in Fulham’s favour. However, there was almost a sting in the tale after 33 minutes, when van der Vaart fired just wide of Schwarzer’s post with a left footed drive from inside the area.

Eight minutes before the break John Arne Riise almost pulled Fulham level with a superb drive following a solo run from just inside Tottenham’s half. The Norwegian tore through the home side’s midfield before forcing Friedel into a fine save with a fierce left footed drive from the edge of the area.

Seconds later Dembele fired just wide of Friedel’s far post with Fulham ending the half the stronger side. The early carnival atmosphere inside White Hart Lane had been replaced by the cheers of those who had made the journey from SW6.

The deficit at the break was almost doubled seconds before Phil Dowd blew his whistle for half time, when Bale’s stinging drive during added time forced Schwarzer’s into a fine reaction save.

Despite being a goal behind, there was plenty of encouraging signs to suggest that Fulham could still achieve a major upset at White Hart Lane in the second half.

The start of the second half saw Danny Murphy pick up a booking almost immediately from the restart, after bringing Aaron Lennon’s charge down the right flank to an abrupt halt.

Harry Redknapp made the first substitution of the match just three minutes into the second half, with Ryan Nelsen replacing the injured Kyle Walker at right back.

The first clear cut chance of the second half fell to Spurs midfielder Sandro, who headed Lennon’s cross from the right flank goalwards from just six yards out. Fortunately for Fulham, Mark Schwarzer was perfectly positioned to save on the line.

Sandro’s effort aside, there was very little between the two teams as the hour mark approached but Dembele almost brought Fulham level with a left footed drive from 25 yards that had Freidel beaten but flew just wide of the goalkeeper’s far post.

Harry Redknapp made his second change seconds after Dembele’s effort, introducing Jermain Defoe for van der Vaart. Defoe’s impact was immediate, firing past Schwarzer after 52 minutes to put Tottenham two-nil ahead. Defoe’s opportunity from close range came after Lennon’s cross from the right flank had deflected into the striker’s path, leaving Schwarzer with no chance.

Martin Jol made his first change of the game after 66 minutes, with Captain Danny Murphy making way for Pajtim Kasami in midfield. Defoe’s goal left Fulham with a mountain to climb but credit to Jol’s players, who continued to strive for a way back into the game in the final twenty minutes.

Tottenham’s final change of the day came after 76 minutes, with Adam Smith replacing the injured Younes Kaboul. Ten minutes from time Dembele, who looked the most likely to score for Fulham in the second half, once again burst through midfield on a 30 yard run that almost set Pogrebnyak through on goal.

With five minutes remaining Fulham just lacked a finishing touch in front of goal when Duff's cross from the right flew along the six yard line, evading a host of Tottenham defenders. It was all Fulham in the final minutes, with Dembele forcing Friedel into a superb fingertip save from a 30 yard drive. Seconds later it was Diarra's turn to test Friedel with a dipping volley from the edge of the area.

Once again Fulham were ending the half in fine form but Tottenham's clinical edge in front of goal proved decisive on Sunday afternoon as the home side claimed maximum points.

The final match of the season may have ended in defeat for Fulham, but it could not take the gloss off another fine campaign for the Club. In the final week of the season Fulham's Development Squad claimed second place in the Barclays Premier Reserve League South, the Club's Academy won the Barclays Premier Academy League title and Martin Jol's Team secured ninth place in the Barclays Premier League.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 13 May 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 36,256

Referee: Phil Dowd

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Friedel; Walker (Nelsen 50'), Gallas, Kaboul (Smith 76'), Bale; Livermore, Sandro; Lennon, van der Vaart (Defoe 60'), Modric; Adebayor

Unused substitutes: Cudicini, Saha, dos Santos, Kane

Manager: Harry Redknapp

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Diarra, Murphy (Kasami 67'), Frei; Dembélé; Pogrebnyak

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Briggs, Gecov, Bjorn Helge Riise, Trotta

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 38 89
2 Manchester United 38 89
3 Arsenal 38 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 69
5 Newcastle United 38 65
6 Chelsea 38 64
7 Everton 38 56
8 Liverpool 38 52
9 Fulham 38 52
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 47
11 Swansea City 38 47
12 Norwich City 38 47
13 Sunderland 38 45
14 Stoke City 38 45
15 Wigan Athletic 38 43
16 Aston Villa 38 38
17 Queens Park Rangers 38 37
18 Bolton Wanderers 38 36
19 Blackburn Rovers 38 31
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 25
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
17
11
Shots On Target
6
5
Passing Accuracy
88%
86%
Fouls
9
12
Corners
9
3
Offsides
0
3
Bookings
0
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1)
  • 24Brad Friedel
  • 28Kyle Walker
  • 13William Gallas
  • 4Younes Kaboul
  • 3Gareth Bale
  • 29Jake Livermore
  • 30Sandro
  • 7Aaron Lennon
  • 11Rafael van der Vaart
  • 14Luka Modric
  • 10Emmanuel Adebayor
Substitutes
  • 23Carlo Cudicini
  • 33Ryan Nelsen
  • 51Adam Smith
  • 15Louis Saha
  • 17Giovani dos Santos
  • 18Jermain Defoe
  • 37Harry Kane
Manager
  • Harry Redknapp
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 30Mousa Dembélé
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 42Marcello Trotta
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 90'+1' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 88' Attempt saved. Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kerim Frei with a cross.
  • 88' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brad Friedel.
  • 88' Attempt saved. Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. Kerim Frei (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Stephen Kelly (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Brede Hangeland following a corner.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Brad Friedel.
  • 87' Attempt saved. Damien Duff (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Kelly with a cross.
  • 86' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by William Gallas.
  • 85' Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.
  • 84' Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 84' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham).
  • 81' Offside, Fulham. Brede Hangeland tries a through ball, but Kerim Frei is caught offside.
  • 79' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mahamadou Diarra.
  • 76' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Adam Smith replaces Younes Kaboul because of an injury.
  • 76' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 75' Delay in match Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.
  • 74' Attempt missed. Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by John Arne Riise.
  • 73' Hand ball by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 72' Attempt missed. Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.
  • 71' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mousa Dembélé.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Gareth Bale.
  • 67' Substitution, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami replaces Danny Murphy.
  • 67' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham).
  • 67' William Gallas (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Kerim Frei (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 63' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Fulham 0. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
  • 63' Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 62' Offside, Fulham. Danny Murphy tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.
  • 61' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 60' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Jermain Defoe replaces Rafael van der Vaart.
  • 60' Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Mahamadou Diarra.
  • 59' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 59' Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 56' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 55' Delay in match Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 54' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 52' Attempt saved. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 51' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 51' Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 50' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Nelsen replaces Kyle Walker because of an injury.
  • 49' Foul by Danny Murphy (Fulham).
  • 49' Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 47' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 46' Danny Murphy (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 46' Foul by Danny Murphy (Fulham).
  • 46' Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.
  • 45'+1' Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric.
  • 43' Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Fulham).
  • 43' Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Foul by Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 42' Attempt missed. Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
  • 39' Attempt saved. Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • 38' Attempt saved. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mahamadou Diarra.
  • 34' Attempt missed. Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 33' Offside, Fulham. Stephen Kelly tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.
  • 28' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Foul by Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 28' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 28' Attempt blocked. Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 27' Brede Hangeland (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 26' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 26' Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 18' Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 18' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 18' Foul by Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 18' Stephen Kelly (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.
  • 14' William Gallas (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 14' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham).
  • 14' Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
  • 13' Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Fulham).
  • 11' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 11' Attempt saved. Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Rafael van der Vaart with a cross.
  • 11' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 11' Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rafael van der Vaart.
  • 8' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 7' Foul by William Gallas (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 7' Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 3' Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 2' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Fulham 0. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rafael van der Vaart with a through ball.
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.