Sunday 6 November 2011, 4:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
o.g. Kaboul 57'
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
3
o.g. Baird 10'; Lennon 45'+1; Defoe 90'+5
Despite controlling the game for large periods and amassing a siege onto the Tottenham goal, Fulham found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 smash and grab result on Sunday.

57' Own-goal

Younes Kaboul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Stephen Kelly
Off:Zdenek Grygera

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Damien Duff

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dickson Etuhu
Off:Danny Murphy

10' Own-goal

Chris Baird

45'+1 Goal

Aaron Lennon
Assist by Gareth Bale

90'+5 Goal

Jermain Defoe
Assist by Emmanuel Adebayor

69' Yellow Card

Younes Kaboul

67' Substitution

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

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sandro
Off:Aaron Lennon

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30
45
60
75
90

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel was involved in the action immediately, producing a fine save at his near post to prevent Steve Sidwell from opening the scoring. The Fulham midfielder’s header from Danny Murphy’s corner looked certain to find the back of the net, had it not been for the American goalkeeper’s intervention.

Somewhat against the run of play Tottenham took the lead on the 10 minute mark. Kyle Walker evaded the attentions of John Arne Riise and played a teasing ball to Aaron Lennon. It eventually fell into the path of Gareth Bale whose shot ricocheted off Chris Baird and into the back of the net. Such was the power of the strike, Baird could do little to prevent the own goal.

The goal did little to change the pattern of the game, with Fulham maintaining the upper hand in terms of possession and Spurs patiently waiting for their opportunity to attack. A fine one-touch pass from Steve Sidwell on 23 minutes handed Clint Dempsey a good shooting opportunity, unfortunately the attacker slightly scuffed his shot, resulting in an easy save for Friedel.

As the first-half progressed Spurs momentarily gained territorial advantage, the increased influence of Luka Modric was a key factor in the visitors’ change in fortunes. But Fulham redressed the balance, largely courtesy of the hard work of Mousa Dembele who made a number of key blocks to win the ball back for the Whites.

Aaron Lennon doubled Spurs’ lead in first-half added time when he was played in behind Zdenek Grygera and proceeded to advance at great pace towards the Whites’ goal. Lennon wrong-footed Chris Baird before hitting a low shot inside the far post.

Grygera’s involvement in the match ended shortly after. The defender twisted awkwardly, and was stretchered from the field of play. He was replaced by Stephen Kelly at half-time.

Fulham started the second-half with the bit between their teeth, forcing four corners in close succession that had the Spurs back line at sixes and sevens. Fulham got back to within touching distance on 57 minutes after another corner saw Ledley King head the ball against fellow centre defender, Younes Kaboul before crossing the goal line.

The goal rocked Spurs back on their heels as Fulham poured on the pressure. Tottenham’s defence stood up well to attacks through the central third of the field - but once the Whites started stretching the visitors’ back line, gaps started appearing.

Spurs successfully managed to slow the pace of the game down, buying themselves precious time to reorganise. A fearsome free kick from Chris Baird on 69 minutes saw Friedel get down quickly preventing the equaliser.

Martin Jol introduced Bryan Ruiz in place of Damien Duff on 70 minutes as the Whites searched for a way back on to level terms. Ruiz’ impressive range of passing was immediately clear to see as he played an inch-perfect pass through to Clint Dempsey, who rounded Friedel only to see his shot blocked by the covering Ledley King. 

Fulham continued to press Spurs but with time running out, the visitors managed to survive a manic goalmouth scramble before Jermain Defoe netted the clincher in the final seconds.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 6 November 2011
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,698

Referee: Peter Walton

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Grygera (Kelly 45'), Baird, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff (Ruiz 71'), Sidwell, Murphy (Etuhu 77'), Dempsey; Dembélé; Zamora

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Briggs, Kasami, Frei

Manager: Martin Jol

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon (Sandro 78'), Parker, Modric, Bale; van der Vaart (Defoe 67'); Adebayor

Unused substitutes: Cudicini, Bassong, Corluka, Livermore, Pienaar

Manager: Harry Redknapp

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 11 31
2 Manchester United 11 26
3 Newcastle United 11 25
4 Chelsea 11 22
5 Tottenham Hotspur 10 22
6 Liverpool 11 19
7 Arsenal 11 19
8 Aston Villa 11 15
9 Norwich City 11 13
10 Swansea City 11 13
11 Queens Park Rangers 11 12
12 Stoke City 11 12
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 11
14 West Bromwich Albion 11 11
15 Sunderland 11 10
16 Fulham 11 10
17 Everton 10 10
18 Bolton Wanderers 11 9
19 Blackburn Rovers 11 6
20 Wigan Athletic 11 5
Goals
1
3
Total Shots
31
9
Shots On Target
13
4
Passing Accuracy
82%
77%
Fouls
6
13
Corners
11
1
Offsides
1
1
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 26Zdenek Grygera
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-1-1)
  • 24Brad Friedel
  • 28Kyle Walker
  • 4Younes Kaboul
  • 26Ledley King
  • 32Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • 7Aaron Lennon
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 14Luka Modric
  • 3Gareth Bale
  • 11Rafael van der Vaart
  • 10Emmanuel Adebayor
Substitutes
  • 23Carlo Cudicini
  • 19Sébastien Bassong
  • 22Vedran Corluka
  • 29Jake Livermore
  • 30Sandro
  • 40Steven Pienaar
  • 18Jermain Defoe
Manager
  • Harry Redknapp
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