Saturday 1 December 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
3
Sandro 55'; Defoe 72', 77'
Fulham went down 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon at a bitterly cold Craven Cottage.

29' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Stephen Kelly
Off:Sascha Riether

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Damien Duff
Off:Kerim Frei

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Mladen Petric

55' Goal

Sandro
Assist by Mousa Dembélé

72' Goal

Jermain Defoe
Assist by Gylfi Sigurdsson

77' Goal

Jermain Defoe
Assist by Clint Dempsey

23' Yellow Card

Gareth Bale Card was given for diving

85' Yellow Card

William Gallas

17' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:William Gallas
Off:Michael Dawson

62' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Gylfi Sigurdsson
Off:Gareth Bale

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Thomas Carroll
Off:Mousa Dembélé

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Fulham went down 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon at a bitterly cold Craven Cottage.

After a goalless first half, Spurs were clinical in the second period as Sandro’s 35-yard strike and Jermain Defoe’s brace meant our London rivals left with the three points.

It means Fulham’s winless run extends to seven matches, although the contest was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests.

Martin Jol handed Kerim Frei a first start of the season following the teenager’s impressive midweek cameo at Stamford Bridge, while Mladen Petrić and Ashkan Dejagah were also given starting berths.

Giorgos Karagounis, Damien Duff and Hugo Rodallega dropped to the bench, and Spurs included former Fulham favourites Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele in their starting XI.

A delightful piece of skill from Dimitar Berbatov saw the Bulgarian find space on the left flank before bending a ball in towards the advancing Steve Sidwell. Michael Dawson missed the interception but keeper Hugo Lloris smothered quickly to prevent our number seven from getting a shot away.

Spurs responded with a neat break that culminated in Dempsey turning well in the box, but the American sent his left-footed shot wide of the post on six minutes.

The best chance of the game fell to Frei on 12 minutes. Berbatov and Dejagah linked beautifully down the right and the Iran international’s cross dropped kindly to Frei just inside the area but the 19-year-old leaned back and smashed his shot high and wide.

The away side were dealt a blow minutes later when Michael Dawson pulled up after falling awkwardly following an earlier clearance. The visiting captain was replaced by former Chelsea centre-back William Gallas.

The Fulham fans were incensed on 23 minutes when Gareth Bale threw himself to the floor despite not making contact with anyone in a white shirt. He was rewarded with a yellow card for simulation – not for the first time this season.

And a minute later the home side went within a whisker of taking the lead. A dangerous low cross was whipped in by John Arne Riise but Lloris made himself big to keep out Petric’s poked effort at the near post. Spurs responded with another Dempsey effort which sailed wide of Mark Schwarzer’s post, despite being well struck.

Fulham were dealt an injury blow of their own when the ever-present Sascha Riether had to be withdrawn just before the half-hour mark. Former White Hart Lane resident Stephen Kelly replaced the German.

Good hold-up work from Berbatov on 43 minutes allowed him to bring Sidwell into play who laid the ball off to Mahamadou Diarra. The Mali international fed a ball into Petric who span exquisitely before firing a yard or two high of the crossbar.

The match had turned into an enthralling encounter and Bale was next to fire over the bar following strong wing play by Jan Vertonghen and Aaron Lennon, before Schwarzer easily gathered Defoe’s tame strike from distance a minute later.

Fulham made a purposeful start to the second period and Sidwell dragged an early effort wide after Petric had robbed Sandro 25 yards from goal.

With 56 minutes on the clock, Spurs took the lead completely out of the blue. There appeared to be little danger when Sandro let fly from 35 yards but the Brazilian’s effort moved in the air and crept just inside Schwarzer’s post.

The goal gave the away side fresh impetus and they should have doubled their lead four minutes later when Bale fired straight down Schwarzer’s throat after being played in by Defoe. It was the Welshman’s last action of the game as he was replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson, while Jol swapped Frei with Duff.

The Whites probed for an equaliser and nearly grabbed it on 66 minutes when Dejagah headed over from Duff’s cross. The move came about from a delightful first time volleyed pass from Berbatov, whose touch had been magnificent all game.

The lead was doubled on 72 minutes when Sigurdsson jinked past Philippe Senderos into the area before squaring to Defoe who was never likely to miss from 10 yards.

And the game was all but over five minutes later as Defoe grabbed his second. Dempsey advanced towards goal before playing the England striker in at the opportune moment to avoid the offside flag, and the striker opened his body up to calmly pass the ball beyond Schwarzer.

Jol introduced Rodallega shortly after to try and offer a different threat up front, with Petric the man sacrificed. Fulham refused to lie down and Rodallega tested Lloris moments after coming on but his header was comfortable in the end for the France international.

With six minutes of the match remaining Dembele was withdrawn to a round of applause from the home crowd, with Tom Carroll taking his place on the pitch.

Fulham continued to probe but couldn’t reduce the deficit as our run of games without a win continues.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 1 December 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,426

Referee: Chris Foy

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether (Kelly 29'), Senderos, Hughes, John Arne Riise; Dejagah, Sidwell, Diarra, Frei (Duff 62'); Berbatov; Petric (Rodallega 79')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Baird, Karagounis, Richardson

Manager: Martin Jol

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson (Gallas 17'), Caulker, Vertonghen; Sandro, Dembélé (Carroll 84'); Lennon, Dempsey, Bale (Sigurdsson 62'); Defoe

Unused substitutes: Friedel, Walker, Falqué, Livermore

Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 15 33
2 Manchester United 14 33
3 Chelsea 15 26
4 Tottenham Hotspur 15 26
5 West Bromwich Albion 15 26
6 Everton 15 23
7 Swansea City 15 23
8 West Ham United 15 22
9 Stoke City 15 22
10 Arsenal 15 21
11 Liverpool 15 19
12 Fulham 15 17
13 Norwich City 14 16
14 Newcastle United 14 14
15 Wigan Athletic 14 14
16 Aston Villa 15 14
17 Sunderland 13 13
18 Southampton 15 12
19 Reading 13 9
20 Queens Park Rangers 15 6
Goals
0
3
Total Shots
8
10
Shots On Target
2
6
Passing Accuracy
81%
84%
Fouls
10
10
Corners
2
1
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
0
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 10Mladen Petric
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1)
  • 25Hugo Lloris
  • 16Kyle Naughton
  • 20Michael Dawson
  • 33Steven Caulker
  • 5Jan Vertonghen
  • 30Sandro
  • 19Mousa Dembélé
  • 7Aaron Lennon
  • 2Clint Dempsey
  • 11Gareth Bale
  • 18Jermain Defoe
Substitutes
  • 24Brad Friedel
  • 13William Gallas
  • 28Kyle Walker
  • 22Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • 27Iago Falqué
  • 29Jake Livermore
  • 46Thomas Carroll
Manager
  • Andre Villas-Boas
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, Fulham 0, Tottenham Hotspur 3.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Tottenham Hotspur 3.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 90'+3' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 90'+2' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90' Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 86' Attempt missed. Stephen Kelly (Fulham) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross following a corner.
  • 86' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Clint Dempsey.
  • 84' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Thomas Carroll replaces Mousa Dembélé.
  • 84' Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 84' Foul by Stephen Kelly (Fulham).
  • 83' Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 83' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 82' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross.
  • 79' Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.
  • 79' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Mladen Petric.
  • 77' Goal! Fulham 0, Tottenham Hotspur 3. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Clint Dempsey with a through ball.
  • 72' Goal! Fulham 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 65' Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 65' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 64' Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Damien Duff replaces Kerim Frei.
  • 62' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Gareth Bale because of an injury.
  • 62' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 61' Delay in match Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.
  • 61' Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by Philippe Senderos (Fulham).
  • 60' Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jermain Defoe with a through ball.
  • 58' Hand ball by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 56' William Gallas (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.
  • 56' Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 56' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 55' Goal! Fulham 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.
  • 49' Offside, Fulham. Steve Sidwell tries a through ball, but Ashkan Dejagah is caught offside.
  • 47' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mladen Petric.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
  • 45'+2' Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 45'+1' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45' Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 41' Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Hugo Lloris tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sandro.
  • 37' Foul by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 37' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 36' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 35' Delay in match Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 34' Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 34' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 29' Substitution, Fulham. Stephen Kelly replaces Sascha Riether because of an injury.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sandro.
  • 24' Attempt saved. Mladen Petric (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross.
  • 23' Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.
  • 23' Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) has gone down, but that's a dive.
  • 22' Offside, Fulham. Dimitar Berbatov tries a through ball, but Mladen Petric is caught offside.
  • 20' Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 20' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 18' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. William Gallas replaces Michael Dawson because of an injury.
  • 17' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 15' Delay in match Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.
  • 13' Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 12' Attempt missed. Kerim Frei (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 10' Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Mladen Petric (Fulham).
  • 10' Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 9' Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 8' Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 8' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 7' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 5' Attempt missed. Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jermain Defoe.
  • 4' Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 4' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.
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