Saturday 19 April 2014, 12:45pm at White Hart Lane, London
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
3
Paulinho 35'; Kane 48'; Kaboul 62'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Sidwell 37'
Two second half goals from Spurs condemned Fulham to a 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane.

35' Goal

Paulinho
Assist by Christian Eriksen

48' Goal

Harry Kane
Assist by Aaron Lennon

62' Goal

Younes Kaboul
Assist by Christian Eriksen

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mousa Dembélé
Off:Nacer Chadli

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Roberto Soldado
Off:Harry Kane

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andros Townsend
Off:Christian Eriksen

37' Goal

Steve Sidwell

61' Yellow Card

Johnny Heitinga Card was given for a foul

77' Missed Penalty

Steve Sidwell

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Giorgos Karagounis
Off:Scott Parker

66' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Elsad Zverotic
Off:Johnny Heitinga

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Two second half goals from Tottenham Hotspur condemned Fulham to a 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane in Saturday’s early kick-off in the Barclays Premier League.

After falling behind to Paulinho’s close range shot, the Whites responded in perfect fashion when Steve Sidwell showed great composure to fire his way past Hugo Lloris after bursting through.

But Spurs restored their lead moments after the restart when Harry Kane headed home, before Younes Kaboul bundled in to give his side some breathing space.

Fulham were presented with a golden opportunity to reduce the deficit with time running out following a handball in the area, but Sidwell’s driven penalty was too central and Lloris beat it away as the Whites’ winning run came to an end in North London.

Felix Magath made five changes to the side that defeated Norwich City a week ago. Sascha Riether was absent through illness and Kieran Richardson just missed out after pulling up in training, while Mahamadou Diarra, Pajtim Kasami and the ineligible Lewis Holtby were also missing. In came John Arne Riise, Scott Parker, William Kvist, Ashkan Dejagah and Alexander Kačaniklić.

Good running from Hugo Rodallega ended with him being blocked off 10 yards inside the Spurs half within the opening two minutes. Kačaniklić picked up the loose ball and beat his man before rifling in a low shot that hit the side-netting.

A long ball then fell kindly for Rodallega to chase and the striker – with his confidence sky high – went for the ambitious volley but didn’t connect well and his strike flew some distance wide.

Nice link up play between Kačaniklić and Dejagah down the left culminated in the former dinking over a dangerous cross that evaded the flying head of Sidwell by a matter of inches.

Spurs’ first decent chance of the game then arrived two minutes later following a corner, but captain Kaboul headed over from inside the box.

At the other end, Lloris was called into action moments later when he was out quickly to smother Rodallega’s shot after the Colombian had got in behind the home defence once again.

The two sides were taking it in turns to attack and Aaron Lennon attempted a difficult volley from 20 yards in the 25th minute but couldn’t get his body over the ball as his effort missed the target by a significant margin.

But the same man came much closer a minute later. Paulinho robbed Brede Hangeland of possession by the corner flag and the ball was eventually worked to the far post where Lennon was lurking to fire in a goalbound volley that David Stockdale did brilliantly to push onto the post.

Then, after Lennon bought a free-kick off Dejagah, the home side took the lead. Christian Eriksen fired over a deep free-kick and Paulinho was unmarked at the far post to tap in from a yard.

But the response from Fulham was immediate and brilliant! Sidwell played a neat one-two with Kačaniklić in the penalty area and held off the attentions of his marker to clip a pristine shot beyond the on-rushing Lloris.

Our top scorer did excellently as replays showed that he got a barge on his way through but he kept his balance and composure to earn his side a deserved equaliser in what proved to be the last action of the half.

Whatever Tim Sherwood said to his side at the interval paid dividends as they went back in front within three minutes of the restart. Lennon’s wicked cross just required the faintest of touches from Kane to send the ball beyond the helpless Stockdale.

But there was almost a sense of déjà vu as Fulham came within a whisker of an immediate equaliser when Rodallega connected with Riise’s cross, only for Lloris to pull off a great save to claw the ball out from the top corner.

From the resulting corner, the ball sat up for Hangeland 20 yards from goal but the skipper’s first time drive skewed wide of the far post.

Magath then made his first change of the game on 56 minutes, as Parker made way for Giorgos Karagounis.

The first card of the game was presented to John Heitinga after he scythed down Danny Rose. The wide free-kick offered Spurs a decent opportunity and they took full advantage, with Eriksen’s vicious delivery bundled in by Kaboul.

Heitinga only lasted a few more minutes and was replaced by Elsad Zverotić after picking up a knock.

The travelling fans were then convinced they should have had a penalty after Kačaniklić went down under a shove from Zeki Fryers but referee Lee Probert was unimpressed.

Sherwood made his first change of the game on 67 minutes, with Mousa Dembélé coming on to a good reception from both sets of fans when he took the place of Nacer Chadli in the middle of the park.

With Spurs now enjoying a two-goal cushion, Fulham were finding it hard to break them down and had to wait until the 73rd minute for their next sight of goal, but Dejagah dragged his effort from range wide of the near post.

The Whites were offered a life line moments later when Rodallega flicked the ball up and Eriksen stuck out an arm in the box, with Probert immediately pointing to the spot. But Lloris guessed the right way and beat away Sidwell’s penalty.

The home side then made their final alterations as Kane made way for Roberto Soldado, before Andros Townsend replaced Eriksen shortly after.

Fulham refused to throw in the towel and were denied by Lloris again with three minutes remaining when Fernando Amorebieta stooped to meet Kačaniklić’s low corner, only for the French number one to pull off yet another fine stop.

It was a scoreline which perhaps flattened Tottenham somewhat, with the North London club indebted to their goalkeeper for a top notch display.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 19 April 2014
Kick-off: 12:45pm

Venue: White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 35,841

Referee: Lee Probert

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Fryers, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho, Chadli (Dembélé 67'), Eriksen (Townsend 85'); Adebayor, Kane (Soldado 79')

Unused substitutes: Friedel, Chiriches, Sigurdsson, Bentaleb

Manager: Tim Sherwood

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Heitinga (Zverotic 66'), Hangeland, Amorebieta, John Arne Riise; Kacaniklic, Parker (Karagounis 56'), Kvist, Sidwell, Dejagah; Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Stekelenburg, Kasami, Roberts, Woodrow, Bent

Manager: Felix Magath

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 63
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 35 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26
Goals
3
1
Total Shots
14
11
Shots On Target
5
4
Passing Accuracy
84%
74%
Fouls
8
11
Corners
4
5
Offsides
2
4
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2)
  • 25Hugo Lloris
  • 16Kyle Naughton
  • 4Younes Kaboul
  • 35Ezekiel Fryers
  • 3Danny Rose
  • 7Aaron Lennon
  • 8Paulinho
  • 21Nacer Chadli
  • 23Christian Eriksen
  • 10Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 37Harry Kane
Substitutes
  • 24Brad Friedel
  • 6Vlad Chiriches
  • 17Andros Townsend
  • 19Mousa Dembélé
  • 22Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • 42Nabil Bentaleb
  • 9Roberto Soldado
Manager
  • Tim Sherwood
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 4Johnny Heitinga
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 6William Kvist
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 26Patrick Roberts
  • 25Cauley Woodrow
  • 39Darren Bent
Manager
  • Felix Magath
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
  • A battling Whites display is not enough at White Hart Lane as Kane and Kaboul's second-half goals secure all three points for Spurs.
  • 90' Three minutes added.
  • 87' Karagounis floats over a free-kick and Hangeland jumps highest but the ball deflects out for a corner. Amorebieta flicks the corner on and Lloris dives to punch away under pressure.
  • 84' Eriksen goes off after an impressive performance. Townsend comes on in his place.
  • 80' Rodallega tries to hit a half volley on the turn and the shot is deflected high over Lloris bar. Spurs scramble the corner away.
  • 79' Good block from Hangeland to deny Adebayor, and the Spurs striker's second attempt is way over the bar.
  • 78' Kane is replaced by Soldado.
  • 76' Saved. Lloris guesses right and gets two firm hands to the ball, parrying Sidwell's strike away from goal.
  • 75' Penalty to Fulham. Handball against Eriksen.
  • 72' The Whites are struggling to break down the Tottenham defensive unit so Dejagah tries to rifle one from long range, but it only skims wide of goal.
  • 67' Now Spurs make a change with Dembele replacing Chadli.
  • 66' A huge Whites penalty shout is turned down when Rose leans all over Kačaniklić and sends him tumbling.
  • 65' A second Whites change sees an opportunity for Zverotić, with Heitinga the man withdrawn.
  • 60' Tottenham 3-1 Fulham. Heitinga goes in late on Rose and it's another Spurs dead ball in a threatening area. Eriksen fires it over and Kaboul reacts quickest to volley in off the bar.
  • 58' Karagounis introduces himself to the game with a smart turn in midfield, and Riise is almost away on the left but for a well-timed interception.
  • 56' The first change for the Whites comes in midfield with Parker being replaced by Karagounis.
  • 53' Eriksen is causing all manner of problems in the Whites area, but Hangeland recovers well to push the ball out for a corner.
  • 51' The corner comes to little but the second ball is worked out to Hangeland, who drives one from 25 yards and it whistles wide of Lloris' post.
  • 50' Rodallega is denied by an outstanding save from Lloris! Riise's whipped cross is headed goalwards but Lloris pulls off a fingertip stop.
  • 47' Tottenham 2-1 Fulham. The first attack of the half and Lennon crosses for Kane to head into the far corner.
  • Here come the Whites, and no changes have been made so far. Rodallega and Sidwell get us started in the second half.
  • Tottenham 1-1 Fulham. Steve Sidwell provided the perfect response to level the scores minutes after Paulinho bundled Spurs ahead.
  • 45'+1' Riise drops in a free-kick from deep and Heitinga challenges Lloris, with the French keeper plucking the ball off the Dutchman's head.
  • 45' Two minutes added.
  • 42' A sweeping Whites move from right to left finds Riise in acres of space. He pulls the ball back for Rodallega but Fryers is quick to challenge the Colombian.
  • 42' A sweeping Whites move from right to left finds Riise in acres of space. He pulls the ball back for Rodallega but Fryers is quick to challenge the Colombian.
  • 39' Lifted by the equaliser, the Whites charge forward but Dejagah is slightly too eager and is flagged offside from the through ball.
  • 36' Tottenham 1-1 Fulham. What a response from the Whites! Sidwell's pass towards Kačaniklić rebounds back to him and he lifts the ball over the onrushing Lloris!
  • 34' Tottenham 1-0 Fulham. Eriksen swings in a free-kick from a dangerous position and Paulinho is free at the far post to tap it in.
  • 30' Parker makes a crucial interception as Eriksen tries to force his way through the Whites defence. Fulham are soaking up a lot of pressure now.
  • 26' Great save Stockdale! Amorebieta can only half clear Eriksen's cross and Lennon keeps his volley down this time. The ball is heading inside the near post, but Stockdale's hand diverts the ball off the post to safety. Close!
  • 23' Rose works some space to cross from the left. Kvist towers above the pack to half clear and Lennon's left-foot volley from 20 yards flies way over Stockdale's crossbar.
  • 19' Big chance! A battling Parker finds room to flick the ball through to Rodallega. The Colombian tries to lift the ball over Lloris, who saves with an outstretched hand and it rolls out for a corner.
  • 17' Spurs have the Whites pegged back with a succession of corners. Hangeland gets up well to clear but the second ball comes back and Kaboul heads narrowly over the bar.
  • 15' Kačaniklić robs Fryers and plays a one-two with Dejagah on the edge of the area. The Swedish winger's cross is inviting, but just to high as Sidwell attacks with intent.
  • 12' Parker makes good progress through the middle and finds Kačaniklić, who tries to unleash a 25-yard blockbuster, but Paulinho is quick to block the shot.
  • 9' A fortunate rebound allows Chadli to break away on the Spurs right and he looks to cross early towards Kane. Heitinga does enough to put the Tottenham striker off.
  • 6' Riise shows good strength to intercept as Spurs build on their right hand side. The Norweigian is well composed to clear towards Rodallega.
  • 4' Parker goes into a tackle with determination but falls awkwardly. The midfielder is receiving treatment, but the match is back under way.
  • 2' It's a strong start from the Whites, with Kačaniklić cutting in from the right and firing wide and Rodallega skews a speculative volley off target.
  • Spurs get us kicked off, and the Whites have Kačaniklić starting on the right and Dejagah on the left.
  • Out come the teams and the travelling Whites fans are making themselves heard. We're ready for kick-off.
  • Fulham will be wearing their red and white second strip this afternoon, with Tottenham in traditional home colours.
  • We're 15 mins away from kick-off at White Hart Lane. The atmosphere is building as the warm-ups end and the players head for the dressing rooms.
  • Steve Sidwell spoke to the media pre-match, saying: "We're quietly confident. Any point is important at this stage but we're playing for the win."
  • Fulham Team: Stockdale; Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Riise; Kvist, Sidwell, Parker; Dejagah, Rodallega, Kacaniklic.
  • It's a bright, crisp morning at White Hart Lane for the early kick-off between Spurs and the Whites.
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