Fulham's relegation worries heightened as they lost at Tottenham to remain two points from Premier League safety.

Spurs went ahead when Paulinho tapped in Christian Eriksen's free-kick but Steve Sidwell pounced on an Ezekiel Fryers error to steer in a leveller.

Harry Kane's expertly executed glancing header from Aaron Lennon's cross restored the home side's advantage.

Tottenham 3-1 Fulham: Felix Magath still "sure" of avoiding drop

Younes Kaboul sidefooted in another Eriksen free-kick to extend the lead before Sidwell had a penalty saved.

The visitors were awarded the spot-kick for an Eriksen handball after Hugo Rodallega tried to play the ball past him but, although Sidwell's effort was well-struck, it was too close to keeper Hugo Lloris, who fended the ball away.

Defeat ended a two-game winning run for the Cottagers which had revived their survival hopes.

They remain two points adrift of 17th-placed Norwich, who play Liverpool on Sunday, with games against Hull, Stoke and Crystal Palace remaining.

Tottenham stay sixth and, while they retain a mathematical chance of finishing fourth, their best hope of European football appears to be a Europa League place.

Fulham's 2013-14 run-in

  • Sat 26 April: v Hull (H)
  • Sat 3 May: v Stoke (A)
  • Sun 11 May: v Crystal Palace (H)

The hosts were the better side but having let in three early goals last week at West Brom they were almost caught out again by Fulham.

A long John Arne Riise ball forward released Rodallega but the Colombian, with two centre-backs chasing him down, opted for a first-time shot that went well wide.

The chance epitomised an urgency being shown by the visitors, although they survived a scare of their own when Kane nodded the ball across for Kaboul to head over from six yards after Fulham failed to clear a corner.

Lloris had to rush out of his goal to save a shot by Rodallega before a far-post volley from Aaron Lennon at the other end was touched on to the post by keeper David Stockdale.

Tottenham increased the pressure on the visiting goal as the game progressed and were rewarded when Eriksen's pacy and dipping free-kick was tapped in by an unmarked Paulinho.

Almost immediately, though, Fulham equalised. Stand-in Spurs centre-back Fryers inadvertently played a one-two with Sidwell, who kept his balance and composure before steering a shot past Lloris.

Tottenham 3-1 Fulham Tim Sherwood takes credit for Harry Kane rise

The visitors failed to keep up their level of performance after the break, however, and found themselves behind again when Lennon's cross was glanced in by Kane.

Rodallega had a powerful header tipped over the bar by Lloris but Fulham's threat was sporadic at best in the second half.

The quality of Tottenham's crosses, in particular from Eriksen, was a constant threat and they again benefited when the Denmark international delivered a dangerous free-kick and Kaboul sidefooted in from close range.

Fulham have now conceded 31 goals from set-pieces this season - the most in the Premier League - and their misery was compounded with Sidwell's penalty miss.

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Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton
  • 03 Rose
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 35 Fryers
  • 07 Lennon
  • 21 Chadli (Dembélé - 67' )
  • 37 Kane (Soldado - 79' )
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 23 Eriksen (Townsend - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Chiriches
  • 09 Soldado
  • 17 Townsend
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 24 Friedel
  • 42 Bentaleb

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 04 Heitinga Booked (Zverotic - 66' )
  • 03 Riise
  • 28 Parker (Karagounis - 56' )
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 06 Kvist
  • 24 Dejagah

Substitutes

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 08 Kasami
  • 14 Karagounis
  • 22 Zverotic
  • 25 Woodrow
  • 26 Roberts
  • 39 Bent
Ref: Lee Probert
Att: 35,841

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

5 4

Corners

4 5

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Fulham 1.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Fulham 1.

90:00 +0:32

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by William Kvist.

90:00 +0:06

Attempt missed. Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah with a cross.

89:21

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

88:23

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:23

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

87:38

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

87:12

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

87:12

Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:47

Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:47

Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).

84:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Christian Eriksen.

80:14

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

79:25

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

79:21

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

78:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Harry Kane.

76:35

Penalty saved! Steve Sidwell (Fulham) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

75:41

Penalty conceded by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

74:00

Offside, Fulham. John Arne Riise tries a through ball, but Ashkan Dejagah is caught offside.

72:23

Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.

66:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Nacer Chadli.

65:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Elsad Zverotic replaces Johnny Heitinga because of an injury.

63:25

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Ezekiel Fryers tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

61:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Fulham 1. Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a set piece situation.

60:24 Booking

Booking Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:19

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:19

Foul by Johnny Heitinga (Fulham).

57:21

Attempt missed. Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a cross following a set piece situation.

56:38

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:38

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

56:07

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:07

Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).

55:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Giorgos Karagounis replaces Scott Parker.

55:24

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Ezekiel Fryers tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

53:36

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.

50:46

Attempt missed. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.

50:08

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

50:04

Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross.

47:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Fulham 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Lennon with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 1, Fulham 1.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Fulham 1.

45:00 +0:01

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:00 +0:01

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:43

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Rose with a cross.

41:47

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:47

Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

40:07

Offside, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega tries a through ball, but Ashkan Dejagah is caught offside.

39:08

Hand ball by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

38:17

Offside, Fulham. Fernando Amorebieta tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.

36:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Fulham 1. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

34:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Fulham 0. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a set piece situation.

33:29

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:29

Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

28:50

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

28:50

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:39

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

26:00

Attempt saved. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

23:56

Attempt missed. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

23:22

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:22

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

21:59

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paulinho.

21:01

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

21:01

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:20

Foul by Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur).

19:20

Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:10

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paulinho.

18:49

Attempt blocked. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johnny Heitinga.

18:21

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

18:18

Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

17:24

Attempt missed. Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Harry Kane with a headed pass following a corner.

16:58

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

16:29

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by William Kvist.

16:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15:53

Delay in match Steve Sidwell (Fulham) because of an injury.

13:51

Offside, Fulham. William Kvist tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.

12:56

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

12:56

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:07

Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by William Kvist.

7:55

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:55

Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).

7:02

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor with a headed pass.

5:50

Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:50

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

5:21

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

5:21

John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

3:57

Delay in match Scott Parker (Fulham) because of an injury.

2:03

Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Arne Riise.

1:13

Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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