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Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Fulham

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Tottenham striker Harry Kane (second right) heads in his side's second goal against Fulham

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.

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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.

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.

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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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Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Lloris
  • 16Naughton
  • 3Rose
  • 8Paulinho
  • 4Kaboul
  • 35Fryers
  • 7Lennon
  • 21ChadliSubstituted forDembéléat 67'minutes
  • 37KaneSubstituted forSoldadoat 79'minutes
  • 10Adebayor
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forTownsendat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Chiriches
  • 9Soldado
  • 17Townsend
  • 19Dembélé
  • 22G Sigurdsson
  • 24Friedel
  • 42Bentaleb

Fulham

Formation 4-5-1

  • 13Stockdale
  • 4HeitingaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forZveroticat 66'minutes
  • 3Riise
  • 28ParkerSubstituted forKaragounisat 56'minutes
  • 5Hangeland
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 7Sidwell
  • 20Rodallega
  • 6Kvist
  • 24Dejagah

Substitutes

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 8Kasami
  • 14Karagounis
  • 22Zverotic
  • 25Woodrow
  • 26Roberts
  • 39Bent
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
35,841

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Fulham 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by William Kvist.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Christian Eriksen.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Harry Kane.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool34245593425177
2Chelsea35236667264175
3Man City33225688345471
4Arsenal34207759411867
5Everton34199655342166
6Tottenham35196105149263
7Man Utd331761056381857
8Southampton351310125045549
9Newcastle35144173954-1546
10Stoke351111133949-1044
11Crystal Palace35134182841-1343
12West Ham35107183848-1037
13Swansea3599174751-436
14Hull33106173440-636
15Aston Villa3498173549-1435
16West Brom33615124051-1133
17Norwich3488182653-2732
18Cardiff3579193165-3430
19Fulham3593233577-4230
20Sunderland3478193357-2429
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