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Fulham 1-2 Tottenham: Harry Winks scores in stoppage time for victory

Harry Winks
Harry Winks scored Spurs' winner in the 93rd minute

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri said his side are "alive and will continue to fight" despite losing to Tottenham through Harry Winks' injury-time header at Craven Cottage.

Spurs, who had already lost Dele Alli to a hamstring injury, looked set to concede further ground on league leaders Liverpool but Winks stooped low in the 93rd minute to head past Sergio Rico from close range.

"It was a bad moment for us," said Ranieri, whose side are 19th and seven points from safety.

"The performance was fantastic, but we lost the match through experience, that's it. At the end we took a free-kick into the box. Why? We should have taken the ball into the corner.

"We played well and sooner or later we will find our way. We have to continue to believe. Now we have to stay together and I hope other players arrive to help us."

Winks' last-gasp winner means third-placed Spurs have a seven-point cushion over Arsenal in fifth in the battle for Champions League places.

"Sometimes in football, it is not tactics or formation - you have to believe," said manager Mauricio Pochettino.

"It was an unbelievable finish. That's why it is so important to believe."

Fulham had nine shots on goal in an impressive first half and took a deserved lead when Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente scored an own goal.

The Spaniard, making his first Premier League start of the season in place of the injured Harry Kane, inadvertently beat Hugo Lloris from close range while attempting to clear the danger inside his own six-yard box after a Jean Michael Seri corner.

The hosts thought they had doubled their lead five minutes before the interval but Aleksandar Mitrovic's header was ruled out as the Serbian was adjudged to be offside.

However, Spurs responded in the second period and they drew level six minutes after the interval when Dele Alli ghosted in behind the Fulham defence to head a pin-point Christian Eriksen cross past Rico.

And Winks completed the turnaround in stoppage time when he met substitute Georges-Kevin Nkoudou's cross to break Fulham's resistance.

Spurs find a way despite Kane and Son's absence

The 50th meeting between these two London clubs saw Tottenham - the side with the best away record in the league - facing the division's worst defence.

However, Spurs were without their two top goalscorers because of injury (Kane) and international commitments (Son Heung-min), and for 50 minutes, they looked devoid of ideas and opportunities to break down their well-organised opposition.

Pochettino's men had just four shots in the first half, which was less than half the number Fulham produced (nine).

The man chosen to play instead of talisman Kane made an impact at the wrong end and Son's replacement, Erik Lamela, only managed one shot at goal in the 79 minutes he was on the field.

Spurs were better after the break as Eriksen's influence on the game began to grow, but when Llorente had a late chance to make amends for his earlier mistake, his header drifted wide with the game heading for a draw.

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'Sometimes football is about belief' - Pochettino on Winks' late winner

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jermaine Jenas said: "It's a big, big moment in Spurs' season. Everything was negative with regards to the players missing but they kept plugging away, they kept getting the ball into the box and it was one of their own in Harry Winks who saved the day today.

"They've got a lot of players to patch up and get out there for the next game but that will feel huge."

Babel a cause of optimism for Fulham

Fulham's debutant winger Ryan Babel looked like he enjoyed his first Premier League start since December 2010, after completing a move from Turkish side Besiktas earlier this week.

The former Liverpool forward showed plenty of encouraging signs for the hosts and he should have scored in the 11th minute when he burst clear of Davinson Sanchez with pace and power, but his left-footed effort was well saved by Lloris.

He then came close to doubling Fulham's lead while they were in the ascendancy, but his header sailed over the bar after he rose highest to meet Cyrus Christie's cross.

Babel last played for Besiktas on 22 December and he was replaced after 50 minutes, but the 32-year-old had more shots and played more key passes than any other Fulham player during the whole game.

The Netherlands international gives Claudio Ranieri's side an option they have not had so far.

Man of the match - Harry Winks (Tottenham)

Harry Winks
As well as scoring the winner, Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks won possession more times (11) than any other player on the pitch

'I hope it is not a massive problem' - what they said

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to BBC Sport: "The action is brilliant from Harry Winks, to recover the ball from a difficult position, he believes to score and arrive in the box. It was an amazing cross from Nkoudou.

"Some injuries appear in a period with a more busy schedule and another opportunity opens the door for players not consistently in the starting XI or on the bench. It is great opportunity for different players to show quality."

On Alli's injury: "It is in the left hamstring, I hope it is not a massive problem, but we will need to assess."

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri:

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Lack of experience cost Fulham - Ranieri

"Unbelievable. Our first half was fantastic and we also had a penalty the referee didn't see. There was a big penalty on Mitrovic.

"Second half we controlled the match very well in different ways. We gave a gift with the first goal and the second goal is unbelievable.

"We lack experience. Calm, stay calm, keep possession, finish the match."

On Ryan Babel's debut: "He had a fantastic first half but has come from a winter break so I think in one month he will be ready for 90 minutes."

Fulham rack up 50 goals against - the stats

  • Spurs have won four of their last six Premier League away games in which they've conceded first (L2), including on both occasions this season (6-2 v Everton and 2-1 v Fulham).
  • Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri suffered his first Premier League defeat against Spurs (W7 D4 L1), in what was his 12th game in the competition against them.
  • Fulham are the first team in the top five European Leagues to have conceded 50 goals in league competition this season (51).
  • Spurs won a Premier League game without Harry Kane or Son Heung-min for the first time since March 2014 (3-2 v Southampton).
  • Since his Premier League debut in August 2015, Dele Alli has been directly involved in 47% of Spurs' goals in the competition when Harry Kane hasn't played (7/15 - five goals and two assists).
  • No player has scored more headed goals than Spurs midfielder Dele Alli in the Premier League this season (4 - joint-high with Aleksandar Mitrovic).
  • Fernando Llorente's own goal for Spurs was their first in the Premier League since January 21st 2018 (364 days ago), when Davinson Sanchez did so against Southampton.
  • Spurs have scored four Premier League own goals against Fulham - against no other side have they scored more (also four v Southampton).

What's next?

Fulham host Brighton in the Premier League on Tuesday, 29 January (19:45 GMT), while Tottenham face Chelsea in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, 24 January (19:45 GMT).

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 25Rico
  • 4Odoi
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 13Ream
  • 22Christie
  • 5Chambers
  • 24SeriBooked at 75minsSubstituted forCisséat 81'minutes
  • 23Bryan
  • 14SchürrleSubstituted forKebanoat 72'minutes
  • 9MitrovicBooked at 74mins
  • 12BabelSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 7Kebano
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Ayité
  • 19Vietto
  • 44Cissé

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 4AlderweireldBooked at 90mins
  • 6D SánchezBooked at 74mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 2Trippier
  • 23Eriksen
  • 8Winks
  • 3RoseBooked at 79mins
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forDierat 79'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forNkoudouat 86'minutes
  • 18Llorente

Substitutes

  • 14Nkoudou
  • 15Dier
  • 21Foyth
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 33Davies
  • 50Sterling
  • 52Skipp
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
24,807

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Booking

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Georges-Kévin Nkoudou with a cross.

Attempt saved. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

Georges-Kévin Nkoudou (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur).

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Dele Alli because of an injury.

Offside, Fulham. Calum Chambers tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt missed. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Rose with a cross following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ibrahima Cissé replaces Jean Michael Seri.

Booking

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Eric Dier replaces Erik Lamela.

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

Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.

Booking

Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).

Booking

Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces André Schürrle.

Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Offside, Fulham. Jean Michael Seri tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.

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

goal

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