English FA Cup

January 30, 2011



4 - 0

Tottenham Hotspur

English FA Cup

16:30 +00:00, January 30, 2011

Craven Cottage, England

Referee: P Dowd

  • 91'

    Tottenham's misery is over. Fulham romp through to the next round with their biggest ever win over their London rivals. The damage was done inside 14 minutes after Dawson's red card. Fulham will face either Bolton or Wigan in the next round.

  • 90'

    One minute added...

  • 89'

    Now Duff with a weak effort when presented with the ball in the box. Gomes even fumbled that.

  • 88'

    It should be five. Davies latches onto yet another ball over the top and squares to Gera but with only Gomes to beat he can't.

  • 86'

    Hughes rises high and hits the bar! And as the ball comes back, Hutton hacks Hangeland's shot off the line.

  • 85'

    Duff wins a corner off Pienaar.

  • 83'

    Bassong is lucky after completely missing his kick when Gera tried to pounce on a loose ball. Gomes tidies up.

  • 81'

    Crouch brings down a cross and tries to strike on goal but Pantsil nips in.

  • 80'

    Dembele comes off after a good game and Simon Davies is on.

  • 78'

    Spurs have been shocking defending balls over the top as Sidwell nearly gets in again.

  • 77'

    Tottenham's fans are now ole-ing every pass their team makes.

  • 75'

    Two wonderful touches from Gera, but then he passes right to Bassong.

  • 74'

    Two-goal hero Danny Murphy comes off and Jonathan Greening is on.

  • 72'

    Now Jenas thumps a volley two yards wide of the target. He caught it sweetly.

  • 72'

    Salcido almost gifts Spurs a consolation as his back pass is very nearly closed down by Crouch.

  • 71'

    The game is being played at pre-season pace now.

  • 69'

    As it stands this will be Fulham's biggest ever win over Tottenham.

  • 68'

    Fulham's reward for this victory will be a home tie against either Bolton or Wigan.

  • 67'

    Johnson goes off and Gera comes on.

  • 66'

    Van der Vaart trudges off and Jenas comes on.

  • 65'

    Pienaar dribbles a shot wide to derisory howls from the home support.

  • 63'

    Dembele creeps into the area but has his shot blocked before Dempsey fires one narrowly wide.

  • 62'

    Dempsey fires in an effort on goal that Gomes parries clear.

  • 61'

    Fulham are still being afforded far too much time and space on the ball in midfield by Tottenham.

  • 59'

    As expected, the second half has failed to live up to the fireworks of the first.

  • 57'

    Very nearly a nice move from Fulham as Duff fed Johnson, but his dummy wrong foots Demebele slightly and Spurs clear.

  • 55'

    VDV crosses for Crouch who flicks down to no-one.

  • 54'

    Despite the scoreline it is the Spurs fans who are making the most noise.

  • 53'

    Spurs at least look a little more enthusiastic this half, no doubt after a right old rocket from Harry at the break.

  • 52'

    That was Totenham's attempt on target in the match.

  • 51'

    Now Lennon swings in a cross that is met by Bassong but Stockdale grabs it on the stretch.

  • 50'

    A good run from Hutton down the right and Hughes does well to clear from Crouch.

  • 48'

    So what do Spurs do now? Push forward, leave gaps at the back and risk losing six or seven? Or play tight and hope not to concede any more goals and maybe nick one?

  • 47'

    Pantsil's early cross is met by Andy Johnson but there was no conviction in his header.

  • 46'

    We begin again with a change for Spurs as Crouch replaces Defoe.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Just as it looks like Defoe might pull one back Hughes slides in with a brilliant tackle to preserve Fulham's four goal advantage. And that is half time! Unbelievable stuff. Spurs capitulate.

  • 45'

    He got the ball on the half way line, ghosted past Bassong, got to the edge of the box then blasts a shot into the bottom corner. A belter.

  • 45'

    GOAL What a goal from Dembele!

  • 44'

    A reminder that our live transfer blog has all the latest developments.

  • 43'

    Robbie Keane has joined West Ham on loan until the end of the season we are hearing.

  • 41'

    The linesman needs some treatment for something in his eye. Bassong's clearance near to the assistant unleashed a patch of mud that flew into the linesman's eye.

  • 40'

    Spurs can't wait for the break.

  • 39'

    Van der Vaart has a go from 45 yards but Stockdale watches it sail over the bar.

  • 37'

    Modric crosses but the only two people in the box are Defoe and Lennon.

  • 36'

    The game is pretty dull now after that astonishing opening.

  • 34'

    A yellow card for Duff as he tugged back Assou-Ekotto.

  • 33'

    Sidwell ambles 30 yards towards goal and has a pop right at Gomes.

  • 32'

    Fulham fans sing at Spurs: "You're just a small team in Stratford," in relation to their opponents' Olympic stadium bid.

  • 31'

    Salcido slams a long ball to Johnson and Bassong holds him up in the penalty area.

  • 30'

    Modric flashes a shot wide after he picked up Tottenham's cleared corner.

  • 29'

    Tottenham win a corner when Pantsil could have cleared for a throw in instead..

  • 29'

    Dempsey looks for Johnson but overhits the pass.

  • 27'

    Petulance from Van der Vaart who clips Murphy after the ball has gone. Yellow.

  • 26'

    Fulham look like they going to score with every attack at the minute. Dembele feeds Dempsey but Gallas shields him off.

  • 25'

    Now Gomes spills a Duff cross and Johnson almost makes it four.

  • 23'

    Johnson wins a flick at the near post, the ball rolls across to Hangeland who smashes home from close range. A needless corner given away, then pitiful defending, mean Spurs are all but out.

  • 23'

    GOAL Hangeland scores from the corner!

  • 21'

    More catastrophic defneding as Assou-Ekotto and Gomes fluff a routine cross. Fulham win a corner.

  • 21'

    Fulham get in again and Spurs are all over the place. Assou-Ekotto plays Dembele and Johnson on and they very nearly score again.

  • 20'

    Johnson flicks on, Gallas doesn't bother chasing, and only a swift intervention from Gomes prevents him from making it 3-0.

  • 19'

    Duff gets down the right and digs out a cross. Demebele is in front of his man and meets the ball eight yards out but can't get it on target. Should have done better.

  • 18'

    A stinker for Spurs, who look shellshocked.

  • 17'

    Gallas comes on for the unfortunate Sandro.

  • 16'

    Dempsey hits the bar! Johnson breaks down the right and crosses, and Dempsey, sliding in with Hutton, flicks the top of the bar with his effort.

  • 15'

    What a cameo from Michael Dawson! He gave the ball away for the first penalty, then tried to be too clever in possession, was robbed by Dembele, then hauled him back to concede a pen and see red. Incredible.

  • 14'

    GOAL Murphy goes the other way and Fulham are two penalties to the good!

  • 13'

    Another Fulham penalty as Dawson makes a mistake, then hauls back Dembele! He's off.

  • 12'

    An early blow for Spurs then. How will they respond?

  • 11'

    GOAL Murphy slots the penalty. Right into the top corner.

  • 10'

    FULHAM PENALTY Dempsey runs at Hutton and the defender brings him down.

  • 9'

    Pantsil's ball for Duff is, well, pants.

  • 8'

    A neat exchange from Spurs but Assou-Ekotto's ball into the box is cleared by Hughes.

  • 6'

    Salcido gets down the left but his attempt at a cross is woeful.

  • 5'

    Dempsey gets up and heads towards goal but it was always flashing wide.

  • 4'

    Decent ball in from Duff and Dempsey challenges Dawson and wins a corner for Fulham.

  • 3'

    Now Van der Vaart tries his luck from range with a free kick but as it deflects off the wall the ball is cleared.

  • 2'

    Spurs win a corner and Van der Vaart tries to play it short but Duff intervenes.

  • 1'



    Here come the teams. Kick off is moments away..


    Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Pienaar, Van der Vaart, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Gallas, Crouch, Kranjcar, Corluka.


    Fulham: Stockdale, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido, Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey, Andrew Johnson, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Baird, Gera, Kamara, Dikgacoi, Davies.


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