Premier League

November 6, 2011



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Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

16:00 +00:00, November 6, 2011

Craven Cottage, England

Referee: Peter Walton

  • 95'

    FULL TIME An outstanding performance from Friedel and some heroic last-gasp defending preserves Tottenham's victory - Fulham gave everything in the second half but couldn't get the ball over the line. Spurs are fifth - level on points with Chelsea.

  • 94'

    Well, Fulham have done everything but score then Tottenham have one meaningful attack and Adebayor hooks a cross to Defoe who volleys home. Game safe.

  • 94'

    GOAL Defoe!

  • 93'

    Fulham have thrown absolutely everything at Spurs and still they can't grab a second.

  • 92'

    Amazing! Now Friedel saves from Hangeland and the follow up from Dempsey is hacked off the line by MOdric! Incredible defending!

  • 91'

    An unbelievable scramble in the area as Friedel saves brilliantly from Dempsey with a hand, then Kaboul handled it before a desperate srcum of players hacked at the ball until it was deflected over.

  • 90'

    Four minutes for Fulham to get something...

  • 89'

    Ruiz's ball in misses everyone. What a waste.

  • 88'

    Modric leaves a leg out and Dembele trips. Free kick on the right of the box.

  • 87'

    Parker intercepts a pass and drives into the box before getting a barge from Sidwell. No penalty and Fulham come away with it.

  • 85'

    Assou-Ekotto brings down Kelly and Fulham have a free kick wide right.

  • 84'

    Another shot on goal, this time from Dembele, but he tried to smash the leather out of it and it spins wildly wide.

  • 83'

    Poor cross from Kelly as he ran at Modric down the right. Can Fulham grab the equaliser they deserve on the basis of this second half performance?

  • 82'

    Fulham have now had 18 attempts on goal compared to Tottenham's five.

  • 81'

    Etuhu slides a ball down the channel for Zamora but his effort - yet again - is right at Friedel. Dempsey was square in space too.

  • 80'

    Great run down the right from Walker but a poor cross allows Fulham to come clear.

  • 78'

    Dempsey gets up to meet Kelly's cross but his header is right at Friedel.

  • 78'

    Lennon comes off and Sandro comes on as Spurs bolster their defensive ranks.

  • 76'

    Murphy comes off after a good stint and Dickson Etuhu is on.

  • 74'

    Two more powerful efforts on goal from the corner as Riise and Ruiz both shoot. Tottenham clear, but here comes Fulham again.

  • 73'

    Superb defending from Ledley King as Dempsey goes through the middle and rounds Friedel but King getsa a block on his goalbound shot. Corner.

  • 72'

    Spurs have been penned in for a good 20 minutes now. Fulham looking the more likely to score.

  • 71'

    Duff goes off and Bryan Ruiz is on.

  • 70'

    Dembele opens up some space and has a pop but it is well wide. Fulham looking good.

  • 70'

    A well worked free kick from Fulham sees the ball rolled across to Kelly and Friedel saves his powerful shot.

  • 69'

    Kaboul is booked for throwing the ball away after being penalised for handball. Fulham free kick right on the edge of the box.

  • 67'

    It'd just not happening for Zamora today - his final ball again is poor.

  • 65'

    Van der Vaart heads off and won't be able to make it six games in a row he has scored in. Defoe his replacement.

  • 63'

    Great ball from Murphy, a good cross from Duff and a very good clearing header from Kaboul.

  • 62'

    Good game this now as both sides stream forward in turn.

  • 61'

    Great chance for Dembele as Zamora holds the ball up and feeds him but his powerful strike is right at Friedel, who blocks.

  • 60'

    Kelly crosses from the right and his fellow full back, Riise, connects on the volley but he dribbles it wide. He'd have preferred it on his left foot I'm sure.

  • 59'

    Parker gives the ball away but makes up for it with an excellent block from Zamora's shot.

  • 58'

    Dembele's first time effort is saved by Friedel as Fulham continue to grow into confidence. The goal just reward for a positive start to the second half.

  • 57'

    King heads the corner against a combination of Kaboul and Hangeland, and it spins past Friedel. Game on.

  • 57'

    GOAL Fulham have one back!

  • 55'

    It's Dempsey's turn to have a pop and this one also takes a deflection before looping over the top.

  • 54'

    Good start to the half from Fulham - Tottenham in a bit of trouble at the back momentarily.

  • 53'

    Now Riise gets down the left and pulls the ball across before Kaboul clears, then Zamora'a shot is deflected over the bar by the same defender.

  • 52'

    Fantastic save from Friedel! Hangeland gets on the corner with a powerful header and a flash of a hand from the veteran tips it over the bar.

  • 51'

    Duff's deflected shot has Friedel scrambling but it loops over the top of the net. Corner.

  • 49'

    Adebayor tries a curler from the edge of the box but the ball was rather underneath his feet and Schwarzer gathers at head height on the goalline.

  • 48'

    Lovely work from Adebayor to release Bale - the winger shoots when the Togo striker wanted a return ball. Schwarzer claims easily.

  • 47'

    Zamora crosses but Kaboul wins the header before tidying up.

  • 46'

    Stephen Kelly has replaced Grygera as we get underway again...



    It's full time at the Reebok and Bolton have beaten Stoke 5-0 at the Reebok to relieve some pressure on Owen Coyle.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME As soon as play restarts the whistle goes and Spurs are well clear. Fulham will need something special to pull back from here, but they did do it against Man City earlier in the season don't forget.

  • 45'

    Grygera is now receiving oxygen so we can assume it must be painful. A half that had already been delayed by Parker's nose knock will now be delayed further. We've played 50 minutes already as Grygera finally leaves on a stretcher.

  • 45'

    Another stoppage now as Grygera goes down in agony after his knee twisted in the turf. That looked very painful.

  • 45'

    Brave defending from Kaboul as he stoops to head a cross away when Dembele went in with his boot.

  • 45'

    A brilliant one-two between Lennon and Bale, the former twists and turns past Baird before firing low into the bottom corner with his left foot.

  • 45'

    GOAL A fantastic goal from Aaron Lennon!

  • 43'

    This will have been a first half to cheer Harry Redknapp, who will no doubt be watching.

  • 42'

    Oh dear, an awful effort from Zamora. Doesn't even make an attempt to get his head over the ball. Spurs fans sing: "That's why we sold him."

  • 41'

    Dempsey beats the turf after being caught on the leg by King's studs. Nasty. Free kick 30 yards out now for Fulham.

  • 39'

    After some to-ing and fro-ing it looks like that goal has now been credited to Bale by Opta.

  • 38'

    Bale tees up Lennon for a shot but Hangeland gets a leg out to block it and Schwarzer can catch the looping ball.

  • 37'

    Excellent cross into the box from Murphy after Dembele was fouled by Walker. Adebayor clears with a super header at the back post before a session of ping pong ends up in Friedel's arms.

  • 35'

    Disappointing from Zamora who had a chance to hit a cross first time but chose instead to try and recycle possession - wrong move.

  • 34'

    A bit of a pile up in the middle fot the park as Walker and Murphy clatter into a challenge before Van der Vaart is clipped. The upshot of all that is a Fulham free kick.

  • 33'

    More patch up work required on Parker's face. Plaster off now.

  • 32'

    A nice dummy from Friedel as he lets a long ball run out of play as Duff went to chase it down.

  • 31'

    Spurs looking the more likely again now - far more dangerous in possession.

  • 30'

    Lennon fires down the right and his cross takes a nick off Riise to divert it into Schwarzer's arms.

  • 28'

    Not much in the way of atmosphere at Craven Cottage - you can hear the players shouting for the ball. Dembele screaming "Bobby! Bobby!" just then.

  • 27'

    Another run from Walker down the right but Riise runs the ball out of play.

  • 25'

    Fulham finding it hard to create space - the narrow pitch is getting pretty congested.

  • 24'

    A poor touch from Zamora brings cheers from the Spurs fans.

  • 23'

    First clear chance for Fulham as Sidwell lays off to Dempsey who has a clear sight of goal from outside the box but fires right at Friedel.

  • 22'

    Parker is back and Van der Vaart can end his brief stint in centre mid.

  • 20'

    Parker trudges off for more treatment as the game restarts.

  • 19'

    Blood coming from it and a potential break I think.

  • 18'

    Don't think it was intentional but it must have hurt. Parker still down getting treatment.

  • 17'

    Parker has been poleaxed by a Sidwell elbow - right in his kisser.

  • 16'

    That goal has brought Fulham out of their shell a bit - they've been on top since the ball hit their net.

  • 15'

    Silky skills from Dembele but Duff can't get on the end of his cross.

  • 14'

    Now Friedel looks uncomfortable as a Riise cross comes in. He gets a touch on it to take it behind.

  • 13'

    Fulham try to hit back immediately as King blocks Dempsey's shot.

  • 11'

    Unfortunate for Baird, and for those of who have Bale in our fantasy team - looks like he'll get an assist but no goal.

  • 10'

    This will probably go down as an own goal but it is a great move, Adebayor wide for Walker, he pulls it back for Lennon and his cross is hammered toward goal by Bale before knocking Baird and going in.

  • 10'

    GOAL Bale scores!

  • 9'

    Dempsey goes in bravely as a cross from the right was gathered by Friedel. He's up now though. An all American clash.

  • 8'

    Poor ball forward from Baird. Fulham sitting very deep.

  • 6'

    Good move from Spurs as Van der Vaart turns and finds Assou-Ekotto - Baird cuts out the cross. Corner.

  • 5'

    Kaboul lofts a ball over the top for Adebayor but he is flagged offside.

  • 4'

    Now Duff rather bottles a challenge with Friedel as he slid out to claim a loose ball into the box.

  • 3'

    The ball was definitely not over the line but it was a fine save from the veteran 'keeper. Sloppy marking from the corner on Spurs' part.

  • 3'

    Sidwell gets up at the near post to win the header and Friedel beats it clear on the line!

  • 2'

    Lovely ball from Murphy to release Riise and he wins a corner.

  • 1'



    Fulham have only lost once at home in the league this season - last time out against Everton. Spurs have won away three times already. Here they come....


    Of course, Tottenham are without Harry Redknapp, who is recovering after minor heart surgery. He won't be back for around a month we are told.


    As for Fulham, Andy Johnson is missing through injury and Damien Duff comes in for him as Fulham look to build on last week's win at Wigan.


    Unsurprisingly, Spurs are unchanged from the team that beat QPR last weekend.


    Afternoon all and welcome to live coverage of Fulham's clash with Totteham at Craven Cottage.