English FA Cup

March 24, 2010


Tottenham Hotspur

3 - 1


English FA Cup

19:45 +00:00, March 24, 2010

White Hart Lane, England

Referee: M Atkinson


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    Tottenham march on, and a interesting match up with Redknapp's former club, Portsmouth, await.

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    But with Everton defeating Spurs's rivals for fourth place in the Premier League Man City, tonight, it has been a perfect night for Tottenham.

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    Fulham looked like this was one game too far for them given their recent efforts with such a small squad.

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    Bentley's quality on the right was telling and the crosses he put in were top quality, in front of the onlooking Fabio Capello.

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    Spurs deserve their win in the end. The substitutions of Bentley, Huddlestone and Pavlyuchenko changed the game.

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    And that's it! Spurs win 3-1 and will face Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

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    Etuhu creeps into the box but his header is wide, and that is probably the last chance for Fulham.

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    Huddlestone is playing at centre-back and is heading everything clear at the moment.

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    Bassong is down but Spurs are surely just 2 minutes from Wembley. Bassong is hobbling off, looks to be an ankle injury.

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    And only seconds remain...

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    As we enter injury time the Spurs fans cheer: "WEMBLEY WEMBLEY...."

  • 89'

    Fulham continue to attack but Spurs are clearing everything.

  • 89'

    Gomes punches clear but it's another Fulham throw.

  • 88'

    Gera is fouled on the Fulham left. Chance to whip the ball in here.

  • 87'

    Okaka Chuku is offiside from Duff's pass.

  • 86'

    Okaka Chuku fails to return the favour as Dempsey is in a great position. Terrible play by Okaka Chuku, and I think that's what Dempsey is telling him now!

  • 85'

    Dempsey had a great chance to release Okaka Chuku but the forward was offside. Dempsey knew this, delayed his pass, but the chance was gone. Infact, Dempsey's pass hit Gudjohnson and the Icelandic international is down, apparently winded.

  • 84'

    Instead he clips it in for Dempsey but it's too close to Gomes.

  • 83'

    The ball is put in the box and crucially hooked clear by Bale. But Fulham win another free kick, 25 yards out. Murphy looks like he wants to shoot here.

  • 83'

    Duff is fouled by Bale and Fulham will put this in the box.

  • 82'

    The atmosphere is a little less buoyant than it was 5 minutes ago. A "Spurs wobble" is surely inevitable.

  • 81'

    Gera tries his luck, but his shot was never going to trouble Gomes.

  • 80'

    Fulham are raining shots on the Spurs goal now. Okaka Chuku couldn't make contact with the ball under pressure from Dawson and Palacios. The ball fell to Duff whose shot was wide. Fulham are claiming a corner but it's a goal kick.

  • 78'

    Hodgson has shuffled things around, as Zamora was looking tired. Dempsey is now effectively playing as a second striker. Gera is on the left.

  • 77'

    Fulham sub: Okaka Chuku on for Zamora.

  • 76'

    The corner is cleared by Spurs.

  • 75'

    Palacios loses the ball for Spurs and Dempsey gets the ball from Murphy. The American finds a yard outside the box and his right footed shot to the far post is deflected out for a corner.

  • 73'

    Spurs have a long period of possession resulting in an overhit ball by Gudjohnson to Bale who was haring down the left flank. Spurs look comfortable but in typical Spurs style, don't expect them to kill this game off.

  • 71'

    Duff forces a top save from Gomes. Duff hits it on the half volley and Gomes makes an instinctive save to his right. Good shot good save.

  • 70'

    Fulham sub: Dempsey on for Kelly.

  • 69'

    Crouch sidesteps Etuhu and fires in a great low right footed shot from outside the box. That was close to the fourth.

  • 68'

    And Spurs aren't taking their foot off the pedal and are attacking again. I don't know what Redknapp said at halftime but it's worked a treat for the home side. Fulham are being rumbled!

  • 65'

    Gudjohnson finishes a great move for Spurs. Crouch and Modric combine brilliantly, the latter feeds Gudjohnson who takes it round the keeper and taps in. Classy finish.

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    GOAL! 3-1 SPURS!

  • 65'

    Bentley looks super confident and is toying with Konchesky.

  • 64'

    Fulham are attempting to re-find their tempo as Zamora is in the Spurs box and claiming handball by Bassong. It wasn't handball.

  • 63'

    The corner is headed out by Etuhu and Modric blasts a powerful low shot but it's central and saved by the Australian goalkeeper.

  • 62'

    And Pavlyuchenko is at it again. He broke alone down the left for Spurs and forced a smart save at Schwarzer's near post. Corner.

  • 61'

    The Spurs fans are in full voice now! Fulham are behind in the FA Cup for the first time this season.

  • 60'

    Zamora is walking a tight-rope here, he fouls Bale on the halfway line and some refs may have taken exception to that.

  • 59'

    Bentley again at the heart of things for Spurs. He crosses to the far post and Pavlyuchenko rasps in from close range with his left foot. Fantastic play by Bentley.

  • 58'

    2-1 TOTTENHAM!

  • 58'

    And both have been booked. Zamora was holding onto Bassong who lost his rag and hit out at Zamora. Handbags really.

  • 57'

    Bassong and Zamora are scuffling here!

  • 56'

    Spurs are playing great football. Huddlestone and Modric linked and the former's pass found Pavlyuchenko but the Russian got the ball stuck under his feet and could only hit his shot over the bar.

  • 55'

    Bentley has broken forward for Spurs and whipped in a tempting cross from the right. The ball fizzed across the Fulham goal but no one could make contact.

  • 54'

    I'm assuming Gudjohnson has dropped back into midfield. This is a very different side who started the game for Spurs.

  • 54'

    Corluka has had to hobble off for Spurs and they are forced into a third sub already. Bentley is now playing right back, where he will have to stay, and Pavlyuchenko is up front with Crouch.

  • 53'

    Spurs sub: Pavlyuchenko on for Corluka

  • 52'

    Bentley tries his luck again with a free kick from a similar position. the shot was creeping inside the near post this time but Schwarzer saves to his right.

  • 51'

    Going back to Kelly's yellow card that was for a foul on Bale in the run up to Bentley's goal. The free kick given for Kelly's late tackle on Bale led to the free kick (and the goal).

  • 50'

    Corluka has stayed down after clashing with Davies and that gives everyone a breather.

  • 49'

    Fulham counter attack, Gera finds Davies from the right who slides in front of Corluka but his shot is tame.

  • 49'

    Bale is playing left back in this second half but is causing all kinds of problems.

  • 48'

    Bale is on fire! He lets fly from the edge of the box on the half volley. Tremendous effort. Just over.

  • 47'

    Yellow card: Kelly (Fulham) for a foul on Bale.

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    Clearly a cross but Spurs won't care about that.

  • 46'

    Immediate impact by the substitute. Bentley has whipped the ball in from the left and it misses everyone and flies straight in.

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    Immediately Bale is causing problems for Fulham down their right.

  • 46'

    Redknapp isn't messing around is he? A double substitution at half time. And Spurs kick off the second half, kicking from left to right.

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    Spurs double sub: Bentley and Huddlestone for Kranjcar and Assou-Ekotto

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    Join me again in 15 minutes for the second half.

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    Fulham are on a high at the moment and that was certainly another solid half of football from them. Spurs will be looking to improve and bring Crouch into the game a bit more.

  • 45'

    And that is that for the first half. A faint ring of boos around White Hart Lane but Fulham merit their lead, despite Spurs having some good moments.

  • 44'

    Assou-Ekotto loses the ball on the halfway line after clowning around attempting a flick of some sort. The resulting period of possession sees Gera cross for Zamora who heads over and should do better. Lovely football by the away side who look so comfortable in possession.

  • 44'

    And now Hangeland is busy at the other end. His header from Duff's corner flies just over. Good effort.

  • 43'

    Davies forces a corner off Dawson.

  • 42'

    Crouch was through there but Hangeland recovered with a great tackle. Tottenham are getting closer.

  • 41'

    Spurs just seem to be lacking that final ball at the moment and have been the dominant side.

  • 41'

    Crouch back heels it beautifully to Bale whose cross is slightly too high for Gudjohnson. Good play by Spurs again.

  • 40'

    Bale forces a corner for Spurs after his free kick comes off Etuhu.

  • 39'

    The ball drops to Murphy who hits a shot high and wide from outside the box. The Spurs fans jeered that.

  • 38'

    Duff hits a great cross in, but Gomes meets it with a firm and confident punch.

  • 37'

    Assou-Ekotto concedes a cheap free kick to Duff. Good chance for a cross into the box for Fulham.

  • 36'

    Spurs are cranking up the pressure in the last ten minutes of the second half. Palacios had the chance to feed Krancjar put overhit the throughball. Fulham are frustrating Spurs here.

  • 35'

    Fulham finally hack it away.

  • 34'

    The corner is cleared but Spurs keep up the pressure.

  • 33'

    Gudjohnson finds himself with his back to goal in the box and is surrounded by red shirts. He somehow forces a corner.

  • 32'

    And Bale's free kick didn't threaten the goal.

  • 31'

    Etuhu has fouled Krancjar in a dangerous area. Bale to take the free kick.

  • 30'

    Crouch has a snapshot from the edge of the Fulham box. Chance out of nothing for Tottenham but the shot was low and never worried the keeper.

  • 29'

    Davies and Gera link brilliantly for Fulham. Gera finds Zamora who tries and inswinging cross from the right but it's just too far for Davies. Great play by Fulham.

  • 28'

    Modric hits the post for Spurs. Crouch came deep and chested it to Bale. Bale's cross to Gudjohnson is chested in the path of Modric who hits it first time with his left foot, and it grazes off the outside of the left post.

  • 27'

    Gudjohnson forces a corner, which Modric takes. The corner evades everyone.

  • 26'

    Crouch is claiming handball after it hit Kelly's hand in the box. The ref waves play on and Gudjohnson tries to improvise and back heel it towards goal. Schwarzer gathers.

  • 25'

    Duff wins a free kick for the visitors down the Spurs left, but hits it straight out for a Spurs goal kick.

  • 23'

    Gudjohnson and Modric are continuing to link well. Modric then found Krancjar on the right but his cross is horribly overhit. Fulham goal kick.

  • 21'

    Bale finds Gudjohnson in a great position on the left whose cross is intercepted. Good move by Spurs.

  • 20'

    Assou-Ekotto looks hopefully for Crouch, but Crouch cannot bring the ball under control.

  • 19'

    Spurs seem to be struggling in midfield, as Fulham are not giving them a second to settle.

  • 18'

    Harry Redknapp looks pretty peeved with that.

  • 17'

    Great finish by Zamora. Duff ducks and weaves into a good position and plays a perfect throughball to Zamora, who hits it first time with his left foot and Fulham have their noses in front.

  • 17'

    1-0 FULHAM!

  • 16'

    Modric dashes away from Murphy but loses his feet in the box. Beautifully worked by Modric and Gudjohnson again.

  • 15'

    Zamora battles through a few challenges before releasing Gera through the middle. But his pass is overhit. Gomes gathers.

  • 14'

    Gudjohnson sets up Modric with a neat square pass but the Croatian pulls his shot wide from 20 yards.

  • 13'

    Spurs are targeting Kelly down their left. Assou-Ekotto and Bale have combined sevral times already. And Kelly concedes a corner.

  • 11'

    Pretty even start at White Hart Lane, but it's the away side have crafted the better opprtunities in the first 11 minutes.

  • 10'

    Davies hits a solid shot which Gomes gathers at the second attempt. Decent height for the keeper but Spurs let him through very easily there.

  • 8'

    Palacios strikes a decent left footed shot wide of the far post, the shot was from just outside the box after Murphy backed off and invited it. Decent shot by Palacios.

  • 7'

    Gera and Duff link again for Fulham. Gera played the ball out to Duff who put in a dangerous cross but came to nothing. Gera could have turned and shot on the edge of the box himself there.

  • 6'

    Gera had a sniff at goal there but Dawson recovered with a good tackle.

  • 5'

    First shot of the game. Murphy hit it from 25 yards after being teed up by Duff. Decent effort by Murphy but straight at the keeper.

  • 4'

    A promising move for Spurs breaks down, but the home side keep possession albeit with a long back pass to Gomes.

  • 3'

    Krancjar wins a throw for Spurs deep in Fulham's half.

  • 2'

    Palacios, who is one yellow card away from a 2 game suspension, is brought down in his own half.

  • 2'

    Bale drives into the Fulham box after beating Kelly at the corner flag. He could have gone down under Kelly's challenge, as Fulham clear their lines.

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    Fulham kick from left to right and immediately Konchesky pumps it straight to Gomes from his own half.

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    Spurs are in their usual lillywhite shirts and Fulham play in red. And it's the away side who kick things off...


    Roy Hodgson sticks with Bobby Zamora and Zoltan Gera after substituting the pair on Sunday.


    Brede Hangeland has recovered from a chest injury for Fulham, after missing the defeat to Manchester City.


    Jermain Defoe is out with hamstring trouble and Younes Kaboul is cup-tied but David Bentley and Danny Rose are fit. Roman Pavlyuchenko is on the bench.


    Tottenham recall Wilson Palacios after the central midfielder was rested for Saturday's victory at Stoke.


    Wembley beckons for tonight's victors, as both sides aim for a season-defining appearance in the FA Cup semi final, where they'll meet Portsmouth.


    Fulham (4-4-1-1): Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies, Gera, Zamora


    Tottenham (4-4-2): Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Modric, Palacios, Bale, Crouch, Gudjohnsen


    So, tonight's line-ups are as follows...


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