Date: 6th November 2011 at 6:07pm
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Fulham may have lost today and the score may have flattered Spurs, but the heart shown will stand us in good stead for the remainder of the season.

Martin Jol, facing the side he used to manage before being unceremoniously dumped in October 2007, would have been devastated to lose his current form striker, Andy Johnson, through injury in the build up to the game.

Moussa Dembele, who missed the 4-1 demolition of Wisla Kracow in midweek, through suspension, returned to the starting eleven although Bryan Ruiz could only make the bench. Absent through injury were Aaron Hughes, Philippe Senderos and the ex-Spurs player, Simon Davies.

Sours, in a garish purple kit, got the action under way but it was Fulham who almost opened the scoring. From a corner Freidel reacted marvellously to keep out a Sidwell header close to the line. The Spurs keeper then had to react well to thwart Duff as he tried to get onto Dempsey`s through ball.

Fulham`s bright start though came to a shuddering halt in the tenth minute when Chris Baird put through his own goal. Against the run-of-play, Walker burst down the flank, played to Lennon and then Baird was, unfortunately, on hand to turn in the cross-cum-shot from Bale.

Fulham 0 Spurs 1 (Baird og – 10 minutes)

Fulham responded well though and Freidel was forced into another smart save to keep out a dipping cross from Riise. Parker; caught by the flailing elbow of Steve Sidwell, required treatment for a bloodied nose, Sidwell then put Dempsey through but his effort was rather tame and Freidel made a comfortable save.

Fulham looked to be the more likely team to get the next goal with Spurs, once in possession, content to take the sting out of the game. Having forced a free kick, Murphy`s delightful ball in towards Dempsey was well cleared by Adebayor.

But, just as you thought Fulham could get back into this one, Spurs scored a second goal on the stroke of half time and a decent goal it was too. Lennon exchanged passes with Bale before shimmying past Baird and beating Schwarzer with a shot that went in off the far post.

Fulham 0 Spurs 2 (Lennon – 45+1 minutes)

Matters were compounded for Fulham when Grygera appeared to get his studs stuck in the turf and twist a knee with the cries of pain being heard all around Craven Cottage. Sadly, the player was to leave the pitch on a stretcher.

Half Time – Fulham 0 Spurs 2

Having lost Grygera to injury, Stephen Kelly was introduced at the start of the second half.

Spurs started well with Van der Vaart involved in a move that saw Schwarzer save an effort from Bale. Fulham, knowing they had to reduce the arrears to stand any chance of taking anything from this game, saw Freidel deny them again, this time producing a top-rank save to thwart a header from Hangeland.

An element of luck kept the score at 2-0 when Zamora`s effort was deflected over the bar by Kaboul. But respite was momentary for Spurs when Kaboul put through his own net just two minutes after the previous incident. Murphy delivered another decent corner and King headed it against Kaboul and in the net it came to rest.

Fulham 1 Spurs 2 (Kaboul og – 57 minutes)

Pushing forward, Fulham almost drew level when Freidel, once again, produced a decent save, this time to deny Dembele after some good work from Zamora.

A free kick, on the edge of the area, looked to be destined for Murphy but the ball was worked to Baird and Freidel produced another great save to keep out his fierce shot.

As we started to fear time was running out, Jol introduced Ruiz in place of a tiring Duff. Fulham continued to push Spurs back Ruiz slipped the perfect ball through to Dempsey and even though he rounded Freidel the ball just wouldn`t go in with King clearing it off the line.

A final throw of the dice saw Etuhu brought on for Murphy. Freidel meanwhile, continued to defy Fulham, this time saving a Dempsey header from a Kelly cross. Dembele then fed Zamora but his shot wasn`t testing enough to beat the outstanding Freidel.

As we entered the final five of the ninety minutes, Parker blocked a shot from Ruiz, a late free kick gave us one last chance but the delivery, from Ruiz, was woeful. Four minutes of stoppage time were announced but Fulham just couldn`t create that one last clear-cut chance to beat Freidel, when they did, it was Modric who hacked a Dempsey effort of the line.

Just to rub salt into the wounds, Spurs nicked a third. In the fifth minute of stoppage time Defoe hit a sweet volley from an Adebayor assist and it was game over.

Fulham 1 Spurs 3 (Defoe – 90 + 5 minutes)

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39 Replies to “Fulham 1 Spurs 3”

  • You were definitely robbed. Great performance by Fulham, rubbish by us. Having been on the other end of results like this in seasons past I know how it feels. Your performance should give you great heart though, except for the final ball but you should beat most teams playing like that.

  • Feel so sorry for you guys, to say you were victimes of robbery, mugging & rape with some GBH thrown in, is an understatement! Another day & you would have won that easily, we were that poor. Nice to see other Spurs on here comiserating with you, as they’ve said, we’ve been there & it ain’t nice.

    You must be absolutely gutted!

  • We might consider playing TWO halves for a change and see if that works a little better. It’s becoming all too common – poor first half followed by a much better second. Unlucky not to come away with something today, but what can you do?

  • I can only echo the views of the other Spurs fans on here, you were the better side and deserved at least a point. Good luck with the rest of the season and hopefully we’ll meet you again in the finals of the Europa League.

  • “at least dick turpan wore a mask” “we were robbed” blah blah blah blah….look at the scoreline…..only 1 team deserved the win. Tottenham….we went to your ground and scored 3 goals. end of argument.

  • Lillywhites101, would you have been saying the same about Fulham if we’d rightly lost that match 3-1? No, you wouldn’t

    Sorry fella, you lack a realism, as you will have experienced exactly the same as Fulham fans as a Spurs supporter being on the end of similar results & therefore your comments are hypocritical.

  • This must be Vital Spurs second site judging by all the comments from Spurs fans and the absence of Fulham fans

  • Respect to you guys, as others have stated, for TOO many years Spurs have been on the receiving end of such a kick in the teeth. 31 shots ffs, thats nuts. Under BMJ you have a GREAT Manager & 1 who with only a few new players will have you in great shape for many years to come (your already in good shape ofc).

    On a separate note I hope Grygera isn’t out for long, I’ve always rated him & although 31 still has much to offer you guys. Get well soon fella, oh yeah MJ we still love you & wishing you the best with Fulham.

  • Wake up!!?? Are you serious?

    Listen, the REALISTIC view of this game is that we shouldn’t have won it, NOT your stupid view that the right team deserved to win, thats such a pathetic statement. So by your myopic viewpoint, when the Pedro Mendes goal at Old Trafford was disallowed, Utd deserved their point. You won’t find any of us agreeing with you there & I doubt you believe that either.

    I suppose the Walker penalty shout was correct & the Parker one wasn’t in your view. You can’t have it both ways, thats where your lack of realism comes from, along with your failure to acknowledge that on the balance of play & chances created, we didn’t deserve 3 points. On another day or against a better team we could have been spanked with that display.

    Sorry fella, your attitude in the face of the truth does you no favours & merely serves to deliberately & unnecessarily upset fans of other clubs

    And I’m the muppet? Grow up son.

  • Tell you what lillywhites101, go on Vital Spurs & make the same statement, sit back & watch the $hit come flying at you!

    I norice that you haven’t made a single post on VS about the Fulham game, neither before or after. What do you think that says about you?

  • what sad pathetic c$unt you are!!! the pedro mendes goal? me posting or not posting on the fulham thread on VS? what?? lol….i will repeat again….we went away from home and scored 3 goals!!!! that is why we deserved to win. any team who goes away and scores 3 goals, deserves the win….i dont wanna hear about how many shots fulham had or about dodgey decisions by the ref!!! they conceded 3 goals at home and thats why they got nothing!!!! now why dont you run along and get back to checking posts or a lack of them!!! sad fool.

  • You can’t defend your position or respond in any way to the points I raise, so you indulge in personal abuse, the 1st resort of the “I’m right, you’re wrong, end of” bigot. You don’t want to hear about dodgy decisions etc.? More like you don’t want facts getting in the way of your own prejudices & won’t tolerate anyone having an opinion that differs from yours. How DARE anyone criticise your opinion!

    Your attituded reflects that of the archetypal bigot who can say & do what he likes, but anyone who disagrees with him is out of order.

    This is the last comment I’m going to make as its clearly impossible to reason with you. You & everyone else reading this exchance, will note that I have haven’t lowered myself to the levels of personal abuse that you have.

  • clap clap……go and get yourself a large medal that states “moral supieriorty” pathetic….. what on earth are u on about? i cant defend my position? my position is that we bagged 3 goals and because of that deserved the win. is that not what happened? doomsdayers like you seem to flock to “support” THFC…i mean why take the positives when u can just wallow in the negatives!!

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