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Fulham 2 Spurs 1

Fulham 2 Spurs 1

After beating Newcastle at the Cottage last weekend, Fulham were keen to take all three points on offer against Spurs today.

And that is exactly what they did with a confident display to give them two wins on the trot.

For the fixture, Roy Hodgson surprisingly made one change to the starting eleven that had started the majority of the games this season with Clint Dempsey coming in for Zoltan Gera.

Spurs arrived in confident mood with Harry Redknapp having started his career as Spurs manager with a record busting five wins and a draw.

The visitors started the half well with some neat passing but failed to create any chances and it didn`t take Fulham long to exert some pressure as Spurs didn`t resemble a team on such a great run.

In a pulsating first half, Gomes was forced to make a save, low down, from Dempsey. Andrew Johnson then provided a golden chance for Danny Murphy, stood twelve yards out, but his shot hit Corluka and the opportunity was spurned.

Bobby Zamora received the first yellow card of the game when he looked to have flicked a Jimmy Bullard cross with his head but Alan Wiley quickly realised he`d used his hand and the ex-Spur was booked for deliberate handball.

Johnson then wasted a good chance, firing over, after good approach work from John Pantsil and Zamora had opened up Spurs.

With thirty minutes gone the visitors started to exert some pressure of their own and a great ball from Tom Huddlestone presented Darren Bent with a glimmer of a chance but his scuffed volley went straight to Mark Schwarer.

Five minutes later, Fulham took the lead with a goal of comical status. Simon Davies, playing against a former club, let rip with a far from convincing shot but it confused Gomes enough for the keeper to let the ball hit his chest and roll into the net.

Half time and Fulham leading 1-0, was it going to be our day?

Harry Redknapp chose to make two changes to his starting line-up for the second half pulling off Huddlestone and Modric and introducing Lennon and Pavlyuchenko.

The changes gave Spurs fresh impetus and they looked to be upping the temp but Fulham were resilient and could have increased their lead when Gomes spilled a Bullard free kick straight into the path of Johnson but the ball got wrapped up in his feet and the visitors survived.

With the game more evenly balanced this half Johnson appealed vehemently for a penalty after the ball struck Ledley King on the arm but the officials waved play on.

On seventy minutes though the lead was doubled when Bullard delivered a corner and Dempsey headed it downwards towards Johnson. With his back to the goal he turned and shot in one sweet movement giving Gomes no chance.

Redknapp made a third change replacing Darren Bent with Fraser Campbell and the on-loan from Manchester United youngster reduced the arrears in the eighty-first minute after a flowing move involving Corluka, Lennon and Bentley.

It might have signalled a nervy last ten minutes for Fulham but Hodgson urged his team to push forward instead of sitting back and that dulled any thoughts Spurs had of snatching an equaliser.

Two wins out of two have set us up for a difficult couple of away games in the shape of Liverpool and Villa, but didn`t we tell you we`d beat Spurs?

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Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Saturday November 15 2008
Time: 5:05PM

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Comments

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the best team performance all season hard to find anyone who played badly strikers worked hard as likewise jimmy and co and hangerland was just awesome COME ON YOU WHITES
dan the man
15/11/2008 21:56:00
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well done,a deserved win,we didn't show up today.....bubble well and truly burst!
CoxintheBox
15/11/2008 23:35:00
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I just knew you guys were going to plant the spuds today. great to see Johnson with a goal. Hangeland's form doesn't surprise me. He is one helluva player and I wish City had gone for him. Thankyou for wiping the grin off Redknapp's visog!
Sindbad
16/11/2008 00:10:00
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great win lads.......well done....
lincolnblue
16/11/2008 08:59:00
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thnaks mate - what a superb day all round!
Al Billy
16/11/2008 18:50:00
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