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Fulham 1 Spurs 2

Spurs took the honours in this London derby although they will be dating long into the night the legitimacy of the winning goal, credited to Huddlestone!

Mark Hughes was able to welcome back Moussa Dembele to the starting eleven after his summer signing had been injured at Stoke. Diomansy Kamara was chosen to play alongside him but there was an enforced change in midfield with Jonathan Greening replacing the injured Dickson Etuhu. Davies, against a former club, was selected for his 300th career league start. Chris Baird was also preferred to either John Pantsil or Stephen Kelly at right back. Kamara was making his first start for over a year.

For Spurs, Harry Redknapp was able to welcome back William Gallas and Ledley King with Aaron Lennon having recovered sufficiently to take up a place on the Spurs.

Spurs started by far the better pushing Fulham back and getting on top. Pavlyuchenko collected a cross from Bale but shot just past the post from a good angle.

Fulham, from their first decent attack, saw a Davies corner almost produce a goal but the headed effort from Kamara went wide. Fulham, after the poor start, were now on top and Hughes was another who missed a good chance after a Modric error before Kamara finally gave Fulham the lead tapping in from close range after some great work from Dempsey.

Spurs weren`t behind for long, about a minute, with Van der Vaart producing a sublime turn and chip, from sixteen yards, to beat Schwarzer, the ball hit the underside of the bar and Pavlychenko was on hand to equalise just past the half hour mark.

Gomes produced a great save to deny Kamara as the action swung from end to end. Just before half-time Spurs lost Ledley King through injury with Bassong coming on in his place. All square at half time.

Redknapp brought on Lennon for Sandro at half time and almost had an instant impact when he picked out Van der Vaart but Schwarzer saved with his feet. The game continued to switch from end to end and Baird, pushed into midfield after the introduction of Kelly, headed over whilst Lennon saw his shot go straight to a grateful Schwarzer.

Unfortunately, Spurs were to go ahead after sixty-three minutes. Bale took a corner and it reached Huddlestone thirty-five yards out, took a deflection off Baird and nestled in the net. Initially the linesman flagged for offside but Gallas, in an offside position wasn`t deemed to have been in an offside position.

Schwarzer produced a great save to deny Hutton before Kamara spooned a glorious chance over the bar. Eddie Johnson came on for Greening as Fulham tried to rescue a point but it wasn`t to be, the unbeaten run, in the Premier League, had gone.

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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 16 2010

Time: 6:00PM

Your Comments

It'll be debated because it looks like Gallas got a touch and it was him who was in an offside position.
Huddsnewsnarl
Second time this season Spuds have benefited from a decidedly "dodgy" goal. Bad luck Fulham, thought you deserved at least a point, possibly more from this one.
fifthcolumnblue
Second? Third. Twente, Young Boys, and now this. But does it matter? The rules of offside are now so complex that no one can decide whther they applied or not. Huddlestone shot, the ball nicks off Baird, therefore Gallas is not offside as the ball touched a Fulham player on the way through, regardless of interference with Schwarzer. In fact, a smilar thing happened earlier in the match. A long Fulham ball just nicked of Huddlestone's head, and fell into Kamara's path, where he was literally free way, way beyond the last defender. Both the defence and Kamara thought it was offside, but the ref eventually waved play on eventually, after about five seconds of both kamara and the defense looking around . Unfortunately for Fulham, by then both King and Gallas had gotten back, and Gallas simply took the ball away from Kamara. In fact, Huddlestone said in the post match interview that he pointed this previous incident out to the ref when he disallowed the goal. Maybe that changed his mind. Either way, it's over. We won. Far from convincingly, but that's been the case several times this season. Hope murphy recovers quickly, he's a fine ambassador of the game.
DubaiSpur
Never mind kamara, we're finally on the end of some Good Karma ! Fulham you have my sympathies as we've also been on the receiving end of such Goals/Results Vs a Top4 Team, many in fact. Im NOT being biased as Gallas's SHOULDER was Offside BUT he wasn't inline with the Keeper's vision & he DIDN'T actually touch the Ball. As Dubai excellently points out Fulham actually had a far clearer situation but play carried on, tho the players didn't. Trust me if that had gone in I would also of been gutted. Still a fair result seeing that we looked far more confident & dominating over the whole game. A lil blip for you guys but I still see you pushing for EL, a good/well balanced Team (sadly missing Zamora & Duff) & a pretty decent Manager. All the right ingredients for success. Ps You were awesome & great ambassador's for British Football last season, many of my friends & I were supporting you all through Europe & we were gutted you didn't win it.
True Spurs Supporter
It was an entertaining match played in good spirit but by the end of the game the referee and linesman looked like complete buffoons. Anyone betting they'll get demoted to the Championship for a couple of games?
donfulham
Mike Dean did what Mike Dean does... I think he likes all the attention, though I could be wrong !
True Spurs Supporter
Forgot about the Young Boys decision Dubai! LOL
fifthcolumnblue
FCB - Glad your keeping tally, May 5th has clearly left it's mark :) Possibly a little controversial yesterday, although imo it would have been MORE contraversial had it been disallowed! But hey ho it swings in roundabouts (unless of course you're talking about City-Newcastle, that was a one-way street ;)
Phartman87
On the balance of play a draw would have been fair but after a slow start to the season we seem to have a little bit of steel about us these days and ground out a result. I must say I am impressed with Fulham, Roy did a fantastic job and with Hughes' reputation at Blackburn and City for sinfully boring, gritty football, I expected much the same at Fulham. But credit where it's due he's got you hard to beat but also playing good offensive football (if yesterday is anything to go by) so I'm expecting more of the same from you this season. The goal will clearly be the talking point but I think it's one of those decisions which is impossible to get 'right' under the current regulations so whatever was given it would have been 'wrong'! It clearly needs to be simplified although in the interest of seeing exciting open football I'd hate to completely regress
Phartman87
FCB - Newcastle last week, Blackpool this. If I was being cynical I'd say "City were attempting to buy success, in more ways then one" ;)
Phartman87
We've seen our share of back luck this season, so hopefully this will be the end of it. If nothing else this should be a wake-up call that all these draws are dangerous. We need to start grabbing three points at home. Home form has been our bread and butter the past few seasons, and it needs to pick up. Tough loss, but an entertaining match. I'm not foolish enough to think we'll beat WBA away, but the home match versus Wigan looms large.
Teddy_KGB
all refs over the weekend said it was a legit goal
grahambickerton
 

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