Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Monday January 25 2010
White Hart Lane
After the difficult venture to Accrington for the 4th round FA Cup tie on Saturday, Fulham face another tough test this Tuesday evening when they travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur. Having not won away from home, in the Premier League, since the opening day of the season, it looks a difficult task, on paper, to hope for three points, but, as we all know, strange things happen in this game of ours!
Unlike ourselves, Spurs didn`t manage to dispose of lower league opposition, at the first attempt on Saturday prompting the Spurs manager, Harry Redknapp, to remark,
"We won't dwell on it (the FA Cup draw with Leeds)... I'm disappointed because we threw the game away when we had it in the bag but you have to pick yourself up and go again Tuesday."
Could Fulham feel the brunt of a Spurs onslaught or are Spurs in the middle of a bad run having also dropped home points against Hull City recently?
I guess we`ll find out Tuesday night!
Spurs go into the match without the influential Aaron Lennon who has a groin injury. Also out are Jonathan Woodgate and Carlo Cudicini. Our spies also tell us that the following are rated doubtful - Assou-Ekotto, King and Huddlestone.
A striker who is in form and a striker desperate to show Fabio Capello that he should be in the England starting eleven for South Africa 2010.
Roy Hodgson takes his squad the short distance to N17 with John Pantsil and Clint Dempsey definitely not available. There are also doubts about the fitness of Paul Konchesky, Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson.
Simon Davies, who got the briefest of appearances up at Accrington, coming on as a substitute, will be looking for a possible start against a former team although we suspect he might well have to do with a place on the bench.
Possible starting eleven:-
Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Baird, Duff, Murphy, Greening, Gera, Nevland, Johnson
Our club captain will be keen to put on an impressive show against a former club, is it too much to hope that a fine performance could possibly be capped with the winning goal?
Courtesy of a postponement at Craven Cottage, this is our fourth Premier League trip on the trot following on from visits to Chelsea, Stoke and Blackburn.
In head to head clashes with Spurs we don`t tend to fare that well having won only 11 out of 68 with our hosts tomorrow night having won 33.
If you`re looking for a dark cloud consider the fact that we`ve only won once at White Hart Lane in 62 years with that win coming back in August 2003.
Time for a change in fortune methinks!
Mike Dean is the man in charge
It`d take a brave man to forecast a win at White Hart Lane especially since we`ve not triumphed away from home since the opening day of the season. But it is a London derby and we can raise our game. We may have a few injuries and it might require a huge effort but you have to keep that belief going, otherwise you might just as well chuck in the towel. So here`s to a narrow win, 1-0 to Fulham anybody?
Our Premier League campaign continues with a home fixture against Aston Villa, two tricky fixtures on the trot some would say.
Date:Monday January 25 2010
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