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4 vs 0
Played
January 30, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 21829‎
 
11′ (PG) Danny Murphy
 
14′ (PG) Danny Murphy
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 4-0 Tottenham

By Wayne Veysey at Craven Cottage

  • David Stockdale
    13
    0
    3.00

    David Stockdale

    Could barely have imagined such a quiet afternoon. Apart from the odd backpass, his involvement was restricted to keeping his eyes open.

  • John Paintsil
    15
    2
    3.50

    John Paintsil

    Defended solidly and produced some measured passes and runs up the right flank, where he has forged a lively alliance with Duff.

  • Brede Hangeland
    18
    1
    3.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Given a height advantage of a foot over Jermain Defoe, it was little surprise that he monstered Spurs' lone striker in the air during the first half but suffered few alarms, either, when confronted by Crouch after the break.

  • Aaron Hughes
    11
    1
    3.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Fulham's Mr Consistency boshed away every header and cleaned up as unfussily as ever.

  • C. Salcido
    24
    2
    3.00

    C. Salcido

    A little too casual in possession at times, but kept Lennon on a tight leash and was always willing to support Fulham's attacks.

  • Clint Dempsey
    51
    6
    4.00

    Clint Dempsey Top of the Match

    Tortured Spurs with his dribbling and energy in the early exchanges by inducing penalties from both Hutton and Dawson. Caused havoc in the first half as he constantly found space between the visitors' midfield and defensive lines.

  • Danny Murphy
    25
    2
    4.00

    Danny Murphy

    With the ink barely dry on his contract extension, the Fulham skipper showed why he is so valued at Craven Cottage with a controlled midfield display augmented by his mastery from the penalty spot. Two penalties and two inevitably despatched goals, one in each corner. Got a standing ovation when he was subbed.

  • Steve Sidwell
    14
    1
    3.50

    Steve Sidwell

    In only his second start for his new club, the former Chelsea man demonstrated some of the energy and quality that made all the big clubs sit up and take notice when he was running Reading's midfield.

  • Damien Duff
    14
    2
    3.50

    Damien Duff

    Made some clever runs and delivered some telling crosses from the right flank, where he has established a good rapport with Pantsil. Not quite the mazy dribbler of his younger days, but remains a reliable wide player.

  • Andy Johnson
    12
    3
    3.00

    Andy Johnson

    Showed signs of the explosive pace and clever movement that once made him one of the most feared strikers in England. Will have been disappointed that he did not get his name on the scoresheet.

  • Mousa Dembele
    26
    3
    4.00

    Mousa Dembele

    The Belgium international has suffered a frustrating stop-start season but blasted away some of the self-doubt with a brilliant solo goal shortly before the break. His athleticism, speed and power caused constant problems to the Spurs defence.

Substitutions

  • Simon Davies
    5
    1
    0.00

    Simon Davies

    Brought on to play down the left flank for the last 10 minutes.

  • Zoltán Gera
    10
    0
    2.50

    Zoltán Gera

    Fulham's cult hero struggled to get involved after replacing Johnson.

  • Gomes
    6
    30
    3.00

    Gomes

    Whether the morning reports of a bid for Shay Given had affected the Brazilian's self-confidence only he will know, but this was one of those games when he looked a level or two below the most reliable custodians. At fault for Fulham's third as his decision-making went to pot, while his kicking was wayward, if not lame. Nevertheless, he made a couple of fine reflex saves late on to keep the deficit at four.

  • Alan Hutton
    8
    35
    2.50

    Alan Hutton

    Gave away the first penalty that put Fulham in control with a reckless challenge on Dempsey inside the penalty box. Struggled to cope with the American's clever movement from an inside left position, although he was always a threat going forward.

  • S. Bassong
    10
    28
    2.50

    S. Bassong

    Did not deserve to be blamed for being part of a ragged Spurs defence that conceded four goals in a half. Guilty more by association than any specific ineptness although he was guilty of losing concentration towards the end.

  • Michael Dawson
    29
    58
    1.50

    Michael Dawson Flop of the Match

    Sent to an early bath following three early defensive shockers in the space of 10 minutes. Twice lost possession near his own goal and both times proved fatal, with his ham-fisted attempt at hauling back Dempsey failing to escape the attention of referee Phil Dowd. Spurs' hopes of staying in the FA Cup effectively departed with him.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    14
    20
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Held his own in a good battle with Duff and was probably the least worst of the five Spurs defenders on show today.

  • Aaron Lennon
    16
    22
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Began on the left flank before reverting to the right but was anonymous on both. Failed to get the service that he craves.

  • Sandro
    21
    15
    3.00

    Sandro

    Deserved some sympathy after being the fall guy in Spurs' reshuffle following Dawson's sending-off. He barely had time to make a challenge or pass.

  • Steven Pienaar
    21
    28
    3.00

    Steven Pienaar

    Neat and balanced in possession, he always made himself available to his colleagues with some good movement. But his little-and-littler partnership with Modric after Sandro was hauled off will not win too many midfield battles.

  • Luka Modric
    18
    20
    2.50

    Luka Modric

    Spurs' ineptness disease even spread to the normally infallible Croatian. Misplaced more passes today than he probably has all season.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    22
    22
    3.00

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Kept possession better than his colleagues and never gave up hope of trying to conjure something special. Subbed after 65 minutes to save his energy for another day.

  • Jermain Defoe
    11
    37
    2.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Isolated, uninvolved and unable to hold the ball up. If he had stayed inside the warmth of the dressing room, no-one would have noticed much difference. Withdrawn at half-time.

Substitutions

  • William Gallas
    18
    20
    2.50

    William Gallas

    Pressed into action following Dawson's sending-off, the Frenchman could do nothing to bring order and discipline to Spurs' chaotic backline.

  • Jermaine Jenas
    18
    20
    3.00

    Jermaine Jenas

    Came closest to reducing the deficit when he shot just wide after being brought on to beef up Spurs' midfield.

  • Peter Crouch
    12
    35
    2.50

    Peter Crouch

    Wasted the one good chance that came his way when he should have headed rather than tried to volley. Sound familiar? Demonstrated why Spurs desperately need an A-list line leader.

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