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FA Cup

  • 30 January 2011
  • • 16:30
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 21829

Live Commentary

  • Here are the final thoughts from Wayne Veysey: "Smiles, standing ovations and cheers galore at a very happy Craven Cottage. A nice touch from the in-house DJ who chose "Cant' take my eyes off you' to accompany the Fulham players as they departed a delirious home arena. It's bitterly cold today by the Thames but this vibrant cup display - and completely deserved scoreline - will have warmed the natives up no end. As for Spurs, they will want to blank out their worst result - and surely worst performance of the season- before they even make it back to the visiting dressing room that so appalls Sir Alex Ferguson. Redknapp's side never recovered from a succession of defensive howlers by Dawson and Hutton in the early exchanges and can have no complaints about their dismal exit from the cup."
  • So Fulham beat Spurs in the FA Cup for the first time in their history, and what a way to do it. 4-0 up at halftime meant that the second half was pretty much a non-event. As bad as Spurs were, nothing should be taken away from Fulham's performance.
  • 90' + 1'
    And that's full time! The referee doesn't even wait the full minute and a huge cheer goes up around Craven Cottage as Harry Redknapp just shakes his head as he walks down the tunnel.
  • 90'
    Into added time now and there is just one minute of it, I haven't seen that for a long, long time. Someone is taking pity of Spurs methinks.
  • 86'
    OFF THE LINE!! Duff takes a corner, directs it towards the penalty spot where Hughes gets up high and heads the ball straight onto the bar, Hangeland picks up the rebound and tries to flick it into the net but Jenas clears off the line.
  • 83'
    And to nearly add more misery to the situation, Bassong manages to mis-kick the ball inside his own area, followed by Gallas who lets the ball roll under his foot. Hardly a stellar defending performance for them today.
  • 82'
    And that sums up Spurs' day. Hutton, who has been busy all day, gets a great cross over to Crouch, the striker heads it down, takes a touch and falls over. There's your match summary.
  • 81'
    And that's former Spurs man Simon Davies that replaces him as Spurs fans head for the exits.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionMousa Dembele Simon Davies
  • 80'
    There's really not much to describe when it comes to onfield action. It is all in the centre of the pitch, 20 yards inside Fulham's half to 20 yards inside Spurs half. Dembele goes off to a standing ovation.
  • 78'
    Now the Fulham fans ironically cheers successful Spurs passes. Here is Veysey with his view on the crowd: "Can we play you every week?" sing the Fulham faithful - an inevitable but understandable refrain. It hasn't got any worse for Spurs in the second half but it was over as a contest long ago. The home side are coasting to victory and the 'oles' are out in force."
  • 76'
    Oles from the Fulham fans, and long overdue. Fairer than the "Champions League, you're having a laugh" chant aimed at the Spurs team and fans earlier.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionDanny Murphy Jonathan Greening
  • 74'
    Greening comes on for Danny Murphy, who surely would have wanted to get a hattrick. Doubt he is too bothered either though.
  • 72'
    Great chance for Spurs! Just on as a substitute, Jenas latches onto a Hutton cross to hit a great volley towards the Fulham goal, but it whistles just wide.
  • 70'
    A short back pass from Pantsil nearly lets Crouch in as the tall striker strides forward to make contact with it, but Stockdale gets to it first a clears. Slight heart in mouth moment for the home side... oh no, they are 4-0 up. Doubt they care.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionAndy Johnson Zoltán Gera
  • 68'
    Fulham substitution. Andy Johnson off, Zoltan Gera on.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionRafael van der Vaart Jermaine Jenas
  • 66'
    Van der Vaart goes off in place of Jenas. That must be Redknapp admitting defeat.
  • 64'
    Another chance for Fulham and Dempsey as the American latches onto a pass from Dembele, but sends his strike over the bar.
  • 62'
    Fulham pass is around their midfield, waitinf for an opening that eventually comes. Dempsey skips past Gallas and goes for placement as he tries to beat Gomes from the edge of the box, but the Brazilian gets down well to tip it wide. That could have been 5-0.
  • 60'
    Pienaar is the next Spurs player to loose possession and Dembele seizes the opportunity to get into the area but the South African makes amends and gets a great challenge in with Johnson begging for the ball.
  • 59'
    A wayward pass from Van der Vaart is cut out and Fulham break again. Duff flys up the right, cuts inside and feeds in Dembele, but Gallas gets his toe in to clear.
  • 57'
    Spurs looking a little bit more composed as Hutton again storms down the right and feeds in Lennon. That's not saying much, and they don't look like scoring any time soon.
  • 55'
    Van der Vaart and Assou-Ekotto work well together down the left-flank and center it for Crouch, but the striker is at the edge of the area so his header just floats into Stockdale's hands. It's too easy for Fulham.
  • 52'
    Fulham are just knocking it around with confidence now, and why shouldn't they be.
  • 50'
    A lung-bursting run from Hutton down the right nearly allows Crouch in before Hangeland knocks it out for a corner. Van der Vaart takes the corner and Hutton nearly carves open another opportunity but again Fulham clear.
  • 48'
    Surely Spurs are just playing for pride now, I can't imagine Redknapp told them anything else at halftime.
  • 47'
    Fulham straight back on the attack as the brilliant Duff gets another ball into the area but Johnson's header goes wide. The tremendously dirty, unsurprisingly, Gomes takes the goal kick.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJermain Defoe Peter Crouch
  • 46'
    And Spurs, reluctantly I'd imagine, get the game back underway. Confirmation of the Crouch on for Defoe substitute. Defoe must have pick up a knock in the first half.
  • It looks like Peter Crouch is going to come on for Defoe, strangely, at the start of the second half. Just about to get back underway.
  • And here is Veysey again with a final note before the second half: "Oh to be a fly in the Spurs' dressing room at half-time. Or even just a spider would do."
  • Here is Wayne Veysey with his halftime thoughts: "The whistle has blown on a truly dramatic opening half at the Cottage. Fulham have been vibrant, creative and so much better than a truly awful Spurs that the gulf between the sides is big enough to fit the number of strikers that Redknapp and Levy have tried to sign during the transfer window. Two penalties, a corner and a fine solo goal by Dembele have effectively knocked 10-man Spurs out of the FA Cup. The only thing the visitors are playing for now is pride and avoiding a cricket score."
  • 45' + 3'
    And that's half-time! Wow, 4-0 to Fulham at the break. Who would've thunk it?! Fulham have never beaten Spurs in the FA Cup, but I think it's fair to say that this will change today.
  • 45' + 1'
    IT'S 4-0 NOW!! Dembele with a fantastic goal, but it's all about Murphy setting up the chance. Modric canters towards the Fulham goal but Murphy tracks him all the way and gets a superb block and in plays it towards Dembele on the halfway line. The striker then turns quickly, trots towards the area, runs around Gallas and slots it into the bottom right-hand corner. Stunning goal.
  • 45'
    Goal Mousa Dembele
  • 45'
    Into stoppage time as Harry Redknapp sees the three minutes on the board, takes a huge intake and exhale of breath and walks back towards of the bench. Don't blame him.
  • 44'
    The run of the game has been: Misplaced pass from Spurs, Fulham pounce, Spurs foul. Freekick Fulham. Strangely entertaining.
  • 42'
    If this game wasn't surprisingly enough already, the linesman now needs attention after a stray piece of mud from Bassong's boot has hit him square in the eye. He's going to be OK though.
  • 40'
    An obviously frustrated Van der Vaart tries his luck from the half way line, it's close be Stockdale has it covered. It hasn't come to that already has it?
  • 38'
    Admittedly, I'm probably clutching at straws with that to be fair.
  • 37'
    The first sign of something remotely positive from Spurs as Modric and Hutton connect well on the right flank and set free Pienaar. The South African's first touch is poor but Van der Vaart collects on the edge of the area, but by that time Fulham have him surrounded and the chance is gone. Nice passing movement from Spurs. A sign of things to come perhaps.
  • 35'
    Yellow Card Damien Duff
  • 34'
    A freekick to Spurs on the edge of the area that Van der Vaart takes. It's as poor as they have been all game though as it doesn't beat the first Fulham defender. Spurs really haven't even begun to get started tonight. Understatement of the season, that.
  • 33'
    In the polar opposite though, Andrew Johnson finds space about 35 yards out and skips towards goal, the Spurs defenders just back off and back off until the striker gets a shot away. Not once did a Spurs defender try to close him down.
  • 31'
    Whenever Spurs get their foot on the ball, there are three Fulham players surrounding the player within seconds. Yes Spurs are a man down and have contributed immensely to their own downfall, but Fulham have be terrific.
  • 29'
    A rare Spurs attack sees Lennon take a short corner and find Modric. The Croatian takes on two players, finds space on the edge of the area but his low shot is wide.
  • 28'
    Spurs fans will be having flashbacks of the Young Boys Champions League tie last August. They were 3-0 down before the half hour mark then aswell.
  • 27'
    Yellow Card Rafael van der Vaart
  • 25'
    Here is Wayne Veysey again: "Start the car, as cricket commentator David Lloyd would say. It's all but over at the Cottage. Tottenham need a Liverpool 2005-style comeback now to maintain their involvement in the domestic cup competitions. Down in the dugout, Harry Redknapp purses his lips, exhales and, presumably, can't wait to get back home. Judging by the pressure being exerted by the home side, it could be about to get even worse."
  • 23'
    Goal Brede Hangeland
  • 23'
    AN IT IS 3-0!! Murphy whips in a freekick, Johnson heads it onto the far post and Hangeland is there to tap into an unguarded net. Surely that's game over already. Spurs' defence have be horrendous.
  • 20'
    Fulham are targeting Spurs' two full-backs, in the form of Hutton and Assou-Ekotto, and getting plenty of positives from it. It could be 3-0 before half-time here, without a doubt.
  • 18'
    Fulham are not giving up as Dempsey goes close to make it 3-0 almost immediately but his half-volley scraps the top of the bar.
  • 17'
    SubstitutionSandro William Gallas
  • 17'
    Harry Redknapp doesn't waste time to change his team around as Sandro makes way for Gallas.
  • 15'
    Here's Wayne Veysey's thoughts on those two penalties: Knows how to take a penalty, that Danny Murphy. Two spot-kicks - one in each corner. Gomes had little chance on either. With Spurs down to 10 men, Fulham have one foot in the next round already. Spurs can't fume too much at either penalty award. Dawson and Hutton were both guilty of poorly timed, over zealous challenges. The natives are not exactly going delirious at the Cottage - more like quietly chuffed. They're banging their wooden seats in the rickety old stand that houses the press box.
  • 14'
    Penalty Goal Danny Murphy
  • 14'
    ...and Murphy converts it with ease for 2-0, sending Gomes and wrong way again. Spurs in all sorts of trouble now. 2-0 down and down to 10 men.
  • 13'
    Red Card Michael Dawson
  • 12'
    IT'S ANOTHER PENALTY TO FULHAM. Dawson again gets caught in possession and Fulham again make no mistake by immediately taking advantage. Dembele flys in the area and looks odds on to score before Dawson drags him down. The referee again spots to the spot and Dawson gets his marching orders.
  • 11'
    Penalty Goal Danny Murphy
  • 11'
    And Danny Murphy steps over the ball... AND SCORES! He powers it past Gomes to celebrate signing a new one-year contract extension in style.
  • 10'
    PENALTY TO FULHAM! Poor defending from Dawson has he gets caught in possession, Fulham pounce and Dempsey breaks forwards from the left into the area and Hutton makes a desperate lunge on the American and the referee immediately points to the spot...
  • 8'
    Fulham finding their feet after a slow opening couple of minutes. A Murphy freekick is played short to Duff, he again twists and turns before finding space to throw a ball into the area but Dempsey can't reach it this time and Gomes collects.
  • 6'
    An uncharacteristic loss of possesion from Modric allows Fulham in. They work it out to the left flank with Salcido, but his centered cross is all kinds of wrong and it flies into row Z... or N, to be fair.
  • 4'
    First chance for Fulham, and it's a great one. Duff trickles his way down the right flank and whips a great cross into the area for Dempsey to get his head to, but the American gets underneath it and it flies over the bar. Great chance.
  • 3'
    Lennon finds space down the left and exchanges passes with Modric as the winger marches into the area, but he is offside when the Croatian returns the pass and the chance is gone.
  • 1'
    And Spurs immediately with the upperhand as Hutton wins a corner. Van der Vaart takes it short and it comes to nothing. Fulham clear with ease.
  • 1'
    And Fulham get us underway! They don't have the best records against Spurs in the FA Cup, with today's away side winning five of the last six meetings between these teams in this competition.
  • The teams are on their way onto the pitch. KIck-off only a couple of minutes away.
  • And with that, we are just under five minutes away from kick-off.
  • Breaking news from Craven Cottage! Wayne Veysey fills us in: "There has been a late change to the Fulham substitutes' bench. Chris Baird has been replaced by Jonathan Greening."
  • In an interesting change from the norm, the FA Cup draw for the 5th Round as taken place before this game. So in a breaking news style scoop, the winner of this tie will be at home against the winners of the replay between Bolton and Wigan.
  • So Stockdale continues to deputise for the absent Schwarzer in goal for Fulham, with Sidwell making his second appearance after Etuhu remains out after picking up an injury against Stoke a couple of weeks ago. Gomes and Assou-Ekotto return after missing the Newcastle game last week. Sandro makes a rare start in central midfield and Pienaar continues out wide left as Bale remains sidelined with a back injury.
  • Spurs: Gomes; Hutton, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Sandro, Pienaar; Van der Vaart; Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Corluka, Gallas, Jenas, Kranjcar, Pavlyuchenko, Crouch.
  • First of all, the line-ups... Fulham: Stockdale; Salcido, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes; Sidwell, Murphy, Duff, Dempsey; Johnson, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Baird, Gera, Kamara, Dikgacoi, Davies.
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