Captain celebrated signing new one-year contract extension with brace
Fulham went 2-0 up inside 15 minutes when first Alan Hutton, and then Michael Dawson conceded penalties, with the latter seeing red for his actions, and Murphy scored both with ease.
Fulham didn’t stop there though. Just eight minutes later it was 3-0 when Andrew Johnson flicked on a Murphy corner for Brede Hangeland to tap into the net. Things only got worse for the away side as Mousa Dembele made it 4-0 on the stroke of half-time after a fine run from the half-way line before slotting home from the edge of the area.
The second half was more subdued until the final five minutes when Hangeland had an effort cleared off the line before Clint Dempsey fired just over when put through to wrap up a thoroughly deserved victory for Fulham, and an equally deserved loss for Spurs.
“We tried to put them under pressure, [it was a] thoroughly deserved win. The game was won by half-time effectively and some clinical finishing and great goal from Moussa [Dembele],” Murphy told ESPN.
“[We are] Very satisfied because we haven’t beaten Tottenham in a while and they knocked us out of the [FA] Cup last year so we owed them one really.
“We didn’t play the big men and they usually play a big man against us at the top. So we pressed them a little bit higher, tried to encourage them to play longer balls.
“Hangeland worked tirelessly in the first half, obviously because we got the goals we could relax a bit in the second half but everyone’s delighted, we’ll rest now going onto the game on Wednesday coming up against Newcastle”.
Fulham now have a home tie against either Bolton or Wigan in the fifth round lined up, and Murphy is looking forward to progressing in the legendary competition.
He added: “You see what it meant to the fans and people say what magic of the FA Cup is gone and I think that showed today that it certainly hasn’t.
“To be honest at the moment we’re just fine we’ve all the goals we can get in the Premier League. We had a tough start to the season, [and now we] seem to be playing a lot better recently.
“It’s nice to be progressing in the FA Cup, Cup gives confidence. Personally I couldn’t care less if I scored again, it’s nice to score but we’ve got enough players who can do that.”