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0 vs 3
Played
December 1, 2012 4:00 PM WAT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 25426‎
 
 
Sandro 56′
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 0-3 Tottenham

An awful gaffe from Mark Schwarzer gave Spurs a second-half lead they built on in stylish fashion, with Jermain Defoe bagging a clinical double to wrap up a fine victory

By Liam Twomey at Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer
    0
    1
    1.50

    Mark Schwarzer Flop of the Match

    Rarely tested in the first half, he made a horrible gaffe to allow Sandro's hopeful long-range strike to deceive him. Could do little about Defoe's double.

  • John Arne Riise
    1
    0
    2.50

    John Arne Riise

    Lennon enjoyed little substantial success on his flank and he got forward well to give his team an attacking outlet, most notably when he crossed low for Petric in the first half.

  • Philippe Senderos
    0
    3
    1.50

    Philippe Senderos

    Sold a big dummy by Dempsey early on, and might have been a little more ambitious in possession. Could perhaps have been quicker to close Sandro down for the opener, and looked clumsy when turned by Sigurdsson for Spurs' decisive second.

  • Aaron Hughes
    1
    0
    2.00

    Aaron Hughes

    Did well in the first half, but couldn't handle the movement of Defoe and Dempsey after the break.

  • Sascha Riether
    1
    0
    2.50

    Sascha Riether

    Handled the threat of Bale fairly well until he was forced off with injury half an hour in.

  • Steve Sidwell
    0
    1
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Used the ball efficiently and intelligently and generally picked the right moments to get forward. Missed a good chance to open the scoring when he shanked wide following good work from Petric just after the interval.

  • Mahamadou Diarra
    1
    0
    2.50

    Mahamadou Diarra

    Anchored Fulham’s midfield with poise and assurance, ensuring most of the headway Tottenham made came down the flanks. Went missing for Spurs' third, but by then the game was already lost.

  • Kerim Frei
    2
    0
    2.50

    Kerim Frei

    Showed moments of nice footwork and trickery, but was never involved as much as Dejagah on the opposite flank.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    4
    0
    3.00

    Ashkan Dejagah

    Kept the width well on the right flank and clipped several dangerous crosses in. A natural right-footer, he provided a different threat from the man he replaced, Damien Duff.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    5
    1
    3.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Handed the captain’s armband against his former club, he lit up the match with some delightful touches, although he strangely carried little goal threat himself.

  • Mladen Petric
    1
    0
    2.50

    Mladen Petric

    His clever movement earned him two of his side’s best chances, but poor finishing let him down both times.

Substitutions

  • Stephen Kelly
    0
    2
    2.50

    Stephen Kelly

    Solid defensively having replaced Riether 20 minutes in, but didn’t offer his team too much going forward.

  • Damien Duff
    1
    0
    3.00

    Damien Duff

    Replaced Frei on the hour and produced several dangerous crosses which his team-mates were unable to convert.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    1
    1
    2.50

    Hugo Rodallega

    Came on for Petric with 11 minutes left but, aside from one fairly tame header, he failed to test Lloris.

  • Hugo Lloris
    8
    0
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Made one routine stop to deny Petric, and that was pretty much all a wasteful Fulham attack could muster by way of a test.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    7
    0
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Didn’t rampage forward as much as we’re used to seeing, but generally shackled Dejagah quite well. Had a bit more trouble with the lively Duff, though.

  • Kyle Naughton
    4
    0
    2.50

    Kyle Naughton

    Dealt with the threat of Frei well enough, but Riise’s tendency to overlap caused him several worrying moments.

  • Michael Dawson
    4
    0
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    Had little time to settle into the game before he was forced off with injury less than 20 minutes in.

  • Steven Caulker
    5
    0
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    A calming presence in defence alongside both Dawson and Gallas, and was rarely beaten in the air.

  • Aaron Lennon
    2
    1
    2.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Often drifted in off the right flank but without great effect, and didn’t show much of the blistering pace which makes him such a thorn in the side for full-backs everywhere.

  • Gareth Bale
    2
    1
    2.00

    Gareth Bale

    Booked for diving – again – in the first half, this was not his most influential afternoon, and his suffering only increased when he picked up a hamstring injury just after the hour and had to be replaced by Sigurdsson.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    14
    0
    3.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Offered his usual blend of power and grace in the middle of the park, rarely giving the ball away but rarely threatening the opposition goal either.

  • Sandro
    9
    0
    3.00

    Sandro

    Imposed himself on the midfield battle with his usual gusto, and his strike for the goal was a decent one, although even he must have been surprised to see it go in.

  • Clint Dempsey
    13
    2
    3.50

    Clint Dempsey

    The boos from the Fulham faithful seemed only to galvanise him, and he rarely put a foot wrong. His finishing touch deserted him, but his link-up play was first-rate, and his pass through to Defoe for his side’s third was surgical in its accuracy.

  • Jermain Defoe
    14
    0
    4.00

    Jermain Defoe Top of the Match

    Anonymous in the first half, he grew in influence as the level of service to him improved, and took his goals with typical calm and assurance.

Substitutions

  • William Gallas
    5
    0
    3.00

    William Gallas

    Solid after his unexpected introduction in place of the injured Dawson, acquitting himself well in the air and on the floor.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    14
    0
    3.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Replaced the ineffective Bale with half an hour left and created the decisive second goal, neatly turning Senderos before putting a chance on a plate for Defoe.

  • Thomas Carroll
    5
    0

    Thomas Carroll

    Came on for Dembele with six minutes left when the game was already won.

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