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November 6, 2011
• Craven Cottage, London
Referee: P. Walton
• Attendance: 25698
FULL TIME! Tottenham go level with Chelsea, but not after a scare in the second half from Fulham who'll be wondering how they didn't claim a point at the end.
90' + 4'
Assist Emmanuel Adebayor
90' + 4'
Goal Jermain Defoe
GOAL! Tottenham finally secure the three points as Adebayor cuts the ball back to Defoe, who from just inside the area fires the ball off of Kelly and into the net.
90' + 4'
Friedel once again comes to the rescue as he saves a chance from Hangeland after the corner had come in from the left wing.
90' + 2'
Fulham have about four chances to get back on level terms as a ruck of players met just outside the goal, with Dempsey and Etuhu having efforts and Walker seeming to have handled the ball, but it goes out for a corner.
Parker decides to take matters into his own hands and races forward into the box for Spurs, but before he could get a shot off Sidwell powered him off the ball.
Spurs are looking to keep possession of the ball for the reminder of the game, but neither of their front two of Adebayor or Defore can keep a hold of the ball.
Ruiz has a free kick from the right which fails to beat the first man, then the rebound also does the same, much to the frustration of the home support.
Zamora comes in from the right, towards goal and unleashes a strike which Friedel, once again does well in order to save his side.
Walker sprints down the right wing, before cutting inside and crossing into the box, but Fulham manage to clear the danger.
A cross from the right by Kelly finds Dempsey inside the box, but the Fulham midfielder's header goes straight into the arms of Friedel in the Spurs goal.
Appeals for handball by the home support as the corner hits Parker on the right arm, but the referee refuses to award the spot kick.
A golden opportunity for Fulham as Ruiz plays a through ball to Dempsey, who rounds his international colleague, but King manages to get a touch to put the ball out for a corner.
Both Bond and Jordan look worried figures on the Tottenham bench as their side look the opposite of what they were like in the first half and giving Fulham chance after chance.
Yellow Card Younes Kaboul
Murphy rolls a free kick to Baird, who powers a shot from the edge of the area that Friedel has to do well in order to get down to, to save his side.
Rafael van der Vaart
Fulham are now looking the side most likely to score as they attack in wave after wave looking to get the leveller.
Dembele goes close to giving Fulham an equaliser as he goes close with a strike from just inside the area, that Friedel does well to save.
Wayne Veysey: "A cracking atmosphere here at the Cottage after Kaboul's own goal gave the home side a deserved lifeline. The stands are bouncing with the chant 'Come on Fulham' as the 25,000 souls crammed into this wonderfully atmospheric stadium sniff a famous comeback."
Own Goal Younes Kaboul
GOAL! From the corner from the right wing Fulham finally get back into the game as both Hangeland and Kaboul rise for the ball and it hits off of the Tottenham defender and into the net.
Dempsey is next to try his luck from the edge of the area, but the American's strike is deflected for yet another corner.
Fulham continue their pressure with Zamora trying his luck, but once again a Spurs player gets in the way, in the shape of Kaboul, who puts the ball out for a corner.
The corner from the left lands plum on the head of Hangeland, but Friedel does well to palm the ball away for another corner.
Fulham almost get back into the game as a superb passing move leads to the ball leading at Duff's feet on the edge of the ares, but his shot is deflected for a corner.
Bale races in with the ball on the right hand side, but his shot is easily saved by Schwarzer in the Fulham goal.
Kaboul and King nearly get into a mix up as they fail to deal with a Zamora cross, but with no Fulham players around they somehow manage to clear.
Fulham get the second half underway.
Wayne Veysey: "Spurs' second goal, brilliantly conceived and executed by Lennon, on the stroke of half-time was a hammer blow for Fulham, who have dominated much of the opening period. The home side have struggled to match the cutting edge of the visitors, who have scored with their only two attacks of real merit. If Spurs hold on to this lead, what a tonic it will be for manager Harry Redknapp, who is not at Craven Cottage today."
HALF TIME! After seven minutes injury time the players go off with a subdued home support, due to both the two goals they've conceded and the injury to Grygera.
45' + 4'
Grygera looks like he's going to be stretchered off after twisting his leg in a challenge with Bale.
45' + 1'
Assist Gareth Bale
45' + 1'
Goal Aaron Lennon
GOAL! A superb one-two between Lennon and Bale allows Lennon to race forward, he cuts inside the back out, leaving Baird for dead before smashing the ball into the Fulham goal.
Spurs are now just trying top keep a hold of the ball as they look to go in at half time with a one goal lead.
Zamora has a free kick from the edge of the area which lands up with the Tottenham fans behind the goal who taunt the striker as he makes his way back.
The game has seemed to die somewhat, with both sides happy enough to keep possession in the midfield area and not looking to go forward.
Wayne Veysey: "Parker is having more running repairs down on the touchline after taking an accidental whack on the nose from Sidwell eaelier in the game. He has been leaking some blood from the bridge of his nose, which has necessitated the magic sponge from the physio. The midfielder is sure to be sporting a big shiner tomorrow morning."
Another promising move for Fulham comes to an end after a Duff cross is deflected by King, then Zamora fails to capitalise by eventually putting the ball out for a throw in.
Friedel tries to give his manager another trip to the hospital as he comes out of his area to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick in the left back position.
Lennon races down the right and tries to cross towards Bale, but the ball deflects off of Riise and into the grateful arms of Schwarzer in the Fulham goal.
Another Fulham attack comes to an end as Zamora can't get on the end of a cross from the left to get Fulham back into the game.
Goal.com's Wayne Veysey at Craven Cottage: "Spurs have done a good job of silencing the home fans in this tight-packed stadium. It appears as if Chris Baird will be credited with the goal, as Bale's slap-shot from an impossibly tight angle deflected off the defender positioned on the line. Friedel has made three good saves for the visitors in what has been an entertaining open quarter. Modric has also been unable to dictate the tempo, which will give Fulham encouragement they can find an equaliser."
Ball played through to the onrushing Dempsey, but his shot is well saved by Friedel, who puts the ball out for a corner.
Spurs are chasing in packs, looking to put the Fulham defence under pressure and they nearly done so as the ball bounced off of Bale from a Murphy clearance, but the visitors couldn't capitalise.
Scott Parker has had to be taken to the sidelines with a nose injury, much to the annoyance of the home support.
Spurs have come to Craven Cottage meaning business, with the majority of the possession and that helped lead to the first goal.
Duff has a corner for Fulham that makes it way to Riise, but his shot goes over the bar.
Assist Aaron Lennon
Goal Gareth Bale
GOAL! Walker cuts the ball back from the by-line to Lennon, who's cross finds Bale, who smashes the ball in off of Baird to open the scoring.
Cross comes in from the left for Fulham and Dempsey clashes with Friedel in the air, but both Americans eventually get up.
Schwarzer nearly costs Fulham as he attempts to punch out a corner from the left wing, but fortunately for the big Aussie there is no Spurs players nearby to take advantage of the error and the home side clear.
Friedel is called into action again, to smother the ball after Grygera attempts to find Duff inside the box.
Riise has the first chance as his shot is deflected for a corner, with Sidwell's header for that corner being saved on the line by Friedel to keep the sides level.
Tottenham get the game underway.
Tottenham subs are: Cudicini (GK) Bassong, Corluka, Livermore, Pienaar, Sandro, Defoe.
The Tottenham starting line-up is: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale; Van der Vaart; Adebayor.
Fulham subs: Etheridge (GK) Kelly, Kasami, Ruiz, Etuhu, Frei, Briggs
The Fulham starting line-up is as follows: Schwarzer; Grygera, Baird, Hangeland, J Riise; Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey; Dembele, Zamora
The White Hart Lane side will be without manager Harry Redknapp as he recovers from minor heart surgery, which means both Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan will be looking after the side.
Tottenham have gone eight games undefeated in the Premier League, having only lost to both Manchester City and United this season.
The main problem for Martin Jol’s side is the amount of games they have drawn, picking up a single point in four of their ten league fixtures this season.
Although Fulham are sitting just outside the relegation zone, they have only suffered defeat once at Craven Cottage this season, during their last home game against Everton.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Fulham vs. Tottenham in the Premier League, my name is Matthew Harold and I’ll be guiding you through the next 90 minutes.
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