Who Earned Their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ Against Fulham?

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[Photo: Alan Hill]

Tottenham came from behind with two goals from Vlad Chiriches and substitute Lewis Holtny to take all three points against Fulham at Craven Cottage last night. Which players deserved their ‘Spurs’ for their part in this win?

Spurs had a tough evening down beside the Thames against a Fulham side who belied their lowly League position with a fighting performance for their new manager. For a team in 18th position they played with a confidence and determination that was often missing from the Spurs’ display and which required Hugo Lloris to be at his best in the Tottenham goal. The Spurs goalkeeper has rarely been tested this season but Fulham found their way through with former player Dimitar Berbatov bringing a number of saves from the French captain.

Having gone behind in the second half Spurs kept going and Lewis Holtby who replaced Etienne Capoue at half-time kept probing away against a well organised Fulham defence and eventually came up with a stunning winner. Taking a pass from Kyle Walker on the right he went past defenders and powered a shot into the net to give the goalkeeper no chance.

The main threat from Spurs came when Aaron Lennon and Walker were both on the right wing. Spurs finished the first half strongly when Erik Lamela went to the left allowing Lennon onto the right. Spurs did create a number of good goalscoring opportunities but the Fulham goalkeeper denied them with outstanding saves, especially from a header by Paulinho just after Holtby’s winner. Spurs were also wasteful with Paulinho and Jermain Defoe being no more successful in front of goal than Roberto Soldado has been this season, although Defoe did get some efforts on goal and tested the goalkeeper. The Brazilian could have scored in the first half but shot over having worked his way into a good position.

Who Earned their Tottenham ‘Spurs’?

Topics: Hugo Lloris, Lewis Holtby, Soccer, Spurs, Tottenham Hotspur

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  • Tony Borg

    Things are looking up, are you having a laugh?, you got dead lucky that Hugo Lloris was in fine form and got you out of jail and probably saved your job. We were playing a team who are going down and in the bottom three and we struggled for most of the match. You tactics suck. Inverted wingers don’t work and you keep playing them, the only one that did work was Gareth Bale, you seem to think we have a team of Gareth Bale’s. We play Sunderland next, the team bottom, I’ll take a bet with anyone we don’t walk away from the Stadium of Light with three points.

    • Logan Holmes

      Where did I say ‘things are looking up’?

      We took the 3 points, we won and were grateful for that with Hugo Lloris showing why we bought him, just as Tim Krul did for Newcastle at WHL.

      It was a tough game for Spurs and Sunderland will make it equally difficult on Saturday.

  • Darron Farmer

    It was a struggle last night, fans and followers are still struggling to understand AVB tactics and selection, Hugo played fantastic and possibly kept us in the game, Vlads goal was a little bit of luck we needed to get back into the game, Lamela on the left made a difference and Lewis’s goal just goes to prove what he has in his locker, he plays with passion desire and never stops working for the team, i hope on saturday we beat sunderland but to do that we need wingers playing on the correct side, and more guile and guts in our build up, i dont think champions league is a step to far as long as AVB uses last night as a positive step forward and doesnt mess about with the selection for saturday. Berba would indeed be a good addition to us even in the short term, we all know what he is capable of and would not cost much at all. COYS

    • Logan Holmes

      It was a close call against a Fulham side lifted by the appointment of a new manager, their display was unrecognisable from what they have shown in past weeks. We hung in there thanks to Lloris and got the break we needed with Chiriches goal.
      Berbatov would be an interesting signing, as I suggest in tomorrow’s blog. COYS

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