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.