Tottenham defeated Fulham with goals from Paulinho, Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul in a good all-round team performance. Who earned their ‘Spurs’ in the London derby at White Hart Lane?
A win is a win whoever it is against, and Fulham, despite their lowly position in danger of relegation, showed endeavour and application which forced Spurs to lift their game to overcome the challenge presented by their west London rivals.
Fulham were quick in the tackle and in the early stages, Spurs were wanting too much time on the ball as the visitors defended in depth and then looked to break quickly in support of Hugo Rodallega who kept the Spurs defence on their toes. Zeki Fryers put in an impressive performance against the lively striker and when he was beaten Hugo Lloris came to his rescue with an outstanding save from a header just after Spurs had regained the lead at the start of the second half. This was one of a number of important saves made by the French international goalkeeper which ensured Tottenham went on to take the three points. He made a save early in the game to keep the game level before either side had scored and then with Spurs 3 – 1 ahead, he saved Steve Sidwell’s penalty and pulled off another couple of saves in the final minutes.
Having been critical of Younes Kaboul last week, credit to him for a much steadier, controlled game. He was solid defensively and more restrained in his urges to get forward and be everywhere. He played the captain’s role by scoring the third goal from Christian Eriksen’s free-kick after an hour.
Eriksen made Fulham play for their problem when facing set-pieces this season, with 2 more assists from a corner and a free-kick in another good display. Paulinho had, probably, his best game for Tottenham with his total contribution and his first goal at White Hart Lane. Initially, he struggled with Fulham’s quick tackling and with so many players in midfield but he lifted his game to meet the challenge and worked tremendously hard all over the pitch.Like Paulinho, Aaron Lennon found it difficult to make an impression early on but had more influence later in the game. He had a shot well saved in the first half and then created the goal for Harry Kane who has taken his chance in the team. He scored his goal with a header for his third in three successive games and his powerful running proved troublesome to the Fulham defenders.
Tottenham worked hard to meet and overcome the challenge presented by Fulham and will need similar application in the final games of the season at Stoke, West Ham and in the final home game against Aston Villa.
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