Tom Huddlestone refused to be denied by the assistants flag and his 25 yard effort – with as many minutes remaining – was enough to give Harry Redknapps men all 3 points at Craven Cottage ….. and sentence Mark Hughes’ side to their first defeat of the season.
With the visitors having the better of the opening exchanges it was against the run of play that Diomansy Kamara put the cottagers in front on the half hour mark. Dempsey’s trickery beating both King and Gallas before the US international drove a low ball across the box for the Senegalese to tap into an empty net.
Parity was restored less than a minute after the restart though, Van der Vaart’s sublime first touch in the box, killing a high ball in and spinning with his back to goal before dinking a superb chip over Schwarzer that hit the bar, Pavlyuchenko on hand to tap in.
With the scores level at the mid way point, Aaron Lennon was brought on to replace the Brazilian Sandro, a move that paid dividends as the game progressed, the England wingers pace proving troublesome on a number of occasions throughout the second half.
After decent chances for both Pavlyuchenko (from a Lennon cross) and Lennon himself, Tom Huddlestone ensured Spurs made the short trip home with all 3 points in the bag.
Gareth Bale played a corner out to the England midfielder in a central position – around 25 yards out – who then drilled a low effort through a crowd of players into the bottom left corner of Mark Schwarzers net. A flag from the referees assistant initially threatened to cancel out the strike, William Gallas adjudged to be in an offside position and to have made contact with the ball on it’s way through. However after appeals from Huddlestone himself, the referee was convinced to overrule his assistant and award what turned out to be the decisive effort!
Fulham pressed in the latter stages, but the Spurs back line held firm – the win moving Harry Redknapps side into joint fourth place on goal difference behind Arsenal.Follow @TrfficTottenham