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Fulham 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Don’t say it too loud, but Tottenham appear to be coming good again!
Bewildered supporters, a beleaguered manager and underachieving players have been traded for hope, expectation and a pinch of panache as the Llywhites recorded their third successive victory with as many clean sheets to boot.
Sure, this one wasn’t as comfortable as those recorded over Wolfsberger ad Burnley – it was never likely to be. Hosts, Fulham – fighting for their lives but providing some impressive football under Scott Parker – were not about to fold any time soon.
The only goal arrived midway through the opening period. A bright and breezy Dele Alli flicked on Heung-Min Son’s ball in from the left – Cottagers defender, Adarabioyo, doing the unfortunate honours to seal the deal.
Although Fulham asked considerable questions of the North Londoners. A typical, Mourinho-like grit ensured a maximum haul. The game to the top four now five points with a game in hand offering an opportunity to close the gap further.
Unbreached and victorious, boss, Joe Mourinho was bullish but balanced: “important win,” the Portuguese chief explained.
“Of course, we need points and of course three better than one. I believe that we really showed from the first minute that we were coming for that. The first half was a good half for us.
Mourinho continued: “The second half was harder. They put some pressure on us but I believe that when we made the changes we brought new energy and dynamic into the team. We brought danger to the other side.
“Even being a solid block to defend we were the team with the best chances to score in the last ten minutes.”
Spurs return to Premier League action on Sunday, March 7 when Crystal Palace visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (7:15pm).
Fulham: Areola, Aina, Andersen (Capt), Adarabioyo, Robinson (Bryan 75’), Lemina, Reed, Lookman, Loftus-Cheek (Zambo Anguissa 64’), Cavaleiro (Mitrovic 71’), Maja Subs not used: Fabri, Tete, Ream, Decordova-Reid, Onomah, Kongolo.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Doherty, Alderwerield, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Ndombele (Lamela 75’), Bale (Lucas 67’), Dele (Sissoko 67’), Son, Kane Subs not used: Hart, Tanganga, Dier, Reguilon, Winks, Vinicius.
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Dan Cook and Nick Hopton
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes
VAR: Jarred Gillett
Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup