Spurs are routed by the river

Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Craven Cottage – Report

Fulham 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur passed up an opportunity to enhance their Premier League top-four hopes following a heavy three-goal defeat to a fired-up Fulham side at Craven Cottage.

Lilywhites boss, Ange Postecoglou was under no delusions as to the task ahead of his side: “A tough one, particularly there at Craven Cottage,” he warned ahead of kick-off. 

“And Marco, whatever team he has, has them well organised, and he’s got them scoring some goals recently. 

“Their front three are a threat for sure so there are some obvious strengths there. But no different to last week for us. 

“We have to play to our capabilities, but if we do and have that same sort of focus on our football then we’re going to be hard to stop.”

But it was the home side who cantered to a comfortable victory on the banks of the Thames. Rodrigo Muniz’s right-footed strike gave the hosts a half-time advantage which was doubled just after the hour mark when Sasa Lukic started and finished a move involving Willian and Timothy Castagne.

Muniz’s second killed the contest. Tottenham had won each of their last seven Premier League visits to the Cottage. Postecoglou offered an honest assessment, saying: “I think the first half was even enough, we had enough of the play, we had enough of the chances. 

“We conceded a bad goal but there’s nothing there I didn’t think we couldn’t overcome. But the second half after we conceded the second one we just didn’t reach the levels of intensity and tempo we’ve had all year. 

“Then it was very hard for us to get any kind of control or traction in the game. It seemed like we were chasing the whole time. It was a disappointing night for us.”

Tottenham Hotspur return to Premier League action on Saturday, March 30, when Luton Town visit N17 (3pm).

Fulham: Leno (Capt), Castagne (Tete 82′), Tosin, Bassey, Robinson, Palhinha, Lukic (Reed 82′, Willian, Pereira (Wilson 72′), Iwobi (De-Cordova-Reid 82′), Muniz (Jimenez 64′) Subs not used: Rodak, Ream, Cairney, Traore

Tottenham Hotspur: Vicario, Pedro Porro, Romero, Dragusin, Udogie, Sarr (Werner 66′), Bissouma (Hojbjerg 66′), Maddison (Bentancur 66′), Kulusevski, Son (Capt) (Lo Celso 87′), Johnson (Richarlison 80′) Subs not used: Austin, Royal, Davies, Skipp

Referee: Rob Jones

Assistants: Ian Hussin and Wade Smith

Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

VAR: David Coote

Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton

Attendance: 24,410

Brian Jeeves

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