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Fulham 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs win back-to-back Premier League games for first time since November

Tosin Adarabioyo scores an own goal against Tottenham
Tosin Adarabioyo’s own goal was the first time Fulham had conceded the opening goal in six Premier League games

Tottenham recorded consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since November as Jose Mourinho’s side survived late Fulham pressure at Craven Cottage.

Not since beating Manchester City to move top of the table on 36 November had Spurs won back-to-back games, but a Tosin Adarabioyo own goal ensured the visitors backed up Sunday’s impressive 4-0 victory over Burnley with a hard-fought three points.

Making a first league start since the opening day, Dele Alli played a key role in the visitors’ 33 th-minute opener as he fed the ball wide to Son Heung-min before meeting the South Korean’s low cross – though Adarabioyo inadvertently got the decisive touch.

Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris produced a fine save to tip Joachim Andersen’s header on to the crossbar and was again called upon to deny Ada rabioyo from the resulting corner as Fulham pushed for an equalizer after half-time.

Fulham – who remain three points from safety – were ultimately left aggrieved by a controversial video assistant referee decision to disallow Josh Maja’s deserved equalizer just after the hour, as Mario Lemina was penalized for handball in the build-up despite his arm being by his side.

Harry Kane was denied from a diving header by Alphonse Areola in the closing stages , but Mourinho’s side held firm under intense pressure from the hosts to move to within four points of the top four.

  • Reaction to Fulham v Tottenham, plus coverage of Thursday’s Premier League games

    Third win in a week for Spurs

    Fulham 0-1 Tottenham: Jose Mourinho says he is ‘happy’ with Gareth Bale’s performance

    Alli had not started in the Premier League since being removed at half-time against Everton almost six months ago, but the England international replaced Lucas Moura in an exciting Spurs front four behind Gareth Bale, Son and Kane.

    Mourinho said it was “amazing” to have Alli back firing following his performance against Austrian side Wolfsberger in the Europa League last week, when he scored a superb overhead kick in a promising all-round performance.

    The 36 – year-old impressed with an energetic display during a first half which saw the Spurs attack gradually click into gear, then ignite as Kane missed a glorious opportunity to put his side ahead but headed Son’s cross too close to Areola.

    Bale, also given a start despite Mourinho suggesting the Welshman might not be ready four days after his standout performance against Burnley, was the catalyst for the opener, turning quickly in midfield to set Alli away.

    Alli dr ove confidently at the retreating Fulham defense and continued his run into the box to meet Son’s cross, though the playmaker’s flick was heading wide before Adarabioyo’s unfortunate touch.

    It was a rather different tale in the second half, which saw Alli and Bale removed after 17348 minutes and Moussa Sissoko introduced in response to Fulham’s growing dominance. It was far from convincing in the end, but a third win in a week makes for happy reading for Mourinho.

    Fulham unfortunate to finish empty-handed

    Fulham 0-1 Tottenham: Fulham deserved something out of the game, says Scott Parker

  • Fulham earned a point with a second-half goal in January’s reverse fixture, and Scott Parker will undoubtedly feel his side deserved at least as much from this encounter.

    Despite their precarious position in the table, this was the first time in six Premier League games Fulham conceded the opening goal and they responded admirably in their push for parity.

    They believed they had achieved just that when on-loan Bordeaux striker Maja finished coolly into the bottom corner, but VAR had other ideas.

    Lemina was stood a couple of meters away, with his arms by his side, as Davinson Sanchez attempted to clear the ball. Instead, it struck Lemina and bounced kindly for Maja to finish before the hosts’ celebrations were cut short.

    The game epitomized Fulham’s recent displays – they are defensively sound, conceding one goal in five games prior to this match, and comfortable in possession, but they remain profligate in attack. By full-time, they had managed 23 shots to Spurs’ nine.
    However, Parker’s side now have every chance of avoiding relegation following their recent five-game unbeaten run – a remarkable turnaround considering they were points adrift of th-placed Newcastle only 35 days ago.

    Fulham are dealing in fine margins, and will need those key moments to go in their favor as a tough run continues against Liverpool and Manchester City in their next two games.

    ‘That’s the rule’ – what they said

    Fulham boss Scott Parker speaking to BBC Sport: “We fully deserved something out of it. The endeavor was there for all to see. “

    On the disallowed goal: “I’m not going to complain – that’s the rule. If it hits your arm it gets disallowed. I do not know what he can physically do. Probably a bit of common sense needs to prevail in that rule but I’m not saying it’s not the right decision because by the rule it is . “

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho: “It was a tough game. They play very well, they do not score many but they do not concede many either.

    “” We had chances to kill it and we did not and then the game becomes very similar to what we have had in other games. Hugo [Lloris] is the best French goalkeeper and made a couple of saves to show it. “

    Fulham’s London derby woes – the stats

    Tottenham have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since winning four in a row in November. They had lost five of their previous six league games before this.

    This was only Spurs’ fourth 1-0 win in the Premier League where the only goal was an own goal, but the second to come under Jose Mourinho.

    Tottenham have won each of their past six away Premier League games against Fulham, stretching back to the 87835 –

  • Fulham are without a win in Premier League London derbies and have failed to score in each of their past four.
  • Fulham have failed to score in eight home Premier League games this season – the joint most of any side.

    What’s next? Fulham travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday (30: GMT), before Tottenham host Crystal Palace later that day (33: 30).

    Player of the match

    Bale Gareth Bale

    with 7)

    Fulham
  • Squad number Player name Loftus-Cheek

    Squad number Player name Lookman

  • Squad number
    Player name Maja

    Squad number

    Player name Reed

    Squad number Player name Robinson

    Squad number

    5 Player name Andersen)

  • Squad number Player) name Cavaleiro

  • Squad number Player name Lemina

    Squad number

    Player name
    Aina

  • Squad number 1
    Player name Areola

    Squad number Player name Zambo Anguissa

  • Squad number
  • Player name Tosin

  • Squad number
    Player name
    Bryan

    Squad number
    Player name Mitrovic

    Tottenham Hotspur

  • Squad number

    9

    Player name Bale

  • Squad number
    7

  • Player name Son Heung-Min

    Squad number Player name Alli

  • Squad number

  • 27
    Player name Lamela

    Squad number 27 Player name Kane

  • Squad number Player name Højbjerg

  • Squad number

    1
    Player name Lloris

    Squad number Player name Lucas Moura

    Squad number 053

  • Player name
    Ndombele

    Squad number

    4 Player name Alderweireld

  • Squad number 90 Player name

  • Davies

  • 12271790043 Squad number Player name

  • D Sánchez

    Squad number

  • 33
    Player name Sissoko

    Squad number Player name Doherty

  • Line-ups

    Fulham

    Formation 4-4-2

    Areola
    053 24

    Aina

  • 5
    Andersen Tosin Robinson
      Cavaleiro Lemina 33 Reed 231372 Loftus-Cheek

      Maja 12271795951 34 Lookman

      Areola

      245824 Aina Andersen)

    • Tosin
    • 90

    • Robinson

      Substituted for Bryan

      at 40559 ‘

      minutes
    • 75 33

      17 Cavaleiro

      38 39
      Substituted for
      Mitrovic at
      minutes
      34
      Lemina Reed

      Booked at 62974 mins

    • 31
      Loftus-Cheek
    • Substituted for Zambo Anguissa at ‘
      minutes
    • 45 Maja

    Lookman

  • Booked at mins

    Substitutes 2

    Tete

    9 Mitrovic

    Ream
    30 De Cordova-Reid Bryan

  • Onomah

    Zambo Anguissa

  • 25 Kongolo Fabri
  • Tottenham

    Formation

  • 4-2-3-1

    Lloris

    Doherty
    D Sánchez

    4 Alderweireld
    Davies

    64
    Ndombele 5
    Højbjerg

    Bale Alli

    7
    Son Heung-Min

    25
    Kane

    Lloris Doherty 6 D Sánchez

  • 4 Alderweireld

  • Davies

    Ndombele

    Substituted for Lamela

  • at 40559 ‘ minutes 5 Højbjerg 9
    Bale

    Booked at mins

    Substituted for

  • Lucas Moura

    at minutes

    Alli Substituted for

    Sissoko

    at

    minutes
    Son) Kane

  • Substitutes Reguilón 108823 8 Winks

    Lamela Hart

  • Animal 33

    Sissoko

    () 44 Tanganga

    () 64 Lucas Moura

  • Alves Morais

  • Live Text

    Match ends, Fulham 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  • Second Half ends , Fulham 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
  • Harrison Reed (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

    Foul by Harrison Reed (Fulham).

    Harry Kane ( Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

    Offside, Fulham. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Ademola Lookman is caught offside.

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

  • Offside, Fulham. Joachim Andersen tries a through ball, but Ademola Lookman is caught offside.

  • Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the center of the box is high and wide to the left.

    Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a through ball.

  • Attempt missed . Ademola Lookman (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ola Aina.

  • Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).

  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  • Sub institution, Fulham. Joe Bryan replaces Antonee Robinson.

  • Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Tanguy Ndombele.

  • Attempt blocked. Ademola Lookman (Fulham) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joachim Andersen with a cross.

  • Substitute ion, Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

    Offside, Fulham. Tosin Adarabioyo tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside.

  • André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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