Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham: Match Report

A late second half goal from Ivan Cavaleiro sees a share of the points as Tottenham draw to Fulham.

With Spurs set to face Aston Villa in their next fixture, it was only two days before hand that the Premier League decided otherwise.

The game that was supposed to be played on December the 30th, was rescheduled and instead Fulham were the opponents.

Jose Mourinho made 10 changes to the side that began the game at the weekend against non-league side Marine, with the only exception being Moussa Sissoko.

Scott Parker made one change to the team that drew 0-0 to Southampton with Kenny Tete replacing Ademola Lookman.

The match began and both sides were eager to get an early grasp on the game, with Fulham having the first opportunity.

A free kick was crossed in and caught up in the legs of players before rolling into the hands of Lloris.

This early opportunity did not faze the home side, as minutes later Sergio Reguilon volleyed a shot with his right foot over the bar.

For the next ten minutes of the half, the game was scrappy and neither team could create anything dangerous until the 16th minute, when Zambo Anguissa cut into the box from the right and fired a left-footed strike towards the goal.

However, it was a nice height for Hugo Lloris who pushed it to safety.

The following counter-attack for Spurs resulted in a similar chance, as Serge Aurier delivered a stunning cross to Heung-Min Son, whose close-range shot was well saved by French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Six minutes later Tanguy Ndombele also found Son in the box, and his guided header looked destined to nestle the net, but once again Areola was quick to save the headed effort, and the Korean was denied for the second time.

Chances were coming thick and fast for Mourinho’s side now, and Fulham were beginning to crack.

The ball was switched to Sergio Reguilon in the 25th minute, and the Spaniard took one touch and then delivered a delightful cross towards Harry Kane.

This time the PSG-loanee goalkeeper had no chance, as Kane’s diving header clipped the post and fell into the back of the net, putting Spurs 1 nil up.

Despite conceding, the Southwest London club continued to be attacked on the wings, and five minutes after his goal, the England captain Kane was on the end of another cross, but this time he headed over.

35 minutes into the half, Ruben Loftus-Cheek found himself in space between the Spurs midfield and defence and played the ball wide before meeting the cross with a courageous volley, but it was wide of the post.

There were very little chances following the Chelsea-loanees volley.

The only opportunity being a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg shot that rolled into the hands of Fulham’s goalkeeper.

Jose Mourinho’s side had not yet closed out the game, with Scott Parker having his goalkeeper to thank for it only being a one goal deficit in the first half.

With this confidence, Fulham entered the second half the much brighter side.

Moussa Sissoko did squeeze through the defence of the away side, but he could not get a shot away before Tosin Adarabioyo made a fantastic tackle.

The Cottagers were very much the more dominant side after the interval, holding possession and Spurs just sat back.

Fulham’s players were confident on the ball, and very physical, matching their opponents in every aspect.

With 25 minutes left to play, the former-Tottenham player Scott Parker, brought on Ademola Lookman for Kenny Tete, bolstering their attack, as they set out to get a much-deserved goal.

This decision proved to make a huge impact, as fine footwork for the winger in the 73rd minute allowed him to deliver a perfect cross to the head of makeshift striker Ivan Cavaleiro, who beat Lloris from around eight yards out.

A vital goal for Fulham’s survival in not only the game, but in the league.

And moments before Heung-Min Son scuffed a left-footed shot onto the post.

A late blow for Spurs and not the first time it has happened to them this season.

They now only had 15 minutes to recover the lead, and they were unable to.

Despite holding the ball for most of the late stages of the game, they were not able to regain all three points.

In the 89th minute, substitute Erik Lamela played the ball wide to Son who drilled a pass to Reguilon, in which he tapped the ball into an empty net.

But Son was offside, and the game ended 1-1.

This point for Scott Parker’s Fulham side was a great result and arguably they could have pinched all three.

They now have to face Chelsea and Manchester United in the next week, as they currently sit 18th in the table, but with two games in hand over Brighton.

Overall for Tottenham Hotspur, it is another disappointing result.

The team did not seem to show up in the second half and that cost them.

Spurs needed another goal to seal things, with it being inevitable that they were going to concede whilst only being one goal up.

Their next fixture is against bottom side Sheffield United, who have just won their first game of the season, and Spurs fans will be demanding a good result before a match against Liverpool.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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