Spurs go marching on

2014-04-20 15:00

Tottenham Hotspur completed an emphatic 3-1 victory over Fulham at White Hart Lane yesterday to maintain their push for a spot in next year’s Uefa Champions League.

In what was at times a rather listless affair, it was Spurs who showed the required quality when it mattered, with goals from Paulinho, Harry Kane and Younès Kaboul outdoing Steve Sidwell’s lone effort for Fulham.

It was the visitors who began the game the stronger of the sides, with the Cottagers manufacturing a few half chances as they applied pressure on Spurs, never letting the home side settle.

But it was Kaboul who had the first real chance of note on 18?minutes, with the defender heading over when given some space in the area.

Moments later, Hugo Rodallega had a chance at the other end, with Hugo Lloris forced to rush off his line after a deflection put the Colombian through on goal.

Some dithering in the Fulham defence presented Aaron Lennon with a shooting chance just before the half-hour mark, but goalkeeper David Stockdale was able to deflect his effort on to the post.

Spurs began to assert their dominance on proceedings and they made it count on 35 minutes as Paulinho ghosted in behind the Fulham rearguard to tap home a Christian Eriksen free kick.

But the home side’s lead would last just two minutes, with a sleepy Spurs defence allowing Alex Kacaniklic and Sidwell to play a neat one-two in the box, the latter doing well to poke the ball home under pressure.

Fulham boss Felix Magath would have headed into the break pleased with his side’s efforts, but would have felt anything but pleased when Kane grabbed Spurs’ second just minutes after the restart.

The young striker had to be alert to glance a fast, flat delivery from the right from Lennon past Stockdale.

Rodallega nearly had Fulham level five minutes later, but Lloris once again denied him, this time tipping away the forward’s powerful header.

Kaboul appeared to make the game safe when he bagged Tottenham’s third after 62 minutes. Wearing the captain’s

armband, Kaboul was in the right place to prod home another sumptuous and fierce delivery from Eriksen. The goal knocked the wind out of Fulham’s sails as Tottenham took control, with the Cottagers almost resigned to their fate.

But while Eriksen was the architect of two of his side’s goals, he provided Fulham with a way back into the match as he unnecessarily handled the ball with 15 minutes to play.

Lloris bailed his team-mate out, with the Frenchman beating away Sidwell’s poor penalty attempt.

If Fulham weren’t beaten before the failed penalty, they certainly were after it as they could not muster a late charge for a share of the spoils.

The result sees Spurs move within three points of fifth-placed Everton, while Fulham’s woe continues, with the Cottagers still two points from relegation safety with only three games remaining in the season

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