Tottenham fight for a European spot, while Fulham's BPL dreams are crushed
by Nick D
Apr 19, 2014 9:35 AM EDT
Tottenham managed to keep their dreams of possibly playing in Europe next season alive with a convincing win over Fulham. The Spurs put three goals past the struggling Fulham side who have had two favoured results coming into this game. Though today reality would have set in as they went down 3-1 to Tottenham.
Fulham started off strong and threatened the Spurs' goal with two early chances, catching Tottenham pushing up too high on the pitch. Kacaniklic made a good run down the right side and found his way into the box. He cut back to his left foot but his strike wouldn't find the target as he dragged his shot wide of the post and into the side netting. Rodallega was next as he broke down the left side after getting in front of the defenders. Though his strike was rushed and went well wide of the target. Tottenham then settled the game down and started to control the possession in the centre of the pitch. Tottenham's first chance would come soon after that as Kaboul rose above all from the corner kick. But the centre back's header would go over the crossbar without forcing the keeper to work. Then Fulham would pay the price by not protecting their goal and not marking the forwards and allow Tottenham to take the lead in the 34th minute. Lennon would win the free kick on the right side about 10 yards outside the box. Eriksen would whip in a dangerous cross and Paulinho would pounce and score from about 1 foot out. An easy finish for the midfielder and Tottenham with the breakthrough.
Paulinho opened the scoring as the Spurs gained the advantage after 34 minutes of play
Though Fulham didn't lay down and got themselves back on level terms only 2 minutes after conceding. A strong run towards the box by Sidwell saw the ball bounce kindly in his favour. He managed to get through the defenders and just when it looked like he was about to lose his balance he would toe poke the ball past Lloris and into the back of the net. 1-1 as Fulham were proving that they still belong in the top flight and were not going to go down without a fight. The half approached as Fulham finished the stronger of the two teams but they knew that nothing less then all three points would do to keep their Premier League dreams alive.
Sidwell brings Fulham back to level terms only minutes after the Cottagers conceded
Tottenham kicked off the second half with the perfect start as they regained their lead after only 2 minutes since the restart. Fulham were defending deep and Kane would make them pay for it. Lennon fired in a delicious cross from the right side and Kane would rise baove all and his glancing header was enough to steer it into the goal. 2-1 and the Spurs back in front and Fulham with it all to do once again to keep their EPL dream alive.
Kane once again proving his worth as he got the Spurs back in front in the 47th minute
Fulham once again seemed to come into life after conceding and Rodallega almost got the Cottagers back in the game. A great ball played in from the left wing saw Rodallega get in front of Kaboul and head the ball towards the goal. Lloris though was well prepared as he managed to get a fist to the ball and parry it over the crossbar. Fulham though still playing a bit shaky in the second half as Tottenham looked to show their dominance. Things though got worse for Fulham as they once again would pay for some poor marking from the set piece. Eriksen once again would whip in the free kick from almost the identical spot on the other side of the pitch and this time Kaboul was left alone and the French defender had an easy tap in at the back post. 3-1 for Tottenham and Fulham slowly watching their Premier League dreams wash away as the Spurs looked to make a fight for a spot in Europe. Fulham were given a lifeline in the 76th minute, after Eriksen was caught using his arm in the box and gave away a penalty kick. Sidwell stepped up and as he fired the ball to the keeper's right, Llrois guessed well and got a hand to it and crushed the Fulham fans hearts. In the end Tottenham would hold on for the win and Fulham would have to rely on results going their way and now would definitely need to win their remaining games to remain in the Premier League.
Kaboul scoring Tottenham's third of the game after 61 minutes and possibly sending Fulham down to the Championship division
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