Premier League: Fulham 0 Tottenham 3
By Football News
Tottenham made it three English Premier League wins in a row with a 3-0 thrashing of Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Sandro and Jermain Defoe were on the scoresheet for Andre Villas-Boas' side, who jumped into fourth and level on points with Chelsea.
A hopeful 35-yard strike from Sandro found its way past Mark Schwarzer to give Tottenham the lead on 56 minutes, before Defoe netted twice.
The 30-year-old striker tapped home Gylfi Sigurdsson's excellent assist before racing onto Clint Dempsey's through ball to slide home his second on 77 minutes.
The away team created the first genuine chance of the game as Dempsey – roundly booed on his return to Craven Cottage – spun his marker and sidestepped a second challenge on the edge of the box before curling his left-foot shot just wide.
The hosts carried a threat down the right flank and Ashkan Dejagah delivered a dangerous cross that fell to Kerim Frei, who should have done better than blaze over the crossbar.
Fulham's best opportunity fell to Mladen Petric, but Hugo Lloris reacted sharply to parry and hold onto a close-range shot, denying the Croatian his fifth goal of the season.
After an uninspiring first half, Sandro gave the game what it needed in the 56th minute.
The Brazilian collected the ball near the halfway line and after assessing his options, struck a powerful, if ambitious, 35-yard drive that deceived Schwarzer, who could only parry his effort into the side-netting of his goal.
Tottenham began to find their rhythm and although a Gareth Bale run and shot from the left forced Schwarzer into an alert stop at his near post, the Welshman grimaced and clutched his hamstring to be substituted.
Fulham pushed forward, but found little joy and it was Sigurdsson who displayed exceptional trickery in the 72nd minute to glide past Philippe Senderos and square for Defoe to sweep home.
Barely five minutes later, Defoe had his second as Dempsey weighted a clever through ball into his path.
With only Schwarzer to beat, Defoe made no mistake, guiding the ball into the bottom corner to seal three points for Tottenham.
Fulham mustered a couple of half-chances but Lloris dealt ably with the threat, most notably from a low Hugo Rodallega header, as Tottenham saw out the game confidently.