Jermain Defoe scores twice as Tottenham defeat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage
Last Updated: 01/12/12 10:00pm
Jermain Defoe and Sandro fired Tottenham to their third successive Premier League victory as Fulham's winless run continued in a 3-0 defeat at Craven Cottage.
The deadlock in the London derby on the banks of the Thames was broken in the 55th minute when Spurs midfielder Sandro collected the ball just inside the Fulham half, advanced a few steps towards goal and unleashed a low bouncing shot towards goal.
Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer looked to have it covered but seemed to take an age getting down to cover his right-hand post and allowed the ball to slip through his palms for a very soft opener.
And the contest was effectively settled in the 72nd minute when Defoe applied the finishing touch from 10 yards out after substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson had turned Philippe Senderos inside out on the edge of the Fulham box.
Best of the match
- Man of the Match: Jermain Defoe bagged a brace to fire Spurs to victory after Sandro had opened the scoring.
- Moment of the match: Sandro turned the match in the 55th minute with a speculative shot from range that beat Mark Schwarzer to give the visitors the lead.
- Attempt of the match: Mladen Petric teed up Steve Sidwell in the 48th minute with the good sight of goal, but the midfielder's shot was wide.
- Save of the match: Gareth Bale took a shot from distance on 60 minutes that drew a fine stop from Schwarzer.
- Talking point: Not for the first time this season, Bale was booked for diving in the 23rd minute.
- Goal of the match: With only his second chance on goal, Defoe completed his brace in the 77th minute with an early shot from Clint Dempsey's pass.
Clint Dempsey then played a neat ball through the Fulham defence with Senderos failing with his attempts to play offside, allowing Defoe to race clear and again beat Schwarzer just five minutes later.
But the victory was tempered by injuries to centre-back Michael Dawson, who limped out in the first half, and winger Gareth Bale, who pulled up with a hamstring problem in the second period and was replaced by Sigurdsson.
Bale endured a miserable afternoon overall, as he was booked for diving in the first half after falling theatrically over Steve Sidwell's outstretched leg and then risking further punishment with his sarcastic applause of referee Chris Foy's decision.
Dempsey had the first chance of the contest with only five minutes on the clock when he was fed by Defoe before wriggling clear of his marker on the edge of the box only to curl his low shot narrowly wide of Schwarzer's goal.
Fulham's first opportunity fell to Kerim Frei in the 12 minute, but he could not control his side-footed effort from the edge of the area after good work from Dimitar Berbatov and Ashkan Dejagah.
Hugo Lloris, who had very little to do for long periods, produced a smart stop to deny Mladen Petric midway through a disappointing first period, getting down quickly at his near post to deny the Cottagers forward after a quick ball in from the left flank.
Spurs then took control after the interval, with Schwarzer's error gifting them the lead from Sandro's somewhat speculative effort before Defoe's quick-fire brace made the game safe.
The victory lifts Andre Villas-Boas' men level on points with his former club Chelsea in the table on 26 points from 15 games, while Fulham are heading in the opposite direction on the back of their miserable recent run of no wins from seven.
|Fulham||Team Statistics||Tottenham Hotspur|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|2||Shots on Target||6|
|6||Shots off Target||4|
|39.2||1st Half Poss.||60.8|
|51||2nd Half Poss.||49|
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