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White Hart Lane (ATT 36,052) 23rd September 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: P Dowd

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

Tottenham 2

A Faurlin (og 60)
J Defoe (61)

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QPR 1

B Zamora (33)

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  1. 90+5

    And that is the last action of a breathless rain-drenched London derby. Spurs have burgled the points with two goals in a minute in a game QPR dominated for large periods and deservedly led at half-time as AVB records his first White Hart Lane victory.

  2. 90+5

    Spurs head the free-kick clear and Townsend is away. He plays a fine ball to release Defoe but his low shot is smartly saved by Julio Cesar.

  3. 90+4

    Bale concedes a free-kick on halfway. Last chance.

  4. 90+4

    Lennon makes way for Townsend. A few more seconds gone.

  5. 90+3

    Granero curls a shot wide of the target. Might be QPR's last chance.

  6. 90+3

    Faurlin's long ball forward is headed clear by Vertonghen and hacked further away by Sandro.

  7. 90+2

    Spurs now passing the ball around trying to run the clock down. They're doing it reasonably well at the moment.

  8. 90+1

    Spurs trying to run the clock down in the corner.

  9. 90+1

    Lennon breaks but has no support. He gets into the penalty area and manages to win a corner.

  10. 90

    Four minutes of added time at least for Spurs to hang on. And they are hanging on.

  11. 89

    Spurs have a free-kick inside their own penalty area. A few more seconds tick away.

  12. 89

    Walker gives the ball away. Spurs penned in their own half again.

  13. 88

    Hoilett sets Cisse away down the left but the low cross is too easy for Friedel.

  14. 88

    Bale's corner is too high for Caulker, and Park manages to win a goal-kick.

  15. 87

    Dempsey makes way for Huddlestone.

  16. 87

    Another lightning fast Tottenham break after snuffing out a QPR attack but Hill manages to stay with Bale and block the shot behind for a corner.

  17. 86

    Dyer finds Hoilett on the right, but his cross takes a deflection off Bale which takes all the pace of the ball and makes it easy for Friedel.

  18. 85

    A cross into a deserted penalty area is watched behind by Friedel to eat up a few more seconds as the rain teems down.

  19. 84

    The corner is cleared and Defoe is sent clean through on goal, but unusually for him he delays before getting his shot away and is crowded out and dispossessed. Hill did well to hold his nerve there and make the tackle.

  20. 84

    Fabulous quick break from QPR after Bale's poor free-kick but Cisse's cross is smartly turned behind by Walker.

  21. 83

    Dembele wins a free-kick halfway inside QPR territory. Spurs will be happier with where the game is being played at the moment.

  22. 82

    The corner is cleared, but Sandro is strong to retain possession and then spread the ball to Bale on the right. Onuoha holds him off, though, and gets the ball out of play for a throw.

  23. 81

    Three v Three break from Spurs. Lennon plays in Bale on the right, but his shot is parried behind by Julio Cesar.

  24. 80

    A slip from Sandro almost lets in QPR but Spurs have enough bodies back.

  25. 78

    An offside flag gives Spurs some respite. QPR fans should note that Spurs have conceded in the 80th minute or later in all four of their Premier League games to date.

  26. 78

    Creat cross from Park on the left, but Caulker climbs high to just get enough on the ball to take it away from Cisse.

  27. 78

    Final change from QPR as Jamie Mackie joins the fray in place of Wright-Phillips.

  28. 77

    Poor decision from Dowd as Vertonghen uses his body to spin away from Dyer but is adjudged to have fouled his man. Not for me.

  29. 76

    Granero, already booked, clumsily brings down Dempsey on halfway. Needs to be careful.

  30. 76

    Caulker heads over from the corner.

  31. 75

    Almost 3-1 as Walker hangs up a great cross to the far post for Dempsey to knock back across goal, but Hill gets to the ball before Defoe and manages to scramble it behind for a corner.

  32. 74

    Cisse replaces Zamora.

  33. 72

    Glorious chance for Hoilett after being found by Zamora, but he takes too long and allows Vertonghen to get a long leg in and make a superb saving tackle. Top-drawer piece of defending there.

  34. 71

    The corner breaks to Dempsey on the left. He tries a cross-shot with the outside of his right foot, but Julio Cesar gathers cleanly with plenty of white shirts lurking.

  35. 70

    Hill just manages to get a toe on the ball to prevent Defoe running clear. Spurs corner. Cisse is about to come on for the visitors.

  36. 69

    Spurs still look so shaky at the back, but are undeniably more of a threat going forward now thanks to Bale's push forward in this second half.

  37. 68

    Vertonghen gets beyond Bale and fires in a low cross which is headed half-clear to Bale who drives the ball goalwards but is denied by a fine save from Julio Cesar. The ball could've dropped for Defoe but does come for Lennon out on the right. His cross is cleared. More goals in this one, surely.

  38. 66

    Quick break from QPR, but Hoilett's shot is deflected into the arms of Friedel.

  39. 66

    Dempsey drags a 25-yard shot wide of the target. Defoe stuck a leg out to try and divert it goalwards but couldn't get there.

  40. 65

    It takes two QPR defenders to deal with Bale, but they do so and the ball is out of play for a throw-in. But even by occupying defenders Bale has changed the complexion of the game when Spurs attack.

  41. 64

    Credit to QPR's players. They must be gutted and astonished to find themselves behind in a game they've dominated, but they have got straight back on the front foot and are still creating chances and controlling possession.

  42. 63

    QPR now searching for an equaliser as Wright-Phillips gets clear down the right and crosses low but just behind Zamora who would've had a virtual open goal. QPR don't need to do anything different here; carry on playing as they have been and they could very easily still get something from this game.

  43. 61

    GOAL! DEFOE! Total turnaround at White Hart Lane. Stunning counterattack from Spurs as Vertonghen surges through to create a three-on-two situation. He feeds Bale, whose shot is diverted onto the crossbar by Julio Cesar. But the ball drops to Defoe who calmly slots the ball home. Somehow Spurs lead.

  44. 60

    OWN GOAL! FAURLIN! Caulker heads the corner back across goal, Defoe misses his attempted header but as Faurlin turns his back on the ball it ricochets off his shoulder and past Julio Cesar. Harsh on the visitors who've been much the better side.

  45. 59

    Lennon's blistering 60-yard run wins a corner for Spurs after his dinked cross to the far post is turned behind.

  46. 58

    Gallas comes across to help out Walker after the Spurs full-back finds himself outnumbered two to one.

  47. 57

    QPR overplay the ball on the right and lose a decent position.

  48. 56

    Walker does well to hold off Zamora, but Spurs are living on the edge again at the back. QPR still look the more likely goalscorers.

  49. 55

    Bale heads the corner clear.

  50. 54

    Vertonghen looks to break forward from left-back but is dispossessed. The ball is cleared forward and Caulker tries to shepherd the ball behind for a goal-kick but is bullied into conceding a corner by Hoilett's persistence.

  51. 53

    Yellow card for Granero. Looks a bit harsh, perhaps for persistent fouling.

  52. 52

    The corner finds Caulker at the back post, but he doesn't get much on his header and Julio Cesar can palm it away. There are half-hearted appeals for a penalty as the ball ricochets to safety, but nothing is given.

  53. 52

    Lennon wins a corner. Crowd trying to lift things.

  54. 51

    Better from Spurs as Dempsey picks up the ball 30 yards out and fires a curving, dipping shot that Julio Cesar can only parry. Knew nothing about it and it could easily have fallen for the incoming Defoe.

  55. 50

    I think Spurs' plan is to try and get Dempsey further forward and closer to Defoe. Hard to tell, though, because they haven't really had the ball.

  56. 49

    Hoilett out-muscles Caulker and gets a shot away, but it's blocked.

  57. 48

    Granero has space to pick out a forward pass, but fails to do so. He hammers the ball straight out of play for a goal-kick.

  58. 48

    Dempsey gets his head to the corner but is penalised for a push.

  59. 47

    Vertonghen's teasing cross from the left is turned behind for a corner by Hill.

  60. 47

    Bale's free-kick is headed back across goal by Vertonghen and after a moment of panic it's cleared by QPR.

  61. 46

    Early free-kick for Spurs on the right of centre, just inside QPR's half.

  62. 46

    Spurs get the second half under way.

  63. HT

    Caulker is replacing Sigurdsson. Presumably that will mean Vertonghen to left-back and Bale pushed further forward.

  64. HT

    Spurs 3/1 with Sky Bet for a comeback victory. Doesn't look likely based on what we've seen so far.

  65. 45+2

    Boos echoing around White Hart Lane at the end of a one-sided first half thoroughly dominated by the visitors. QPR have been excellent. Only in the last two or three minutes was there any hint of a threat from a disjointed Spurs side that have spent almost the whole game penned back in their own half.

  66. 45+2

    Sandro digs out a cross from the right, but it's too close to Julio Cesar.

  67. 45+1

    We're into two added minutes at the end of the first half.

  68. 45+1

    Dembele cuts in from the right and blazes a shot over the bar. A better couple of minutes for Spurs, and it all came from the first sight of Bale as an attacking threat. Has to be a clue for the second half that.

  69. 45

    First sighting of Bale running at players on the left and his wonderful cross is superbly headed clear by Hill with Defoe and Lennon lurking.

  70. 44

    Clever free-kick from Walker finds Defoe, who'd peeled away to the right, but his cross is cut out and cleared by Nelsen.

  71. 43

    Sigurdsson wins a free-kick for Spurs inside the QPR half. Late chance for Spurs to get an undeserved equaliser.

  72. 43

    Dempsey brings the ball over halfway, but promptly gives it away. Howls of frustration from the home fans.

  73. 42

    The whole game being played in the Spurs half at the moment. They just can't get out at the moment.

  74. 41

    Spurs hanging on for half-time here when surely changes will have to be made.

  75. 40

    Big appeals for a penalty as Zamora is pulled down trying to get on the end of a long ball forward from Dyer. Slightly clumsy defending from Gallas; could easily have been given.

  76. 39

    QPR pour forward again, but the pass for Onuoha is overhit and Spurs survive. This game could be out of sight by now.

  77. 38

    QPR break again down the right but Dembele intercepts and is then tugged back as he looks to break clear.

  78. 37

    Spurs need another striker on the pitch. The problem is, they don't have one. They could put Bale up there, but then they have the problem of not having another left-back.

  79. 36

    Friedel keeping Spurs in the game here, diving to his right to deny Hoilett after Dowd plays a good advantage following a foul on Zamora by Sandro.

  80. 35

    Defoe through on goal, but once again he's flagged offside. Correct decision again.

  81. 34

    Spurs need to change things. That goal had been coming.

  82. 33

    GOAL! ZAMORA! Thoroughly deserved lead for QPR at the Lane as Faurlin's clever reverse pass finds Zamora clearly onside and he lifts his finish over Friedel. The visitors have been excellent and now have reward on the scoreboard.

  83. 32

    Towering clearing header from Vertonghen.

  84. 32

    Granero plays it short, but Lennon is alive to the threat and gets the ball behind for another corner.

  85. 31

    QPR win another corner on the left as Hoilett runs at Sandro.

  86. 30

    Spurs have the ball in the net through Dempsey, but he was picked out by Defoe who was yards offside when he was played in.

  87. 29

    AVB uses the break in play to pass on some instructions to Walker. Spurs need to change the pattern of this game.

  88. 28

    Vertonghen and Hoilett both require medical attention after contesting a 50-50 ball. Vertonghen the first to his feet; Hoilett appears to have come off worse.

  89. 27

    Walker drills a cross into the QPR box but Sigurdsson can't make meaningful contact and the ball cannons off Dempsey's arm. Free-kick to QPR.

  90. 26

    Spurs fans looking to lift their side after a sluggish opening 25 minutes.

  91. 25

    Two tackles in quick succession from Bale. It's a concern for Spurs that Bale has spent so much more time in his own half than the opposition's. Rangers have been able to pen the left-back in quite successfully so far.

  92. 24

    Nelsen beats Gallas to Wright-Phillips' corner but can't direct his header below the crossbar.

  93. 23

    Dyer gets the better of Dembele and then wins a corner off Bale. The visitors still the better side here.

  94. 22

    Defoe wins a throw-in for Spurs on the left. Their build-up play is too slow at the moment, QPR able to be positive going forward and still get plenty of bodies back behind the ball when required.

  95. 21

    Spurs play a free-kick on the left back into their own half and eventually all the way back to Friedel. Fair to say that's not gone down well with the home fans.

  96. 20

    Bale tees the ball up for Vertonghen, but the wall is out quickly to smother his strike.

  97. 19

    Quick feet from Dembele wins a free-kick 25 yards from goal.

  98. 18

    Spurs passing the ball around on the edge of the QPR box but they can't find a way through, and Walker is reluctant to cross from the right due to the lack of an aerial threat in the box and settles for a throw.

  99. 17

    Granero scythes down Lennon on halfway and gets a talking to from Phil Dowd.

  100. 16

    Quick Rangers break after clearing the corner and Hoilett's cross to the back post is nodded back across goal by Zamora but Dembele clears. Tottenham under the cosh at the moment.

  101. 15

    Confident run from Vertonghen striding out of defence, and he then plays in Walker on the right. His cross is turned behind for a corner.

  102. 15

    Granero's corner bounces awkwardly through the Spurs area but no-one is there to apply a finishing touch.

  103. 14

    Another fine save from Friedel after Hoilett gets the better of Walker and then drives the ball goalwards. Spurs eventually smuggle the ball behind for another corner, but the visitors having the better of things in the early minutes.

  104. 13

    Vertonghen heads clear.

  105. 13

    Walker concedes a corner when he perhaps didn't need to.

  106. 12

    Lennon almost able to capitalise on a brief moment of indecision between Nelsen and Hill, but the ball bounces away to safety.

  107. 11

    Spurs work the ball to Walker on the right, but his cross is overhit and clears everyone.

  108. 11

    Park trips Dembele in midfield. Spurs take the free-kick quickly.

  109. 10

    Sigurdsson feeds Defoe on the edge of the QPR box, and the striker turns smartly but drags his shot wide of the target.

  110. 9

    Bale's corner is headed clear by Nelsen.

  111. 8

    Lennon's already seen off one full-back in this game, but Onouha's up to the task here to block the winger's cross at the expense of a corner.

  112. 7

    Dembele looks to spread the ball the full width of the White Hart Lane pitch to free Bale, but even the flying Welshman can't catch up with that one. Will be interesting to see how often Bale is able to get forward from his left-back berth.

  113. 6

    Park's corner finds former Spurs man Nelsen, but he can't get his header on target.

  114. 5

    Fabulous save from Friedel. Hill got across Sandro to meet Granero's corner and guide a header goalwards, but the Spurs keeper gets a strong hand to the ball diving to his right and diverts it over the bar.

  115. 4

    Dyer's first involvement is to win a corner on the right-hand side. They've looked bright.

  116. 3

    Bad start for QPR. Bosingwa has done a hamstring in his fruitless pursuit of Lennon in that last attack, and he makes way for Kieron Dyer. Onouha moves across to left-back.

  117. 3

    Spurs break at pace after Vertonghen breaks up a QPR attack. Lennon tears Jose Bosingwa to pieces before crossing to Defoe who miskicks his shot and Sigurdsson goes to ground under a challenge from Clint Hill. Appeals for a penalty but nothing given.

  118. 2

    Early possession for QPR, but the ball ricochets behind off Wright-Phillips for a goal-kick.

  119. 1

    QPR get us under way as the rain falls in North London. The visitors all in red this afternoon, Spurs all in white.

  120. 15:55

    Teams in the tunnel at White Hart Lane. Almost ready for the off here.

  121. 15:42

    If you want a bit of added interest in the game today, Sky Bet have a full range of markets available. Luke's Spurs HT, QPR FT prediction is 40/1 while Jermain Defoe has been price-boosted from 10/3 to 4/1 to bag the first goal after his brace last weekend at Reading. Tottenham are 5/4 to win the game giving QPR a goal start.

  122. 15:17

    So Brad Friedel continues to be Andre Villas-Boas preferred goalkeeping option in the Premier League, while Gareth Bale starts at left-back in the continued absence of Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Emmanuel Adebayor is still out, so there's not much attacking experience on the Tottenham bench.

  123. 15:15

    QPR: Cesar, Hill, Park, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Onuoha, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Hoilett, Zamora, Faurlin. Subs: Green, Diakite, Derry, Cisse, Mackie, Dyer, Ehmer.

  124. 15:14

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Vertonghen, Bale, Sandro, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Dempsey, Lennon, Defoe. Subs: Lloris, Caulker, Dawson, Huddlestone, Falque, Mason, Townsend

  125. 15:10

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