Spurs late show sinks Fulham
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: 26/02/05 4:55pm
Late goals from substitutes Fredi Kanoute and Robbie Keane gave Tottenham a 2-0 win over Fulham at White Hart Lane.
The two strikers climbed off the bench to finally end Fulham's stubborn resistance and secure Tottenham's first London derby win of the season.
Tottenham were forcing the early pressure and Mido looked the man most likely for the home side.
The Egyptian dragged a shot wide on six minutes and then smashed a shot well wide after 13 minutes following Simon Davies' cross from the right.
Mido tried to lift Spurs and tried his luck from nearly 40 yards out on 17 minutes with his ambitious shot flying wide.
Spurs came close to breaking the deadlock on 22 minutes when Andy Cole headed Michael Brown's header from Michael Carrick's corner off the line.
The home side continued to dominate proceedings and Andy Reid forced Edwin van der Sar into a good save on 28 minutes with a snap shot from the edge of the area which the Dutchman was forced to dive full stretch to keep out.
Ledley King missed a great chance to give Spurs the lead two minutes later when he met Carrick's corner with a powerful header but under pressure from Papa Bouba Diop he could not direct his effort on target.
Fulham rarely threatened in the opening half and it took them until just before the break to have their first meaningful shot with Diop fizzing a shot over the crossbar from 30 yards out.
Tottenham continued to force the issue in the second half and Mido flicked a header at the front post just over the crossbar three minutes after the restart.
Davies had a half chance for Tottenham two minutes later when he cut inside Carlos Bocanegra and curled his shot just over the crossbar.
Mido was unlucky not to score on 53 minutes when he reacted to Reid's flick on and sent an acrobatic header just wide of the target.
The home side created another chance on 58 minutes when Nourredine Naybet headed Reid's corner just over the crossbar.
Spurs continued to push forward at every opportunity and Erik Edman flashed a shot from the edge of the area wide of the target.
Tottenham boss Martin Jol decided to change things as he looked for a way to break down Fulham, bringing on Kanoute for Jermain Defoe and the substitution paid off for the hosts on 78 minutes.
Kanoute broke the deadlock with a fine curling free kick from the edge of the area into the bottom right-hand corner which left van der Sar rooted to his line.
Luis Boa Morte had a half chance for Fulham a minute later with a flicked shot which Paul Robinson held at his near post.
Reid went close to doubling Tottenham's lead seconds later with a thumping shot which van der Sar could only push out.
Substitute Keane should have added a second five minutes from time when the ball dropped nicely to him inside the box, but he blazed his left-footed shot wildly over the top.
Diop was inches away from scoring for Fulham three minutes from time when he connected sweetly with Lee Clark's free kick on the volley only to see it fly just over the crossbar.
Keane really should have wrapped up the game two minutes later when Kanoute picked him out six yards out with a fine cross from the right, but the Irish striker failed to get a touch on the ball with the net at his mercy.
Keane made no mistake in the dying seconds when he raced clear on goal, held off a challenge from Boa Morte and cooly rounded van der Sar before rolling the ball into the empty net.
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|Tottenham Hotspur||Team Name||Fulham|
|4||Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||2|
|11||Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||2|
|7||Total Fouls Conceded||15|
Barclays Premier League
|12||West Ham United||38||47|
|13||West Bromwich Albion||38||44|
|20||Queens Park Rangers||38||30|