|COMPETITION||FA Cup Fifth Round|
|DATE||Sunday 19th February 2017|
2. Ryan FREDERICKS
3. Scott MALONE
4. Dennis ODOI
6. Kevin McDONALD
7. Neeskens KEBANO
8. Scott PARKER
10. Tom CAIRNEY
11. Floyd AYITE
13. Tim REAM
14. Stefan JOHANSEN
15. Michael MADL
20. Lucas PIAZON
24. Sone ALUKO
25. Chris MARTIN
26. Tomas KALAS
27. David BUTTON
30. Ryan SESSEGNON
33. Athanosios PETSOS
41. Jesse JORONEN
Travelling to Craven Cottage following a dreadfully insipid display
in Gent, which showed little attacking adventure and really poor
defensive organisation, what will be a much changed Spurs side will
face a Fulham team in good form.
Having beaten Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic 3-2 in each of their last two matches, Fulham sit in eighth position in the Championship, as Slavisa Jokanovic has formed them into a decent side, who play some good football. They did have a little blip just before that as they lost 0-1 away to Birmingham City.
With a number of ex-Spurs players in the opposition squad, Tottenham will face them knowing they will want to prove to the club that they were wrong to let them go. David Button had a long spell at Brentford before moving to Craven Cottage last summer, while Ryan Fredericks has overcome an injury hit period in his career, to prove his worth to the Fulham side as one of the best attacking defender sin the division. Perhaps luckily for Tottenham, Fredericks is suspended for this game. Scott Parker is the Cottagers' captain and his experience has helped this young developing side gain some consistency in their campaign. One of the younger players in the side, left back Ryan Sessignon has been heavily linked with Spurs, so this will be a good opportunity to get a good look at him.
Midfielder Tom Cairney has been catching the eye of a few Premier League clubs, with his dynamic performances, while Chelsea loanees Lucas Piazon and Tomas Kalas have had the chance to get some playing time away from their parent club, while former Hull City forward Sone Aluko and Derby County loanee Chris Martin are enjoying their late career time under Jokanovic. Both are goal-scorers, with Martin a physical presence up front, while Aluko operates out wide on the right.
Not all of their players are familiar, although US international Tim Ream signed for Bolton Wanderers in a blaze of glory, but he left to move South and Kevin McDonald made the same journey from Wolverhampton Wanderers after a change in management at Molineux. Stefan Johansen likes to get forward from midfield, Scott Malone is strong in the air at the back and at dead ball situations after spending a career moving around, including a loan spell at Ujpest in Hungary !
With Spurs stuttering at this
stage of the season, it will be a test against a side willing to
show how they shape up against a Premier League team. As we
have seen in this round already, there is still a shock or two in
the FA Cup and we will have to hope that the one left in this round
is kept for Monday night. With a changed side, it may not be
the most fluent Tottenham performance, but they should squeak
|PREDICTION||Fulham 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
|RESULTS HISTORY||Click here for results, match reports and facts on meetings with Fulham|
FULHAM TEAM NEWS :
The only missing player for the home side is former Spur Ryan Fredericks, who is suspended.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Erik Lamela (hip) and Danny Rose (ankle) are ruled out, while Harry Kane (fitness) and Jan Vertonghen (knee) face late fitness tests to se eif they will be risked.
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FA Cup Fifth Round
Sunday 19th February 2017
Tottenham Hotspur 3 (1)
Kick off 14:00
Kane 15m 15s
Kane 50m 05s
Kane 72m 35s
|Crowd : 22,557||Weather : Sunny, mild|
|Referee : Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. I Hussin; Mr. S. Burt|
|Fourth Official : Oliver Langford|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Hammersmith end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 5 minutes.|
|Fulham :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Kevin McDONALD (
10 Harry KANE (c) (17 Moussa SISSOKO 75)
|Manager : Slavisa Jokanovic||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : Visit Florida||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : adidas||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
There are two sorts of support at football matches these days. There is the traditional vocal based support and there is the manufactured atmosphere of piped music, orchestrated chanting and supporting aids. There is a third, but that is the exclusive domain of the Library, where fans have taken a vow of silence for 90 minutes every other weekend. The two main styles were in evidence today and they reflected the two teams playing out the game. One was instinctive and positive, the other, not sure when to put it into operation and style over substance. That Tottenham ran out 3-0 winners thanks to another Harry Kane hat-trick, you can probably work out the best fit for the above.
Those annoying plastic covered folded paper clappers were all over the home supporting areas. In an attempt to make them like Leicester (obviously hoping for last season's version rather than this one's), the Cottage fans slapped them as hard as they could to try to scare their team into playing some football. And this was adults as well as kids. Shameful. Anyway, it failed brilliantly, as their side were caught between two stools and effected neither very well. It is hard to see how Fulham are eighth in the Championship, but they must play better than this.
As is now widely regarded as the way to play against Spurs, it is to get in our faces and close the player and the space. Fulham failed to do that. Alternatively, you go the way Wycombe did and play direct into the Spurs box, where we are not the greatest at defending set-pieces or aerial attacks. The home side were not good at that either. In fact, their clearest chance came when Michel Vorm passed the ball straight to Cairney on the corner of the box in the 20th minute. The Scot took his low shot first time, but it was a tame effort and Michel got back to dive and gather the ball in to deny the midfielder. It almost led to a Tottenham goal, as a ball from Vorm to Trippier was played down the line to Kane and his cross was just gathered by Bettinielli before Dele got there. Not that the Fulham keeper was blameless, as three minutes before half-time, he presented the ball with a weak pass to Kane on the edge of the box and as Harry tried to shape for a shot, Johansen managed to get back and nick it off him.
But by then Tottenham should have been out of sight, as they created chance after chance by carving through the Fulham defence. It started as early as the fourth minute, when Wanyama headed forward, Kane and Dele headed it on and Eriksen got onto the ball moving into the box and his toe-poked effort was just tipped wide by the goalkeeper. Then Dele swept a shot from the edge of the area a foot wide minutes later, while Toby ventured forward for a corner and almost scored with a flick of his heel, but Malone blocked his effort. Fulham were under relentless pressure, as they were failing to clear the ball. Winks and Wanyama were winning possession and with Toby and Jan back in tandem, the defence looked very solid. There was not out ball for Fulham, who tried to use the pace of Aluko and Aitye, but they were usually eased off the ball.
Ten minutes had gone before the home team's first effort at goal, with a corner knocked out to 20 yard from goal, where Malone hit it, but the ball was always going wide. Malone had a bit of a stinker after he had been getting good reviews. His passing along the side-line usually finished off it and he was at fault when Tottenham did eventually take the lead. A pass a yard in front of him saw him give up on it and when the throw was taken quickly by Trippier, Malone was out of position to track Eriksen's run on the right wing. Taking the cross early on the half volley, it was well placed for Harry Kane to stretch out a left leg to get across his marker and beat Bettinelli at his near post from just inside the six yard box. It was a well made goal and well taken by Harry, who needed a goal, as did Spurs, with two bad results behind them and a strike to settle the nerves was definitely required.
Spurs pressed straight from the kick off and got the ball, played it back to Toby and his ball through the middle found Dele's run, but the midfielder could not quite get the ball under control, otherwise it could have been a very quick-fire double. Winks started and finished a move that saw Trippier's cross headed straight upwards by the little midfielder, which was followed by Johansen hacking Kieran down and it handed Eriksen a chance to score from a dead ball situation, but he hit the wall. He got to the rebound, but kicked the ball into the ground and it went wide without troubling the goalie. Kane shot too high, Winks got the ball in the net after a blocked shot but Kane had been offside, then the striker hit a shot that was deflected wide.
Spurs were managing possession very well, with long passages of passes up and down and across the pitch, with Fulham happy to allow us the space to play in, but there were a couple of incidents just before the break when Vertonghen got caught under a high bal land it bounced off him ending with Johansen driving a volley well wide and then Malone crossed across the face of goal and Ayite could not reach it on the slide and then Aluko got a shot on target, but it was not difficult for Vorm to pluck the shot out of the air.
After the break, it was business as usual, with Harry Winks feeding Trippier, who set up Eriksen to shoot, but it was deflected straight to Bettinelli. When Harry and Kieran linked up again, the ball was laid into Christian's path to cross low into the near post and Harry Kane got in front of his marker - Tim Ream - to guide a volley under the keeper from close range to double the lead. Ream and Johansen were looking daggers at the linesman, but he might just have got it right, as there was no daylight between Kane and Ream as the ball came in. The only fault was Ream's in standing still, whereas Kane was on the move and got there first.
Spurs were causing all sorts of problems. Son bundled his way through two challenges in the box before losing the ball, Christian Eriksen hit the wall with another free-kick and then Kane stumbled through three tackles before the ball ran away from him as he looked to be in on goal. Fulham brought on wonder-kid Ryan Sessignon to try and liven things up for them, but he had limited impact on the game. Just before the hour, the third goal should have come as Dele started a move that went through Son and Eriksen, whose cross landed on Dele's boot in front of goal, but he got right under it at a difficult height and it flew over. Alli was also denied by the keeper when Eriksen's run into the box saw the ball run kindly into the keeper's hands rather than Dele's run.
With twenty minutes left, Kane had the chance for his hat-trick, but from Dele's lifted ball over the defence, he lifted his shot too high as Bettenelli came off his line and it went agonisingly over the bar. The same happened at the other end as McDonald met a corner and dived in with a header, which cleared the goal and almost immediately, Spurs went 3-0 ahead and it was that man Kane again. Wanyama won a header in midfield, Eriksen played the ball to Dele, who played a first time pass into the path of Kane, running past his marker, to take it on and slot it past the goalie's left hand to round off his hat-trick. They were all typical striker's goals, showing an instinct that is one of Kane's strengths.
The goal brought Scott Parker into the action, with a great reception from the Spurs contingent, but they might not have been too happy if the Fulham captain's header from a corner had beaten Vorm, but luckily for Spurs it was straight at our Dutch keeper and the offside flag was waved anyway. There was time for a good little cameo by Sissoko, who showed good strength and running with the ball, coupled with a good sense of picking out the best pass. He was set up by Son, with his shot forcing the keeper to push it away and then Wanyama forced Bettinelli to save and when the ball was played wide to Trippier, his cross was pinpoint on Son's head, but the Korean put it over from five yards out.
It was what turned out to be a very professional performance by Spurs, leaving Fulham bamboozled by their passing and movement. Better final balls and finishing could have brought double figures with a more productive return from 23 shots and only getting seven on target. Kane showed how it should be done, but missed another hat-trick in chances, while Dele and Son should have found the net too. Defensively, it was concentration rather than being constantly tested, but having Toby and Jan back together will give them more confidence. Dele was better today, getting involved and Son worked hard, while Sissoko and Winks were outstanding.
Millwall will be up next in a run similar to the one in 1982, when we didn't leave London in a run to the semi-final. But the quarter final will be between Europa League Round of 16 games should we manage to get past Gent on Thursday, so that takes priority at the moment and a performance like this might realise the result we want from our Wembley date.
Fulham were at the
fore-front of club merchandising and started making their own
memorabilia in their Craven Cottage industry in 1903.
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|Huddersfield Town||0||Manchester City||0||Saturday|
|Blackburn Rovers||1||Manchester United||2||Sunday|
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