Fulham (Away)
FA Cup Fourth Round

Sunday 30th January 2011

A third meeting with Fulham since October will mean that the familiarity might breed some contempt, but with the Fulham team being laid low in 15th position, while Spurs have been on a good run to stick in fifth spot in the table.

The addition of Steven Pienaar will strengthen Tottenham down the left side and with Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric excelling in midfield, the team only need a striker who will knock in 20 goals before the end of the season to mount a challenge on three fronts !!

As for Fulham, they are hoping that some good results in the final third of the season will see them move up the table and it is what they need, but whether they need a cup run to interfere with that is to be seen.

Clint Dempsey is one of the main threats in a side that lacks a true star at the moment.  The Yank will provide a goal-scoring presence, but sometimes, his work is a bit too deep to threaten the penalty area.  He has improved since arriving from New England Revolution, making him a useful player in the Premier League.  His position is usually in midfield, alongside ex-Spurs players Danny Murphy and Simon Davies, as well as the likes of Zoltan Gera, Jonathan Greening, Damien Duff, Dickson Etuhu and new signing Steve Sidwell.  This gives the home side plenty of options, but Etuhu might be side-lined with injury and Gera is not getting regular first team football and is the subject of transfer speculation, so Duff has been used as an auxiliary defensive player or even a full back sometimes, while Sidwell will probably be deployed as a ball winner in the middle of the park.  Simon Davies is playing well for Fulham and always looks one of their better midfielders, trying to get forward to support the front two, while Murphy is lacking any pace he once had, but can make the team tick over with his passing.  Spurs might have trouble moving the ball through the middle of the pitch, but any pace through the middle might reap rewards.

At the back, goalkeeper David Stockdale will stand in for the missing Mark Schwarzer, who is on Asian Cup duty with Australia.  And sometime Schwarzer missing the ball has cost Fulham, while Stockdale did well in between the sticks at the start of the season when the Aussie looked on his way to Arsenal.  Whether he will be able to keep out the Spurs side that Harry puts out for this tie will depend on whether Tottenham make the most of turning possession into shots on goal.

The Cottagers' defence will consist of Brede Hangeland in the middle normally with Aaron Hughes alongside him (but a hamstring injury might rule him out), flanked by John Pantsil and Chris Baird.  Both full backs are keen to get forward, but they are able to be drawn infield to leave space for a diagonal pass inside them.  Another ex-Spur will be available in the shape of Stephen Kelly and Steo hasn't had a long run in the side since he joined from Birmingham City.  Carlos Salcido could play at wither full back or in midfield, but wherever he plays, he likes to attack on the flank.

The attack has been shorn of Bobby Zamora with a broken leg for the bulk of the season and the return of Andrew Johnson has made the forward line look a little more familiar, as Moussa Dembele has also missed a sizeable chunk of the campaign with injury, thus Diomansy Kamara has found a place in the front line.  Johnson had been a regular scorer, with a number coming from penalties he had won himself, but times have changed since he last played regularly in the top flight.  He would need to be at his sharpest to score the number of goals he had accumulated in the past and Kamara scored against Spurs at the Cottage earlier in the season, but has only one other goal this season.

Tottenham will need to make sure that they do not fall into the same trap as they did last week at Newcastle.  Good approach play was not finished off and it needed a late Aaron Lennon equaliser to gain a point and with some squad players getting a run out here, it will need a resolute performance and one in which they pressurise the Fulham back four to make chances pay, otherwise, it would be a worrying exit for Spurs, should they take it too easy.

Mark Hughes' team are proving the draw specialists in the Premier League which was something he got from Manchester City when he was their manager too.  So I expect that without the spark of Gareth Bale's attacking threat, Spurs might just have to settle for a replay ...

PREDICTION : -    Fulham    1      Tottenham Hotspur    1

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FULHAM :  -  Gael Kakuta (out - cup-tied); Matthew Briggs (out - calf); Bobby Zamora (out - broken leg); Phillipe Senderos (out - Achilles); Mark Schwarzer (out - international duty); Aaron Hughes (out - hamstring); Dickson Etuhu (doubtful - hamstring); - (-); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Ledley King (out - groin); Tom Huddlestone (out - ankle); Gareth Bale (out - back); Wilson Palacios (doubtful - knee); Sandro (doubtful - back); Jonathan Woodgate (out - match fitness); Jamie O'Hara (out - match fitness); - (-);


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Fulham   4    Tottenham Hotspur   0      (Half-time score : 4-0)

FA Cup Fourth Round
Venue :  -  Craven Cottage
Sunday 30th January 2011
Kick Off :  4.30 p.m.
Crowd :   21,829
Referee :  Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Fulham kicked off and played towards the Putney end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Clear, bright, chilly
Teams : - 
Fulham :

12  Stockdale

  4  Pantsil
  5  Hangeland
18  Hughes
  3  Salcido

16  Duff     
13  Murphy  (27  Greening 74)
  7  Sidwell
23  Dempsey

  8  Johnson  (11  Johnson 68)
30  Dembele  (29  Davies 80)

Unused subs: 
  2  Kelly
26  Dikgacoi
15  Kamara

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

  2  Hutton
20  Dawson (c)      
19  Bassong
32  Assou-Ekotto

  7  Lennon
40  Pienaar
14  Modric
30  Sandro  (13  Gallas 17)
van der Vaart        (  8  Jenas 66)

18  Defoe  (15  Crouch 46)

Unused subs: 
23  Cudicini

22  Corluka
21  Kranjcar
  9  Pavlyuchenko

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)

  Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Murphy (p)  11
Murphy (p)  14
Hangeland  23
Dembele  45+3

Tottenham Hotspur


Cards : -  

Duff (foul)  35


Tottenham Hotspur  

van der Vaart (foul)  27

Dawson (foul) 14

Match Report : -  
This match had little to commend it as a Spurs fan, while Fulham fans were jumping for joy that they hadn't had to endure another drawn match and progress to the Fifth round and a rip-roaring tie against Bolton Wanderers or Wigan Athletic awaiting them after this match turned on three first half minutes.

That was all it took Tottenham to self-destruct with some sloppy defensive play and some generous refereeing.  Michael Dawson was surprisingly the culprit, as he is normally quite steady and doesn't get involve din giving the ball away cheaply.  However, today, he chose not to look when passing the ball out to Alan Hutton on the right and Clint Dempsey picked off his pass, set for for the penalty box and went down when Hutton slid in to tackle him.  Penalty.  Eleven minutes on the clock and Murphy sent the ball higher than Gomes' dive to his left and Fulham were in the lead before Tottenham has even built an attack.

Three minutes later, Gomes played a short goal-kick to Dawson wide on the right of the penalty area.  Trying to turn Dembele, who had closed him down, the Fulham striker got the ball off the Spurs captain and a tug at his short did not stop him getting a shot on goal, but Dowd pointed to the spot and then produced a red card to dismiss Daws for stopping a goal-scoring opportunity.  A little harsh, as the ref allowed play to continue and then pulled play back to give the penalty, so not one, not two, but three bits of luck in one incident for the home team.  Regardless of the outcome of the spot-kick, the game was effectively over, with Spurs down to ten men and a goal down already.  The fact that Murphy sent Gomes the wrong way form the spot to double the lead was academic.

Tottenham were all over the place as they tried to re-organise, but the loose play had started almost form the first whistle, with Dawson trying to chest a ball to a team-mate that he should have been heading and Assou-Ekotto hitting loose passes straight to Fulham players.  Pienaar had a nightmare first half and van der Vaart was given no time or space, thus turning the ball over too often.  Sandro didn't seem to know where he should be playing (and nor did we), while Luka Modric was seemingly deployed at the base of a diamond, that had Lennon on the left and Pienaar on the right ... both on the wrong side.

Fulham had identified Assou-Ekotto as the weak link in the defence and as well as closing the Spurs players down quickly, they were playing passes in behind him to get Johnson or Duff running down that line.  One ball in from that side looked like goal number three for Dempsey, but Hutton slid into do enough to put him off and the American hit his shot on the slide over the top.  Luckily the next chance fell to Dempsey too and getting across his marker at the near post, he could not turn the ball in.

BY this time, Harry Redknapp had taken Sandro off to replace him with William Gallas in an attempt to get some organisation in the back four, but it had little effect as halfway through the half, Spurs went further behind.  An aimless ball into the Tottenham box caused confusion between Assou-Ekotto and Gomes and the ball squirted away from both of them and in attempting to stop Duff, Benoit gave away a cheap corner.  The Irishman took it and the smallest Fulham player - Andy Johnson - won the header at the near post that took the ball across the six yard box for Brede Hangeland to hit home from half a yard out at the far post.

Things were not going well, as Spurs could not hold onto the ball and it was half an hour before there was a shot on goal and even then Modric scuffed his shot well wide.  van der Vaart showed how desperate things were, when he took a 40 yard free-kick very quickly and his shot at goal had Stockdale pedalling backwards to ensure he was under it as it went inches over the bar.

Juts as it looked like Spurs might through to half time with a three goal deficit, Spurs lost the ball near the centre circle to Dembele and Bassong failed to stop him turning away from him and he ran at the defence before picking out a shot to Gomes' right that went in just inside the post to make it 4-0 at the interval.

The walk across the pitch to the dressing room must have been a long one for Harry and the players, but with options limited and only ten men, they had only pride to play for and the limitation of goals against.

The second half saw Spurs hold possession better, but really failed to threaten the Fulham goal.  Defoe almost got on the end of one ball from van der Vaart in the first half, but was blocked out by Hughes and that was about as close as they came to scoring.  But Dempsey was denied by a Gomes save and then put a shot a yard wide, when he really should have scored.  It was 72 minutes before a shot fizzed anywhere near the Fulham goal when a headed clearance dropped to Jermaine Jenas, on as a sub for Rafael and he hit it first time on the volley, but it went a couple of yards wide.

The game was disappointing for both side sin the second half, with Fulham failing to add to their total and Spurs seeing out time and being grateful to the intervention of the crossbar when Hughes own a free header at a corner, of Gomes who saved low down to stop Gera after Simon Davies had squared the ball to him and of Jermaine Jenas, who was on the line to hack away a ball after Hangeland had headed goal-wards.

A day to forget, but one which might have a significant bearing on the rest of Tottenham's season.  With Robbie Keane and Jamie O'Hara going out on loan, Younes Kaboul needing an operation and no sign of any new recruits coming in before tomorrow's deadline, the infamous depth and quality of the squad will certainly be put to the test ... starting at Blackburn on Wednesday, when Spurs really need a win to get back on track.

Barry Levington


Fan Reaction : -



I am actually getting fed up of the number of times we have conceded two penalties in a game.  How many other teams do that ?  Hardly any ... that's how many.

How is it that we can look so bad when we start a game and make the opposition look so good.  Giving teams a start and then trying to catch up is no longer an option, as the squad is getting thinner with each passing game.

I think that the side need to concentrate more on keeping the ball rather than trying to be too clever too early in the match, which just puts pressure on ourselves.

The consistency is getting a bit better, but there is still a need for the players to make sure they do not hand games to the opposition.


I don't know what everyone is getting so down about ... we drew the second half. 


All Spurs must be feeling the same as I do.  Very hurt at the apparent complete lack of interest by the team in yesterday's tie.  Why bother to enter the competition at all if they did not want to progress beyond the Fourth Round?
The first twenty minutes was bad enough but what happened to the fight back, even after the (presumed) team talk by Harry the second half was no better - with the exception of perhaps VDV, Lennon, Hutton and Modric ('though even he was quieter than usual (perhaps the effect of the rest of the team's lack of interest)) no one showed any interest or invention in attack - I don't think that the Cottage 'keeper had one save to make.  Many times we have seen ten men win against 11 (often against us) so that is no excuse.  If I had my way I would stop the players pay for a week see that all supporters who attended get their money back.  Alan Green on 606 tried to console a caller by telling him that it was really a good thing because now the team can concentrate on the league and CL. Not his fault but that is no consolation to a generation of Spurs brought up on FA Cup glory - there is even a '1' at the end of this year!





Other scores in the Fourth Round ties this weekend :
Aston Villa 3 Blackburn Rovers 1 Saturday
Birmingham City 3 Coventry City 2 Saturday
Torquay United 0 Crawley Town 1 Saturday
Burnley 3 Burton Albion 1 Saturday
Bolton Wanderers 0 Wigan Athletic 0 Saturday
Everton 1 Chelsea 1 Saturday
Southampton 1 Manchester United 2 Saturday
Stevenage 1 Reading 2 Saturday
Swansea City 1 Leyton Orient 2 Saturday
Sheffield Wednesday 4 Hereford United 1 Saturday
Watford 0 Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Saturday
Arsenal 2 Huddersfield Town 1 Sunday
Notts. County 1 Manchester City 1 Sunday
West Ham United 3 Nottingham Forest 2 Sunday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Stoke City 1 Sunday


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