Match Preview: Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur
Craven Cottage, Stevenage Road, London SW6 (Capacity: 25,700)
Saturday 6th March 2010, Kick Off 17:20
FA Cup, Sixth Round (Quarter Final)
Tottenham Hotspur: 4th in Premier League, 49 points from 84
Fulham: 8th in Premier League, 38 points from 84
Fulham host Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on Saturday 6th March in an FA Cup Sixth Round tie with the prize of a Wembley Semi-Final on offer to the winner. Fulham are having a successful season, especially in the Europa League, where they knocked-out the previous winners Shakhtar Donetsk over two legs to reach the Round of 16. Fulham's vital goal in Donetsk was scored by Hangeland while last time out in the Premier League, Fulham picked-up a point at Sunderland in a goalless draw.
Tottenham Hotspur followed-up an impressive 4-0 FA Cup fourth round replay win over Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane with a hard fought 2-1 home win over Everton in the Premier League. The win lifted Spurs above Manchester City into fourth place in the table after City had a very good 4-2 away win at Chelsea. Tottenham's goals against Bolton came from Roman Pavlyuchenko, who scored two, and two own goals from Jaaskelainen and O'Brien. Russian striker Pavlyuchenko also got the opening goal against Everton to make it five in the space of a week with Croatian Luka Modric adding the second after some great combination work with fellow countrymen Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar on the right wing. Everton's goal was scrambled-in by Yakubu.
The Boxing Day League fixture at Craven Cottage saw a goalless draw between the two clubs and Spurs won the reverse League game at White Hart Lane exactly a month later 2-0 with goals from Peter Crouch and David Bentley. Fulham have failed to score a goal against Spurs in the last three meetings. This will be the sixth meeting between the two clubs in the FA Cup with Spurs winning four previous matches and with one game drawn. The most recent meeting came in the Fifth Round in 2007 when Spurs won 4-0 with a brace each from Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov.
Harry Redknapp revealed the full extent of the injury crisis in his squad following the victory over Everton that sent Tottenham back into the top four of the Premier League. Tom Huddlestone was carried off on a stretcher after getting his foot caught by John Heitinga while taking a shot during the 2-1 win at White Hart Lane, adding to Redknapp's problems in central midfield as Jermaine Jenas requires surgery this week on a groin injury and Wilson Palacios is walking a disciplinary tightrope on nine bookings.
In defence, Ledley King has a thigh problem and Jonathan Woodgate looks likely to miss the rest of the season with his long-term groin complaint. The news from the specialist treating Aaron Lennon is that the England winger needs at least six weeks' rest, with David Bentley unable to deputise as he has a tear in his groin.
"Tom will have a scan and we'll see how it is," said Spurs boss Redknapp. "I don't know how bad his injury is, it doesn't look all that good at the moment. But we are running out of central-midfield players. We've only got three anyway, we've got Palacios, Tom and Jermaine Jenas. Jenas looks like having an operation on Wednesday probably, we don't know how Tom is and Wilson's on nine bookings so it's not an ideal situation".
To follow later.
LAST MATCH LINE-UPS:
Tottenham Hotspur (W 2-1 Everton H)
Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Bale, Modric, Palacios, Huddlestone (Kaboul 52), Kranjcar, Defoe (Gudjohnsen 71), Pavlyuchenko (Crouch 82)
Substitutes: Alnwick, Dervite, Kyle Walker, Assou-Ekotto
Yellow Card: Modric
Goals: Pavlyuchenko 11, Modric 28
Fulham (D 0-0 Sunderland A)
Schwarzer, Hangeland, Baird, Shorey, Hughes, Gera, Murphy (Greening 58), Duff, Etuhu, Davies, Zamora (Elm 83)
Substitutes: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Smalling, Riise, Okaka Chuka
Yellow Cards: Baird, Greening, Zamora
MARK LAWRENSON'S PREDICTION (BBC):
To follow later.
OTHER FA CUP SIXTH ROUND FIXTURES:
Sunday afternoon's match will be the 130th meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham.
Here are the results of the previous 129 matches with Spurs' score shown first:
05-Sep-1903Southern Lge 10,000A D 0 - 0 21-Sep-03London Lge 3,000H W 2 - 1 Cameron, Kriwan 02-Jan-04Southern Lge 10,000H W 1 - 0 Warner 11-Apr-04London Lge - A W 5 - 1 Berry (2), Cameron, Badger, Copeland 03-Sep-04Southern Lge 17,000H L 0 - 1 12-Nov-04Western Lge - A D 0 - 0 31-Dec-04Southern Lge 9,000A L 0 - 1 02-Jan-05Western Lge - H L 0 - 5 30-Sep-05Southern Lge 25,000A D 0 - 0 18-Oct-05Western Lge 6,000H W 1 - 0 Kyle 20-Nov-05Western Lge - A W 3 - 0 Stansfield, Kyle (2) 12-Feb-06Southern Lge 18,000H L 0 - 1 24-Sep-06Southern Lge 13,000H W 5 - 1 Walton, Hewitt, Reid (2), Dow 29-Oct-06Southern Lge 20,000A L 1 - 2 Stansfield 20-May-07Tour - A W 2 - 1 Whyman, Bull 05-Dec-08Division 2 35,000A W 3 - 2 Minter (2), Steel R 06-Feb-09F.A. Cup 2 33,008H W 1 - 0 Steel R 10-Apr-09Division 2 22,000H W 1 - 0 Woodward 06-Dec-09LonCharCupF 17,000N L 1 - 4 Minter 05-Dec-10LonCharCupF 10,000N W 2 - 1 Minter, Middlemiss 23-Oct-11Lon Prof Charity Fund 3,981H W 3 - 0 Minter, Steel R, Middlemiss 14-Oct-12Lon Prof Charity Fund - A L 0 - 1 14-Oct-13LonCharCup2 6,500A W 2 - 0 Middlemiss (2) 06-Feb-15Friendly - H D 2 - 2 Steel, Cantrell 16-Oct-15London Comb1 4,200H W 3 - 1 Banks, Bliss (2) 01-Jan-16London Comb1 5,000A W 2 - 0 Bassett, Lloyd 19-Feb-16London Comb2 3,000A L 1 - 3 Steel 25-Mar-16London Comb2 6,000H W 4 - 0 Lloyd (2), Bliss, Steel 21-Oct-16London Comb 4,000A L 1 - 2 Banks 13-Jan-17London Comb 4,000Ho W 1 - 0 Barton 06-Oct-17London Comb 6,000Hi W 1 - 0 Banks(pen) 01-Dec-17London Comb 7,000A L 3 - 4 Banks (2), Coomber 26-Jan-18London Comb 15,000Hi L 0 - 1 23-Mar-18London Comb 3,000A W 3 - 0 Walden, Potter, Jack 27-Apr-18LondComb Sub 5,000A L 0 - 1 04-May-18LondComb Sub 2,000Up L 2 - 3 Thomas, Goldthorpe 07-Sep-18London Comb 8,000A D 2 - 2 Barnard, Thomas 02-Nov-18London Comb 500Ho W 1 - 0 Simons 28-Dec-18London Comb 8,000A L 1 - 3 Banks 22-Feb-19London Comb 10,000Ho L 0 - 2 19-Apr-19Victory Cup SF 45,000Sb L 0 - 2 10-May-19Nat War Fund 5,000H D 2 - 2 Grimsdell 06-Dec-19Division 2 30,000A W 4 - 1 Grimsdell, Minter, Cantrell, Bliss 13-Dec-19Division 2 38,000H W 4 - 0 Walden, Minter (2), Bliss 14-May-21Friendly - N W 4 - 0 Grimsdell, Banks, Wilson, Bliss 27-Oct-24LonCharCup1 3,559H W 5 - 1 Osborne, Hargreaves, Elkes (3) 17-Oct-27LonCharCup1 - A L 2 - 6 O'Callaghan, Dimmock (pen) 10-Dec-32Division 2 42,111A D 2 - 2 Hunt GS (2) 07-Apr-33Division 2 44,312H D 0 - 0 05-Oct-35Division 2 37,298A W 2 - 1 Duncan, Evans W 08-Feb-36Division 2 45,277H D 2 - 2 Sargent, Evans W 19-Dec-36Division 2 20,495A D 3 - 3 Ward (pen), Morrison, Miller 24-Apr-37Division 2 21,133H D 1 - 1 Alexander 16-Oct-37Division 2 29,556A L 1 - 3 Sargent 26-Feb-38Division 2 34,097H D 1 - 1 Morrison 15-Oct-38Division 2 46,679H W 1 - 0 Lyman 18-Feb-39Division 2 26,466A L 0 - 1 23-Mar-40FL South C 8,000A W 3 - 2 Morrison, Dix (2) 10-Apr-40FL South C 2,000H W 3 - 1 Cox, Morrison (2) 07-Jun-41Reg Lge Sth 2,815H W 2 - 1 Ward (pen), Broadis 01-Nov-41London WarLge 6,000A D 2 - 2 Gibbons, Noble 02-May-42London WarLge 3,754H W 7 - 1 Broadis, Gibbons (2), Stevens (2), Ludford (2) 26-Apr-43Friendly - H W 3 - 0 Rowley (2), Ludford 25-Dec-43Football Lge Sth 16,629H W 2 - 0 Walters, Jones 27-Dec-43Football Lge Sth 13,200A W 2 - 0 Ludford, Jones 25-Nov-44Football Lge Sth 14,300H W 2 - 1 Walters, Beasley 28-Apr-45Football Lge Sth 8,000A W 4 - 2 Ward (pen), Ludford, Hall AE, Freeman og 09-Mar-46Football Lge Sth 30,000A D 1 - 1 Whitchurch 16-Mar-46Football Lge Sth 23,211H L 1 - 3 Dix (pen) 26-May-46Friendly - H D 2 - 2 Ludford, Burgess 02-Nov-46Division 2 40,762A D 1 - 1 Foreman 08-Mar-47Division 2 27,715H D 1 - 1 Bennett 22-Nov-47Division 2 36,147A W 2 - 0 Duquemin, Stevens 10-Apr-48Division 2 32,490H L 0 - 2 04-Dec-48Division 2 36,247A D 1 - 1 Nicholson 30-Apr-49Division 2 50,133H D 1 - 1 Duquemin 23-Mar-51Division 1 47,391A W 1 - 0 Murphy 26-Mar-51Division 1 51,862H W 2 - 1 Bennett, Murphy 20-Aug-51Division 1 48,766H W 1 - 0 Medley 29-Aug-51Division 1 33,920A W 2 - 1 Bennett, McClellan 12-Dec-59Division 1 36,772A D 1 - 1 Jones (pen) 19-Mar-60Division 1 52,189H D 1 - 1 Mackay 05-Nov-60Division 1 56,270H W 5 - 1 Jones (2), White, Allen (2) 25-Mar-61Division 1 38,536A D 0 - 0 11-Nov-61Division 1 35,662H W 4 - 2 Jones, White (2), Mackay 17-Apr-62Division 1 43,355A D 1 - 1 Greaves 10-Nov-62Division 1 39,961A W 2 - 0 Mackay, Jones 13-Apr-63Division 1 45,951H D 1 - 1 Greaves 02-Nov-63Division 1 42,023H W 1 - 0 Greaves 28-Mar-64Division 1 30,388A D 1 - 1 Greaves 05-Oct-64Division 1 32,908H W 3 - 0 Norman, Greaves, Saul 13-Feb-65Division 1 27,708A L 1 - 4 Greaves 04-Sep-65Division 1 28,718A W 2 - 0 Mackay, Clayton 19-Feb-66Division 1 32,244H W 4 - 3 Saul, Jones (3) 01-Oct-66Division 1 28,628A W 4 - 3 Robertson, Greaves, Gilzean, Venables 11-Feb-67Division 1 43,961H W 4 - 2 Greaves, Gilzean, Jones (2) 26-Dec-67Division 1 36,274H D 2 - 2 Jones (2) 30-Dec-67Division 1 30,051A W 2 - 1 Robertson, Jones 10-Aug-74Friendly - A W 1 - 0 Peters 10-Sep-77Division 2 31,939H W 1 - 0 Jones 04-Feb-78Division 2 24,763A D 1 - 1 Taylor 02-Dec-81League Cup 4 30,214H W 1 - 0 Hazard 07-Jan-84F.A. Cup 3 23,398A D 0 - 0 11-Jan-84F.A. Cup 3 Replay 32,898H W 2 - 0 Roberts, Archibald 20-Aug-84Friendly/Test - H W 3 - 1 Crooks, Allen C (2) 19-Jul-89Friendly Chase Lodge H W 3 - 1 Howells (2), Moran 05-Jan-98F.A. Cup 3 27,909H W 3 - 1 Clemence, Calderwood, Brady 01-Dec-99League Cup 4 18,134A L 1 - 3 Iversen 02-Aug-2000Friendly 12,928A D 0 - 0 28-Nov-01League Cup 4 17,006A W 2 - 1 Rebrov, Davies 15-Dec-01FA Prem 36,054H W 4 - 0 Ferdinand, Anderton, Davies, Rebrov 24-Mar-02FA Prem 15,885A W 2 - 0 Sheringham, Poyet 11-Sep-02FA Prem 16,757A L 2 - 3 Richards, Sheringham 22-Feb-03FA Prem 34,704H D 1 - 1 Sheringham (pen) 30-Aug-03FA Prem 33,421H L 0 - 3 31-Jan-04FA Prem 17,024A L 1 - 2 Keane (pen) 30-Oct-04FA Prem 21,317A L 0 - 2 26-Feb-05FA Prem 35,885H W 2 - 0 Kanoute, Keane 24-Sep-05FA Prem 35,427H W 1 - 0 Defoe 31-Jan-06FA Prem 21,081A L 0 - 1 17-Sep-06FA Prem 36,131H D 0 - 0 20-Jan-07FA Prem 23,580A D 1 - 1 Chimbonda 18-Feb-07F.A. Cup 5 18,655A W 4 - 0 Keane (2), Berbatov (2) 01-Sep-07FA Prem 24,007A D 3 - 3 Kaboul, Berbatov, Bale 26-Dec-07FA Prem 36,077H W 5 - 1 Keane (2), Huddlestone (2), Defoe 15-Nov-08FA Prem 25,139A L 1 - 2 Campbell 26-Dec-08FA Prem 35,866 H D 0 - 0 26-Dec-09FA Prem 25,679A D 0 - 0 26-Jan-10FA Prem 35,467HW 2 - 0 Crouch, Bentley
LAST TIME WE MET...
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2-0 FULHAM
White Hart Lane, Premier League, Tuesday 26th January 2010
Tottenham reignited their push for a top-four spot with a clinical victory over Fulham at White Hart Lane. The hosts, searching for a first league win since December, took the lead when Peter Crouch capitalised on some poor defending to clip in from close range. And David Bentley made the most of a rare Tottenham start when his free-kick was deflected home on the hour mark. The Cottagers offered little in attack, though Bobby Zamora brought a brave save out of Heurelho Gomes early on.
However, the victory was all too comfortable for a Tottenham side that rarely had to get out of third gear as the hosts kept hold of fourth spot in the league, three points ahead of Liverpool, who were held to a goalless draw by Wolves. It was a far from fluent victory for Spurs, though, who have lost an element of attacking swagger of late with winger Aaron Lennon injured. But they had far too much for a Fulham side whose performances away from Craven Cottage could hardly be more of a contrast with their impressive home form. With just one league win on their travels all season, Fulham's gameplan was clearly to keep things tight early on - and they were grateful to Mark Schwarzer's smart low stop from Tom Huddlestone's drive in the first minute amid a typically sharp start from the hosts.
Huddlestone and Defoe also kept Schwarzer busy during the opening salvos, but as has happened more than once recently, Spurs' early vigour in attack slowly diminished as Fulham took a foothold in the game. Not that the visitors were offering much in attack, with a fantastic chance for Zamora in the 13th minute the sole exception. Zoltan Gera was the creator, his flick from Damien Duff's cross looking to have found Zamora six yards out, only for Gomes - who injured his shoulder in the process - to save bravely at the striker's feet. It was a missed chance Fulham were left to rue as Spurs took the lead on 28 minutes - thanks in no small part to some dire defending.
First Schwarzer flapped at Bentley's cross, then Bjorn Helge Riise failed to clear the ball, allowing Modric to rescue it and cross for Crouch, who nipped in front of the sleeping Chris Smalling to poke in. Smalling, making only his second Premier League start, was featuring just hours after it was announced he will be joining Manchester United next season - and the 20-year-old might have wished he had not made the headlines as his naivety was punished mercilessly. The irrepressible Modric almost made it two on the stroke of half-time when he stepped inside Aaron Hughes and curled inches over the bar, but the home fans did not have to wait too long for a deserved second. Bentley, making his first league start since October, got it, his curling free-kick deflecting off Riise and past the helpless Schwarzer.
And that was pretty much that as far as the competitive edge in the match was concerned, with Tottenham happy to move the ball around comfortably and injury-ravaged Fulham apparently just happy to keep the score down. It will do nothing to take away from what was a red-letter day for Gareth Bale, though, who - at the 23rd time of asking - secured his first ever victory as a Premier League starter.
As for Fulham, a fourth straight defeat for the first time since 2006 does little to improve their hopes of securing European football for a second successive season, though with two home matches to come they will hope to return to winning ways sooner rather than later.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp:
"The main thing was for us to get the win. We have been playing well recently but have come up against a couple of keepers who have been in great form. We well deserved to win it tonight. We dominated the game and our keeper has maybe had one save to make all night. I'm pleased with David Bentley's performance, he's got great ability and he showed that tonight. He's been unlucky not to have had more chances because of Aaron Lennon's form but all we can ask is that when he gets his chance he takes it and he did that tonight."
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:
"I thought we dealt with Spurs reasonably well. After their initial burst I thought we did OK. We were a little unlucky with the goals, the second one in particular because that was a cruel deflection. After that second goal they could relax - if we hadn't conceded that, maybe we could have pressed them a bit more."
Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric, Crouch, Defoe (Keane 81)
Substitutes: Alnwick, Hutton, Bassong, Jenas, O'Hara, Rose
Yellow Card: Dawson
Goals: Crouch 27, Bentley 60
Schwarzer, Hangeland, Baird, Hughes, Smalling, Gera (Kamara 72), Murphy, Duff, Riise (Davies 64), Dikgacoi, Zamora (Elm 79)
Substitutes: Zuberbuhler, Kallio, Greening, Nevland
Yellow Card: Kamara
Referee: Dean, Attendance: 35,467