Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham
White Hart Lane, London N17 - The World Famous Home of the Spurs
Wednesday 24th March 2010, Kick Off 19:45
FA Cup, Quarter Final (Sixth Round) Replay
Tottenham Hotspur: 4th in Premier League, 55 points from 90
Fulham: 10th in Premier League, 38 points from 90
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Assistant referees: Stephen Child and Simon Beck
Fourth official: Lee Probert
Tottenham Hotspur host Fulham in the FA Cup Quarter Final (6th Round) replay at White Hart Lane knowing that a Semi-Final place against Portsmouth at Wembley on 11th April is up for grabs for the winner. The first match at Craven Cottage on 6th March was a cagy affair with few real chances for either team and a draw was probably a fair reflection of the overall play.
Spurs come into Wednesday's match fresh from a hard-fought 2-1 win at Stoke City in a match few gave Spurs much of a chance of taking all three points. That win extended Spurs winning streak of Premier League matches to four with Portsmouth next in line at White Hart Lane on 27th March. Tottenham's goals at Stoke came through Eidur Gudjohnsen, his first for Spurs, after a great through ball from Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar with his seventh of the season after Gudjohnsen dummied Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross from the left.
Fulham were unable do Spurs a favour in their Sunday match at home to Manchester City, which they lost 2-1 with Danny Murphy scoring from the penalty spot. The West London outfit's previous match was probably one of the finest in their history, coming from 3-1 behind in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League to beat Italian giants Juventus 4-1 on a night few present at Craven Cottage will ever forget. That 5-4 aggregate win means Fulham will now face Wolfsburg in the Quarter Finals.
Fulham have never won the FA Cup but were losing finalists to West Ham United in 1975 with players like Alan Mullery, Bobby Moore and John Lacy in their team. Spurs have won the FA Cup on eight occasions and were losing finalists to Coventry City in 1987.
Harry Redknapp hasn't ruled out possible returns for Tom Huddlestone and David Bentley for Wednesday night's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Fulham. Both trained today (Tuesday, March 23) - Tom after being sidelined with an ankle injury since February 28, David after suffering a virus that kept him out of the reckoning for Stoke on Saturday. "One or two have a chance of being fit," reported Harry this morning. "Tom's getting closer. It's touch and go but we'll see how he is and it's the same with David, we'll see how they are after training. "Danny Rose could also possibly return after his knee injury."Unfortunately, Harry will be without the services of Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko (both hamstring), Aaron Lennon, Jermain Jenas (both groin) and Ledley King (thigh). On top of that, Younes Kaboul is cup-tied after playing in the competition for Portsmouth and Kyle Walker after playing for Sheffield United. As for Aaron and JD, Harry had positive news. "Aaron's done very well out with the fitness coaches and hopefully he won't be too long," he said. "I don't want to put a date on his possible return, because you never know, but he's desperate to get fit. Jermain's hamstring also feels a lot better."
Roy Hodgson's Fulham has Brede Hangeland out with a chest injury, Andy Johnson suffering with a knee injury and John Pantsil several weeks away from fitness with a PCL tear.
FA CUP SEMI-FINALS 2009-10
The tie in context
• This is the only quarter-final tie that required a replay, in a competition that now has five Premier League survivors.
• Tottenham is the most successful club still alive in the FA Cup, having won the competition eight times.
• Fulham are the only remaining club who have never won the oldest cup competition in world football.
• The winners will be facing Portsmouth, the lowest ranked club left in the competition, in the second semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 11 April (Kick off: 1600 BST)
These clubs fought out 90 goalless minutes in the original tie earlier this month.
• It was the second no score draw at Craven Cottage between these clubs this season.
• Between the two goalless games, Spurs prevailed in the league fixture at White Hart Lane.
• Fulham have not won in six league visits to the Lane. They have drawn two and lost four since a 3-0 triumph on 30 August 2003, when Barry Hayles scored twice and Luis Boa Morte got the other.
• Tottenham hold a 100% record over the Cottagers in FA Cup ties, having progressed on all four previous occasions they have been drawn together; three at the first time of asking.
• Undefeated in seven in all competitions.
• Won five and drawn two league and cup games since a 1-0 loss to Wolves; their only defeat in 13.
• Won their last three at home, and not lost in 10 at White Hart Lane.
FA Cup form
• Beaten Peterborough, Leeds and Bolton in this cup run, with the aid of replays in the last two rounds.
• This is their first appearance in the quarter-finals in three years.
• The most recent of their 17 semi-final appearances was in 2001, when Arsenal ended their interest.
• Harry Redknapp famously led Portsmouth to FA Cup victory in the season before last.
• His only other cup triumph as a manager was with West Ham, when they lifted the Intertoto Cup in 1999.
• Jeramin Defoe is Tottenham's top scorer in this FA Cup run. His five goals includes a hat-trick against Leeds.
• Lost three of the last four (all competitions).
• Completed six league and cup matches on the road without a win (D3, L3).
• Not won away from the Cottage since knocking out Accrington from the FA Cup in the fourth round on 23 January.
FA Cup form
• This tie is the first time Fulham have faced Premier League opposition in this cup run. Swindon, Accrington and Notts County were all dismissed in previous rounds on their way to the last eight.
• The Cottagers are appearing in the quarter-finals for the second year in a row, having been 4-0 victims to Manchester United at this stage last season.
• Roy Hodgson won the Svenska Cup twice as manager of Swedish club Malmo (1986 and 1989), and the Danish Super Cup when at the helm of FC Copenhagen in 2001.
• Damien Duff and Bobby Zamora are Fulham's joint top scorers in the FA Cup this season, with two goals each.
• Zamora, Simon Davies, Stephen Kelly and Danny Murphy are all former Tottenham players, while Paul Konchesky was on loan at White Hart Lane.
LAST MATCH LINE-UPS:
Tottenham Hotspur (W 2-1 Stoke City A)
Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Kaboul, Kranjcar (Livermore 90+3), Bale, Pavlyuchenko (Gudjohnsen 36), Crouch
Substitutes: Alnwick, Dervite, Palacios, Parrett, Townsend
Yellow Cards: Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar
Goals: Gudjohnsen 46, Kranjcar 77
Fulham (L 1-2 Manchester City H)
Schwarzer, Konchesky, Baird (Riise 80), Hughes, Smalling, Gera (Okaka Chuka 55), Murphy, Duff, Etuhu, Davies, Zamora (Dempsey 52)
Substitutes: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Shorey, Greening
Goal: Murphy (pen) 75
EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN ON FA CUP & FULHAM:
Eidur Gudjohnsen says every footballer dreams of playing at Wembley - that dream is one win from reality again as we face Fulham in an FA Cup quarter-final replay at the Lane tonight (Wednesday, March 24). Victory against Roy Hodgson's team will book a place against Portsmouth in the semi-finals on Sunday, April 11 and a third-successive appearance at the national stadium after our Carling Cup Finals of 2008 and 2009. And Eidur - who told us just how much the FA Cup meant to him before our fifth round clash against Bolton - can't help but look further ahead than that as he hunts down the medal that will complete his set in English football after bagging the Premier League title, League Cup and Charity Shield with Chelsea. "It's the one trophy missing on my CV," said Eidur, who bagged his first goal for us in Saturday's 2-1 win at Stoke. "It's a great competition and we've got a great opportunity now we're back at home. We have to go for the win and then Wembley awaits us.
"That's what every player dreams of, to play at Wembley and it's what the fans dream of as well, having a day out and not just that, going to Wembley with one eye on going back and winning the trophy." Eidur insisted there would be no underestimating the task ahead against Fulham in tonight's replay with players and management alike suitably impressed by the Cottagers' fantastic 4-1 win to beat Italian giants Juventus over two legs in the Europa League last week. "They've done really well," he added. "The evidence was there when we played them in the first game (a goalless draw). "They are a good footballing side with players who have improved a lot, especially Bobby Zamora. I have to give him credit, his all-round game is very strong and he's a big threat. "They produced an amazing result against Juventus and we know it will be a difficult game for us and one we have to be ready for."
Saturday afternoon's match will be the 131st meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham.
Here are the results of the previous 130 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 06-Mar-10F.A. Cup 6 24,533A D 0 - 0 24-Mar-10F.A. Cup 6 Replay H
LAST TIME WE MET...
FULHAM 0-0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Craven Cottage, Saturday 6th March 2010, FA Cup Quarter Final (Sixth Round)
Fulham and Spurs must do battle again for a place at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final after a deadlock at Craven Cottage. Roy Hodgson's side, seeking to secure their first Wembley appearance since they lost to West Ham United in the 1975 FA Cup final, created the better opportunities of a tightly-contested encounter short on clear-cut openings. Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes ensured they survived to earn a replay at White Hart Lane with a faultless display that included outstanding saves from Zoltan Gera and Damien Duff in the second half. Fulham were rarely troubled at the back, although keeper Mark Schwarzer was tested by Niko Kranjcar's shot and Peter Crouch's header before the break.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will be the happier manager after securing home advantage with this draw, but Hodgson has fashioned a talented side at Fulham and will also go into the replay with real optimism. Crouch, fresh from his two-goal success for England against Egypt in midweek, was paired with Roman Pavlyuchenko in attack as Jermain Defoe surprisingly stayed on the bench. To say the first 45 minutes was unspectacular is to do the game a great kindness, with plenty of pretty passing but little or nothing in the way of excitement or serious goal threat. Fulham's Bobby Zamora tested Gomes low down with a shot from inside the area, while Kranjcar forced Schwarzer into a fumble. The Fulham keeper also needed to dive to his left to claw away Crouch's header.
Gera should have given Fulham the lead seconds after the break, but Gomes produced a fine instinctive save from his header after Zamora won an aerial battle in the Spurs penalty box. Gomes was called into action again five minutes later, but on this occasion he was able to deal more comfortably with Dickson Etuhu's headed effort from a Simon Davies corner. The caution of the opening period was forgotten as both sides pushed harder for the vital breakthrough, with Michael Dawson flashing a volley wide and Duff just off target with an angled finish. Duff was the danger man again after 63 minutes as he was the beneficiary of more excellent work by Zamora, but Gomes was equal to his 20-yard shot with a spectacular stop.
Zamora had worked tirelessly in pursuit of an opening and he was inches away from getting on the end of Chris Baird's searching long pass after escaping the attentions of the Spurs defence with 11 minutes to go. This was the signal for Redknapp to finally introduce Defoe at the expense of the subdued Pavlyuchenko as his tried and trusted partnership with Crouch was renewed. But Zamora was the man troubling Spurs as Fulham took the direct route over the top again, but this time the angle was too acute and he dragged his shot well wide of the target. It was the last chance of the game - and now the sides must do it all again on 24 March.
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:
"I thought it was the correct result. Both teams defended exceptionally well and played some good football on a very difficult pitch that makes passing and ball control difficult. It was an exciting, fierce cup tie played in the right spirit and I don't think Harry (Redknapp) or myself could complain about the result. We don't feel we're out yet, we're just as capable of giving a good performance away from home."
Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp:
"A draw was a fair result, I'd say. We had a lot of possession, a lot of the game, but it was a fair result. This is a fantastic competition. Ask any fan, and this means a huge amount. We want to get to Wembley again, for sure. Will we be able to get some injured players back for the replay? I don't know about that - all our injured boys are out for six weeks or more by the look of things. But, hey, we'll see.
We're at home now, we'll look forward to it, but we know it'll be another tough game."
Schwarzer, Hangeland, Baird, Shorey, Hughes, Gera, Duff, Etuhu, Greening, Davies (Elm 73), Zamora
Substitutes: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Konchesky, Smalling, Riise, Okaka Chuka
Yellow Card: Etuhu
Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko (Defoe 81), Crouch
Substitutes: Alnwick, Dervite, Rose, Livermore, Townsend, Gudjohnsen
Referee: Clattenburg, Attendance: 24,533