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Match Report: Fulham crush Tottenham ~ Prem MD 29 ~ 23/24

last updated Saturday 16th March 2024, 10:09 PM

Match Report

Fulham (1) 3-0 (0) Brighton

Premier League Match Day 29 23_24 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 16th March 2024,    KO: 17:30

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

Winger Ivan Cavaleiro
Fulham striker
Rodrigo Muniz
Rodrigo Muniz
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Fulham signed off before the international break with a resounding 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage.

A dominant first half was rewarded just before the break when Rodrigo Muniz clinically converted after being picked out by Antonee Robinson’s immaculate centre.

The advantage was doubled with the second half still in its infancy when Sasa Lukic diverted home his first goal for the Club from a Timothy Castagne cross.

And the in-form Muniz made sure of the points just after the hour mark, reacting first when Calvin Bassey’s shot came back off the post, to nab his seventh goal in as many Premier League games.

Marco Silva made two changes to the side that was narrowly beaten in Wolverhampton a week earlier, with Joao Palhinha and Willian brought in for Harrison Reed and Harry Wilson, while Raul Jimenez was back in a matchday squad for the first time since January.

Midfielder Sasa Lukic
Fulham Midfielder
Sasa Lukic
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It was almost a perfect start inside two minutes when Alex Iwobi won possession on the halfway line to launch a Fulham counter that ended with Cristian Romero blocking Muniz’s shot. The ball then span to Andreas Pereira who connected sweetly first time, only to see his effort deflect inches wide of the target.

Romero was proving to be a one man brick wall at the back for Spurs, doing brilliantly to repel Andreas’ follow-up after Guglielmo Vicario had pushed Iwobi’s cross into his path.

The Spurs goalkeeper was called into action again seconds later as we kept the pressure on with Robinson. His drilled cross found Lukic whose low drive was parried by Vicario.

All the attacking had come from Fulham, and some nimble footwork from Robinson to dance to the byline almost created the opener when he squared for Muniz, but some brave defending once again denied the breakthrough.

Spurs then went up the other end for their first chance, but Heung-Min Son fired over.

It was a good encounter, mainly in the Whites’ favour, with Vicario required again moments later to keep out Willian’s low strike, before Bernd Leno – captaining the side for the first time – made a similar stop to deny Brennan Johnson.

An overload on the Tottenham left then saw Johnson and Destiny Udogie nab the ball off Castagne between them, with Udogie then feeding Maddison in the middle. The England man went for placement over power, but thankfully rolled his shot marginally wide of the near post.

It had turned into a more even contest, which made Muniz’s breakthrough all the more decisive. Again it was Robinson creating things, bending in a beautiful cross that needed one touch for control and another to pass beyond Vicario for goal number six for the season for Muniz.

The second half started as well as the first ended. Fulham passed between the lines beautifully, with the ball eventually worked to Castagne down the right, whose cross was expertly diverted in by the thigh of Lukic, who had timed his run impeccably.

Castagne had been excellent, and he nearly added his own name to the scoresheet after getting on the end of Iwobi’s through ball, but Vicario sprawled to make the save at the expense of a corner.

Spurs’ fortune was short lived, though. Joao Palhinha headed Andreas’ delivery into Bassey, who smashed his shot against the post on the turn, with Muniz reacting quickest to poke home the rebound, despite being fouled by Radu Dragusin.

We thought it was four when Palhinha lashed in from a Tosin cutback, but it was disallowed after taking a nick off Raul –just on for Muniz – who was marginally offside.

Spurs made a raft of substitutions which gave them some impetus, with balls across the face to first Johnson and then Timo Werner, but neither could convert from close range.

Werner did then get a shot on target, but he was kept out by his compatriot Leno.

Fulham were in total control, though Richarlison should have pulled one back when he fired wide from inside the box.

As we ticked into the 90th minute, Wilson nearly added some gloss with a rising effort, but it was palmed away by Vicario.

A fourth goal would have been nice – and richly deserved – but the buoyant Fulham faithful had to settle for just the three on a blinding evening by the Thames.

Fulham boss Marco Silva told Sky Sports: "One hundred per cent [our best performance of the season], definitely. I said to the players if this is not our best it is very nearly.

"The first half was one of our best this season, we were so complete. We matched them.

"Some really good moments, and good goals as well. Throughout the first half we were clearly the best team on the pitch.

"It was crucial as well the way we started the second half, two quick goals that gave us control in the end.

"Almost a year with them always scoring. It speaks about our organisation this evening, the way we stopped them. We were brave enough to stop them. It really speaks about ourselves and how we have been solid this season.

"It's been really good this season. I will not stop wanting more every single week. The reality is now we have away games, they are going to be crucial for us if we want to keep climbing the table.

"We are going to work really hard to improve on last season."

Fulham : Leno, Castagne (Tete 82'), Adarabioyo, Bassey, Robinson, Palhinha, Lukic (Reed 81'), Iwobi (De Cordova-Reid 82'), Pereira (Wilson 72'), Willian, Muniz (Jimenez 64')

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Cairney, Traore, Ream

Muniz 42 (Fulham deserve the lead, but this will be checked for offside... Robinson whips in a wonderful ball for Muniz, who finished off expertly. And the VAR says GOAL! It looked off from first look, but the officials have spoken. That's Muniz's sixth goal in seven games. He has been so impressive for Fulham. FPL Assist: Robinson)
Lukic 49 (FULHAM DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! I said Fulham had started brightly since the break but this is dream stuff for the hosts. Iwobi does so well to slip the ball into Castagne down the right and he drills a cross into the box. Lukic guides the ball in off his thigh and into the back of the net. Not sure if he meant it, but he won't care! FPL Assist: Castagne.)
Muniz 61 (FULHAM HAVE THREE! Spurs had won on their last seven visits here, but Fulham are putting them to this sword this evening. This goal comes from a corner. Bassey is first to the rebound after Palhniha's header is saved and his shot falls into the six-yard box where it is there to be fought for. Muniz was never going to lose this battle and scrambles it over the line. He showed so much desire there.)

Booked: Palhinha (f,55), Reed (arg,96)

Tottenham Hotspur : Vicario, Porro, Romero, Dragusin, Udogie, Bissouma (Hojbjerg 66'), Sarr (Werner 66'), Kulusevski, Maddison (Bentancur 66'), Johnson (Richarlison 80'), Son Heung-Min (Lo Celso 87

Unused substitutes: Skipp, Emerson Royal, Davies, Austin

Booked: Bissouma (63,f), Johnson (dis,79), Bentancur (arg,96)

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

Attendance: 24,410

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