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Match Report: ~ Fulham lose at Tottenham Hotspur ~ Prem MD 09 ~ 23/24

last updated Friday 27th October 2023, 1:22 PM

Match Report

Tottenham Hotspur (1) 2-0 (0) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 09 23/24 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Monday 23rd October 2023    KO:20:00

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Live on Sky

Tottenham returned to the top of the table after beating Fulham 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Ange Postecoglou set a Premier League record for the best start by a manager after nine games.

Goals from Heung-min Son (36) and James Maddison (54), the two players filling the void left by Harry Kane, secured the three points which knock Man City off top spot. Fulham failed to cope with Spurs' relentless pressure from the front with Calvin Bassey losing possession on the edge of his box for both goals.

Postecoglou now has 23 points in his first nine games, which surpasses the previous best set by ex-Chelsea head coach Guus Hiddink and former Norwich boss Mike Walker (22). The Australian has transformed Spurs in less than four months and put them firmly in contention for Champions League qualification and perhaps more.

Fulham battled hard to fend off Spurs, and were denied by two fantastic Guglielmo Vicario saves in each half, but were always second best to Postecoglou's tireless Spurs team and failed to recover after the second goal. They stay in 13th with just two wins in their last eight league games.

Postecoglou's side set the pace of the game from the start as they pressed Fulham high, barely giving the visitors any breathing room. Son was kept out by Bernd Leno, the former Arsenal goalkeeper, two minutes in as Spurs then wasted three free-kicks around the box trying to be too tricky.

Fulham nearly took the lead against the run of play after 12 minutes but Vicario, the Spurs goalkeeper, kept out Joao Palhinha's header at a corner with a fantastic fingertip save. Marco Silva's side grew into the game, which became frenetic, as Fulham began to match Spurs' intensity.

Match Stats Tottenham Fulham
Goals (1)2 0 (0)
Scorers Son 36 .
Maddison 54 .
Goal attempts 15 10
On target 5 3
Shooting Accuracy 33% 30%
Possession 56% 44%
Passes 593 463
Passes Success 87% 84%
Crosses 11 19
Crosses Success 9% 21%
Corners 3 5
Tackles 19 19
Tackles Success 63% 58%
Saves 3 3
Fouls 10 14
Offsides 4 6
Yellows 2 0
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Spurs found more space as the game opened up and should have gone ahead after half an hour through Richarlison, who has scored once in nine league games this season. He fired just wide following Dejan Kulusevski's lay-off on the edge of the box with the hosts pushing hard for an opener.

Fulham finally caved under Spurs' pressure six minutes later as Son struck a classy finish into the top corner after Bassey, making his first league start since August, gave away possession on the edge of his box. Had Kulusevski been more clinical, Spurs could have gone in 2-0 up at the break.

Silva made a double change at half-time for Fulham, bringing on Alex Iwobi and Raul Jimenez for Carlos Vinicius and Andreas Pereira. There was a response from his side but it was short-lived as yet another error from Bassey around his box allowed Spurs to score their second.

Maddison capitalised on the mistake after being set up by Son to give the home side a comfortable lead with what was almost a carbon copy of their first goal. The pace of the game subsequently subsided with Fulham losing belief and Spurs seeming happy to take their foot off the gas.

Bassey nearly handed Spurs a third goal though when he was robbed of the ball by Maddison in his own area. He was fortunate that the Spurs midfielder failed to punish him again although the Fulham defender then somewhat made up for his mistake by blocking Richarlison's subsequent shot.

Fulham were kept out by Vicario for a second time in the closing stages when Jimenez was played through on goal and also had chances with Tom Cairney and Harry Wilson but were unable to convert.

Spurs, whose only dropped points heading into this game had come against London opposition, always seemed to be in control as they got the job done against their city rivals to continue their incredible start to the season under Postecoglou.

Fulham next face a trip to Brighton on Sunday October 29; kick-off 2pm.

Tottenham Hotspur : Vicario, Porro, Romero, van de Ven, Udogie (Royal 56), Sarr (Skipp 62), Hojbjerg, Kulusevski, Maddison (Veliz 82), Richarlison (Johnson 81), Son (Celso 82)

Unused substitutes: Gil, Dier, Forster, Phillips

Son 36 (What a lovely finish from Spurs' main man! Fulham lose the ball inside their own half and Richarlison quickly gives it to Son on the edge of the box. The visitors can't recover quickly enough as Son shifts it out of is feet before bending a wonderful effort into the top right corner. FPL Assist: Richarlison)
Maddison 54 (nearly a carbon-copy of the first goal! Bassey tries to play the ball out of defence but Hojbjerg intercepts with a first-time pass to Son. This time, instead of shooting, he slips in Maddison and he slots past Leno. FPL Assist: Son)

Booked: Hojbjerg (35,f), Vicario (85,tw)

Fulham : Leno, Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson, Lukic (Reed 72), Palhinha (Cairney 82), De Cordova-Reid (Wilson 62), Pereira (Iwobi 45), Willian, Vinicius (Jimenez 45)

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Ballo-Toure, Muniz, De Fougerolles

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Attendance: 61,286

Source Zinny Boswell at SkySports
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