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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 February, 2005, 17:04 GMT
Tottenham 2-0 Fulham
Spurs striker Fredi Kanoute celebrates with manager Martin Jol
Substitutes Fredi Kanoute and Robbie Keane earned Tottenham a deserved victory over London rivals Fulham.

Kanoute fired home a thundering 25-yard free-kick in the 78th minute after Lee Clark had tripped Andy Reid.

Spurs had dominated the match while Fulham hardly created a single opportunity and Spurs easily dealt with what was thrown at them.

Keane picked up Michael Carrick's pass in injury time to round Edwin van der Sar and wrap up the victory.

It was surprising there were so few goals at a wet White Hart Lane given both managers had opted for attacking line-ups.

Reid returned to add strength to Tottenham's midfield while Egyptian striker Mido was paired up with Jermain Defoe.

Fulham welcomed back Claus Jensen, for his first start in four months, and the Dane settled in, joining Luis Boa Morte and Andy Cole in a three-pronged attack.

The Portuguese striker beat the Spurs offside trap after three minutes when he was put through by Tomasz Radzinski.

But Boa Morte was as surprised as anyone to find himself unchallenged and allowed the ball to fall tamely to Paul Robinson.

At the opposite end Mido menaced the Fulham defence, determined to prove his worth in just his second Premiership appearance.

The striker's eagerness may have got the better of him when he ballooned an easy shot over the bar and again sent another speculative shot high.

But the on-loan Roma player showed touches of class, jinking past Fulham defenders Zat Knight and Alain Goma.

In spite of Mido's good work, the best chances of the half fell to Reid, Carrick and Ledley King.

On-loan Tottenham striker Mido in action against Fulham
Mido did everything but score against Fulham

Reid forced a solid save from van der Sar after 28 minutes, smacking the ball with the outside of his boot from the edge of the area.

Carrick's effort was then cleared off the line by Cole while captain King's diving header was narrowly deflected to safety.

Fulham roused themselves in the final five minutes of the half but neither side could break the deadlock.

And it was not long before an ineffective Cole was replaced by striker Collins John.

Soon after, Spurs responded in kind by replacing the off-form Defoe with Kanoute.

And that proved to be the inspired substitution when he smashed home a set-piece to give Spurs the lead.

Jol's other switch, bringing on Keane for the hard-working Mido, also paid dividends when a second goal came late on.

Keane picked up a pass from Carrick and dribbled round van der Sar to seal the three points.


Fulham manager Chris Coleman:
"I couldn't expect more from our defenders and Edwin (van der Sar) only ever makes one mistake in 10 or 15 matches.

"He is disappointed because he knows he should have dealt better with Freddie Kanoute's free-kick.

"They caught us on the break for the second but I'm won't make excuses - we were poor in the last third."

Tottenham boss Martin Jol:
"It is nice to have good players on the bench and I was happy for them.

"I said to Fredi 'you must make a difference' and normally he doesn't take free- kicks but he gambled and it paid off.

"Whenever Robbie comes on you know he is always in for a goal. In the first half we had possession but didn't create a lot, so I am relieved."


Tottenham: Robinson, Kelly, Naybet, King, Edman, Davies, Brown, Carrick, Reid, Mido (Keane 79), Defoe (Kanoute 73).
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Ziegler, Pamarot.

Goals: Kanoute 78, Keane 90.

Fulham: Van der Sar, Rosenior, Knight, Goma, Bocanegra, Radzinski, Clark, Diop, Jensen (McBride 86), Boa Morte, Cole (John 59).
Subs Not Used: Crossley, Volz, Legwinski.

Booked: Clark.

Att: 35,885

Ref: N Barry (N Lincolnshire).


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