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Fulham   0 - 0   Tottenham

By Mandeep Sanghera

Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy and Tottenham's Niko Kranjcar in action during the meeting between their two sides at Craven Cottage
Murphy (left) and Kranjcar battle it out at Craven Cottage

A string of fine saves from Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes earned his side a point against Fulham.

Gomes was in impressive form with the best of his efforts coming when he palmed a Bobby Zamora header wide.

The Spurs keeper was beaten by a Clint Dempsey free-kick but that was kept out after it came back off the crossbar.

Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer was rarely called upon but, when he was, he brilliantly kept out a Peter Crouch shot and Jermaine Jenas's follow-up.

Schwarzer's double save came late on and made sure his side did not lose a game they had dominated for large spells.

But Spurs, who started with top scorer Jermain Defoe on the bench, racked up a third clean sheet in a row for the first time since August 2005.

Hodgson happy with 'wonderful 2009'

The display from Gomes also provided redemption of sorts after he had fumbled a shot into his own net when Fulham beat Tottenham last season.

The home side have defeated Liverpool and Manchester United at Craven Cottage this season and they have also not been beaten at home since 26 September.

It was easy to see why they boast such an impressive recent record as they quickly seized the initiative from Spurs and created plenty of chances.

Fulham cleverly manoeuvred the ball around with a purpose and penetration, with the hold-up play of striker Bobby Zamora proving a regular base from which to launch attacks.

Damien Duff had an early well-struck half-volley blocked and then gathered by Gomes before Zoltan Gera's improvised attempt to flick in a low driven John Pantsil cross went straight at the Spurs stopper.

Gomes was being kept busy and, when Spurs only managed to clear a corner to Danny Murphy, the Brazilian did well to tip over a left-footed strike from the Fulham midfielder.

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The Spurs keeper was beaten when his dive came nowhere near to stopping a 30-yard Dempsey free-kick but the effort rattled the crossbar and stayed out.

Tottenham were feeling the strain and their inability to retain possession for any decent length of time was not helping their cause.

Aaron Lennon switched from the right to the left flank to try to get some joy but the move had little impact in providing Spurs with any attacking impetus.

Niko Kranjcar's 20-yard free-kick going just wide proved a rare moment of threat from the visitors.

Spurs eventually started to pressure Fulham and stopped giving them the time and space to work their passing moves but manager Harry Redknapp's side still lacked a goal threat.

And, despite the Cottagers spending a spell on the back-foot, they still forced Gomes into another smart save when the sprawling keeper had to claw away a Zamora header.

Redknapp aims at top four finish in 2010

Gomes saved a Dempsey strike before he brilliantly denied Zamora again when he palmed another header wide.

Schwarzer was called into action late on for Fulham and matched the heroics of his counterpart Gomes by denying Crouch and Jenas.

Duff sent a shot wide across goal as Fulham had a late chance but both teams had to settle for a point in an entertaining goalless draw.


Fulham boss Roy Hodgson:
"It was a good game. We played well in first half against a very good Tottenham team.

"We probably had better of the chances but we were also thankful to a great save from Mark Schwarzer.

"I thought for long periods we were threatening and without Gomes we could have had a goal or two."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: "It was a fair result.

"We've had a great start to the season and this is a good away point. We're in good form. I'd love to be able to get the club into the Champions League.

"It is possible. It's the most open league and everybody in the top group has got a chance to make the top four."

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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 0-0 Tottenham FT
(HT 0-0)

      Fulham

      Substitutes

      Tottenham

      Substitutes

      Ref: BennettAtt: 25,679
      FULHAM
      TOTTENHAM

      Possession

      • Fulham 46%
      • Tottenham 54%

      Attempts on target

      • Fulham 6
      • Tottenham 1

      Attempts off target

      • Fulham 9
      • Tottenham 5

      Corners

      • Fulham 4
      • Tottenham 2

      Fouls

      • Fulham 19
      • Tottenham 12
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:43 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
      • 90:00+3:16 Unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 90:00+2:50 Substitution Sebastien Bassong leaves the field to be replaced by Ledley King.
      • 90:00+0:23 Centre by John Pantsil.
      • 89:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Chris Baird. Vedran Corluka takes the free kick.
      • 88:11 Shot by Damien Duff from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
      • 87:24 John Pantsil fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
      • 86:37 Clinton Dempsey challenges Wilson Palacios unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
      • 86:12 Zoltan Gera concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
      • 82:53 Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by John Pantsil results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
      • 82:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Luka Modric. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
      • 81:47 The official flags Jermaine Jenas offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 81:19 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 80:43 The ball is sent over by Jermain Defoe, clearance made by Chris Baird.
      • 79:56 Peter Crouch fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 76:16 Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Damien Duff, Unfair challenge on Vedran Corluka by Brede Hangeland results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
      • 73:56 Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on John Pantsil, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 73:26 Luka Modric produces a cross, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
      • 71:50 Strike by Jermain Defoe from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
      • 70:10 Substitution Jermain Defoe replaces Robbie Keane.
      • 70:10 Substitution Luka Modric is brought on as a substitute for Niko Kranjcar.
      • 70:00 John Pantsil produces a left-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 69:44 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.
      • 69:25 Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a brilliant save.
      • 68:37 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 66:47 Aaron Lennon delivers the ball.
      • 65:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastien Bassong on Bobby Zamora. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff from right channel.
      • 64:08 Effort on goal by Peter Crouch from a long way out goes over the bar.
      • 63:30 Zoltan Gera challenges Wilson Palacios unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
      • 62:17 The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 60:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Konchesky on Aaron Lennon. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 60:14 Bobby Zamora delivers the ball.
      • 54:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 53:29 Jermaine Jenas produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
      • 51:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Wilson Palacios. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
      • 48:19 Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
      • 48:19 Booking John Pantsil goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
      • 48:14 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by John Pantsil results in a free kick.
      • 48:03 Centre by Aaron Lennon.
      • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:21 The referee calls an end to the first half.
      • 45:00+0:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
      • 45:00+0:21 Niko Kranjcar has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
      • 44:30 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
      • 44:03 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the left by-line.
      • 41:16 Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
      • 39:25 Vedran Corluka crosses the ball, John Pantsil makes a clearance.
      • 38:38 Bobby Zamora produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 37:49 Niko Kranjcar concedes a free kick for a foul on Brede Hangeland. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
      • 37:39 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
      • 36:17 Zoltan Gera produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
      • 35:26 Vedran Corluka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Paul Konchesky crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 33:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Zoltan Gera. Jermaine Jenas takes the free kick.
      • 32:27 Foul by Sebastien Bassong on Bobby Zamora, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Clinton Dempsey,
      • 32:04 Aaron Lennon delivers the ball, save by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 29:07 Zoltan Gera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
      • 27:01 The referee blows for offside against Robbie Keane. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
      • 26:25 Robbie Keane delivers the ball, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
      • 25:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil by Peter Crouch. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 22:58 Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 22:45 Wilson Palacios challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
      • 22:07 Vedran Corluka fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 18:03 Foul by John Pantsil on Niko Kranjcar, free kick awarded. Niko Kranjcar has an effort direct from the free kick.
      • 16:37 Damien Duff crosses the ball, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
      • 16:22 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, Wilson Palacios manages to make a clearance.
      • 14:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Niko Kranjcar on Damien Duff. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
      • 12:57 Shot by Clinton Dempsey from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
      • 12:44 Peter Crouch handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
      • 11:17 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line to the near post, Header from close in by Chris Baird misses to the right of the target.
      • 10:57 Effort on goal by Danny Murphy from just inside the area clears the bar.
      • 10:41 Corner taken by Damien Duff, clearance by Michael Dawson.
      • 10:11 Damien Duff delivers the ball, Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Wilson Palacios gets a block in.
      • Correction - 8:02 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 8:02 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 7:04 Niko Kranjcar takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Bobby Zamora manages to make a clearance.
      • 6:19 Centre by Niko Kranjcar, clearance made by John Pantsil.
      • 5:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Danny Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Wilson Palacios.
      • 2:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Jermaine Jenas. Free kick crossed by Niko Kranjcar, save by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 1:55 Vedran Corluka crosses the ball.
      • 0:56 Damien Duff takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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