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Tottenham   1 - 0   Fulham

Gareth Bale
Bale's goal was his 11th of an excellent season so far for the winger

By Phil Dawkes

Gareth Bale's 11th goal of the season gave Tottenham victory over struggling Fulham to lift the north Londoners into the Champions League places.

Bale rose to head Rafael van der Vaart's free-kick past Mark Schwarzer at the end of a drab first half.

Spurs were indebted to Michael Dawson for a goal-line clearance following an Andy Johnson shot to preserve the lead.

It was the closest Fulham came to a goal and defeat leaves them in the bottom three, a point above Wolves.

The Tottenham hierarchy is likely to play it down, but an unbeaten run that now stretches to eight games can only fuel suggestions they are well-armed for a title push this year.

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The home side were far from their best at White Hart Lane, particularly in a first half that saw a dearth of goal-bound efforts and a strong containing effort from Fulham.

However, the win was Spurs', lifting them into the top four at Chelsea's expense. And, for the first time in three victorious matches, they managed to finish with all 11 men on the pitch.

Fulham have a right to feel somewhat aggrieved that they take nothing away from an encounter in which they showed the same resilience and commitment that earned them their first away win in 27 attempts, at Stoke last Tuesday.

But for all the threatening potential the Cottagers demonstrated on the counter-attack, they lacked a killer punch in the final third and it cost them.

Their winless run away from home against London clubs now extends to 34 matches.

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Bale's goal was the only highlight of a first half in which Tottenham's Luka Modric was lively and central midfield partner Van der Vaart flattered to deceive, while lone Fulham front-man Johnson moved well but was denied shooting opportunities.

When the first meaningful effort came in the 20th minute, Fulham's Dempsey pulled wide from the edge of the penalty area.

The first home effort came 10 minutes later, Benoit Assou-Ekotto drawing a save from Schwarzer with a 35-yard drive.

But with three minutes until half-time, Bale broke the deadlock, cleverly directing a 12-yard header from Van der Vaart's central free-kick past the wrong-footed Schwarzer.

The goal was the Welsh winger's 11th of what has been a superb season thus far and he has doubled his career total in the first half of this campaign.

Spurs began the second 45 minutes in cruise control but a single-goal advantage is always fragile and Fulham almost exploited that during a five-minute spell midway through the half.

Hughes blames bad luck for poor season

After some concerted pressure, Andy Johnson found space in the penalty area to fire goalwards from an angle eight yards out.

Heurelho Gomez could only palm the shot across goal but before the onrushing Dempsey could capitalise, Dawson scrambled the ball to safety.

Bale could have made it a far more comfortable last quarter of an hour for the home side but for once he misjudged matters, blazing over from 12 yards following a cut-back from substitute Vedran Corluka.

Similarly, with five minutes to go, Aaron Lennon ran from his own half and jinked his way into a shooting opportunity in the Fulham box, but he fired his effort over when perhaps a pass to well-placed substitute Jermaine Jenas would have been a better option.

Spurs were left hanging on as Fulham pressed for a late equaliser but they were able to resist the Cottagers' best efforts.


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:

"It was a tough game and credit to Fulham, they played very well and put us under pressure. You could see an equaliser coming. But there are no easy games.

"We looked like one of two were running on empty. We played with 10 men Sunday and Tuesday but nine points from the week is fantastic.

"Any team that achieves something don't play well every week but they win."

Fulham manager Mark Hughes:

"Today I thought we did okay and took the game to Spurs. We were solid and they created few chances.

"In the second half we took the game to one of the most in form clubs in the Premier League. We tested them and that will give us great belief.

"You need luck and we needed to take one of those chances. But that has been the story of the season so far."

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Saturday, 1 January 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 1-0 Fulham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Bale 42

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 35,603
    TOTTENHAM
    FULHAM

    Possession

    • Tottenham 58%
    • Fulham 42%

    Attempts on target

    • Tottenham 9
    • Fulham 4

    Attempts off target

    • Tottenham 5
    • Fulham 8

    Corners

    • Tottenham 5
    • Fulham 2

    Fouls

    • Tottenham 11
    • Fulham 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:23 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+3:08 Chris Baird sends in a cross, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 90:00+2:37 Gareth Bale concedes a free kick for a foul on John Pantsil. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
    • 90:00+1:34 Jermaine Jenas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 90:00+0:54 Corner taken short by Gareth Bale.
    • 89:36 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 89:04 Luka Modric has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 87:39 Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
    • 87:11 Foul by Zoltan Gera on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:11 Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Zoltan Gera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
    • 86:11 Booking The referee shows Benoit Assou-Ekotto a yellow card.
    • 84:18 Effort on goal by Aaron Lennon from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
    • 84:04 The ball is crossed by Zoltan Gera, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 83:51 Centre by John Pantsil, clearance by Vedran Corluka.
    • 83:28 Simon Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Wilson Palacios.
    • 82:47 Substitution Jermaine Jenas is brought on as a substitute for Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 81:54 Substitution Zoltan Gera replaces Damien Duff.
    • 81:37 Clinton Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 80:56 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
    • 79:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Vedran Corluka on Andrew Johnson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy, clearance by Gareth Bale.
    • 77:27 Michael Dawson produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 76:52 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line.
    • 75:29 Vedran Corluka delivers the ball, Shot from deep inside the area by Gareth Bale goes over the bar.
    • 72:50 John Pantsil delivers the ball.
    • 70:42 Dickson Etuhu has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 69:46 Aaron Lennon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by John Pantsil.
    • 65:40 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.
    • 65:30 John Pantsil delivers the ball.
    • 65:03 The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, William Gallas manages to make a clearance.
    • 64:15 Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
    • 63:24 John Pantsil delivers the ball, clearance made by William Gallas.
    • 62:51 Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 61:59 Shot from outside the area by Damien Duff misses to the left of the target.
    • 61:19 Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Roman Pavlyuchenko results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
    • 60:49 Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 59:18 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a corner.
    • 58:00 Danny Murphy has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 57:32 Damien Duff produces a cross, Benoit Assou-Ekotto manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:07 Foul by Gareth Bale on Clinton Dempsey, free kick awarded. Chris Baird has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Gareth Bale gets a block in.
    • 51:00 Damien Duff produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 49:37 A cross is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 49:30 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:05 A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 46:25 Centre by Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 45:30 Roman Pavlyuchenko challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:15 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:59 John Pantsil challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 45:00+0:34 Corner taken by Damien Duff, clearance by Wilson Palacios.
    • 45:00+0:27 Damien Duff sends in a cross, clearance made by William Gallas.
    • 43:10 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 41:35 Rafael Van der Vaart provided the assist for the goal.
    • 41:35 GOAL - Gareth BaleTottenham 1 - 0 Fulham Gareth Bale grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Tottenham 1-0 Fulham.
    • 40:47 Andrew Johnson challenges William Gallas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • Correction - 40:47 Andrew Johnson challenges William Gallas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart, Gareth Bale gets a block in.
    • 40:38 Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance made by Danny Murphy.
    • 40:26 A cross is delivered by Luka Modric, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
    • 36:34 Danny Murphy challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:19 Damien Duff produces a cross.
    • 35:09 The ball is crossed by John Pantsil, clearance by Michael Dawson.
    • 34:38 The ball is crossed by Damien Duff, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:22 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • Correction - 33:40 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
    • 33:40 Dickson Etuhu takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
    • 31:39 Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 31:20 Centre by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Damien Duff.
    • 30:02 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Dickson Etuhu gets a block in.
    • 28:38 Handball decision goes against Damien Duff. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:33 The ball is swung over by John Pantsil, clearance by William Gallas.
    • 26:45 Substitution Alan Hutton leaves the field to be replaced by Vedran Corluka.
    • 25:19 Andrew Johnson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 24:23 Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Damien Duff crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 24:23 Booking Michael Dawson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 23:17 Andrew Johnson produces a cross, Foul by Clinton Dempsey on Michael Dawson, free kick awarded. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
    • 21:12 Andrew Johnson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:41 Corner taken by Luka Modric played to the near post.
    • 18:48 Clinton Dempsey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 17:43 Gareth Bale fouled by John Pantsil, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 17:43 Booking John Pantsil receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 16:52 Roman Pavlyuchenko challenges Brede Hangeland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
    • 16:27 Alan Hutton takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in.
    • 12:58 Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
    • 12:34 Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 10:03 Simon Davies challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
    • 7:36 The ball is delivered by Simon Davies, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 6:41 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Chris Baird.
    • 5:37 Roman Pavlyuchenko is caught offside. Brede Hangeland takes the indirect free kick.
    • 4:49 Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Luka Modric results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 3:09 Brede Hangeland challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart has an effort direct from the free kick, Clinton Dempsey gets a block in.
    • 0:33 Centre by Chris Baird, Alan Hutton makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 1 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 19 23 41
    2 Man City 21 17 41
    3 Arsenal 20 20 39
    4 Tottenham 20 7 36
    5 Chelsea 19 18 34
    6 Sunderland 21 2 30
    7 Bolton 21 5 29
    8 Stoke 20 1 27
    9 Liverpool 19 -1 25
    10 Blackpool 18 -4 25
    11 Blackburn 21 -8 25
    12 Newcastle 19 -3 22
    13 Everton 20 -3 22
    14 West Brom 20 -10 22
    15 West Ham 21 -11 20
    16 Aston Villa 19 -14 20
    17 Wigan 19 -14 20
    18 Fulham 20 -5 19
    19 Birmingham 19 -6 19
    20 Wolves 20 -14 18

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