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Fulham   0 - 0   Tottenham

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saves from Zoltan gera
Heurelho Gomez palms away Zoltan Gera's second-half header.

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Craven Cottage

Fulham and Spurs must do battle again for a place at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final after a deadlock at Craven Cottage.

Roy Hodgson's side, seeking to secure their first Wembley appearance since they lost to West Ham United in the 1975 FA Cup final, created the better opportunities of a tightly-contested encounter short on clear-cut openings.

Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes ensured they survived to earn a replay at White Hart Lane with a faultless display that included outstanding saves from Zoltan Gera and Damien Duff in the second half.

Fulham were rarely troubled at the back, although keeper Mark Schwarzer was tested by Niko Kranjcar's shot and Peter Crouch's header before the break.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will be the happier manager after securing home advantage with this draw, but Hodgson has fashioned a talented side at Fulham and will also go into the replay with real optimism.

Crouch, fresh from his two-goal success for England against Egypt in midweek, was paired with Roman Pavlyuchenko in attack as Jermain Defoe surprisingly stayed on the bench.

606: DEBATE

To say the first 45 minutes was unspectacular is to do the game a great kindness, with plenty of pretty passing but little or nothing in the way of excitement or serious goal threat.

Bobby Zamora of Fulham and Tottenham's Sebastien Bassong
Bobby Zamora holds the ball up for Fulham at Craven Cottage

Fulham's Bobby Zamora tested Gomes low down with a shot from inside the area, while Kranjcar forced Schwarzer into a fumble. The Fulham keeper also needed to dive to his left to claw away Crouch's header.

Gera should have given Fulham the lead seconds after the break, but Gomes produced a fine instinctive save from his header after Zamora won an aerial battle in the Spurs penalty box.

Gomes was called into action again five minutes later, but on this occasion he was able to deal more comfortably with Dickson Etuhu's headed effort from a Simon Davies corner.

The caution of the opening period was forgotten as both sides pushed harder for the vital breakthrough, with Michael Dawson flashing a volley wide and Duff just off target with an angled finish.

Duff was the danger man again after 63 minutes as he was the beneficiary of more excellent work by Zamora, but Gomes was equal to his 20-yard shot with a spectacular stop.

Zamora had worked tirelessly in pursuit of an opening and he was inches away from getting on the end of Chris Baird's searching long pass after escaping the attentions of the Spurs defence with 11 minutes to go.

This was the signal for Redknapp to finally introduce Defoe at the expense of the subdued Pavlyuchenko as his tried and trusted partnership with Crouch was renewed.

But Zamora was the man troubling Spurs as Fulham took the direct route over the top again, but this time the angle was too acute and he dragged his shot well wide of the target.

It was the last chance of the game - and now the sides must do it all again on 24 March.


Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:
"I thought it was the correct result.

"Both teams defended exceptionally well and played some good football on a very difficult pitch that makes passing and ball control difficult.

"It was an exciting, fierce cup tie played in the right spirit and I don't think Harry (Redknapp) or myself could complain about the result.

"We don't feel we're out yet, we're just as capable of giving a good performance away from home."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:
"A draw was a fair result, I'd say. We had a lot of possession, a lot of the game, but it was a fair result.

"This is a fantastic competition. Ask any fan, and this means a huge amount. We want to get to Wembley again, for sure.

"Will we be able to get some injured players back for the replay? I don't know about that - all our injured boys are out for six weeks or more by the look of things. But, hey, we'll see.

"We're at home now, we'll look forward to it, but we know it'll be another tough game."

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Saturday, 6 March 2010

The FA Cup

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

      Fulham

      Substitutes

      Tottenham

      Substitutes

      Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 24,533
      FULHAM
      TOTTENHAM

      Possession

      • Fulham 46%
      • Tottenham 54%

      Attempts on target

      • Fulham 5
      • Tottenham 5

      Attempts off target

      • Fulham 4
      • Tottenham 8

      Corners

      • Fulham 2
      • Tottenham 9

      Fouls

      • Fulham 7
      • Tottenham 7
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:04 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
      • 89:37 Outswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line, clearance by Michael Dawson.
      • 89:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on David Elm. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
      • 88:26 Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
      • 88:26 Booking Dickson Etuhu is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
      • 88:17 Peter Crouch fouled by Dickson Etuhu, the ref awards a free kick.
      • 85:04 Bobby Zamora takes a shot.
      • 83:35 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 83:07 Niko Kranjcar produces a cross.
      • 80:58 Substitution Jermain Defoe comes on in place of Roman Pavlyuchenko.
      • 79:48 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
      • 77:00 Damien Duff has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
      • 75:02 Bobby Zamora gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong. Sebastien Bassong takes the direct free kick.
      • 74:29 The referee blows for offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
      • 73:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
      • 73:04 Effort on goal by Zoltan Gera from 20 yards. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
      • 72:20 Substitution David Elm comes on in place of Simon Davies.
      • 72:08 Niko Kranjcar has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 68:10 A cross is delivered by Michael Dawson, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
      • 65:29 Effort on goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 63:25 Shot by Damien Duff. Comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 59:47 The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
      • 58:55 Damien Duff has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
      • 57:40 Michael Dawson has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
      • 57:15 Niko Kranjcar takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
      • 56:59 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Jonathan Greening.
      • 56:35 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, clearance by Bobby Zamora.
      • 56:13 Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
      • 55:45 Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line to the near post.
      • 54:54 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Simon Davies.
      • 54:42 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot from 18 yards. Nicky Shorey gets a block in.
      • 54:00 Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Baird. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
      • 53:42 Roman Pavlyuchenko handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
      • 52:08 Niko Kranjcar takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
      • 51:50 Niko Kranjcar produces a cross, clearance made by Dickson Etuhu.
      • 51:17 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line to the near post.
      • 49:15 Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 47:55 Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
      • 47:09 Jonathan Greening is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.
      • 45:55 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a brilliant save.
      • 45:17 Sebastien Bassong challenges Bobby Zamora unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Greening delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Michael Dawson.
      • 45:01 The second half begins.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:06 The first half comes to an end.
      • 43:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Sebastien Bassong. Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.
      • 41:27 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
      • 36:51 The referee blows for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
      • 36:08 Niko Kranjcar takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
      • 35:38 Unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
      • 34:11 Shot by Peter Crouch from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
      • 33:42 Niko Kranjcar takes the inswinging corner, Bobby Zamora makes a clearance.
      • 33:17 Foul by Jonathan Greening on Wilson Palacios, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
      • 32:34 Damien Duff has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
      • 31:59 Roman Pavlyuchenko is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 30:14 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar, Header from deep inside the area by Sebastien Bassong goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
      • 29:54 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 27:43 Shot by Niko Kranjcar from 20 yards. Mark Schwarzer makes a fantastic save.
      • 26:59 Foul by Damien Duff on Wilson Palacios, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 26:26 Centre by Jonathan Greening, clearance by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
      • 24:16 The ball is crossed by Vedran Corluka, clearance by Jonathan Greening.
      • 22:28 Gareth Bale concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
      • 19:01 The ball is delivered by Zoltan Gera, clearance by Michael Dawson.
      • 18:36 Effort on goal by Bobby Zamora from 18 yards. Comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
      • 17:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dickson Etuhu on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Niko Kranjcar shoots direct from the free kick.
      • 13:49 Niko Kranjcar delivers the ball, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
      • 12:09 The referee penalises Bobby Zamora for handball. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
      • 6:09 Niko Kranjcar takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.
      • 4:38 Wilson Palacios concedes a free kick for a foul on Dickson Etuhu. Free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
      • 3:23 Luka Modric has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 2:22 Handball by Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
      • 0:55 Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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