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Fulham   4 - 0   Tottenham

Danny Murphy scores from the penalty spot
Murphy scored twice from the penalty spot against his former team

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer, at Craven Cottage

Fulham struck four times in a stunning first 45 minutes at Craven Cottage to destroy Tottenham's FA Cup ambitions.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp watched in horror as his team - so impressive in the Premier League and the Champions League - were simply swept aside as a rampant Fulham had a fifth-round home tie against Bolton or Wigan safely wrapped up by half-time.

Tottenham's fate was sealed in the first 15 minutes as the home side's captain Danny Murphy scored twice from the spot after fouls on Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele by Alan Hutton and Michael Dawson respectively, the second bringing a red card for the England defender.

The Cottagers took heavy toll of a Spurs team in tatters and at a numerical disadvantage as Brede Hangeland turned in the third from a corner after 23 minutes and Dembele's solo effort made it four seconds before the interval.

The scoreline could have had an even more humiliating look for the visitors with Aaron Hughes hitting the bar with a header and Jermaine Jenas clearing off the line from Hangeland as he pounced on the rebound in the dying moments.

The north Londoners were without the injured Gareth Bale and Redknapp's decision to choose a midfield light on any physical presence backfired as Fulham overpowered Steven Pienaar and Luka Modric, allowing the pace and power of Dembele, Dempsey and Andrew Johnson to create havoc.

In contrast, the home side were vibrant and inventive from the first whistle as they produced a performance to support manager Mark Hughes' growing belief that his reign at Craven Cottage is finally taking shape.

Spurs still have the consolation of contesting major prizes at home and abroad, but this was a harrowing experience for a club and support that always cherishes the magic of the FA Cup.

Redknapp's team selection had a very attacking appearance. And a flawed combination of a lightweight midfield and shambolic defending was ruthlessly exposed by their opponents.

Dempsey had posted the warning signals by troubling the visitors twice in the air before a three-minute spell early on effectively decided the outcome of the tie.

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The United States midfield man invited a reckless challenge from Hutton in the area after 11 minutes and Murphy demonstrated his usual composure from spot.

Fulham swiftly doubled their lead when the bustling Dembele harassed Dawson into conceding possession before the Spurs skipper attempted to haul him back by the shirt in desperation. Referee Phil Dowd allowed Dembele to get a shot in on goal before pointing to the spot and showing the defender a red card.

Murphy completed the formalities again and the visitors, two goals and a man down, were tumbling out of the FA Cup.

Redknapp attempted to stem the tidal wave of attacks sweeping towards the Tottenham goal by bringing on William Gallas for Sandro, but the momentum was all with Fulham and the switch failed to bring the desired effect.

Dempsey swept Johnson's cross on to the top of the bar and the striker saw a shot gathered at the second attempt by Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes. Dembele was also just off target before the Cottagers continued the rout with a third goal in the 23rd minute.

Johnson's flick from a corner found Hangeland completely unmarked at the far post and the big defender had time and space to snuff out any lingering prospect of a Spurs recovery with a simple finish.

And the dangerous Dembele left Fulham's fans almost harbouring a sense of disbelief when he made it 4-0 in first-half injury time. He was allowed freedom by Sebastien Bassong to race unchallenged at the heart of the defence and made them pay the price by sending a low, powerful finish past Gomes.

Redknapp introduced Peter Crouch for Jermain Defoe at the start of the second half, but the change was simply an illustration of the damage limitation exercise being mounted by Spurs after the horrors of the first 45 minutes.

Normal service was resumed after a spell of urgency from Redknapp's men, with Dempsey testing Gomes from long range before firing just over the top from an angle.

Tottenham barely mounted an attack worthy of the name after the break and Fulham will feel aggrieved they did not add to their goals tally with a flurry of opportunities in the closing moments.

Craven Cottage celebrated in style at the final whistle - but this was a game Redknapp and his badly beaten side will want to forget in a hurry.

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Sunday, 30 January 2011

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 4-0 Tottenham FT
(HT 4-0)
  • Murphy (pen) 11
  • Murphy (pen) 14
  • Hangeland 23
  • Dembele 45+3

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: DowdAtt: 21,829
    FULHAM
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • Fulham 55%
    • Tottenham 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Fulham 9
    • Tottenham 2

    Attempts off target

    • Fulham 7
    • Tottenham 4

    Corners

    • Fulham 4
    • Tottenham 4

    Fouls

    • Fulham 12
    • Tottenham 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:05 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 89:50 Damien Duff takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 87:54 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Brilliant save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 86:41 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line, Aaron Hughes takes a shot. Brede Hangeland takes a shot. William Gallas gets a block in.
    • 86:06 Damien Duff takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by William Gallas.
    • 85:42 Simon Davies delivers the ball, clearance made by William Gallas.
    • 83:30 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Crouch. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
    • 83:11 Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 81:45 The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton.
    • 79:46 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Crouch. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:46 Substitution Moussa Dembele leaves the field to be replaced by Simon Davies.
    • 79:04 The referee gives a free kick against Steve Sidwell for handball. Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.
    • 73:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Steven Pienaar. David Stockdale takes the free kick.
    • 73:33 Substitution Jonathan Greening replaces Danny Murphy.
    • 72:33 The referee gives a free kick against Clint Dempsey for handball. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:48 Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance. Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 69:51 Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 68:34 Unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong by Moussa Dembele results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 67:25 Substitution Andrew Johnson goes off and Zoltan Gera comes on.
    • 65:38 Steven Pienaar has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 65:38 Substitution Jermaine Jenas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 64:55 Foul by Steve Sidwell on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.
    • 64:09 Shot by Clint Dempsey from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 63:41 The ball is swung over by John Pantsil, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:55 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 58:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Moussa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
    • 56:57 Foul by Steve Sidwell on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
    • 55:39 Rafael Van der Vaart produces a cross, save by David Stockdale.
    • 52:21 Clint Dempsey fouled by Aaron Lennon, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 50:34 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, Sebastien Bassong takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.
    • 50:01 Centre by Alan Hutton, clearance made by Aaron Hughes. Short corner worked by Steven Pienaar. The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton, Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:38 Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. David Stockdale takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:03 Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
    • 46:12 A cross is delivered by John Pantsil. Header by Andrew Johnson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • 45:01 Substitution Jermain Defoe goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:41 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+3:10 Corner taken by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Steve Sidwell.
    • 45:00+2:02 GOAL - Moussa DembeleFulham 4 - 0 Tottenham Moussa Dembele fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 4-0 Tottenham.
    • 45:00+1:32 Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 44:23 Rafael Van der Vaart challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 38:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Carlos Salcido. Rafael Van der Vaart produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 37:05 Luka Modric delivers the ball, clearance by John Pantsil.
    • 36:24 Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, save made by David Stockdale.
    • 36:04 Foul by Carlos Salcido on Jermain Defoe, free kick awarded. Rafael Van der Vaart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Damien Duff on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from left channel, clearance by John Pantsil.
    • 34:04 Booking Damien Duff receives a caution.
    • 33:16 Shot by Steve Sidwell. Comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 31:40 The ball is crossed by John Pantsil, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 31:23 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball.
    • 30:29 Drilled right-footed shot by Andrew Johnson. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 28:58 Aaron Lennon decides to take a short corner. Shot from just outside the area by Luka Modric misses to the left of the target.
    • 26:50 Effort on goal by Clint Dempsey from long range goes over the crossbar.
    • 26:12 Foul by Rafael Van der Vaart on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
    • 26:12 Booking Rafael Van der Vaart is cautioned.
    • 24:29 The ball is swung over by Andrew Johnson, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 23:50 Benoit Assou-Ekotto concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 22:56 Corner taken by Damien Duff played to the near post. Assist on the goal came from Andrew Johnson.
    • 22:56 GOAL - Brede HangelandFulham 3 - 0 Tottenham A goal is scored by Brede Hangeland from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 3-0 Tottenham.
    • 20:19 Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Sidwell. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
    • 18:39 A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, Moussa Dembele produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 17:47 John Pantsil concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Lennon. Aaron Lennon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:29 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with William Gallas coming on for Raniere Sandro.
    • 15:46 Clint Dempsey takes a shot.
    • 13:29 Michael Dawson gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele. The assist for the goal came from Moussa Dembele.
    • 13:29 GOAL - Danny MurphyFulham 2 - 0 Tottenham Penalty scored by Danny Murphy. Fulham 2-0 Tottenham.
    • 12:48 Sent off The referee red cards Michael Dawson for professional foul.
    • 10:53 Unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Alan Hutton results in a Penalty. Assist on the goal came from Clint Dempsey.
    • 10:53 GOAL - Danny MurphyFulham 1 - 0 Tottenham Penalty scored by Danny Murphy. Fulham 1-0 Tottenham.
    • 8:05 The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 7:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastien Bassong on Andrew Johnson. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 6:52 Moussa Dembele challenges Raniere Sandro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.
    • 6:12 Centre by Carlos Salcido.
    • 4:17 The ball is swung over by Damien Duff, clearance made by Michael Dawson. Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line played to the near post, Clint Dempsey has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 3:16 Aaron Lennon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Stockdale takes the free kick.
    • 2:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Steve Sidwell. Rafael Van der Vaart shoots direct from the free kick, Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
    • 1:17 Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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