Fulham 1-2 Tottenham: Spurs rally to controversially overcome Cottagers

Tottenham have grabbed a vital away win over Fulham, coming from a goal down to take all three points against their London rivals.

Diomansy Kamara put the home side in front on the half-hour mark when Clint Dempsey supplied the cross for the Frenchman to fire home but Spurs were instantly back on level terms thanks to Roman Pavlyuchenko who was on hand to tap in a rebound after some good lead-up work by Rafael van der Vaart.

Thirty minutes later, controversy arose when referee Mike Dean over-ruled a linesman’s decision when Tom Huddlestone struck home from 25 yards with defender William Gallas in an off-side position.

Dean consulted with the other officials and came to the conclusion that Gallas had made no contact so he allowed the goal to stand, giving Tottenham maximum points enabling them to go fifth as the Cottagers dropped to 11th.

Fulham: 1 (Diomansy Kamara 31’)
Tottenham Hotspur: 2 (Roman Pavlyuchenko 31’, Tom Huddlestone 63’)

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Crowd: 25,615
Referee: Mike Dean
Yellow cards: FU - Clint Dempsey 85’
TH - Sandro 23’

Starting Line-Ups

FU
Mark Schwarzer (gk), Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Carlos Salcido, Chris Baird, Danny Murphy (Kelly 52’), Jonathan Greening (Johnson 84’), Clint Dempsey, Simon Davies, Diomansy Kamara, Moussa Dembele (Gera 75’)

Subs - David Stockdale (gk), Zoltan Gera (75’), John Pantsil, Eddie Johnson (84’), Rafik Halliche, Stephen Kelly (52’), Bjorn Riise

TH
Heurelho Gomes (gk), Ledley King (Bassong 44’), William Gallas, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Alan Hutton, Sandro (Lennon 45’), Tom Huddlestone, Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Roman Pavlyuchenko (Crouch 70’)

Subs - Carlo Cudicini (gk), Jermaine Jenas, Peter Crouch (70’), Robbie Keane, Niko Kranjcar, Aaron Lennon (45’), Sebastien Bassong (44’)

 
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