Harry Winks headed home a 93rd minute winner to give Tottenham’s chances of securing a top rated-4 EPL League end a substantial enhance and deal an additional blow to Fulham’s hopes of survival with a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage.
As it transpired: Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham seemed set to are unsuccessful their very first take a look at with no the hurt Harry Kane as his deputy Fernando Llorente made an undesirable effects at the other conclude with an individual goal to hand Fulham an early lead.
Dele Alli levelled six minutes into the 2nd-fifty percent, but later hobbled off getting appeared to pull his hamstring in an additional devastating injury blow to Spurs’ problem on 4 fronts.
On the other hand, soon after Winks burst into the box to satisfy substitute Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s cross with almost the last touch of the game, Spurs tightened their grip on third. They have the cushion of a 7-point benefit in excess of fifth-positioned Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for a top rated-4 end.
Fulham on the other hand are 7 points off safety and glance set to return to the Championship soon after just a season back in the top rated flight.
Right after splashing in excess of £100 million in transfer fees to very little results in the summer time, Fulham additional Dutch intercontinental Ryan Babel until to the conclude of the season from Besiktas on Tuesday.
The previous Liverpool winger’s tempo and strength made an immediate effects against an unsettled Spurs defence as Pochettino switched to a back a few.
Babel brushed apart Davinson Sanchez for the very first huge likelihood of a bitterly cold afternoon by the Thames, but Hugo Lloris made the very first of a sequence of wonderful saves to bail out the guests.
Fulham’s vivid get started was rewarded 17 minutes in, courtesy of a stray Tottenham leg, as Llorente, beginning for the very first time in the league this season in Kane’s absence, miscued a Jean Michael Serri corner into his own net.
Spurs dominated possession, but shorn of Kane and Son Heung-min in attack were heading mostly nowhere with it and Fulham will dwell to regret not generating a lot more of chances to lengthen a slender direct prior to the split.
Babel headed in excess of from close variety prior to Lloris developed an unbelievable halt to parry Andre Schurrle’s volley.
Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home the rebound, but the offside flag was raised against the Serbian ahead.
As so generally this season, people squandered prospects allied to some slack defending charge Claudio Ranieri’s men.
Spurs were stage soon after the split as Christian Eriksen’s dinked cross to the back post picked out Alli to electricity home a header.
With Fulham no longer ready to sit back and counter, the game swung from conclude to conclude. Lloris once again did properly to very clear a hazardous by ball ahead of Mitrovic, whilst a desperate block from Maxime Le Marchand denied Eriksen.
Spurs appreciated a lot more command of the last quarter and arrived close when remaining-back Danny Rose lower within and observed his shot crash against the bar by way of a deflection off Denis Odoi.
A devastated Alli then limped off to make way for N’Koudou and appears to be like specific to at minimum miss Thursday’s League Cup semi-last, 2nd leg absent to Chelsea.
On the other hand, the French substitute was to have a telling effects when his wicked swinging cross was fulfilled by Winks’ run and header at the back post.