Nervy Tottenham claim win
Tottenham claimed a nervy win in their London derby against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Fulham played well for most of the match, but Spurs hung on to take three points.
Fulham had a corner in the 2nd minute. Danny Murphy cross was flicked on by Steve Sidwell and it was only a reflex save by Brad Friedel that kept the home side from taking the lead.
Tottenham took the lead in the 10th minute. Emmanuel Adebayor started the move, putting a good ball on the flank that Kyle Walker chased down. Walker put in a cross that finally found its way to Bale, who took a shot that was turned into his own net by Chris Baird.
Scott Parker suffered an injury in the 18th minute, when Steve Sidwell caught him with an elbow in the face leaving him with a pool of blood on his face. However, after a few minutes on the sideline, Parker did return, much to the relief of the Tottenham fans.
Fulham were having most of the possession, but all their efforts were poor.
Totteham extended their lead just at the stroke of half time, after Lennon played a one-two with Bale and raced into the box. His quick feet fooled Baird into moving away and with Fabio Capello watching, the England international made no mistake with the finish, putting the ball into the bottom corner past Mark Schwarzer.
Zdenek Grygera suffered a bad knee injury in the first half of stoppage time and had to be stretchered off.
Fulham came out strong in the second half and kept pushing from the start. They got their reward in the 57th minute, when pressure in a corner resulted in Ledley King's header bouncing off Younes Kaboul on the way into the Tottenham net.
Fulham kept on pushing and got another chance in the 74th minute, but Dempsey's tame shot was saved by Friedel.
Fulham upped the tempo in the last 10 minutes, having almost all the possession. Stoppage time saw two chances for Fulham, both being cleared off the line.
There were shouts for a penalty when Kyle Walker clearly handled the ball inside the penalty area, but the referee waved play on.
In the last bit of play in the game, Tottenham secured the victory when Emmanuel Adebayor's cross was volleyed in by Jermain Defoe.
The win takes Spurs up to fifth place in the standings, tied on 22 points with Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand. Fulham will feel hard done by and remain 16th in the table with 10 points from their 11 games.