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Moura puts pressure on Lamela

5:10 pm

Moura puts pressure on Lamela

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Lucas Moura has added lively pace and trickery to Tottenham's attack

Spurs 3 Fulham 1

The first half against Fulham was virtually all Tottenham and we passed the ball around well. However, there was the Achilles heel again when we simply were not clinical enough.

Lucas Moura missed an open goal after 6 minutes and then a heavy touch when through and with a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper.

It took a superb left-footed curling effort from 18 yards in the 41st minute to put us in front. Until then we hadn't given their keeper enough to do.


Erik Lamela now has a problem because that Lucas Moura strike is what we should be seeing from him when he is on the right, but it is rare. It is fine looking good, but we need end product on a more consistent basis.

He now has strong competition for a place in the starting line-up.

Over on the other side, Dele Alli has had two impressive games coming from the left-hand side.

You would say that Alli, Eriksen and Moura are currently the first choice three behind Kane, but Son still has to come back as well.

In the first 15minutes of the second half Eric Dier had four Fulham men to deal with on his own at some stages and we conceded before we made the change after 62 minutes, bringing Dembele on.

From then Tottenham regained control and a succession of chances went begging.

How did Erik Lamela respond when he was brought on for Davinson Sanchez?

Fulham were attacking, Dele Alli challenged, the ball was played in space to Lamela and he ran at the heart of the defence drawing players to him. That gave and Harry Kane space on the left-hand side of the penalty box.

Lamela played the ball to Kane just before the tackles came in, Kane cut back onto his right foot and calmly slotted home to make it 3-1.

Prior to that Kieran Trippier had emulated his England free-kick at the World Cup and scored our first goal direct from a free-kick for a couple of years.

Lamela himself had a couple of chances to score but the keeper was equal and he was kept out.

Two games, two wins.

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Spurs vs Fulham

2:40 pm

Spurs vs Fulham

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Tottenham take on Fulham at Wembley on Saturday afternoon and the newly promoted side are somewhat of an unknown quantity.

Encouragingly, Spurs are on a run of 18 consecutive home Premier League victories against newly promoted sides. We have conceded just once in our last nine of these fixtures and just seven in the 18 games.
Fulham are the first promoted side to have spent in excess of £100m after promotion, but that didn't help them on the first weekend when they lost 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace after winning only one of their six pre-season fixtures, that being against Crawley Town.

They failed to score in four of those games, Reading 0-0 (neutral venue), Fenerbache 0-3 (neutral venue), Lyon 0-4 (neutral venue), Sampdoria 0-1 (neutral venue). They finished pre-season off with a 2-2 draw against Spanish side Celta Vigo at Craven Cottage.


Jeffrey Schlupp 41 mins and Wilfried Zaha 79 mins scored the goals to sink Fulham in their first game back in the Premier League since the 2013/14 season.

Fulham won the English Football League Championship play-off Final against Aston Villa to return to the Premier League on 26 May 2018, after securing their first ever win at Wembley in their 139 year history.

Thir own match report suggested to their fans that they matched Palace and that the scoreline was not a true reflection of the game, a game which saw six new faces for them.

Fulham Line-up: Fabri; Christie, Chambers, Le Marchand, Bryan (Vietto 71'); Cairney, McDonald, Seri (Johansen 82'); Schürrle (Kamara 61'), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Rico, Fosu-Mensah, Kebano, Cissé

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol spent over two seasons as their manager, Clint Dempsey and Dimitar Berbatov both being their top scorers after he took over from Mark Hughes, who had replaced Roy Hodgson.

Fulham had been a regular in the Premier League since 2001/02. That year Steed Malbranque was their joint top scorer with 8 goals, he was top scorer the following season with 6 goals and Louis Saha netted 13 in 2003/04.

Bobby Zamora, Danny Murphy, Mousa Dembélé, Alan Mullery, Scott Parker is one of their first-team coaches, there are quite a few links between the two clubs.

What will Fulham's tactics be?

They beat Newcastle United 3-1 last season. Rafa Benitez has his sides very well organised defensively and are set up to press in several areas. Fulham's solution was the same solution Newcastle used against us, in fact, the solution many teams, including Liverpool, used against us, to switch play quickly with one pass.

If we are pressing towards a touchline then the players are drawn over and thus a winger or full-back who hugs the touchline on the opposite side is always a get out ball.

Their other tactic is to try and pass between the lines dragging the opposition backwards and forwards side to side until they find a hole to play someone in between the defenders.

They have a bull in a china shop centre-forward in Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic so crosses mixed with aerial bombardment also play a part in their game.

The game on Saturday sees a settled Tottenham squad face a newly assembled squad trying to come to grips with the manager's requirements and thus you would expect nothing more than a Spurs victory.
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What happened on March 2nd?

10:17 am
It's nearly 9.30 here in sunny Kent and I have been engrossed writing a series of articles about the mental side and the mental approach to football, so much so that I nearly forgot we had a game today. 

This is exactly the type of game aspects of these coming articles cover, if memory serves last year we lost to Fulham at a crucial stage of the season. This season it is simply about developing players for us despite the bravado for the press that we are trying to get Europa League football.

Mousa Dembele is back in contention for a place two weeks after first returning from injury. He seems to have perennial hip and thigh problems which were not always apparent at Fulham. There was talk that he was a bit of a hypochondriac, not wanting to play at the merest twinge and digging his heels in about it.

What happened on March 2nd?


During his comback game he was substituted off at half-time not being anywhere near the pace of the game. Clearly he wasn't fit but such was Tim Sherwood's desire to play him then you would expect him to start against his former club today.

He had 90 minutes under his belt for the Under 21 side on Monday when they lost 1-0 to Manchester United with a young team.

One Spurs player definitely not taking part and a player who seems to have the right mental approach is Lewis Holtby. He is on loan at Fulham and can not play against his parent club but has been a big supporter of ours none the less.

He has posted many pictures from Spurs mid week games when he has attended with his girlfriend and constant tweets. I'm not the only Spurs fan who feels he should have stayed at the club and been in a the team as a player we can rely on to give 100%.

Michael Dawson and Roberto Soldado have resumed training but neither is in contention for a place. They remain with Etienne Capoue, Erik Lamela, Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker on the sidelines, so just the 7 injuries this week.

Last week I highlighted a lot of stats and took a look at the first goalscorer market. The stats indicated a draw but the first goalscorer whilst on paper looked like Adebayor, couldn't be selected as we don't try in the first halves and concede the first goal to many times, especially of late.

When was the last time we scored the first goal in a game?

It was the 2nd March against Cardiff, a Roberto Soldado winner for which he was ludicrously benched for the next 3 games. Since that game we have conceded the first goal in the next 8 games in all competitions.

Chelsea a (4-0)
Benfica h (1-3)
Arsenal h (0-1)
Benfica a (2-2)
Southampton h (3-2)
Liverpool a (4-0)
Sunderland h (5-1)
WBA a (3-3)

Prior to the Cardiff game we also conceeded first against
Norwich City a (1-0)
FC Dnipro h (3-1)

That takes us back to the 12th February and Newcastle United away when Nabil Bentaleb starred in a 4-0 away win. We have scored first once in 11 games since early in February.

Going behind is not about ability, it's about our wrong mental approach, we only start playing when it looks like we might get embarrassed. Surely this run has got to come to an end soon.

Fulham are as big as 2/1 (3.00) to score the first goal with Tottenham 2/5 (1.40), would you put £5 on to get £2 plus your stake back on Tottenham to score first when we have only done it once in 11 games? I certainly wouldn't whoever the opposition are.

I can see us going behind again and then overturning it with perhaps Christian Eriksen scoring the last goal at 6/1 (7.00).




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