Fulham's convincing display earns all three points
Johnson scores 2nd goal
November 16 2008
A great performance all round from the Fulham side in an important home win. Craven Cottage was alive with the singing, chanting and support of fans who liked what they saw. The Cottagers managed to stop a resurgent Tottenham side in their tracks, as Harry Redknapp looked on at a Spurs side that did not continue their impressive recent turn around in form.
The start of the first half started well for The Whites, showing some fast paced atacking football. Tottenham were definately on the back foot, and the defence seemed to sruggle with Andy Johnson's sharp runs into the oppositions' penalty area. The passing in midfield was solid, measured and precise, and was the base in which Fulham could craft their victory. The back four looked solid too, with Hangeland standing out as having a good day at the office.
The goal, however, did not come from an amazing piece of skill, but after some continued pressure, a shot from Simon Davies was deflected by Woodgate and grossly mishandled by Gomes into the back of the Tottenham net. It might be called luck, but I believe you create your own luck in this game. The pressure and general good play deserved a goal, and we got one.
The second half too was largley dominated by the home side, with only a few spells from Tottenham that troubled the defence. The second goal came after some great attacking play from Fulham. After a corner the ball was knocked around the six yard box and fell to Andy Johnson, who managed to fire the ball round at an amazingly sharp angle to defy Gomes's attempt at a save. A reply came ten minutes later when Campbell shot the ball past the left hand of Schwarzer, who managed to get fingertips to it but not enough for a stop.The final fourteen minutes were tense, but thanks to some great time wasting tactics from Zamora, Fulham won the day to go 9th in the table.
A great all round performance with honourable mentions to Bullard, whose free kicks are getting better and better. Aaron Hughes showed why he was the best Northern Irish signing last season with a dependable display. Roy made good subs, ensuring fresh legs were there for the final few minutes. Bobby Zamora gave a fine performance, only a goal lacking now. But my three picks are:
*-Clint Dempsey- Great energy, skill and hunger.
**- Andy Johnson- Sharp, incisive runs plus a great goal.
***- Brede Hangeland- Solid Anchor at the back, goal saving tackles, a brick that the rest of the back four have revolved around. Superfulham man of the Match