Tottenham held after fighting Fulham show new-found resilience

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2021 10:07

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Tottenham were denied all three points by a spirited Fulham after Ivan Cavaleiro’s second-half strike cancelled out Harry Kane’s opener.

The contest was played at a brisk pace in the early going, with chances created at either end.

Sergio Reguilon squandered the first major Tottenham chance, blazing over the bar from close range after latching on to his own blocked shot.

Eric Dier appeared to injure himself when stretching to block a cross. The England centre-half gritted his teeth and soldiered on despite appearing to be suffering from a great deal of pain.

Son Heung-min almost broke the deadlock in the 18th minute after prodding a cross towards goal that forced a smart reaction stop from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

The pair combined once moments later with Areola again coming out on top, but there was nothing he could do when Harry Kane soon struck.

A sublime cross from Reguilon out on the left picked out Kane in full stride. The centre-forward stooped to steer his header inside the post as a deserved 1-0 lead was taken.

Fulham came close to regaining parity through Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but the midfielder’s acrobatic volley flew narrowly wide.

Kane then came close to turning provider when teeing up Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The Dane’s shot lacked power, however, as Spurs settled for a 1-0 lead at the break.

A blistering start to the second-half saw both sides come close through Moussa Sissoko and Bobby Decordova-Reid.

Scott Parker’s side were matching their London rivals in the possession department, and were growing in stature as the game wore on.

Ademola Lookman’s introduction from the bench brought fresh impetus as Tottenham were forced on to the back foot.

Tottenham remained dangerous on the counter and almost put the game beyond reach through Son.

Slipped in by Tanguy Ndombele, the South Korean raced away before striking the post with his scuffed finish.

That near-miss was punished moments later when Fulham restored parity to the scores.

Lookman left Serge Aurier in his dust down the left before whipping in an inch-perfect delivery for Ivan Cavaleiro.

The Portuguese winger guided his header beyond Hugo Lloris to set up a tense final 15 minutes.

Tottenham were in danger of complete collapse as Lloris showed great speed off his line to smother a Loftus-Cheek effort.

The game became stretched in the final minutes as both sides strove for what would surely be a decisive goal.

Reguilon put the ball past Areola after Son got in behind down the left, but the offside flag came to Fulham’s rescue with the forward correctly penalised.

Neither side could ultimately notch a winner ensuring both sides had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

 

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