Tottenham survive Fulham threat as hosts denied by VAR handball call

Date published: Thursday 4th March 2021 7:52 - Samuel Bannister

Tottenham hung on to claim a 1-0 win over a Fulham side who may count themselves unlucky not to get anything out of the game.

Spurs took the lead in the first half, but made hard work of keeping hold of it. Fulham even had a goal disallowed by VAR, denying them a share of the spoils.

Jose Mourinho handed a first Premier League start since the opening day to Spurs midfielder Dele Alli. Gareth Bale was also among the starters, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min completing a star-studded front four.

The attacking quartet began to click, with Son setting up Bale for an early chance. However, the Wales forward was offside anyway.

Three of the front four combined to give Tottenham the lead a few minutes later. Bale sent Alli through, with the midfielder sending the ball to Son before getting it back and flicking it towards goal.

The ball deflected off Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo and went in as an own goal to make it 1-0 after 19 minutes.

Fulham had the last chance of the half, with Antonee Robinson creating danger from the left flank. He set up Josh Maja, who teed it up for Mario Lemina – but the midfielder could only shoot over.

Fulham pressure builds

The hosts asked more questions of Spurs after the break. Hugo Lloris was forced into a smart save to deny Tosin, for example.

Fulham then thought they had equalised in the 62nd minute. Davinson Sanchez’s clearance rebounded off Lemina and into the path of Maja, who produced a fine finish.

However, his first Craven Cottage goal was ruled out by VAR when it was found that the ball had struck Lemina’s arm.

It was a cruel blow for Fulham, who ended the game with more shots and possession than their visitors.

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Spurs had their moments, with Alphonse Areola having to deny Kane in the final 10 minutes. But it was Fulham who looked more likely to get the next goal.

Ultimately, it never came, giving Tottenham a much-needed win. It marks the first time Mourinho’s side have won away in the Premier League in their last four attempts.

Fulham, meanwhile, remain in the relegation zone.

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