Tottenham Hotspur vs. Fulham  2 - 0


Redknapp delighted with fourth

14 May 2012 02:58

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp spoke of his joy after the club equalled their best-ever English Premier League finish of fourth.

Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe gave Tottenham a 2-0 win at home to Fulham on Sunday, sealing fourth spot.

Redknapp said he had no regrets about letting a significant lead over rivals Arsenal slip, but pointed to the difficult task he faced at the beginning of the campaign and suggested fans should be happy.

"We finished fourth – I couldn't be more pleased with what the players have done here this year," he said.

"If people start getting carried away with what Tottenham should be doing then they want a reality check."

Two years ago, Spurs' fourth-place finish meant Champions League qualification but with Chelsea in the final of Europe's premier club competition, attention turns to Munich on Saturday.

If Chelsea beat Bayern Munich, Tottenham will play in the Europa League next season, and Redknapp said he would cast aside family loyalty and support the Bundesliga side at Allianz Arena.

"Of course it's difficult but it's no more than (nephew) Frank (Lampard) would if he was involved with Chelsea," he said.

"We're professional – he knows I want Tottenham to play in the Champions League next year. I want to beat Chelsea whether Frank plays or not.

"When I was manager of West Ham, we played Liverpool when (son) Jamie (Redknapp) was playing for them but I still wanted West Ham to win.

"My allegiances are with Tottenham only. I want to see us in the Champions League next year."

Fulham manager Martin Jol rued his team's poor start after Adebayor netted inside two minutes at White Hart Lane.

"If you concede a goal after 90 seconds it is always difficult, you make it difficult for yourselves," Jol said.

"We know that if you come to a place like White Hart Lane you have to play with flair and not be intimidated.

"In the first half an hour they were better, stronger and sharper and had everything to play for.

"We created a few chances and then they scored again after a bad clearance and that is exactly what you shouldn't do."


Premier League: Tottenham 2 Fulham 0

13 May 2012 18:50

Tottenham missed out on third spot despite a comfortable 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Emmanuel Adebayor finished low after just 90 seconds as Spurs dominated possession, and Jermain Defoe struck in the second half to put the result beyond doubt.

But Arsenal's win at West Brom means Spurs will have an anxious wait to see if they will make next year's Champions League, as victory for Chelsea in next Saturday's final means fourth place would not be enough.

Looking to keep the pressure on Arsenal, the home side made the perfect start, taking the lead in just the second minute.

Luka Modric worked inside from the left to find Rafael van der Vaart, who played a delightful through ball into the path of Adebayor, and the Togo international coolly slotted home confidently.

After the frantic opening moments, the game settled down as Spurs enjoyed the majority of the possession.

Clear-cut chances were at a premium though; a tame Kyle Walker free-kick trickled wide, but there was little to speak of in the opening 25 minutes, with Fulham content to let Spurs have the ball.

There was a distinct lull as the game moved past the half-hour mark, but then Spurs finally fashioned another decent chance. Lennon burst down the right and pulled back to Adebayor, who laid back for Van der Vaart to volley wide from the edge of the box.

Fulham finally tested Brad Friedel eight minutes before half-time. Jon Arne Riise drilled an effort from range which the American parried away superbly, before Moussa Dembele forced another fine save moments later with a left-footed effort which looked bound for the bottom corner.

Danny Murphy picked up a yellow card after bringing down Lennon in the first minute of the second half, conceding a free-kick on the right-hand edge of the box. Modric whipped a dangerous ball in, but Aaron Hughes did well to steer the ball away.

The game reached the hour mark with little incident, until Dembele showed quick feet to work some space on the edge of the area, and drove a low effort from 20-yards which rattled the far post.

Defoe came on as a substitute for Van de Vaart as the hosts continued to enjoy possession, and he immediately made an impact.

Fulham failed to clear their lines and Lennon’s deflected strike fell to Defoe, who managed to scramble the ball home from six yards and double Tottenham’s advantage.

Fulham were finally taking charge with just five minutes to go. Dembele struck another long-range effort which swerved late and tested Friedel, but the veteran shot-stopper was able to tip over.

Spurs saw out the remaining minutes, but Arsenal's 3-2 win at the Hawthorns means Tottenham will be hoping Chelsea do not lift the Champions League trophy next weekend.


Premier League preview: Tottenham v Fulham

11 May 2012 19:58

Tottenham host Fulham on the final day of the Premier League season knowing three points could secure a Champions League berth next season.

Tottenham, in fourth on 66 points, trail London rivals Arsenal, who travel to West Bromwich Albion, by one point with one game to play.

Should they win and Arsenal falter, Tottenham would leapfrog the Gunners into third and clinch a spot in the Champions League group stage.

Should Arsenal win however, Tottenham would be left in a fight for fourth with Newcastle United, in fifth on 65 points, facing Everton away.

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul believes his side deserve a shot at joining Manchester City and Manchester United in the Champions League.

"Arsenal and Newcastle have both been good, but we've been more consistent," Kaboul told the Best of Africa Awards in London.

"Let's hope that we can play in the Champions League next season because I think we deserve it after the great season we've had.

"We are going to give everything on Sunday to win and show the country we are here, and we want to play in the Champions League next season."

Fulham have won five and drawn one of their last seven games and could finish as high as seventh with three points from their journey to north London.

While Fulham have failed to score in six of their last seven trips to White Hart Lane, manager Martin Jol, who was sacked as Tottenham boss in 2007, insists there is no pressure on his side to perform.

"At the start of the season, when I saw the schedule, and I saw the game against Spurs in the last game of the season, I thought it could be difficult," Jol told the Ealing Gazette.

"An away game at Spurs, if there's a lot to play for, is a difficult game. But now we have 52 points, there's no problem and we can enjoy the day.

"If we can get three points there, we can get to seventh. It will be exciting and I love this excitement."

Benoit Assou-Ekotto will miss with a dislocated shoulder and Niko Krancjar is also unavailable, while Bryan Ruiz and Andy Johnson are missing for Fulham.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25