Fulham supervisor Claudio Ranieri said his aspect are “alive and could seemingly neutral continue to fight” no topic losing to Tottenham by scheme of Harry Winks’ damage-time header at Craven Cottage.
Spurs, who had already misplaced Dele Alli to a hamstring damage, looked set to concede extra ground on league leaders Liverpool but Winks stooped low within the 93rd minute to head past Sergio Rico from conclude fluctuate.
“It turned into a sinful second for us,” said Ranieri, whose aspect are nineteenth and seven points from safety.
“The performance turned into amazing, but we misplaced the match by scheme of journey, that is it. On the break we took a free-kick into the field. Why? We could neutral aloof maintain taken the ball into the nook.
“We played successfully and in due direction we are able to derive our scheme. Now we want to continue to deem. Now now we want to remain together and I hope other gamers come to wait on us.”
Winks’ closing-gasp winner methodology 1/three-positioned Spurs maintain a seven-point cushion over Arsenal in fifth within the fight for Champions League areas.
“Most steadily in football, it’s no longer ways or formation – you’ve got to deem,” said supervisor Mauricio Pochettino.
“It turned into a fanciful mark. That’s why it’s so considerable to deem.”
Fulham had nine shots on goal in an excellent first 1/2 and took a deserved lead when Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente scored an accumulate goal.
The Spaniard, making his first Premier League delivery of the season in set of the injured Harry Kane, inadvertently beat Hugo Lloris from conclude fluctuate while attempting to particular the danger interior his accumulate six-yard field after a Jean Michael Seri nook.
The hosts thought they’d doubled their lead 5 minutes sooner than the interval but Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header turned into ruled out as the Serbian turned into adjudged to be offside.
However, Spurs spoke back within the second period and besides they drew level six minutes after the interval when Dele Alli ghosted in leisurely the Fulham defence to head a pin-point Christian Eriksen low past Rico.
And Winks executed the turnaround in stoppage time when he met replace Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s low to interrupt Fulham’s resistance.
Spurs derive a ability no topic Kane and Son’s absence
The fiftieth assembly between these two London clubs saw Tottenham – the aspect with the finest away file within the league – going by scheme of the division’s worst defence.
However, Spurs were without their two high goalscorers due to of damage (Kane) and global commitments (Son Heung-min), and for 50 minutes, they looked devoid of strategies and alternatives to interrupt down their successfully-organised opposition.
Pochettino’s males had correct Four shots within the main 1/2, which turned into decrease than 1/2 the number Fulham produced (nine).
The particular person chosen to play in wish to talisman Kane made an affect at the immoral break and Son’s replace, Erik Lamela, handiest managed one shot at goal within the seventy nine minutes he turned into on the field.
Spurs were better after the wreck as Eriksen’s affect on the game started to grow, but when Llorente had a gradual likelihood to make amends for his earlier mistake, his header drifted wide with the game heading for a design.
BBC Radio 5 dwell pundit Jermaine Jenas said: “It is a immense, immense second in Spurs’ season. All the things turned into destructive with regards to the gamers missing but they saved plugging away, they saved getting the ball into the field and it turned into one in all their very accumulate in Harry Winks who saved the day this day.
“They maintain somewhat a pair of gamers to patch up and derive within the market for the subsequent game but that can feel enough.”
Babel a cause leisurely optimism for Fulham
Fulham’s debutant winger Ryan Babel looked delight in he loved his first Premier League delivery since December 2010, after finishing a plod from Turkish aspect Besiktas earlier this week.
The ragged Liverpool forward showed a ramification of encouraging signs for the hosts and he could neutral aloof maintain scored within the Eleventh minute when he burst particular of Davinson Sanchez with fling and energy, but his left-footed effort turned into successfully saved by Lloris.
He then came conclude to doubling Fulham’s lead while they were within the ascendancy, but his header sailed over the bar after he rose most life like seemingly to satisfy Cyrus Christie’s low.
Babel closing played for Besiktas on 22 December and he turned into changed after 50 minutes, but the 32-year-feeble had more shots and played more key passes than any other Fulham participant right by scheme of the total game.
The Netherlands global presents Claudio Ranieri’s aspect an option they maintain got no longer had to this point.
Man of the match – Harry Winks (Tottenham)
‘I hope it’s no longer a wide yelp’ – what they said
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to BBC Sport: “The action is shining from Harry Winks, to improve the ball from a complex set, he believes to win and will seemingly be found within the field. It turned into an fabulous low from Nkoudou.
“Some injuries seem in a period with a more busy time table and but any other various opens the door for gamers no longer consistently first and main XI or on the bench. It is enough various for diverse gamers to converse quality.”
On Alli’s damage: “It is within the left hamstring, I hope it’s no longer a wide yelp, but we are able to must assess.”
Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri:
“Unbelievable. Our first 1/2 turned into amazing and we also had a penalty the referee didn’t perceive. There turned into a immense penalty on Mitrovic.
“2nd 1/2 we managed the match thoroughly in diverse ideas. We gave a present with the main goal and the second goal is implausible.
“We lack journey. Mild, live restful, support possession, mark the match.”
On Ryan Babel’s debut: “He had an fabulous first 1/2 but has come from a iciness wreck so I feel in one month he’s going to be willing for ninety minutes.”
Fulham rack up 50 targets in opposition to – the stats
- Spurs maintain received Four of their closing six Premier League away video games in which they’ve conceded first (L2), alongside side on both events this season (6-2 v Everton and a pair of-1 v Fulham).
- Fulham supervisor Claudio Ranieri suffered his first Premier League defeat in opposition to Spurs (W7 D4 L1), in what turned into his twelfth game within the competition in opposition to them.
- Fulham are the main team within the cease 5 European Leagues to maintain conceded 50 targets in league competition this season (fifty one).
- Spurs received a Premier League game without Harry Kane or Son Heung-min for the main time since March 2014 (three-2 v Southampton).
- Since his Premier League debut in August 2015, Dele Alli has been straight away livid about forty seven% of Spurs’ targets within the competition when Harry Kane hasn’t played (7/15 – 5 targets and two assists).
- No participant has scored more headed targets than Spurs midfielder Dele Alli within the Premier League this season (Four – joint-high with Aleksandar Mitrovic).
- Fernando Llorente’s accumulate goal for Spurs turned into their first within the Premier League since January twenty first 2018 (364 days ago), when Davinson Sanchez did so in opposition to Southampton.
- Spurs maintain scored Four Premier League accumulate targets in opposition to Fulham – in opposition to no other aspect maintain they scored more (also Four v Southampton).
Fulham host Brighton within the Premier League on Tuesday, 29 January (19:forty five GMT), while Tottenham face Chelsea within the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, 24 January (19:forty five GMT).