Fulham and Spurs give full value in this flowing London derby, but its Spurs who celebrate the win at one of their bogey grounds, ending the Whites unbeaten start to the season.
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A defeat that will be hard to swallow due to the controversial nature of the Tottenham winner from Huddlestone after Diomansy Kamara gave Fulham the lead on 30 minutes. Great work from Clint saw him take a pass on his chest and then swivel deep in the box sandwiched between two markers to square for Kamara, who had a tap in. A goal on his first start in a year.
The Whites could defend their advantage for less than a minute. Equally skillful control from Van der Vart saw him volley against the bar, the ball falling kindly for Pavlyuchenko to run the ball home from close range. Gomes then pushed aside a fierce Kamara shot as Fulham shaded the 1st half after a slow start.
For the neutral the game was a delight in the Thameside sun. Spurs had talent in every department and continued asking questions. Their winner though came clouded in controversy. There was some doubt about the award of a corner on 63 minutes, the ball came out to Huddlestone, and he buried a 25 yard daisy cutter in the far corner. Gallas was marginally offside right in front of Schwarzer on the 6 yard line. The lino flagged it, Mike Dean after consulting him gave the goal. Thanks ref!
Dean also might have awarded us a penalty in the first half when Salcido's cross caught Hutton's arm, but in truth the Whites were victims of their own inability - again - to find a 2nd goal in a game. Kamara could have had a hat-trick, Salcido missed the target when Gomes spilled a deep cross with the goal gaping, and Spurs coped comfortably with our late hustle.
It's hard to put one's finger on where we are short at present. The team is close to matching the best, but could just as easily find themselves going into freefall unless we start finding a more ruthless streak. Last year's cohesive unit and measured approach has been lost through a number of factors. That is par for the course in football. Time for Mark and his staff to begin building a new dynasty, and pray for a little bit of luck to start going our way.