Football: FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham advance at expense of more injuries

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Fulham 1

Fulham were given an indication of the chasm they have to cross if they are to realise Mohamed Al Fayed's Premiership dream last night when they were well beaten by a Tottenham side short of players, confidence and form.

Fulham, bubbling with belief after a good run of form had taken them into the Second Division's play-off places, had fancied their chances of an FA Cup shock at White Hart Lane. But two goals midway through the first half, by Stephen Clemence and Colin Calderwood, settled Tottenham's nerves. Though Fulham showed the obligatory pluck, with Neil Smith pulling a goal back, Spurs survived to add a third through Maik Taylor's own goal.

Spurs will now host Barnsley, who they defeated 3-0 at White Hart Lane last month, in the fourth round. Suddenly their gloomy season has a shaft of light.

However, even in triumph there was misery, with David Ginola and Ian Walker departing early with calf and shoulder injuries, respectively. With a visit to Old Trafford next on Tottenham's agenda, more injuries, to such key players, are a severe blow.

Christian Gross, Tottenham's manager, said that Ginola was doubtful but Walker should be fit. Tottenham may have Andy Hinchcliffe by then, too.

Spurs, who have now lost to Fulham only four times in 43 meetings, were already so short of numbers they had to give a debut to Garry Brady, a 21-year-old Scot.

Fulham, who spent pounds 6.2m in 1997, more than four current Premiership sides, fielded six Keegan-Wilkins signings and only two survivors from the side promoted from the Third Division last May.

After a wary opening period, Spurs began to flow. After 18 minutes Brady crossed for Jurgen Klinsmann to volley just over. A minute later Jose Dominguez, in a rare excursion on the right, was allowed to run unchallenged before feeding Clemence. He flicked the ball past the ponderous Alan Neilson before shooting inside the far post. It was the first senior goal for the son of the former England and Tottenham goalkeeper, Ray.

Nine minutes on and a short corner fell to Vega, who was allowed to control the ball and turn it across the area, where Calderwood deflected it in. "Spurs are on their way to Wembley," chorused the previously muted home fans.

Their progress, to the fourth round at least, was not without alarm, Paul Trollope thumping a 35th-minute free-kick against the post as Fulham dominated the later stages of the first period. Tottenham's well-publicised tendency to collapse in the second-half further raised the visitors' hopes but there was no initial sign of a recurrence until, eight minutes into the half, Matt Lawrence broke down the right and whipped over a low cross which Smith, a former Spurs trainee, reached ahead of Vega to touch past his one-time youth team colleague, Walker.

Spurs looked rattled as Fulham upped the tempo, but the difference between the sides was cruelly illustrated as Spurs broke away to score. Dominguez crossed from the left, Brady rose to meet it and, as the ball rebounded off the post, Taylor inadvertently knocked it back into the goal. Taylor has to be credited with it, but Brady deserved a goal to mark his promising debut. Gross said: "He did well. I put him in because he is a fighter."

Ray Wilkins said: "Maik's very down but these things happen. We had them rocking a bit and if we could have had held on for another five minutes we could have got another."

The only disappointment for Tottenham fans, apart from the injuries, was that Klinsmann, presented with an easy chance, failed to score his first goal since his return.

Spurs had not played well but it was the scoreline that mattered, as Klinsmann acknowledged. "Forget the beautiful football, it's results we need now," he said. "It was very important that we won tonight."

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Walker (Bardsen, 79); Carr, Vega, Campbell, Wilson; Brady, Calderwood, Clemence, Dominguez; Ginola (Mahorn, 42) Klinsmann. Substitutes not used: Mabbutt, Hill, Clapham.

Fulham (4-4-2): Taylor; Lawrence, Neilson, Coleman, Herrera; Smith, Trollope, Bracewell, Hayward; Peschisolido, Moody. Substitutes not used: McAnespie, Carpenter, Thomas, Blake, Walton (gk).

Referee: G Poll (Berkshire).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Engineer / Software Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software Engineer / Softw...

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey/ South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey / South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Recruitment Consultant / Account Manager - Surrey / SW London

£40000 per annum + realistic targets: Ashdown Group: A thriving recruitment co...

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before