‘A familiar story’ – The national media’s verdict on Tottenham’s slip-up vs Fulham

Tottenham suffered a disappointing setback on Wednesday when they dropped two points against Fulham.

Jose Mourinho’s men looked set to take all three points after Harry Kane’s first-half goal against the relegation-threatened Cottagers, but Ivan Cavaleiro ensured Scott Parker’s men picked up what could be a key point for them.

The result means Spurs are six points behind leaders Manchester United with their game in hand now played and with just one win in six league games, there are now serious questions over their title credentials.

Mourinho‘s men will have to become more consistent if they want to catch up with the leading pack and a draw against struggling teams like Fulham is not going to help.


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As ever, you can find our coverage of the Fulham draw here, but below we round up the national media’s verdict of the result, starting with the Mirror.

The Mirror

“Scott Parker looked in no mood to apologise,” read the Mirror’s verdict.

“Not after Fulham made their point with a battling draw, a performance full of grit and defiance as Tottenham blew the chance to close the gap on the leading pack.

“It ended in frustration for Tottenham and Jose Mourinho who, for so long, looked destined to win on the back of a bitter pre-match row about fixture rescheduling.

“Harry Kane put Tottenham ahead with his 11th goal of the season but they clearly did not bank on Fulham’s resolve as Ivan Cavaleiro’s late leveller was no more than they deserved.



Tottenham slipped up on Wednesday night
Tottenham slipped up on Wednesday night

“Fulham certainly looked fired up by Mourinho’s rant that the visitors would owe Tottenham an apology if they fielded a full-strength XI.

“And it would be foolish to write off Fulham on this evidence because they look a team ready and willing to defy the odds. Written off before the season started, they are still in with a fighting chance.”

The Telegraph

“After the war of words, Fulham did their talking on the pitch,” wrote Jason Burt in the Telegraph. “Scott Parker and Jose Mourinho had clashed in the build-up to this quickly – too quickly in Parker’s view – rearranged fixture but it was Fulham who made their point with a thoroughly deserved point. They probably warranted even more.

“For Tottenham this was a familiar story as they failed to take themselves into the top four. Once again they went ahead before, yet again, sitting back and defending, inviting Fulham on as they have done other opponents (West Ham, Wolves etc) to their cost.

“They have dropped 10 points from winning positions. It is just so wasteful – is it also the best use of their strengths? – and must be infuriating for their fans.



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“The initiative was surrendered by Mourinho and accepted by a side in the bottom three who were inspired once substitute Ademola Lookman came on.

“Mourinho had demanded an apology if Parker fielded his full-strength team and the Fulham manager can argue he did not do that until the winger arrived. What a difference he made while Dele Alli and Gareth Bale sat unused on the Spurs bench. Discuss.”

The Sun

“Tottenham missed the chance to jump up to third in the Premier League after being held at home to Fulham,” said the Sun match report.

“Jose Mourinho’s men had appeared to be in cruise control after Harry Kane’s diving header gave them a first-half lead.

“Alphonso Areola was kept busy in the Fulham goal throughout as Spurs pressed forward for a second.

“But the Cottagers stunned the hosts and snatched a crucial point as Cavaleiro rose highest to nod home Ademola Lookman’s pinpoint cross.



Jose Mourinho was not happy at all following Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Fulham

“Tottenham started the hastily-rearranged game – described as ‘scandalous’ by Scott Parker – well, and deservedly took the lead as their constant pressure took its toll on Fulham.

“Kane eventually broke the deadlock after 25 minutes as he timed a diving header perfectly to convert Sergio Reguilon’s teasing cross.

“Spurs pressed on to find a game-clinching second, with Son Heung-min even hitting the post after the break.

“But Fulham also looked as though they had a goal in them, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kenny Tete both going close.

“And eventually 18th-placed Fulham snatched a goal as Cavaleiro leapt the highest to head home Lookman’s tantalising cross with just 15 minutes to go.”

Daily Mail

“When the talking stopped, Fulham started,” the Daily Mail report read. “Fired up, perhaps, by their burning sense of injustice, they produced a spirited display and foiled Tottenham’s plan to close in on the Premier League summit.

“Scott Parker was furious about the way this fixture was thrust upon him at short notice. Parker called it ‘scandalous’ ahead of the game, but he will be encouraged by the response from his team.

“They are deep in relegation trouble and they trailed from midway through the first half to a flying header from Harry Kane, but they refused to be dominated by their London rivals.

“They refused to accept defeat and poured forward until Ivan Cavaleiro climbed above Eric Dier to head in the equaliser, with 16 minutes to go, after a fabulous flash of skill and a cross by influential substitute Ademola Lookman.

“Fulham, without a win against Spurs for almost eight years, almost went on to snatch a victory. Hugo Lloris had to be alert to dash from his line to make the save and thwart Ruben Loftus Cheek. They settled for a point. Parker yelled in delight and clenched both fists at the final whistle.”




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