Spurs snatch late winner against Fulham

Spurs snatch late winner against Fulham
Harry Winks ghosts into the Fulham six-yard box and heads home Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s cross in the last minute.
London, Jan 21 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/21/2019 11:49:09 AM IST

Harry Winks scored a stoppage-time winner as Tottenham came from behind to inflict a crushing 2-1 defeat on Fulham on Sunday.

Winks applied the finishing touch to a Georges-Kevin Nkoudou cross in the third minute of added time as Spurs passed their first assignment without Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.

Fernando Llorente, the man drafted in to replace Kane and Son, handed Fulham the lead with an own goal inside 16 minutes, but Dele Alli spared his blushes, drawing Spurs level six minutes into the second half, before he was forced off with a hamstring injury late on.

Fulham looked to have secured a vital point in their battle against relegation but Winks’ first goal since November 2016 saw Spurs beat a side managed by Claudio Ranieri in the Premier League for the first time, deepening their plight towards the foot of the table.

Fulham’s recent signing Ryan Babel kicked off an impressive debut performance on 12 minutes when he outmuscled Davinson Sanchez and charged towards the area, where his fierce near-post shot was tipped behind by Hugo Lloris.

From the resulting corner, Denis Odoi shanked a shot wide from a good position but the early chances set the tone, giving Fulham confidence and belief that Spurs could be got at.

Cyrus Christie accepted the invitation to charge forward on the quarter-hour. His cross deflected behind for a corner from which Fulham took the lead as the unsighted Llorente diverted Jean Michael Seri’s delivery beyond Lloris.

Llorente had the chance to atone for his clanger on 24 minutes but failed to make clear contact with Jan Vertonghen’s deep cross, his effort off the shoulder dealt with by Sergio Rico.

Spurs, who were laboured and short of ideas, were fortunate to reach the interval with just the one-goal deficit as Fulham laid siege to their goal. Babel should have doubled the hosts’ tally on 40 minutes but he headed over from Christie’s cross.

Andre Schurrle’s brilliant volley then drew Lloris into an even better save before Aleksandar Mitrovic’s rebound was ruled out for offside, while a last-gasp challenge from Vertonghen prevented Babel from finding the target after a deft back-heel from Calum Chambers.

But after a number of close calls Spurs took just six minutes of the second half to erase Fulham’s lead as Eriksen’s whipped cross from the right was headed home by Alli at close range.

Fulham saw claims for a penalty turned away when Lloris raced off his line to confront Mitrovic, with referee Craig Pawson confident the Spurs stopper had made clear contact with the ball first.

Danny Rose’s deflected shot cannoned off the crossbar on the hour before the England left-back whipped a peach of the cross into the area on 80 minutes. Llorente had another chance to make up for his own goal, this time at the same end, but he glanced wide from five yards.

Fulham looked to have earned a vital point towards their survival bid but it was cruelly snatched away from them as Nkoudou’s teasing cross from the left was dispatched by Winks with seconds remaining, leaving the hosts with no time to respond.


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