Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Fulham: Bassey mistakes cost the Cottagers

After the international break, Spurs would have the chance to go two points clear at the top of the table – with Arsenal having dropped points at Stamford Bridge. With Fulham struggling to find consistent form, Monday’s clash would be another tough test for the Cottagers, having already faced three of the current top ten sides.

TOT: Vicario, Udogie, van de Ven, Romero, Porro, Hojbjerg, Sarr, Richarlison, Maddison, Kulusevski, Son 

FUL: Leno, Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson, Lukic, Palhinha, Pereira, De Cordova-Reid, Vinicius, Willian. 

Less than 120 seconds into the game, Vinicius lost the ball in his own half which would result in Son bearing down on the Fulham goal courtesy of a Maddison through ball. Leno’s left boot saved the Brazilian’s blushes though, as they would keep Tottenham at bay. 

Despite Tottenham’s strong start, Fulham would send a warning message when Palhinha’s header was destined for the top corner, were it not for Vicario leaping to match the effort. 

On the half-hour mark, a nicely worked move came from the home side, as Maddison set away Kulusevski down the right-hand side. He cut in to tee up an oncoming Richarlison, whose shot narrowly missed the bottom corner. 

Five minutes later though, Spurs would have their breakthrough. Bassey had already looked shaky on the ball earlier on, and this was a sign of what was to come for the goal. His pass into the middle was intercepted, within a split-second finding Richarlson. The Brazilian had the simple task of poking it through to an open Son, who did the rest curling it into the top bins.

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In the second half, Son would turn provider for the second goal as it was Maddison’s turn to get in on the act. Bassey would be at the centre of calamity again as he gave the ball away for a second time. Son then slipped through Maddison, who cooly put it past the outrushing Fulham stopper. 

Vicario didn’t have much to do after saving Palinha’s earlier, but ten minutes from the end he was called into action after substitutes Wilson and Jiminez linked up, but the shotstopper palmed away Jiminez’s strong shot. 

Fulham couldn’t claw anything back in the end, as Spurs would remain unbeaten in the Premier League.