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When you think of Fulham Football Club and Craven Cottage, what do you
think? The Cottage itself where John Craven grew up? Where the Queen and
Prince Philip had their first ever date. Royal love blossomed. Our team
contained George Best and Bobby Moore. Same team, same pitch at the
same time. Then of course there at the fact we used to have an
absolutely non-techie full colour statue of my good Jackson. Then
there was the night when Fulham beat Juventus 4-1. Even I don't believe
that was true and I was there! We are the plucky underdogs by the
river, the West London team that always manages to find a home for
classy, refined footballers. Johnny Haynes, March, cumin, Dempsey, Jamie
O'Hara, Jimmy Bullard. And so to the FA Cup and Fulham have an amazing FA
Cup record. We got to number 46 in 1975. Now we face Spurs and I can
reveal that the score to date will be 3-1 to Fulham. Is that true or is
that an alternative fact? Only one way to find out. Welcome to Craven
Cottage and it is not fake news that Fulham are potentially 90 minutes
away from a place in the Emirates FA Cup quarterfinals. Standing in their
way are the Motspur Park eight time winners of the competition. --
Tottenham Hotspur. This is one of the great venues of invisible, three
seasons since it hosted Premier League football but Fulham believe
they can return soon. Spurs are still in three competitions and have
gone with a strong starting line-up. It has already been a weekend of big
cup shocks with Lincoln City and Millwall's heroics yesterday so can
Fulham spring another surprise? Joining us are the former Spurs
midfielder Jermaine Jenas, former Fulham Joe Pugh Mark Schwarzer and a
man who played for both teams and whose skill lit up the Premier
League. What about that for control from Dimitar Berbatov? Berbatov with
a gentle touch. Simply superb. Absolutely magnificent! So cool.
There has always been a touch of magic about Dimitar Berbatov. You
are very welcome, great to see you and to be honest, what ever you lack
in skill you made up for in effort! Where does your heart stands today
but a lot more Spurs or Fulham? I like both teams. That is why I would
like it to be a draw so I can watch one more game. But I have great
moments in Spurs the team who give me the scene to show my quality in
England and I had a great year and a half with Fulham and scored good
goals so both teams are in my heart. It is great for me. And the way that
both teams played, it should be a good game. I hope so, I want to see
goals. And in the end to have something to look at the game, to be
good for the people who pay to watch this kind of team. That is how I
used to play as well, to try to entertain. You certainly did.
Jermaine, Spurs, a lot of thought about the FA Cup, some teams picking
weakened teams but they have gone strong. And it is good to see. After
the last couple of results, you get the feeling that their season is in
the balance. It could slip away. A top result midweek and he will be
looking to get his team act into form and the team he has put out
also it is a genuine competition they can go and win. Best back into
form. That is the one thing lacking for
Pochettino, a major trophy. And for the club as well, you can talk about
Pochettino being a great manager and this being a great team but they
need to take that next step which is to win something. And 220
appearances for Fulham for you, Mark, it is a great place to play,
one of the classic grounds? It is, one of the only grounds left that
has that atmosphere. Some great memories here and I've always
enjoyed playing. This team is making progress, they play lovely football
as well. They have had a tough couple of years after relegation
from the Premier League, they lost their way a bit. A lot of different
managers and probably bad decisions but they are now at a stage where
things are turning around. They are getting a team out which is playing
exciting football with a good mix of experience and young players coming
through. Fulham's most recognisable player is their club captain, Scott
Parker, who starts on the bench today also he is now 36 and has also
played for Spurs in his 20 year playing career and we send Mark to
meeting this week. You have been four years at Fulham,
which has been a bit of a roller-coaster, what has it been
like as a player in that time? To come out of the Premier League that
season, and since then it has been turbulent, changes had to be made
and the squad was decimated in terms of where we were. And that comes
with relegation. A lot of people losing jobs, it has been a rocky
road. Trying to adapt to the Championship, what is the best route
out, do you spend again like Newcastle have done this year? If
you don't, you are looking at three to five-year process. Fulham is
renowned for being a family club, welcoming, that it still have that
wonderful charm about it? It does, definitely. Anyone who doesn't know
Fulham and has not been around it, the biggest thing is the Stadium. Go
to the stadium and it will give you an understanding of what the club is
about. There is a real charm, something about it, something very
special. Sessegnon makes it three. Ryan Sessegnon, someone I have known
since he was ten years old, I have watched him for a long time. How
good can he be? Attitude will determine how far you go and the boy
is first class with his attitude. He wants to learn, listens to what
anyone says. And taking the technical side, he is obviously a
fantastic footballer and that will put him in good stead. He was born
in 2000, you are 1980, how does it make you feel?! Very old! I feel it
every day I went out there at times! I'm not getting any younger. As long
as I feel I can contribute in the team in any way and I'm having an
input, I'm happy to be around but the day I don't feel like that, I
will put my hand up and say, thanks a lot but I'm out. 1980 is a lot
better than 1960! You have both played with Scott Parker, a really
good professional. He is like Mr professional. If I lack in some
professionalism, he was making it! Always first training hard, after
training, staying and stretching and helping the boys in the team. I
don't think anybody can say a bad word about him and he gives
everything for the team. An important player today for Fulham
will be Thomas Kalas who is on loan from Chelsea. A lot of promise. He
certainly has and that is the one club, apart from Vitesse Arnhem,
where he has found a home and he's playing every week. I had a chance
to play with him at Chelsea, on his debut. There was a team meeting
before the game and when Mourinho put the team up and said, you are
playing, and he said, what better place in the world to make your
Premier League debut than at Anfield. He asked Lampard where he
played his debut and he said Coventry City. He said, this is the
best place to make your debut. He doesn't lack confidence. And tell
others about the young lad Scott Parker was talking about, Ryan
Sessegnon. Like I mentioned, I have seen him since he is ten years old
and watched him develop and he had always caught the eye and been very
athletic and strong. On the bench today. There is a guy at the club
who is the head of the goalkeeping Ekurhuleni was at Crystal Palace
he is the goalkeeping coach. He is very similar if not better than
Ashley Cole when he first came in. There are high hopes for him will
stop and he has shown that he can adapt to be first-team very quickly.
It is not often a high -- we highlight a player on the bench but
it is good to see young talent coming through and let's hope he
lives up to the expectations. Certainly also what Fulham have done
is produced some good in players and this is one of them. Jokanovic, you
know him well, what is he like? He was working in Bulgaria and
everybody was happy with the job he had done and you can see he is very
ambitious. From what I know and correct me if I'm wrong, but they
changed the pitches at the training ground so it can suit the way they
play, passing football, and I think the same as the pitch here. When you
train, you are like in the game, you are used to the grass and how to
pass the ball and stop the ball which shows he knows the small
details can help the team grow up. It makes sense. Spurs almost became
victims of a major shock in the last round. Wycombe Wanderers of League 2
took them all the way at White Hart Lane. It is a day full of hope,
expectation and pride. And it hits the bar. Pandemonium at White Hart
Lane. It is a penalty. It is 2-0! That is in! Spurs are back in it.
The bodycheck and a penalty. Spurs have turned this around. It is
headed in by Garry Thompson! Wycombe Wanderers are back in front. Dele
Alli! And Heung-Min Son has got the winner! Heartbreak for Wycombe
Wanderers and Spurs go marching on. It was a little bit of a scare in
the last round against Wycombe Wanderers and you have named a
strong team today. How much has that played a part in trying to ensure a
less stressful way to the next round? It is never sure to go to the
next round. Before you need to respect the opponent. And we have
chosen a starting XI that we believe is the best to go to the next round.
It is true that it was very stressed game against Wycombe and it was
difficult in the last few minutes but we are here now and we need to
try to give our best and win the game. We have a big opportunity to
go to the quarterfinals and it is true that first of all we need to
play well, better than Fulham, and to try to score goals and be better
than them. You start Harry Kane today, any risk given the injury he
picked up? Sometimes it is too difficult, who is playing, to rest
player, because we have a lot of games ahead. We came from a very
busy schedule but I think today the players that will be on the pitch,
because we believe they are fresh and can play and cope with the 90
minutes. In football always can happen everything but we decide to
put this starting XI because we believe there is no risk for
anybody. He started the year with seven wins, subsequently only two in
the last six, struggling for form and goals, two away wins in the last
14. They need to dig in. What is missing? He has been messing around
with the formation of a little bit. He went to three at the back and I
enjoyed it but I don't think he did it for defensive reasons, I think it
was for attacking reasons because you get that width and it allows
Erickson, Kane and Dele Alli to play a lot closer to each other. When
they are close beautiful things happen -- Eriksen. Kane is making
runs and Dele Alli is a huge threat. Danny Rose is not playing today but
Kyle Walker can give you this width as well and it is just natural. What
I have seen recently with Spurs, they play with a 4-2-3-1 and Harry
Kane can get isolated. Dele Alli is not in the areas where he can
influence it and drag the defenders away. When Abby Kane doesn't have
those bodies around him, it tends to be easier to mark him -- Harry Kane.
The last two games, especially Liverpool and Genk, they have got
too close to him and taken him out of the game. I would love to get
your opinion of Harry Kane, what do you make of him? I think he is now
Mr Spurs, he is the Talisman, the guy upfront and like Jermaine says,
with Dele Alli and Eriksen, he is completing the triangle. They are
training a lot in between each other how to play and the way they link
with each other is natural. They understand how to play football. Do
you see him as a top-class goal-scorer? He is becoming one. The
way he is wanting to score goals, this is what he wants to do. And for
me, if he wants to become one of the best, he's in the right place and I
think the coach is very good with him and he will develop to be one of
the best. Quick prediction for you? I'm going
to say a Fulham win. I'm going to go for a draw. How do you see it going?
Two attacking site. It will turn around for Spurs today, I'm
expecting 3-1 for Spurs. Commentary from Kevin Kilban and Guy Mowbray.
COMMENTATOR: It feels like spring is on the way. In six weeks' time the
Oxford and Cambridge boat crews will be racing past this famous ground on
the River Thames and it is good to have full -- Fulham back in the
spotlight after three seasons out of the Premier League. It's all about
continuing in the Cup. With League 1 and the championship already
represented in the sixth round draw. Harry Kane's Tottenham will be keen
to be in that draw too. They haven't reached the quarterfinals since
2012. Spurs with such a proud FA Cup history. Eight times winners but not
since 1991. Only Manchester United and Arsenal have lifted the most
famous trophy in football on more occasions. Kevin is alongside me.
Kevin, it has a real quirky feel, Craven Cottage, one of the stranger
walks out onto the field a professional can take. Yes, a great
ground, the atmosphere is generated here so it is very different.
Wonderful views of the Thames, Craven Cottage and west London. No
coats needed today. It is a surprise to some that Harry
Kane was passed fit to play today. He tweaked his knee on the Europa
League game on Thursday. Pochettino has gone really big with his Spurs
selection this afternoon and that is really good to see.
A peculiar feature of Craven Cottage that the players have to walk right
across the field before they take their places in front of the stand
for the pre-match ritual of the handshakes. Nobody seems to shake
hands properly any more, have you noticed that? Yes, I'm not sure
about it, you want a proper handshake, a manly handshake. Let's
take a look at the line-ups then. Fulham have Marcus getting in goal
as per the last two rounds. It is a particularly exciting front line of
power and pace, all out of Africa. Nigerian international, Sone Aluko,
28 today. Neeskens Kebano, named after the Dutch international
Neeskens. Harry Winks has just signed a new contract until 2022.
Son, Ali And Kane all in good scoring form.
These are the players waiting in the wings. Much attention on Fulham's
Ryan Sessegnon, born in 2000, doesn't that make you feel old!
Harry Kane wearing the armband for birds today. Tom Kearney his
opposite number on the other side -- Cairney. I think we will settle for
a five goal thriller, if the two site will oblige. It is going to be
Spurs in their change colours of all gold to get the action under way.
And all London clash of west versus north, it is championship against
Premier League, and after Lincoln City and Millwall yesterday, maybe
there is something in the air for Fulham as well. Slavisa Jokanovic
might have been taken aback by the strength of the team facing his. You
mentioned Harry Kane supposedly carrying a slight knock but it shows
how seriously Mauricio Pochettino is taking it. Of course Fulham
themselves very strong this season, going well in the championship, so
it will be a big test for Spurs here today. Scoring goals which Spurs
over the last few weeks have stopped doing.
Odoi kept it successfully away from Dele Alli. The full-back caused the
first rays in noise from the supporters today with that foray
forward. It will be interesting to see, the two full-backs from
Tottenham do like to get forward. Trippier has been in excellent form,
it will be interesting to see how Fulham can stop both Tottenham's
full-backs today. That was won by Trippier and out for Fulham throw.
Ayite. Another one for Scott Malone to throw back in. Ayite comes back
to collect and with the help of Trippier wins the ball back for
Spurs. Blocked by Trippier. Great reaction,
immediately on the front foot trying to get the ball back.
Harry Kane took too long making his mind up what to do next but Spurs
are into the tackle is just as quickly and cleanly as Fulham have
been so far. Denis Odoi gets the ball away. He knew he had the pace
to match the Tottenham winger. That will be a Fulham free kick. That's
what we were speaking about, how high they play as full-backs.
Trippier will be looking to get forward. Slavisa Jokanovic has been
in charge of Fulham since the end of 2015. A Chelsea player spent two
years at Stamford Bridge and was an unused substitute in the 2002 FA Cup
final. Here is Eriksen, found by Ali and that was goal bound book for
Bettinelli getting sharply down to save it. Looking for support from
Tim Ream as he goes for the ball. It was a good save from Bettinelli. I
think the reaction from Malone was too late. Tottenham Hotspur corner.
Eriksen is the taker. Eriksen in Trippier's Way, nearly
felled his own team-mate. Trippier is on it again now, Tim Ream up and
clear. A bit of composure from Trippier, he beat the first man with
a cross, which he should be doing. Dele Alli... And that cannot have
been far away. Just past the post. A little bit of nervousness creeping
in Fulham's back four at the moment, a little bit disorganised. No one
took the initiative to clear the ball properly which is why the
cautious strike from Dele Alli. Two good chances from Spurs in a couple
of minutes now. It seemed like a bit of a messy start, players chasing
the ball around, but it is entertaining for it. It is, they are
playing open and expansive, Fulham at the moment. It goes straight to
Bettinelli. That's the move we have seen often from Tottenham,
immediately the left winger coming in off the left-hand side and
looking for the diagonal ball to be played into him. Eriksen, it is
Malone who jumped with him and won the ball for Fulham.
It is a Tottenham throw despite Kebano's claims to the contrary.
Davies crosses to deep for Harry Kane, straight behind. It was only
really Harry Kane in the penalty area. Pochettino has remained
philosophical despite losing the last two games, after an 11 game
unbeaten run they were disappointing at Liverpool last Saturday. He never
seems to get too ruffled, doesn't get too excited with winning or too
disappointed with losing, the Argentinian. He came into the
Premier League first of all with Southampton and doing a great job
here at Tottenham. Thrown in by Odoi. Looking for
Cairney to take the initiative. He's a good player, and he's developed
into a leader here at Fulham. There was talk of a move in the January
transfer window to Aston Villa and Newcastle, John Chim -- championship
rivals. He had to go home to establish himself. When he went to
Blackpool he did so well, this move to London has been great for him.
Not sure about his dress sense but he's certainly a talented player.
Lifted by McDonald but straight to Vorm.
Alli just outside the box, Son at the back and Denis Odoi has go ahead
behind. Excellent football initially from Davies making the run forward
but it is too easy to play through the Fulham central midfield before
they got it out wide. Christian Eriksen to go to the other side to
take the next Spurs corner. It is in by the Dane and flicked
goalwards and it nearly came to Vertonghen. Kebano was the quicker.
Trippier had no option other than back to Michel Vorm. A couple of
difficult moment for Fulham to deal with. Callers have caused problems
for them and they have to sort them out. -- corners.
Son is on the move but too soon. It is brave from Fulham, Odoi knows
that Son has the run on him. Good organisation centrally, initially
from Kalas. Malone was looking for Kebano and he
has forced Alderweireld into a rare error. Sometimes as a lone striker
you just have to make the run and try to cause an error as he has
done. Good centre forward play but no communication between
Alderweireld and Vorm in goals. It is only his fifth start for Fulham,
he had left the bench ten times and scored one goal which was in injury
time to seal 3-2 win against Wigan last weekend. Disappointing corner
from Johansson but this is Malone to get past the challenge and shoot.
Vorm had it covered but you might ask questions about how Scott Malone
could get that close. Very easy to skip past Son. A poor challenge. But
he didn't really look confident and it was a bit under his feet to try
to get power into the strike. He has scored four goals from left-back
this season. That was deflected but easily for Bettinelli. They seem to
be getting some joy down the right-hand side and the movement of
Eriksen and Trippier is causing problems.
Bettinelli seeking out Odoi. Cairney against Wanyama, Aluko has been
caught and Aluko and Cairney, both former Hull City players and both on
the floor. It was Wanyama on Cairney initially.
Tom Cairney is the player about whom concern is greatest here. I just
wonder if maybe Wanyama's boot caught him on the way down. There
was certainly no clash of heads. Yes, it is a nasty one for Cairney.
Not much Victor Wanyama could have done about that.
Antonio Conte has made the short trip across to watch his west London
neighbours in action. You never know, he might face one of these
teams in the next round. And he is always at Craven Cottage. Richard
Osman. Fulham free kick to be taken by the
Belgian, Odoi, or maybe not. Johansson took over. Cairney is back
on the field and chasing down Ben Davies.
Johansson playing it through towards Kebano and Alderweireld had it
covered. He had the run on Kebano and he read the danger quickly.
Eriksen through to Harry Kane. Tim Ream across to try to stop him. It
wasn't played at quite the right time for Eriksen. I think they will
find themselves doing that a lot today, going back towards the own
goal, Fulham as they tried to squeeze a high line. The movement of
Son and Alli and Eriksen coming of the right, those three players can
take advantage of that. Nice touch from Dele Alli. It breaks for
Johansson. Ream has asked Malone to get on his
right but he couldn't find the pedals. Eriksen a cross to Harry
Kane! He stretches to score! Harry Kane, the Tottenham captain, scored
his 17th goal of the season. Never mind the knee injury, he has looked
sharp from the start. And it is the Spurs number ten who makes it Fulham
0- one Spurs. Great awareness from Kieran Trippier who knows that
Malone is advanced of Eriksen and it is a great ball across the six yard
box. It looks like a tap in but he is on the stretch and it is
difficult to control. It wrong-foot Bettinelli and it is a brilliant
goal from Spurs, superbly worked. The last time these teams met, in
the Premier League almost three years ago, Harry Kane scored the
second of three Spurs goals and two of them came after Eriksen at free
kicks and look at Dele Alli in here and he ought to have done better. He
brought it down but could not get his feet sorted for the finish. That
is that high line I spoke about that Fulham are playing. If they can time
those runs correctly... A brilliant ball from Alderweireld but he could
not quite get the strike away. Spurs are per ring now. -- purring.
All of the noise is coming from the end away to the right, the away end,
at Dele Alli is in again but he was offside this time and Fulham had to
sort this out otherwise they could be steam-rollered. They are playing
a high line and there is no pressure on the ball and you can't be that as
a back four. What a touch but he is so unlucky dummy did not get his
left foot on it to get a decent strike. Fulham a bit too passive and
allowing Alderweireld or Wanyama too much time on the ball.
And in the opening 17 and a half minutes we have seen white Slammies
Jokanovic's team score a lot of goals in the Championship but also
why they ship a few -- why Slavisa Jokanovic's team. The three-man
midfield they have got... Here is Wanyama. The ball wouldn't keep up
with him. Vorm is invited to come for that by Alderweireld. Even
Wanyama now has the confidence to step forward. McDonald, Johansen and
Cairney are not getting near to their opponents in midfield and
Wanyama is finding it easy to get on the boil and dictate play.
Kenny was closed down by Wanyama but got it away quickly. -- Cairney.
Spurs are convincing play and forcing the error. The overhit pass
was down to the pressure being put on the players. Vertonghen deals
with the pressure well, as does Wanyama.
Vorm and that was messy! He has redeemed himself, just about, but he
very nearly gifted Fulham the leveller. And you fancied Tom
Cairney on his left foot in that position. Bettinelli will cut that
out. Michel Vorm has to cut that out. It was sloppy. There is no need
to do it, no need to take that chance. Tom Cairney knew he had to
hit it first time, he was under pressure but it was a good reaction
from Vorm after the initial mistake. You could see it happening with that
short passing. Trippier wanted the ball but Vorm knows if he opened his
feet he will get caught out initially.
That was cleared by Kalas, looking for Kebano, and Alderweireld has to
put it out and there is a decent response from Fulham going forward.
Kebano has done well at couple of times, forcing errors but they are
trying to goad into him direct too early at times. -- go into him.
Malone's cross is stopped at source by Eriksen. It is a big plus for
Pochettino to get the Tango and -- Vertonghen back alongside
Alderweireld. When they are together, Spurs look much the better
side. Eriksen trying to scurry away from Ayite out. We have seen that a
few times from him and Kebano, they don't mind chasing back to win the
ball. The same with Sone Aluko on this nearside. Beautifully taken by
Harry Winks. Eriksen out to Trippier. Looking for Harry Winks
and it was just behind him. Bettinelli had a guard in the form
of Tomas Kalas. He is quick to get it away. Amelie times have we seen
that movement from Spurs, starting by Ben Davies into midfield and a
lovely touch by Harry Winks to take it away from Tom Koenig but Trippier
is always free on the right-hand side -- Tom Cairney.
The game still has a lovely, open feel about it midway through the
first half. Eriksen has found room again.
Dele Alli quickly out of Eriksen and now Trippier. He tried to pull it
back for Dele Alli, Scott Malone had come back for Fulham. Could Dele
Alli have made the run and try to get across the six yard box? It was
difficult for Trippier to pull it back through the bodies. Stefan
Johansen has slid right through Kieran Trippier and it is a Spurs
free kick. He is the key player, Trippier is getting forward and he
is finding acres of space. He had no real contact with Trippier
but he's been excellent, a great option for Pochettino. Over midway
through his second season at the club, and this is only his 30th game
for Tottenham. Plays in the clubs generally. This is a long way out
but it won't discourage Eriksen. The captain being very precise with
his wall building, just encouraged Kebano to close the gap. There is
Eriksen straight into the wall, the second time he gets bounced past it
but not the accuracy, not his best. Difficult to get pays from that sort
of distance as well. Very confidently done by Tim Ream. Given
away to Kane. He finds Eriksen, and Eriksen has blazed it. That needed a
bit of composure, something he's normally chock full of. Careless
giving the ball away, he's been sloppy at the start of this game,
Cairnie. He's not being his usual assured self on the ball. As soon as
he takes that touch, good awareness from Kane to see that Eriksen is
free. As soon as he's touched it, the angle is taken away from him.
Odoi pushed by Winks, Fulham free kick. Slavisa Jokanovic does not
hang about, he will make changes before half-time if he feel things
are going away from his side. He did it in the week, he took off the
Icelandic defender, Sigurdsson, he's not even on the team sheet today.
The essential things you need to do, whether it's a personal change or
whether he changes the system, but three in midfield, that triangle
behind Harry Kane of Dele Alli, Son causing so many problems. They are
having a field day. It was a 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon who
scored in the last two rounds. Goodness me, he does look young. His
twin brother Stephen is actually in the Fulham under 18 side and they
beat Spurs 3-0 on Friday afternoon. Davies looking to find Son. He does
well, and he does find Son eventually.
This time Davies getting forward again, it's the awareness of
Alderweireld, he has the ability to hit that pass as well. Wanyama has
had three grabs at him, couldn't stop him, eventually blocks. He
thought about going for a free kick once or twice in that move, but
never quite had the advantage. I think he would have wanted that free
kick. Fulham open again. Dele Alli taking on Tim Ream. Winks' finish is
academic, the flag is up. It won't count for anything. Excellent for
Dele Alli out wide, waiting for the run of Kane, biding his time,
getting his head up. The decision from the assistant and a good save
as well from Bettinelli. A beautiful ball into Dele Alli who
has waited one for Kane. Not quite the Harry Kane glitzy finish we are
used to seeing though. It is far too easy. The space Dele Alli is finding
himself in, they are far too open, Fulham. The angle slightly against
him. London town looking splendid, as is Craven Cottage.
Vertonghen has to quickly go through his gears to get their -- there
first. Yes, he looks so good. Now he looks for Son and if Son gets there,
that is one heck of a pass. Son looking to combine with Eriksen.
Winks, every time you see him he looks that little bit more assured
than the last time. Yes, he's getting better and better. Still a
limited amount of Premier League starts but getting better. These
sort of games as well will help him regain his confidence. 20 years old,
the captain of the England under 20 side, now a regular in the Spurs
squad and he will be for some time. He takes the ball in tight
situations, the ability to skip away from defenders. They have fitted in
love later this Tottenham side. I still think they missed a trick not
giving him squad number 40. Room a little ahead for Kane who
gets the deflection, wins Spurs corner and something has to change,
otherwise Spurs will run away with this FA Cup tie. It is McDonald is
alone sitting midfielder. We have to get your hands and alongside
McDonald's to try to cope with the threat of Dele Alli and Eriksen
because they are causing problems and McDonald cannot do the job of
both players. Wanyama, all the time in the world
to get it under control. It is just too easy. Vertonghen happy to spread
the play and take a different route round.
Cairney down, no foul, the referee didn't think there was anything
wrong with the challenge. Dele Alli looking for Son and it is well
behind him. Takes a lot to get the Fulham crowd booing like that. Yes,
they felt it was a foul on Cairney. Dele Alli gets behind Fulham's
defence. McDonald is down after a brush with
Harry Kane, and the referee will have to stop the play because
McDonald is holding his head. It was unintentional from Harry Kane.
Just caught him with the flat of the hand as he tried to get away.
McDonald is OK. Ryan Sessegnon, getting himself ready. He has
already played 17 first-team games for Fulham. They will restart with a
drop. Kebano has been invited by the referee to give the ball all the way
back to Michel Vorm. Kevin McDonald patched up and back on the field for
Fulham. It is better from Ream. As soon as they break that initial
line, there is no real press from Fulham. The flag up against Son. So
far, so comfortable for Mauricio Pochettino. It is too much for some.
Alan Pardew is a regular at Gander Green Lane. It's often forgotten
that he actually played for Spurs for a few games, the summer of 1995.
It is not exactly flowing from Fulham but not going away. It is a
game winner, pushing bodies forward. Tottenham inviting pressure, then
they can move so quickly with the pace they have got. Davies just had
his ankle tapped and that will be a Spurs free kick. That's where they
have been quite poor, Fulham, when they got into those areas in the
final third. The torches let them down, the final balls let them down.
Kallis safely back to Bettinelli. -- Kalas. Just over 8 first half
minutes to go. The manager will want to get them organised, change a few
things in the system, I'm sure. Don't forget you can catch up with
all of the weekend's FA Cup action with highlights tonight at 10:30pm
on BBC One, then the fifth round comes to a close with Sutton United
against Arsenal. The draw is at 630 PM tomorrow. At the moment it looks
highly likely that Spurs will be in that draw. Fired towards Kebano. He
is so isolated, Kebano. Quality is lacking but Alderweireld and
Vertonghen can deal with any straight ball to them easily. Malone
puts the ball out of play. Eriksen. He had got past Malone and
was upended. Spurs' free kick. Eriksen will no doubt take it
himself. Just makes that little shift away look so effortless. Great
feet, hasn't he. Malone has found it difficult, isolated one-on-one with
Trippier. He's not had too much help from Ayite in front of him.
Fulham have brought everybody back to defend this. Even Vertonghen is
on the edge of the box, it is only Ben Davies that is still back.
Eriksen to find the right ball. He hasn't done and the clearance from
Aluko. Johansen has set off. Are you take was dispossessed all too
easily. -- Ayite. Dele Alli tried to trick the ball
through for Eriksen but another Spurs corner. You feel the second
goal is to come for Spurs. If nobody is prepared to put themselves on the
line and go and make a challenge, it is easy for Wanyama to build that
attack again for Spurs. Something different from Christian
Eriksen and across from Trippier. Kalas flicked it clear.
Michel Vorm was having a bit of a wander. Better from Fulham, they got
themselves reorganised and were able to press at the right time. Kebano
has been isolated but he was able with the support behind him to go
and start that press. Not close enough to Harry Kane.
Hammered out of play. Kevin McDonald with the no-frills clearance.
Kebano was shoved off the ball by Vertonghen.
Enough on that for Ream to find Bettinelli. I'm looking for the
reaction from the Fulham players, it was too easy for Ben Davies to pick
it up and find Dele Alli in so much space. Bettinelli gives it straight
to Harry Kane and Johansen helps out his goalkeeper. He owes him a pint.
Sloppy from Bettinelli, it was far too risky. Out towards Ayite but the
flag is up. The assistant referee was standing right behind him. They
got away with it here, Bettinelli. It was a good reaction from
Johansen. He gets himself back old side. There doesn't seem to be any
real fire about Fulham. I was lucky enough to be at Millwall yesterday
and there could not be a greater contrast. Exactly. It is too easy in
midfield, no pressure on young Vertonghen. We have said it
throughout the first half, Fulham have been far too passive. That was
better from Denis Odoi and twice. Aluko did well under pressure from
Wanyama but now Odoi is too casual. The contrast, Spurs without the ball
and Fulham, Spurs are so good and effective at winning it back.
Son played that into a crowd. Easy cushion from Alderweireld to Son.
Eriksen takes on Malone and leaves him behind easily. He went for goal
that was blocked by McDonald's. A difficult chance, Son had made a
great run from the edge of the area and it Eriksen gets his head up it
is a freak strike on goal for Son but it was good skill out right -- a
free strike. You have a feeling at the moment
that Slammies Jokanovic will want half-time to come quickly so he can
fire a bit of a rocket up his players. Totally. Mis-hit by
Trippier. How many times that ball, played into Wanyama to easily so he
can turn. Eriksen come off the right-hand side, he then frees up
Trippier down the right and that move it excellent to see but Spurs
should be able to find a way to counteract that now. You get the
feeling right now that the only thing is going to beat Spurs it if
it becomes too easy for them. Nice footwork from Johansen.
Vertonghen was off balance. This is Kebano and Aluko. There is Johansen!
He hit it hard enough but it was always straying wide. The first
mistake Vertonghen has made. A little off-balance and he couldn't
deal with it but it is better from Fulham. Aluko looking to drive
Vertonghen into the area and it is a decent strike and better from
Fulham. They have to take advantage of those situations. Remit stays
ahead of Kane and there was a little push. -- Ream. Was that a natural
bump and barge between these two? He has slipped as well. A slight hand
on him but he was almost going over from the slip. A lucky break for the
native of St Louis. Tim Ream formerly of Bolton,
actually made his Bolton debut five years ago yesterday, curiously
enough, at Millwall in the FA Cup, one of the teams of the weekend.
There is Tim Ream. He just managed to get it away. Something for Fulham
before the break! That was Ayite. And now Aluko. His effort is on
target but straight at Vorm. Better from Fulham right on the whistle. A
brilliant ball in from Malone, excellent from Tom Cairney initially
and yet the awareness. He knows that Aluko and Dybala had gone off site
and what a ball that is and he should be doing better. The
follow-up from Aluko is comfortable but it was better from Fulham in the
closing stages. And just up until that flurry, comfortable is the word
but it is only Fulham 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur.
In this FA Cup, particularly this weekend, we have seen some teams
from lower leagues playing well against Premier League teams but in
this you can see the Gulf between them. Spurs have been different
class altogether. It shows you why teams should play their stronger
teams in these games because it has almost been like a training
exercise. A bit of confidence, your striker gets an important goal. It
goes from what has been a terrible couple of days with the earlier
games, Liverpool and Ghent, and now Harry Kane scores, the team is
playing well, it has been a good first 45 minutes. Fulham have let
them go the way they are set up and with such a high line. They have
played some good football, Spurs. They do but I think Fulham makes it
difficult for themselves, trying to play from the back which is how
every body plays these days but they forget sometimes they are playing
Spurs. They are not playing a weak team. They think it will be easy for
them but it's not because the Tottenham player are smart and they
anticipate the game and that is how they score. Let's have a look at the
first goal. It was some good football. It
started with the throw in, Harry Kane does what he does best but have
a look at this, the left-back switches off. Eriksen makes the run
and he senses the space to run into. It is such quick thinking from
Trippier. He put it into the space, and a fantastic finish. And Kalas
switches off for a moment, he can see the throw in being taken in by
the time he react it is too late and Kane has an easy finish. I suppose
in many ways, the one thing in Fulham's favour is that they are not
out of it because they could easily come Spurs had lots of chances to
score. And I think if they have a chance to score, Fulham, but it will
be if Spurs make a mistake. Tottenham is the better team and
Fulham have a problem on the left side of the team which most of the
danger of comes from. Any time Dele Alli and Eriksen and Kane are in
close proximity, things are happening. I am so surprised at how
high this Fulham line is. It seemed to be bringing them to life. That
ball and that touch from Dele Alli, it was just a shame he could not get
the contact with his left. The amount of times we're seen the
centre halves playing that ball, numerous times. Bags of chances.
There have been and it has been disappointing for Fulham. We talked
about the high line, they do not have much pace at the back,
particularly not at centre-half, to deal with Kane and Alli getting in
behind and that has been obvious with those chances. It has been
balls over the top or in behind. We met their problem down the left
which has given a lot of freedom to Kieran Trippier who does deliver a
ball on most occasions. He is a striker's dream. Most of the touch
it is one ball and it is delivered, he rarely cuts back onto his left
unless he has too. You can see the space and he gets the ball in and
players can make their runs off that. Him and Eriksen seemed to have
a real understanding. There are a few balls and that left-hand side
has been exposed. This has been on and Eriksen can deliver and as long
as you have runners, that time Kane was not on. But you can see his
influence on the first half. Exact the what Dimitar was saying. And I
know you appreciated people on the wings when they delivered the ball
in early because you can time your run. You can see in the first goal,
it is all about the past. What else can you want from a player like
this? Harry Kane was in the position he plays but the pass was precisely
the way it should be. That is white Eriksen is the main player for the
first half. Trippier is doing well going all around but Eriksen is the
man who makes the difference. We have talked about Fulham trying to
play out which they can probably get away with in the Championship but
against a team that presses as well as Spurs, it has often not worked.
They started brilliantly and you watched them and thought, this team
can really pop it around. It is a mixture between what Dimitar and
Mark were saying, they are playing a bit too high and yes it looks great
when it comes off and they linked up well and they are able to have that
composure and create opportunities. But you have to remember they are
playing against Spurs and they will set traps and wait for them to make
a mistake and when they do, look how many Spurs players there are. They
get it to Eriksen eventually and he will not miss too many of those if
you keep giving them to him. Again, the goalkeeper overplaying it. It
was a poor touch. The only disappointing thing for
Spurs is that it is not three or four. Watching the keeper trying to
play out, it is an interesting aspect of the modern game that
keepers have to play out from the back but we saw an example at the
other end when Michel Vorm got himself into trouble. It is all
about finding that balance. I understand you want to play out as
much as you can and it important, particularly for the way a lot of
these teams are set up. Spurs do it all the time but you will have
mistakes and this was purely because he is forced. Rather than putting
his foot behind it. Do it next time, you don't have to do it every time.
It is different for goalkeepers now. As youngsters, they have to be able
to play with their feet whereas in my day certainly add not even that
long ago, keepers would, they were not very good footballers. That's
right and some would say that is why we let in goals! And you're daft,
obviously! But you would be surprised how many are still not as
good with their feet as they should be and the way the game has evolved,
it is going that route and people want the goalkeeper who is like an
outfield player. But ultimately he still has to save goals.
Tomorrow evening on BBC One we have arguably the most anticipated tie of
the FA Cup, Sutton United hold Arsenal at Gander Green Lane. Sutton
are synonymous with the FA Cup after producing one of the great upset in
1989, a day Matthew Hanlon will never forget. I was 22 at the time,
working as a bricklayer. A big fan of The Jam, I liked scooters and
that sort of stuff. I lived and breathed football, used to come in
from work straight down here and train on Monday night. It certainly
hasn't changed much. The players were from different backgrounds,
different businesses. Some were bankers, some were commodity
brokers. I remember joining the club and talking to Barry Williams about
what he achieved. I believe he was an English teacher, famous shots of
him in the dugout. The draw was bittersweet, we were hoping for
Arsenal or Manchester United, someone like that, and we drew
Coventry. I didn't realise till we thought about it, hold on, they are
third or fourth in the top-flight. The day itself we changed routine
slightly and changed on the rack out the back and I don't think anything
went right. COMMENTATOR: It is a big day for the club... It was pretty
packed, pretty rocking, and we scored the first goal. I remember
following Tony, he headed towards the cameras which was the shout
before the game. The left-back is the hero for Sutton for the time
being at least. David Phillips goes to him behind me actually. And
Phillips has put Coventry City level. We played as well as we did,
managed to scrape some half chances and eventually won a corner. I
started my ROM from back out here. The ball came through some people
and the rest is history, as they say. At that point there was
obviously a real chance that there was a shock coming and we were just
going to go on and win. The last 15 minutes we just held on the deal
life and how they didn't equalise or score a winner, I will never know.
And there it is Sutton United at the GM Vauxhall Conference have put out
Coventry City, winners of the FA Cup themselves less than two years ago.
I remember getting carried away with the fans on the pitch, heading over
towards my girlfriend, wife now, where she was standing with my
sister and her boyfriend. Even then I don't think we realised what had
just happened. We had probably all of the press at my mum and dad's on
the Sunday and Monday. The BBC had been on the phone and we were needed
on the Wogan show that night. It's obviously been an enormous part of
my life. I would like to think it's been an enormous part of Sutton's as
well. I wouldn't want to swap any of it for anything. Great story, cannot
wait. Fifth round, Sutton Arsenal, magical. We are back at Gander Green
Lane from 7:30pm tomorrow night and it promises to be a special FA Cup
evening. Before that 5 Live has commentary on Blackburn versus
Manchester United. You have got until midnight tonight
to sign up for the people's Cup, the National five-a-side competition.
Let's go pitch side now. We are with the Fulham fan who led the opening
to hour show today. Richard Osmond beside me, Fulham fan
for life. The beautiful setting but what is it you love about being a
Fulham fan? We are very quirky club. No one is accidentally Fulham
supporter, you don't support them for the glory but it is a lovely
team, amazing fans and it's the best ground in the country. It deserves
Premiership football. We can show them how we play, though we haven't
so far. Let's get to the game, a few nervy moments but you are just one
goal behind. People have talked about clubs disrespecting the FA Cup
and I'm annoyed Spurs haven't done it. They've come out with Harry Kane
and Dele Alli, what are you supposed to do? We are playing well but you
look at Vertonghen and Alderweireld, they are so fast, we cannot play our
possession football or play at speed but we are good team and I'm sure
Slavisa Jokanovic will talk to them at half-time and we will come out
all guns blazing. We know he can make changes quickly, what can
Fulham do to bring this back? Well Kebano is a terrific player but
doesn't have the speed to get past that centre pairing. What we really
want in the last ten minutes, bring Scott Parker on and then the whole
crowd can get on their feet and cheer him. We are used to seeing you
calm and composed in the television studio, what are you like as a
football fan? If we score, you will see me not calm and composed but it
is so nerve wracking but this game is a treat and it's great to have
this sort of football back at the Cottage. Enjoy the second half if
you can. Come on, you Whites. I love that line, how dare Tottenham not
this respect Fulham! We all had a giggle when he said it, and it is
actually nice to see they are not, they are putting out a strong team
and respecting the Cup. Jose Mourinho has been adamant about
that, not disrespecting the Cup, and it is nice Pochettino hasn't done
that. I'd like to take this opportunity to ask what you are up
to, you're not playing anywhere at the moment, are you? Is it finished
for you? Hopefully not, I'm still trying to find a team if you want to
say it like this because I still feel good, I train and keep fit.
Message to managers, coaches, chairman everywhere, he's available.
He can play a bit. You don't need pace, do you? It's all in the head!
Where do you think, Premiership or championship or other countries, I'd
guess it depends where you want to play. It is all about football, you
just want to play and enjoy it a bit more. I see players my age still
playing, Scott Parker is an example. What's he like to play with,
Jermaine? For me personally, he is a dream because I used to love running
forward and he used to give me this looks as if to say get on your bike,
I will find you. Some of my best memories and best goals were through
this man passing me the ball. Fulham are just coming out first, Tottenham
behind them. What can he change to get them back into this? Maybe the
solution is bringing on someone like Chris Martin, put him up front, try
to pin Vertonghen back, get the players out wide and in behind them
again. 1-0 down is not a disaster. Forget about the first half, move
forward, try to change things, maybe bring Martin on. And Tottenham more
of the same, I imagine? As I say, Fulham need to pay attention to the
left side of their team. They can play more secure and then have a
chance to score that way. Spurs will be disappointed they haven't been
more clinical and that's what they will be looking to improve on. The
second half now back with the commentators.
COMMENTATOR: No changes made by either manager during the half-time
break. Spurs in the lead but not in total control with only one goal in
the game so far. These sides actually met in the fifth round of
the FA Cup ten years ago yesterday here, the Spurs win 4-0. Two of
those goals scored by Dimitar Berbatov. No surprise to hear him
say he still wants to play football, fit as a flea. Yes, so elegant, an
excellent goal-scorer. McDonald 's off-balance as he got
the return pass from Sone Aluko. We are looking for that spark from
Fulham. They just need to try to put Tottenham under pressure, be better
with the ball, something they have been poor at in the first half.
Trippier with a little too much to do. He closes down Malone. Fulham's
throwing. He passes it straight out of play.
In towards Kebano. It will be a Spurs ball. Better from Fulham,
better start. Reaction on the ball, giving it away, I'm sure that
something Slavisa Jokanovic would have spoken about at half-time. Dele
Alli out of the game for a moment. Harry Kane, beaten by Kalas. Here is
Eriksen, all of the options are to his left, that wasn't one of them.
Ayite. Kebano called for it and was always
running behind the Spurs defenders. That's not a great run from Kebano.
Better from Fulham. Malone unable to find many chances in the first half
to get himself down the side in front of Malone.
Cain tries to get to the near post, there is Eriksen. A nice comfortable
save from letting. Trippier again, he's caused so many problems for
Ayite in the first half. Ayite trying to get that ball through to
Eriksen. It is up to Trippier to get forward on the right, they have been
excellent linking up, Trippier and Eriksen today.
Wanyama beaten by Odoi. Wanyama again. Given away to Kalas, the on
loan Chelsea defender. Won back by Wanyama.
Trippier is going again. Eriksen, a good ball in... Finished by Harry
Kane and it might have finished this FA Cup tie. Difficult now for Fulham
to get back into this one. The Fulham fingers are pointing at
the assistant referee but he kept his flag down and Harry Kane kept
his cool and gets his second goal of the game
Kieran Trippier got free down the right-hand side. I think he was
offside at it was -- as it was played in. A great ball from Eriksen
nonetheless. I think he was just off but it was
Trippier initially getting free again from Eileen -- ie take --
Ayite as he has done all game. The same combination as for the first
goal. It was a very tight call. And it has gone against Fulham.
Spurs do have a measure of control on the tie now.
Son takes on Kalas but lost control, he didn't know whether to keep going
or find Eriksen. He get it back from Kalas who gets back at him with a
good challenge. Johansen turned and found Cairney and Aluko looking for
Kebano but only find Vertonghen. It was that straight ball that we saw
in the first half and it is so easy for Vertonghen and Alderweireld to
read. Kebano is very isolated upfront again.
Tim Ream forcing him wider all the time and the touch was off Harry
Kane to the disbelief of the Spurs skipper. I think his foot was off
the pitch. This is the chance and he is just leaning offside. Sorry, his
foot is on, it is very tight. Perhaps the assistant has got that
right. It was the back leg of Tim Ream that was playing him onside.
Spurs looked as though, after going 2-0 up, if anything they are looking
to increase the pace little bit more.
Davies is tripped but just outside the box, just as he was threatening
to burst into it and have a chance to make it 3-0. A great run. Not the
greatest challenge from Odoi. He was never going to challenge to win the
ball but to barge Davies over. This is Christian Eriksen territory will
stop it is a disgruntled Harry Kane who has walked away from the free
kick position. He was bent down and whispering in his ear and begging
him to let him have the chance to take that ball home with him tonight
but Eriksen was having none of it. He has made two goals for him, it's
his turn now. The shot is straight at the wall and onto the back of
Harry Kane. He hasn't quite got those free kicks right today,
Christian Eriksen. I think his set pieces in general have not been the
best, free kicks and corners. Very unusual for him.
Tim Ream just got back away with Dele Alli closing.
Kalas is left down and out, Kane takes it again he didn't expect to.
Kalas was looking to Bobby Madley committee felt it was a foul by
Harry It almost gifted Harry Kane and
other goal. I think that was a foul but a was covering. -- Odoi was
covering. 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon is about to take the field. Floyd
Ayite sees his number up. Little chance for the Togolese
International to get involved. Certainly not from an attacking
point of view, most of his work has been tracking Kieran Trippier and he
has not done a good enough job of doing that. When he scored against
Cardiff City in August he became the first player born in the 2000s to
score in the English leagues. He scored in the third round come also
against Cardiff, and in the fourth round against Hull City as well.
I think Jokanovic has recognised that is the threat, Kieran Trippier
getting forward down the right and he had to try to shore up this
Fulham left. Kebano is offside again.
He was looking right across the line. It is a close call again.
Probably onside, Vertonghen is playing him on but it was tight.
Fulham might have that feeling that nothing is quite going their way.
The Spurs fans are in good voice, singing about going to Wembley and
they are on Thursday for the second leg of their last 32 tie against
Gent, trying to do turnaround a 1-0 first leg deficit. -- trying to turn
around. Son tried to beat Tim Ream but
couldn't. Sessegnon on the ball again, Trippier came back to
challenge. All the noise around the Cottage is
Tottenham noise. Eriksen's lift and Dele Alli puts it
over the top. He was being challenged as he got in there but it
is the best chance Cena said today. Brilliantly worked from the
left-hand side. -- the best chance he has had. It looked like Dele Alli
add a simple tap in. Odoi still had the awareness and the ability to
make the challenge. But the big chance.
Set in Young goes past Trippier. Trippier with a decent recovery
challenge -- Sessegnon. Trippier did well against the pace of Sessegnon.
Stefan Johansen will take the corner. Can they fight their way
back into this FA Cup tie? It is over the head of Kane, Kalas had
ago. Cleared by Harry Kane. Malone has to go back to Bettinelli. It is
just so notable how much better Tottenham are without the ball,
putting the Fulham players under the pressure, they are able to win it
back and have bodies in advanced positions when they do. Malone
seeking out Johansen and he goes past Trippier.
It won't open up for the shot. It is a lot busier from Fulham.
McDonald this possesses Son. Fulham live here. Just a few challenges
going in, something we were expecting in the first half. It
seems to be the introduction of a 16-year-old that has given them a
spark. Eriksen has gone darting forward,
Malone went with him, side-by-side all the way. We spoke about the
positions that Alli and Eriksen take up, they are forming a little
triangle off Harry Kane, not staying wide but coming central and the
full-backs, Malone and Odoi, don't know whether to go with them. They
are trying to keep their shape but they are freeing up so much space
for Alli and Eriksen to pick up. Trippier, such a good attacking
option for Spurs. A good ball in but it was too close to Bettinelli. It
was comfortable. Sessegnon realised Alderweireld was
getting there first and he let him have it to get a corner. He is a
threat not to Trippier, getting him to go back towards his own goal
whereas by and large Trippier has been on the attack in advanced
positions. The Fulham fans trying to rouse their team. Harry Kane heads
it away. Kalas as it now but he has gone back
to McDonald. And he will go back to Bettinelli, that was from a Fulham
corner. It is the pressure from Tottenham, forcing Fulham back
towards their own goal. The Spurs visiting contingent are
enjoying their day by the river hugely at the moment.
Harry Winks has been very impressive again today.
The nonstop Spurs noise has brought a response from Fulham. Taken away
from Eriksen by Malone. There is going to be a Fulham
substitution. Sone Aluko is going off and there will be Cyriac coming
on, who is on loan from Belgium. Cyriac has scored seven goals for
them this season, plenty of pace about him. Trying to hold off
Alderweireld, managed to do that to find care -- Cairney.
Odoi macro gets it back, the touch of fortune about that, and run into
Davies but Davies stopped it with his arm I think. Cairney is having
more influence on the game, there is more life about Fulham. Your hands
on with the chance to find a white shirt in or just outside the penalty
area. -- Johansen with the chance. This will be curled inwards by
Johansen, the former Celtic player. It is floated. It is Kalas, Ryan
Sessegnon, they all pounced upon him. It is a Fulham fro, they will
try to keep the attack going. Tottenham's turn this time. I wonder
if he's going to go down the line to Cain.
A seeker over the top but it only finds Alderweireld. McDonald,
dispossessed by Eriksen. Dele Alli is up with him, Eriksen has easily
got past the first man. Well gathered by Bettinelli, who bravely
held on. He did, a couple of nutmegs. Getting caught in
possession again though. McDonald did well to get back. Good
goalkeeping go. So many chances for Tottenham have come about from
Fulham being sloppy in possession today.
Cyriac wins a corner for Fulham. He's been lively since coming on,
Cyriac. Johansen in. It was met firmly by
Trippier, headed out. Johansen's throw.
It is Wanyama who collects and tries to storm forward, he has done that
easily. Dele Alli... Wouldn't quite come to his boots. He was caught,
holding his leg, Dele Alli, and Spurs have the free kick. Yes, it is
the high boot from Johansen. Nasty challenge there from Johansen.
Eriksen, Wanyama. Up towards Cain. Bettinelli stays at home... It is
poked over the top. Excellent awareness from Dele Alli again. It
is that second touch off his knee that allowed the ball to get away
from him. Scored one at full stretch, couldn't get a victory goal
that time. Another chance will come, I'm sure. Fulham trying to keep this
alive. He stopped the threat down Tottenham's right. Fulham have
plugged the gaps continuously opening down the left-hand side. One
Fulham goal could really change the feel of things. Johansen. Just over
the top. Chance. Kevin McDonald gets in front of Wanyama, Wanyama isn't
great at marking and allows McDonald to get in front of him. He should do
better really. Well over the ball, perhaps it is the little nudge from
Wanyama that puts McDonald off. Clever movement from Sessegnon, it
freed up Malone to get down the left-hand side.
Bettinelli down the middle wanting Cyriac to challenge for it. Harry
Kane, onside... Scores his hat-trick. Harry Kane seals it once
and for all for Spurs. It is his fifth trouble for the team, his
second of 2017 after having scored against West Bromwich Albion just
over a month ago. It was a lovely ball from Dele Alli, he had a look
to the linesman there, he got the awareness. But a belief in himself
that when he does get free, he will score. A beautifully weighted pass
from Dele Alli. He sees that his onside, then the composure and
ability to slot it beyond Bettinelli in the goal. Brilliant from Harry
Kane. At 23 years old, he has, as remarked by Dimitar Berbatov
pre-match, he knows a thing or two about scoring goals for Tottenham,
he has become their talisman. 0- three, and Harry Kane has got the
lot. Just playing on the shoulder of defenders, isn't he. There was a
full -- Fulham change, and it is Scott Parker who has come on, taking
the place of Kevin McDonald. And Harry Kane is going to go off to a
standing ovation too. They were about to make that substitution
before Harry Kane scored that goal. He is onside, I think it is just the
back foot of Ream playing him on. It caps off a brilliant performance for
Harry Kane with his hat-trick goal. A very successful day at the office
for Kane. Sissoko, the man who has come on for
Harry Kane and his first action is to give the ball away to Johansen.
Just a little cameo for Sissoko to play in 15 minutes. It has not
really come off for him since making the move from Newcastle. No, it
hasn't. More consistency from him. When he gets the chance in these
games he has to do more, I feel, Sissoko.
Son on the move in the middle. Eriksen, now Trippier. Spurs look in
the mood for more here. Eriksen. Tries the curler and Bettinelli had
his angles right, he knew where that was going. Yes, just opened up for
Eriksen, trying to bend it beyond Malone, use the full-back to try to
block the goalkeeper. Bettinelli out in Odoi's direction.
Wanyama. Vertonghen has had a nice
comfortable return to first-team action, one slip aside. Sissoko beat
Malone. Cleared only as far as Winks.
Cairney caught by Wanyama. That's the pressure again, all three
putting Cairney under pressure. Slavisa Jokanovic will know that it
is not his team's day to shine now, they can resume their push for a
play-off place in the championship. A little off the pace at the moment
but moving in the right direction. Slavisa Jokanovic certainly having
an impact on the club, they actually have 17 points more this season than
they did at the same stage one year ago. Eriksen is offside. Ironic
cheers from the Fulham supporters. You just feel they haven't had the
lion's share of decisions today. I don't think that's the reason they
have been losing the time though. I think he's got the two big calls
right as well, the decisions in these games are decided on fine
margins but he's done well, the assistant referee. There is someone
else who has done well, Harry Winks, replaced by a former Fulham
favourite, Moussa Dembele. Dele Alli, didn't quite come off for
him. Johansen. Having to go backwards. Bettinelli down the
middle towards Cyriac, and he wins it too. He's quick, he's made a
difference, hasn't he? Looking to stretch Alderweireld, and better
quality played into him as well. Tottenham have just been too good,
they have been so good in every department. Defensively excellent
again. Midfield brilliant, of course, moving the ball around so
freely but up front is where they have been clinical.
Eriksen was just caught on his heels, I don't think he believed
Davies would get there. Kebano post in the back, the foul
committed by Dele Alli and a free kick for Fulham. A little bit hasty
to make the challenge, Alli was desperate to win the ball back.
Johansen to try to work something and find some sort of consolation
for Fulham which is surely all it would be now. And what a good save
but the flag is up anyway. Well held by Michel Vorm. Good goalkeeping. He
couldn't really come out. A good decision from the assistant. I can't
recall ever seeing a Scott Parker headed goal. There might have been
one or two. And I can't recall seeing Eriksen do that too often
either, and aimless ball forward. Eriksen is back to his best in the
last month or two. After that performance at Liverpool last week
and losing in Europe come how much did Spurs need this today question
of massively. A bit of pressure on after those defeats.
That is why Pochettino picked such a strong team, he was looking for a
response and he certainly got it. I did like that line from Richard
Osman, disappointed that Tottenham did not disrespect the magic of the
They certainly haven't done that -- the magic of the cup.
Ben Davies getting a run in the side of the moment because Danny Rose is
still out with a knee injury but I understand it will not be too long
before he returns. Sissoko tried to hold away from
Sessegnon. Sissoko could not beat Malone.
Parker was caught by Dembele but it breaks for Sessegnon.
It has been so comfortable in these positions and not just in the last
five minutes but throughout the game. Spurs have been totally
dominant but no pressure on the ball at all, Fulham just haven't laid a
glove on them. Miscued by Malone and a chance for
another Spurs change and Dele Alli is going to miss the last five
minutes or so. Just to lower the average age a bit
more, 20-year-old Alli is replaced by 19-year-old Josh Onomah. A
frustrated looking Dele Alli. Perhaps just disappointed he has not
got on the scoresheet today. He has been very good again, creative,
certainly his workrate has been unquestionable.
Eriksen is offside and he knows it. Tim Ream played it out. Is there to
be a fourth goal for Spurs? It is the way it goes when these teams
meet in the cup, they last met in 2011 and Fulham won 4-0. Before that
in the fifth round in 2007 and Spurs won 4-0.
It breaks for Eriksen. The shot was smothered and it is a Spurs corner.
Spurs keeping the ball in tight situations but it is that injection
of pace at that time from Dembele. Eriksen's body language and the pace
at which he goes about everything in the game never changes, regardless
of how the game is going. Eriksen will have another corner to take.
Spurs will be in this evening's quarterfinal draw. 6:30pm on the BBC
News Channel, Radio 5 Live and the BBC sport website. One step closer
to Wembley, which is their second home at the moment anyway.
A relaxed Harry Kane, having more than done his job yet again. 19
goals for the season now. It is great for Pochettino that he can get
him off. We didn't think he would start today with the injury concerns
they had over him. But what a difference he has made. Bettinelli
clause that clear and it is behind for a Spurs corner and they really
are hunting down this fourth goal. So many openings, I think it was
going wide. Not sure if it was a shot or a cross from Sissoko.
Eriksen's corner, Bettinelli punches off the head of Onomah.
And we are into injury time and there will be another three minutes.
Ben Davies beats Kebano, he cannot find Son.
A good leap from Cyriac, not just quick but he has a spring in him.
But just so isolated, nobody to flick it onto. The Fulham players
were unable to get up in the support of the striker. Obvious
disappointment for three Jokanovic tonight. Totally. -- slopey so
Jokanovic. . Spurs have shown their quality
right from the start. Take nothing away from them, they have been
excellent, a tremendous performance. Wanyama goes past the challenge and
shoots and spilled by Bettinelli. Who wants the next go? A free header
for Son and he will think he should have done better and hit the target.
He totally will, it is a glaring opportunity and he should be doing
better. A good ball again from Trippier. He has played so well
today, Kieran Trippier. He has put that on a plate for him and it is a
big chance. All on his own, the South Korean. He has been in good
scoring form of late. He is the player who took Spurs into this
round of the cup by rescuing them against Wycombe Wanderers in the
last round. They were quite fortunate to get through that tie
but this has been anything but am far too easy for them and they have
been excellent with the right attitude from the start of the game.
It is strange how cup runs are created. Spurs were 2-0 down and 3-2
down at home to the League 2 side in round four and 3-2 down going into
the 89th minute but a 4-3 win brought them here. And I Harry Kane
hat-trick as fired them into the FA Cup quarterfinals. It has been
pretty comfortable almost from the get go for Mauricio Pochettino's
Premier League big guns. Fulham did not really show us what they can do.
Daniel Levy will be a very content Spurs chairman and Tottenham will
not be a team that many would like to be drawn against in the
quarterfinals. It is Harry Kane's day, Tottenham's day, no upset at
the Cottage as Spurs march on. Pretty plain sailing for the North
London club at Harry Kane clutches the match ball and he deserved it,
three goals for him. He has got his scoring boots back on and in time
for the second leg of the Europa League coming up. All in all, Spurs
were very comfortable. Completely dominated the game can exactly what
they needed after two Berry poor performances. All over the park some
good displays. Best very -- very poor. There is no better way
to get back in Bonn -- back in form than scoring a hat-trick. Pochettino
applauding the supporters and perhaps we should applaud him for
playing a strong team, a lot of benefits come from that. You are
right and today, an important win and they needed it. Now they can go
to the next game with confidence because they need to win again. They
need to win something this season and this is a chance to do so. And
for Harry Kane as well, he scores the goals and finish all the effort
of the team and today he was outstanding. As for Fulham, not
their day at all? No, you could see the gulf in class. No disrespect to
Fulham because it is a great little club but we are putting about one of
the best teams in the country. If they play their game, the lowly club
have no chance. That's right and Pochettino showed his intent by
playing his strongest team and it was always going to be an uphill
battle for Fulham to compete. All in all they dominated all over
the pitch. I would say Fulham were quite naive. They can pass the ball
around but when you come against a team that does it better than you
have got to find a different way. We can hear from Harry Kane and Dele
Alli, I believe. No, Eriksen, I've just heard.
Harry, clutching the match ball, very good match for you personally
and the team. Very good, we've had a few good results recently so we
wanted to come here and get the win. We have done that, played well and
comfortable. Robert should have had a few more goals but it was a great
game all round and we are happy to be going home with the win.
Pochettino was about to bring on Sissoko before you scored the third,
did you know that? I thought it was going to take me off soon, when it
went over the bar I thought that was the last chance I had but luckily I
was able to sneak it in before I went off. A few people will be
surprised to see you started today given the injury, how do you feel?
It was just about icing it, compressing it, making sure it is
ready for the weekend. You mentioned Eriksen set up the first two goals,
you have a great partnership with Harry upfront. Of course, we played
alongside each other for a long while, we know how we should make
our runs and where the ball should be. We could have scored more and
passed more times but overall we are happy with the win. It was your
first bit of FA Cup action today, it shows what a strong team selection
can do. It was more comfortable than the Wycombe game and I'm sure you
are desperate to be out there starting today. Yes, of course I
wanted to play today, you want to play as many games as possible. By
Carrie said, we have a few tough games, we came back luckily and I
think we should have been up 3-0 in the first half but we take the win.
It has been cheeky the last few games, how important could that be
for confidence ahead of the rest of the season? 100%, obviously winning
games gives you confidence. We go into Thursday now coming off this
result, we will be buzzing at Wembley. It is never easy to open
the FA Cup. We made sure we did here and we have done our job.
Congratulations. Well done indeed. I hat-trick for Harry Kane, let's
start with the first one. In fact the first two goals were very
similar, weren't they? Yes, quick thinking from Trippier. That's where
you want Harry Kane, in between the sticks. That's not an easy finish,
he's reaching for it. It was a top finish. He nicely
guided it in even though he was at full stretch. He didn't need to do
anything, just put his foot wear and make the ball go into the net. It is
all about the pass in this situation. And Eriksen has certainly
been passing. This pretty much killed the game, didn't it? Similar
goal. Yes, with Harry today, what he did really well was he was a typical
striker, he got in the right positions and have the delivery. He
needs that service and once you get that, sometimes it looks easy. Tight
for offside, let's have a look. It was tight, you can see the position
Eriksen is in. His foot is onside, kept himself onside. Questionable
defending from Fulham, but what a ball from Eriksen. Dimitar, I want
to ask you about the third goal. Some you think are certain to score
and some are likely to miss and Harry Kane is one you think is
likely to score. Yes, he is brilliant. The moment he sees he is
one on one, he is very good at this, and it is his job to score goals
like this but it makes it easier, you know, better than me, when you
are striker if you have people behind you and you know when you
make the run they will give you the ball. We all need that. Sometimes
the striker needs to be a bit selfish like we saw in the first
half couple of situations, but he scores the goals and they deserved
to win. Are there certain strikers when one on one you think I'm in
trouble here. Definitely, Harry Kane is one of those people that over the
last couple of seasons he has scored continually goals, you know he is
confident and it will be a difficult job to prevent him from scoring but
you do a lot of homework as well. You are trying to tap into early
signs to deal with it, but more times than not it is difficult to
make the save. How good is Harry Kane, what do you see in him? What's
missing from his game, what do you like about his game?
It is put -- good that he has players behind him who know how he
plays. Harry has these people behind him who know how he plays, he knows
how they play so they complement each other so everyone makes the
other one better. Eriksen is passing to him. The only communication they
do is great for everyone and the team so if he continues like this
he's in a great place to develop and be even better. Do you think he can
be world-class? I don't know, what do you think? I sincerely wish for
him because I used to play for Tottenham and I watch the team so if
he gets even better, you know... I will take that as a maybe. Eriksen
was hugely influential in the game, wasn't he? He was, throughout the
whole game he was linking up so well with Dele Alli and Harry Kane. I
suppose the only thing missing was a goal at the end of it. Little passes
like that, he makes it look so easy. He just always sees the right pass
as well, always in space is finding the right passes and he is one of
those players that when he receives the ball, everyone else starts
moving thinking they have a chance to get on the end of something
because they know he can find them. Lovely passes to Son. Look at that,
Dele Alli should do much better there. That was one of the
opportunities winning the ball back for his side. And listen, he wants
to score. He knew, I want to score, but in the end he was Man of the
Match. That is a man who has been highly influential, dominating the
game in the midfield areas, making sure his team are getting chances. I
think for Spurs to have a successful season, to finish at least in the
top four, Eriksen has to be the one that performs well week in, week
out. We are just about out of time. Dimitar Berbatov, thank you for
joining us and Jermaine is well of course. A quick reminder we will be
back at Sutton, a magical tyke. That's it from us. Spurs are
through, with Harry Kane showing he is capable of taking them all the
way. Goodbye. COMMENTATOR: And all London
clash of Wester versus north. Eriksen across to Harry Kane, who
stretches to score. That was Johansen. Wide. A great ball in,
finished by Harry Kane. One Fulham goal could really change the feel of
things. Harry Kane, onside, into the goal to score his hat-trick. It
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