Tottenham 3 Fulham 1: Player ratings

Tottenham 3 Fulham 1: Player ratings as Christian Eriksen sparkles for the north London side

Trevor Murray
By Trevor Murray
Tottenham
3
Fulham
1

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Couldn’t be faulted for Sidwell’s goal as the defence should have coped better with his surging run. Was in control of his area for the most part and he produced a magical save to deny Rodallega in the early stages of the second half – not to mention his penalty stop against Sidwell in the last quarter of the tie. 9/10

Kyle Naughton Whipped in his fair share of teasing deliveries either side of the half-time whistle and dealt well with the threat down the left flank. 7

Younes Kaboul Reacted quickest to stab home Eriksen’s free-kick from the left just after the hour mark to put his side 3-1 up, despite connecting rather fortuitously with his knee. Carried out his defensive duties well, too. 7

Zeki Fryers Allowing Sidwell to power his way through their defensive cover will have made the 21-year-old rising prospect shudder with unease. But he redeemed himself as the match wore on and made a handful of important clearances. Having a goalkeeper in form behind him certainly helped him regain his confidence. 6

Danny Rose It was his hard work that led to the free-kick for their third goal and he did carry a sizeable threat throughout. His skirmish with Riise was a great spectacle. 7

Aaron Lennon Had a series of snapshots in the first half – in the 25th and 26th minute, coming closest of all when he smacked the post with a decent right-footed volley. Should have caused more problems. 6

Nacer Chadli Was subbed in the 67th minute for Dembele after a relatively anonymous session in the white of Spurs. 5

Paulinho Did well to tuck away the first goal, although he didn’t have a whole lot to do as he was left unmarked at the back post. 6

Christian Eriksen (Man of the Match) His delivery for the opening goal as well as for their last was superb, and he looked like their most likely threat from open play as well. His crosses, although of a high quality, were not put to good effect by the forward line for large periods. Handled the ball to gift Fulham a penalty, and will thank hs lucky stars it didn’t give them an avenue back into the tie. 8

Harry Kane With Roberto Soldado injured, the 20-year-old had been afforded a rare chance to shine up front in recent weeks. Now, he’s scored three goals from three and he’ll be delighted with how well he has been doing. 7

Emmanuel Adebayor Was given quite a free-roaming role in the opening period and Spurs suffered as a result. Dropping deep to help build the attacks, he wasn’t in the right areas to do what he does best – finish. 6

Substitutes

Roberto Soldado N/A

Andros Townsend N/A

Moussa Dembele Had a calming influence on Spurs’ approach when he came on, as he was likely designed to by Tim Sherwood. 6

Fulham

David Stockdale His defence let him down on a number of occasion, but he continued to do his best. The concession of three goals didn’t reflect well on their man between the sticks. 6

Johnny Heitinga Booked in the 61st minute and was subbed five minutes later. Should have tried to sort out their defence better for the goals from Kane and Kaboul, but there was a clear lack of communication between the back four. Punished as a result, and they turned the match into an uphill struggle. 5

Fernando Amorebieta Much like Heitinga, the Venezuelan should have done more to avoid conceding such soft goals. Became even more deflated after the penalty miss. Nevertheless he did make Lloris work late on with a well-directed header. 5

Brede Hangeland Looks set to be in for another few testing battles in the weeks to come. But him and his compatriots will need more steely resolve than they showed this weekend. 5

John-Arne Riise Was one of the relegation-threatened side’s most effective outlets and coped well with the battle he became embroiled in with Rose. 7

William Kvist Resorted to pinging long balls towards the box after Tottenham took a two-goal cushion. 6

Steve Sidwell His surging run in the aftermath of Spurs’ opener looked as though it could inspire Felix Magath’s men to snatch a point or even more. However, they continued to limit themselves to counter-attacking breaks. His missed penalty was a real low point in the game for the visitors. 7

Scott Parker Put in a good shift in the middle of the park, but he took a few knocks from the likes of Adebayor and others and had to be subbed in the 56th minute. 6

Ashkan Dejagah Wasn’t quite up to the task after Kaboul’s goal had rattled the net – his 73rd minute effort that dragged harmlessly wide of the target epitomising their lacklustre mentality. They needed more from him, and others, on Saturday. 5

Hugo Rodallega Launched a thunderous header at Lloris’ goal in the 51st minute as retribution for Kane’s first of the match, but the shot-stopper was equal to it – as he was all afternoon. Had a one-on-one in the first half too, but just couldn’t find a way past the cover effectively. 7

Alexander Kacaniklic Had a penalty claim dismissed in the 67th minute after a coming together with Rose inside the box and was unfortunate not to have been awarded it. Looked lively throughout and did his utmost to find a way back into the tie. 8

Substitutes

Giorgos Karagounis Took up the corner-taking abilities when he came on, but didn’t add too much bite to Fulham’s attack when they needed it most. 6

Elsad Zverotić Came on for Heitinga with just under 25 mins left to play. Failed to make much of an impression for a team who really needed something drastic to get themselves out of danger. 5

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