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Fulham silence Spurs, City edge Brighton

  • Published at 06:05 am January 14th, 2021
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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane heads home during their EPL match at home to Fulham Wednesday Reuters

Tottenham have won just two of their last eight league matches and sit in sixth place

Jose Mourinho slammed Tottenham Hotspur's "avoidable" mistakes and lack of killer instinct after Fulham's Ivan Cavaleiro rescued a 1-1 draw Wednesday.

Harry Kane had put the hosts ahead in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but Cavaleiro struck in the closing stages to leave Mourinho frustrated. 

Tottenham have won just two of their last eight league matches and sit in sixth place.

A win against third bottom Fulham would have taken them into third place above Manchester City, who made it four successive league victories when Phil Foden earned a 1-0 win over Brighton earlier Wednesday.

Whether Spurs - six points behind leaders Manchester United - will be regarded as title contenders for much longer must be in doubt after this sloppy display.

Cavaleiro's leveller was a suitably dramatic end to the feud between Mourinho and Fulham manager Scott Parker, triggered when Aston Villa's novel coronavirus outbreak meant Spurs' scheduled trip to Villa Park Wednesday was postponed.

No more Premier League games should be postponed because of -19 outbreaks if the season is to finish on schedule, according to Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Instead, Tottenhamk6's game against Fulham - originally called off in December because of Covid cases in the Cottagers squad - was moved on Monday to help ease a potential fixture pile-up for Mourinho's team.

Parker said it was "scandalous" for his team to be forced to play at such short notice. 

Mourinho hit back, saying he would only feel sorry for Fulham if they played a weakened team.

So he would have noted with interested that Fulham named a strong team with nine of the 11 that played their last Premier League game on Boxing Day.

But it was Parker who had the last laugh.

Fulham looked capable of troubling Tottenham right from the start and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa's fierce strike forced a good save from Hugo Lloris.

No more Premier League games should be postponed because of -19 outbreaks if the season is to finish on schedule, according to Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Alphonse Areola made an even better stop to push Son Heung-min's curler over the bar, but Tottenham struck first in the 25th minute.

Harry Winks' sweeping pass found Sergio Reguilon on the left wing and he whipped an inch perfect cross into the six-yard box, where Kane dived to power a spectacular header past Areola for his 18th goal of the season.

Not even the prolific Kane is perfect and the Tottenham star squandered a good chance to double the lead moments later when he headed over from Serge Aurier's cross.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was guilty of a bad miss when he shot straight at Areola from Kane's pass.

Son held his head in his hands after the South Korea forward surged clear, only to see his low strike hit the far post and rebound to Areola.

Those misses proved crucial as Fulham snatched an equalizer in the 73rd minute.

Ademola Lookman sent over a superb cross from the left side of the Tottenham area and Cavaleiro got between Reguilon and Eric Dier to plant a brilliant header past Lloris.

EPL RESULTS

Man City 1 (Foden 44) Brighton 0

Tottenham 1 (Kane 25) Fulham 1 (Cavaleiro 74)

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