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The Tanner Report: Spurs 1 Fulham 1

This was another stirring performance by Fulham, our fifth consecutive draw, all achieved against opposition higher up the table and – in the case of Liverpool and Spurs – against teams with high ambitions.

Time was – especially in his first term at Chelsea – when a Jose Mourinho side would inevitably beat Fulham 2-0 with usually Frank Lampard scoring.

So when Harry Kane headed home a Sergio Reguilon cross I feared the worst.

However, it was Fulham who dominated the second half and Ivan Cavaleiro’s header from a fine Ade Lookman cross was entirely deserved.

Both sides had chances to win the game but Fulham would be the more satisfied with a point.

My man of the match was Alphonse Areola the Fulham keeper.

Scott Parker has shown his growing maturity as Head Coach with his keeper selection. First he selected Academy keeper Marcus Bettinelli then preferred another from the Academy Marek Rodak who kept during our promotion season.

Scott judged him not quite good enough for the higher demands of the Premier and shipped in on loan the reserve goalkeeper of PSG and Real Madrid Alphonse Areola.

He has developed into a brilliant shot stopper.

He defied Spurs with some breathtaking saves.

Brian Clough said a good keeper was worth 15 points and as usual he was right.

Still on the subject of egocentric managers, it was good to see Jose Mourinho embrace Scott Parker warmly (are you watching Chris Whitty?) after a public spat when the Premier gave very short notice of the match.

Fulham now play Chelsea at home Saturday and Manchester Utd on Wednesday. They will fear neither.

However the crucial games will be after then away at Brighton and WBA.

Alan Tanner
About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts

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