A very ordinary home performance sees Andre Villas Boas’ team drop points at home giving Chelsea a chance to capitalise on their slip and move into third.
The first half between the sides was rusty as neither team really looked threatening. The major concern for Andre Villas Boas will be the fitness of star player Gareth Bale. Bale seemed to have injured his ankle in an awkward tackle.
Fulham lacked creativity and options going forward and that will be something they have to improve if they want to continue their surge to end the season in the top half of the table. This season has somewhat been a season of rebuilding after Clint Dempsey and Dembele left the club.
Tottenham also got a reality check with this loss, and have now have lost two back to back games in the league. AVB’s squad seems to be somewhat fatigued and the international break can be somewhat of a blessing in disguise for a few players who may get a rest from their national sides.
Dimitar Berbatov broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute scoring against his former side. Fulham boss Martin Jol must have given his players one really stern half time team talk as his team came out in the second half playing some good football. Sascha Riether passed a low cross to Berbatov who slotted the ball home.
Fulham had the home team at sixes-and-sevens as they had four chances early in the second half. As for Mark Schwarzer, Fulhams goalkeeper was really tested for the first time only in the 69th minute by substitute Jermain Defoe.
The victory keeps Fulham in 10th spot in the league and drops the Spurs to fourth just four points ahead of arch rivals Arsenal.