Tottenham Hotspur are rounding into form at the perfect time. A critical stretch of games began with a 1-0 win against Fulham, snapping a string of three straight defeats away from home.
Most excitingly for Spurs fans, this match marked the first time Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Gareth Bale and Dele Alli all started in the Premier League together. After the Bale transfer earlier this year, this was the attacking foursome many expected to drive the bus for Spurs.
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And drive the bus they did, at least early on: the only tally of the match involved three of the four players listed above. A stinging ball forward from Bale found Alli, who fed a streaking Son down the left-hand side. From there, a Son cross found Alli, who deflected a shot off Fulham center-back Tosin Adarabioyo. Although it technically counted as an own goal, it was great to see those players creating havoc.
The remainder of the first half was largely dominated by Spurs. In particular, their counterattack was causing fits for the hosts. However, in the first 20 minutes of the second half, Fulham pressed Spurs hard.
The culminating moment occurred in the 62nd minute: The Cottagers appeared to equalize when forward Josh Maja fired a left-footed dart into the bottom corner. However, VAR overturned the ruling and disallowed the goal, as a Davinson Sánchez clear hit Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina’s arm moments before the score.
It was a moment from which Fulham never recovered. Spurs saw through the remaining 25 minutes for the full three points. They now sit in eighth place and, with a game in hand, are only five points out of a top four spot. Moreover, Spurs have a favorable schedule the rest of the way in the Premier League.
The next three weeks are absolutely critical for Jose Mourinho’s side, who can climb back into the Champions League picture. More immediately, Spurs’ next match will take place this Sunday when they welcome a struggling Crystal Palace to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for another London Derby.