Tottenham missed the opportunity to go third in the Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Fulham on Wednesday.
Harry Kane’s glossy header wasn’t enough to Tottenham while Jose Mourinho’s side were tied in a 1-1 draw by the equally excellent effort of Ivan Cavaleiro.
Spurs appeared poised for back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since November thanks to Kane’s effort in the 25th minute – his 36th league goal against a London rival.
Scott Parker was furious at the decision to postpone his team’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur at such a short time, but Fulham stayed in the game and, with Son Heung-min wasting a big chance to wrap things up, got their reward.
Substitute Ademola Lookman proved the difference factor by pinging a cross encountered by the towering Cavaleiro to seal some of the booty.
Sergio Reguilon blazed in the first 10 minutes but Fulham showed a lot of intention and Hugo Lloris got his palms stung by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s strike.
Alphonse Areola came to the fore with two superb saves, both from Son, who pushed the goal from close range before attempting to guide a header into the upper right corner.
Areola, however, was beaten in the 25th minute. Where Son went for height, Kane went low, diving down to meet Reguilon’s exquisite left-wing cross and head for the post.
25 – Harry Kane’s goal was his 25th Premier League headed goal – he is only the third player to score 25 left-footed goals, 25 right-footed goals and 25 headed goals in history of the competition, after Robbie Fowler and Andy Cole. Mixed. #TOTFUL pic.twitter.com/dNbPdj8ky9
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2021
Kane benefited from another formidable cross – this time from Serge Aurier – soon after, but failed to keep his head down.
Tosin Adarabioyo pulled off a fantastic last minute tackle to frustrate Moussa Sissoko after the restart, while Areola had to squeeze in to prevent Harry Winks’ effort.
Son could have wrapped things up with just under 20 minutes remaining, but hitting base the right amount, and Spurs were forced to pay.
Cavaleiro outscored Eric Dier to meet Lookman’s cross and send a powerful header past Lloris, saving a hard-earned point with Fulham’s first shot at the half-time target with Reguilon rightly denying a winner of the last breath by the offside flag.
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Mourinho’s side have only had five shots after the break, unlike Fulham’s eight, and questions could again arise over a lack of ambition or the ability to kill matches.
Kane clinic but Son found he was missing
Son and Kane’s near-telepathic partnership has been an integral part of Tottenham’s form, and the latter – who have now scored 25 top-flight goals with their header, left foot and right foot – have steadily racked up goals and are out of 11 in the Premier League for the campaign.
It’s the one behind Son, who missed three golden chances, including that crucial head-to-head just before Fulham’s equalizer.
Lookman triggers the comeback
With the exception of an infamous Panenka attempt against West Ham that cost Fulham a point, Lookman has been extremely impressive since coming on loan from RB Leipzig.
His introduction from the bench in the 67th minute breathed new life into the visitors, and the 23-year-old created three chances on his appearance, more than any other Fulham player and less than just Serge Aurier (four) in the match.
Key facts about Opta
– Tottenham and Fulham have played their first Premier League draw since December 2009, with Spurs winning 10 of the last 11 games (L1).
– The Spurs are unbeaten in their last eight London derbies in the Premier League (W3 D5), they have never gone longer without defeat against competing teams from the capital.
– Fulham have drawn five consecutive Premier League games, their longest streak since January 2007 (six games).
– only Brighton (12) and Sheffield united (11) have lost more points from winning positions than Spurs (10) in the Premier League this season.
– Lookman has been directly involved in five goals (two goals, three assists) in the Premier League this season, more than any other player in Fulham.