“Spurs Reach the Premier League Summit with a 2-0 Win Over Fulham Thanks to Heung-Min Son and James Madison”
Harry Kane’s departure left a void that two players, Heung-Min Son (36) and James Madison (54), filled with their goals. Securing three valuable points catapulted Manchester City to the summit of the Premier League standings.
Fulham struggled to cope with the constant pressure from Spurs, and Kelvin Bassi found himself helpless on both goals.
Postecoglou’s team now has 23 points from their first nine matches, ahead of Chelsea’s former head coach Guus Hiddink and former Norwich boss Mike Walker (22) in their respective best starts.
The Australian has transformed Spurs in a short time, putting them in contention for Champions League qualification and perhaps even more.
Fulham put up a tough fight to stop Spurs, and Guglielmo Vicario’s two outstanding saves in each half thwarted their efforts.
However, Postecoglou’s relentless Spurs team consistently held second place and failed to bounce back after conceding the second goal. Out of their previous eight league matches, they’ve managed to clinch victory only twice, leaving them positioned at the 16th spot.
How Postecoglou Created Premier League History
Postecoglou’s team set the pace right from the start, pushing Fulham up and leaving no room for the spectators to catch their breath. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno made a crucial save within two minutes, while Spurs wasted three free-kicks around the box in their desperate attempts to score.
Fulham had nearly taken the lead after 12 minutes, but Spurs’ goalkeeper Vicario made a spectacular save with his fingertips to deny Joao Palhinha’s header at the near post. The game escalated as Marco Silva’s side grew more intense in response to Fulham’s challenge.
At the start of the match, Spurs found themselves with additional room to maneuver, and they were eager to widen their advantage following the first 30 minutes, particularly with Richardson, who had registered just a single goal in nine league fixtures during this campaign.
After a layoff from Dejan Kulusevski at the edge of the box, he fired a long-range shot, and the home team had to work hard to keep it out.
Fulham finally succumbed to the pressure from Spurs after six minutes, as Son found the top corner with an excellent finish. If Kulusevski had been more clinical, Spurs could have been further ahead at half-time with a 2-0 lead.
Silva’s Swift Adjustments Bring Doubled Hope for Fulham, While Spurs Maintain a Steady Grip
Silva made a swift change for Fulham, bringing in Alex Iwobi and Raul Jimenez in place of Carlos Vinicius and Andreas Pereira. There was a reaction from their end, but it was short-lived because another error in their box by Bassi allowed Spurs to score their second goal.
After Son’s setup, Madison capitalized on a mistake to give the home team a comfortable lead, which was almost a carbon copy of their first goal. Later in the game, the pace slowed down, and Fulham’s confidence dwindled, while Spurs appeared content with their gasp.
Although Bassi had almost gifted Spurs a third goal when Madison stole the ball from him in their own area, he was fortunate that the Spurs midfielder failed to punish him again. However, a Fulham defender partly redeemed himself by blocking Richardson’s next shot.
Vicario denied Fulham for the second time in the closing stages when Jimenez was played through via a goal and Tom Cairney and Harry Wilson also had opportunities but failed to score.
Spurs, who had only fallen to one point in London’s rivals in this game, remained in control as they continued their remarkable start to the season under Postecoglou.
Tottenham’s Domination in the Second Half: Insights from Manager Nuno Espirito Santo”
During an interview with Sky Sports, Nuno Espirito Santo, Tottenham’s manager, shared his thoughts, stating, “The outcome was definitely favorable. Fulham is a tough team to crack. In the first half, they managed it very well, calmly and efficiently. We had the chance, maybe, to have scored a second and a third.
Our Performance Dipped in the Latter Half – We Failed to Utilize Our Ball Possession to Its Fullest Potential. Without the ball, we were excellent in handling the pressure. With the ball, we were really wasteful. It’s probably our worst 45 minutes this year with the ball.