Bale downs Cottagers

01 January 2011 07:30
Gareth Bale's lightning reflexes proved enough to extend Tottenham's perfect Christmas and send them back into the Barclays Premier League top four with a 1-0 win in the London derby with Fulham. The winger reacted brilliantly to flick Rafael van der Vaart's free-kick strike past a wrong-footed Mark Schwarzer three minutes before half-time. Spurs missed plenty of chances to add to their lead but Michael Dawson also had to clear off his own line. Heurelho Gomes parried Andrew Johnson's shot straight into Dawson, who spared his own blushes by clearing off the line. Danny Murphy, Dempsey and Damien Duff all sent 25-yard efforts wide to demonstrate the Cottagers' lack of cutting edge which has been their undoing since Bobby Zamora broke his leg. Fulham poured forward in stoppage-time and Spurs were hanging on at the end, but hang on they did.

Source: PA