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Chris Baird produces a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
Gareth Bale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Jermaine Jenas misses to the left of the goal.
Short corner worked by Gareth Bale.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Foul by Brede Hangeland on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zoltan Gera on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
The referee books Benoit Assou-Ekotto for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Aaron Lennon from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Zoltan Gera, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
A cross is delivered by John Pantsil, clearance by Vedran Corluka.
Simon Davies takes a shot. Wilson Palacios gets a block in.
Jermaine Jenas replaces Rafael Van der Vaart.
Zoltan Gera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damien Duff.
Clinton Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
Vedran Corluka challenges Andrew Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy, clearance made by Gareth Bale.
Shot from deep inside the area by Michael Dawson goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart.
The ball is crossed by Vedran Corluka, Effort from deep inside the area by Gareth Bale clears the bar.
The ball is crossed by John Pantsil.
Dickson Etuhu has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Aaron Lennon. John Pantsil restarts play with the free kick.
Roman Pavlyuchenko goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.
The ball is sent over by John Pantsil.
The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, clearance by William Gallas.
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
A cross is delivered by John Pantsil, clearance by William Gallas.
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Damien Duff has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Roman Pavlyuchenko challenges Danny Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
Clinton Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Danny Murphy has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Damien Duff, clearance by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Gareth Bale concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Dempsey. Chris Baird shoots direct from the free kick, Gareth Bale gets a block in.
Damien Duff produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
The ball is crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
Damien Duff sends in a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
The ball is sent over by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, clearance by Wilson Palacios.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes by Roman Pavlyuchenko results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, William Gallas makes a clearance.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Gareth Bale grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Tottenham 1-0 Fulham.Assist by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Unfair challenge on William Gallas by Andrew Johnson results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick, blocked by Gareth Bale.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Johnson on William Gallas. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart.
A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, clearance by Danny Murphy.
Luka Modric produces a cross, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.
Damien Duff sends in a cross.
A cross is delivered by John Pantsil, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Damien Duff, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Dickson Etuhu from the left by-line to the near post.
Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line played to the near post.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Centre by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Damien Duff.
Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Dickson Etuhu gets a block in.
Damien Duff is adjudged to have handled the ball. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by John Pantsil, clearance made by William Gallas.
(Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Vedran Corluka coming on for Alan Hutton.
Handball by Andrew Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Booking for Michael Dawson for unsporting behaviour. Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Damien Duff crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Heurelho Gomes.
Andrew Johnson sends in a cross, Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Clinton Dempsey results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Michael Dawson takes the indirect free kick.
Luka Modric takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Clinton Dempsey has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
John Pantsil is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Bale fouled by John Pantsil, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Roman Pavlyuchenko results in a free kick. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
Alan Hutton takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Wilson Palacios. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
Foul by Michael Dawson on Clinton Dempsey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Simon Davies results in a free kick. Alan Hutton takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Simon Davies, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
Roman Pavlyuchenko is ruled offside. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Luka Modric results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Van der Vaart. Rafael Van der Vaart fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Clinton Dempsey.
Chris Baird produces a cross, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
The match begins.
The referee gets the second half started.
It is the end of the first-half.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Gallas back for Fulham clash
William Gallas is set to make a timely return to the Tottenham side for the Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham.
The defender, who had been skippering the side, has missed the last three and a half weeks with a hamstring strain and should replace Younes Kaboul, who starts a three-match ban.
Jermain Defoe is also suspended, Robbie Keane (hamstring) is doubtful and Carlo Cudicini is out with a shoulder problem while Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Ledley King (groin), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) remain sidelined.
Harry Redknapp has revealed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had been urging him to splash the cash in the January transfer window.
It was widely thought Spurs needed to sell before they could buy when the window opens, but it now appears Levy is ready to bankroll the club's push for a second straight Champions League campaign and even a tilt at the Btitle.
Manager Redknapp is eager to reinforce his squad but is reluctant to make signings just for the sake of it, admitting finding the right players was proving difficult.
"The owner would like me in all honesty to go and spend his money and buy somebody who could make the difference," he said.
"But I don't know where that player is.
"I know where they are but they're not for sale - we can't go and buy the people that you'd put your life on.
"Anybody whose got anybody who's real top class, they don't want to sell them at this stage of the season.
"We're not in the situation where we need to panic buy.
"Unless it's somebody who's going to make a difference to the team then we really wouldn't bother."
Fulham striker Moussa Dembele is likely to miss out as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Dembele has missed the last seven weeks with the knock but Cottagers boss Mark Hughes is confident that the striker will return for the January 4 match against West Brom.
Mark Schwarzer will play his last game before flying out to the Asian Cup with Australia while Fulham will be without long-term absentees Matthew Briggs (calf), Bobby Zamora (leg) and Philippe Senderos (Achilles).
Spurs left to hail Bale
Gareth Bale's lightning reflexes proved enough to extend Tottenham's perfect Christmas and send them back into the Barclays Premier League top four in today's 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.
Otherwise, Fulham's lack of firepower once again cost them dear as they slipped to second bottom of the table, piling the pressure on manager Mark Hughes.
The build-up to today's game was dominated by the news Spurs were trying to sign David Beckham on loan.
And the home side set about demonstrating why manager Harry Redknapp was so keen to bring the former England captain to White Hart Lane.
Aaron Lennon - the man whose place would be under threat from Beckham's arrival - wasted three good chances to produce a final ball in the opening 45 minutes.
Otherwise, Fulham proved stubborn in the extreme, buoyed by their first win in 27 away games at Stoke on Tuesday.
They also put together the best move of the half, some sweet one-touch passing releasing Dickson Etuhu, who was challenged by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
John Pantsil and Dawson, respectively, were booked for tripping Bale and Clint Dempsey, who also screwed wide from 18 yards.
Spurs suffered a blow in the 27th minute when Alan Hutton hobbled off to be replaced by Vedran Corluka.
Schwarzer - playing his final game before leaving for the Asian Cup - smothered long-range efforts from Assou-Ekotto and Roman Pavlyuchenko as Tottenham's frustration grew.
But just as the first half looked set to end goalless, their two star men combined in unconventional fashion to put them ahead.
Spurs were awarded a 42nd-minute free-kick and Bale got in the way of Van der Vaart's 30-yard shot only to deliberately flick a header past Schwarzer.
Bale also forced a smart stop from Schwarzer before the break and more magic from him and Van der Vaart might have set up a second Spurs goal shortly after the restart but there was no-one to meet the latter's dangerous cross.
Damien Duff almost profited from a brilliant crossfield Etuhu ball but he could not keep a difficult right-foot finish down.
Fulham were otherwise demonstrating the lack of cutting edge which has been their undoing since Bobby Zamora broke his leg, with Danny Murphy, Dempsey and Duff all sending 25-yard efforts wide.
Lennon blew another good chance to deliver a cross before the visitors almost scored a freak equaliser.
Heurelho Gomes parried Andrew Johnson's shot straight into Dawson, who spared his own blushes by clearing off the line.
Suddenly, it was all Fulham and Redknapp reacted midway through the half by withdrawing Pavlyuchenko for Peter Crouch.
William Gallas - making his first appearance for almost a month following a hamstring injury - needed his right thigh heavily strapped but was able to continue.
Bale and Dawson both volleyed over right-footed within moments of each other as Tottenham tried to kill off their opponents in the final 15 minutes.
But they were soon back under pressure themselves and tried to shore up their midfield by bringing on Jermaine Jenas for Van der Vaart, while Fulham also threw on Zoltan Gera for Duff.
Murphy and Dempsey saw shots blocked as Spurs' defending became somewhat desperate but Lennon blew yet another great chance on the break, blazing over after an electrifying run.
Assou-Ekotto was booked for cynically hauling back Gera and Lennon finally found a team-mate in the box, but Crouch's tame finish was straight at Schwarzer.
Fulham poured forward in stoppage-time and Spurs were hanging on at the end, but hang on they did.
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