My thanks go to Declan Mulcahy for this excellent and comprehensive report:-
Tuesday 29 August 2023, 7:45pm
Carabao Cup Second Round South
Fulham (1) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1
van de Ven 19 og
Fulham won 5-3 on penalties
Pereira scored 1-0 Son scored 1-1
Jimenez scored 2-1 Kulusevski scored 2-2
Wilson scored 3-2 Sanchez saved 3-2
Palinha scored 4-2 Maddison scored 4-3
Tete scored 5-3
Fulham (4-2-3-1): Marco Silva
1 M Rodak, 2 K Tete, 31 I Diop, 13 T Ream, 33 A Robinson; 6 H Reed (38
L Harris 77), 26 Joao Palhinha; 11 A Traore (8 H Wilson 61), 10 T
Cairney (c) (35 T Francois 83), 14 B De Cordova-Reid (18 A Pereira
77); 19 R Muniz (7 R Jimenez 83)
Subs not used: 17 B Leno, 27 K Mbabu, 44 L De Fougerolles, 30 C Vinicius
Ream took the captain's armband when Cairney was substituted
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-1-1):
20 F Forster; 12 Emerson Royal, 6 D Sanchez, 37 M van de Ven, 33 B
Davies (c); 27 M Solomon (10 J Maddison 82), 4 O Skipp (29 P Sarr 72),
5 P-E Hojbjerg, 14 I Perisic (7 H-M Son 71); 18 G Lo Celso (44 D
Scarlett 45); 9 Richarlison (21 D Kulusevski 72)
Subs not used: 13 G Vicario, 38 D Udogie, 17 C Romero, 8 Y Bissouma
Booked: Skipp (63 on Palinha), van de Ven (76 foul on Wilson) (Chris
Davies coaching staff also booked)
Son took the captain's armband when he came on as a substitute
Craven Cottage, Attendance: 21,043
Referee: Josh Smith
Assistants: Matthew Jones, Sam Lewis
Fourth official: Samuel Barrott
A Missed Opportunity - Spurs Ring in the Team Changes and Pay the Penalty
Ange Postecoglou made nine changes from the team that had performed
very well in the last two league games against Manchester United and
Bournemouth. As is often the case in domestic cup games when multiple
changes are made, the team lacked cohesion. They struggled in the first
half and were lucky to go in at the break only a goal behind. They
equalised in the second half but never looked like winning. With the
score level after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out took place and Spurs
succumbed to the lottery that this deciding phase is.
The last time that the club participated at the second-round level was
in 2019-10 when they beat Doncaster Rovers 5-1 away. The last time
they were eliminated in the second round was in 2005-06 when they lost
2-1 away to Grimsby Town (a League Two or Fourth Division team) which
was a far more inglorious affair than tonight. These are the only two
occasions since 1979-80 that the club has been eliminated at this level.
Since the last occasion Spurs had played in the second round there has
been a change in the format of the tournament. For the past few
seasons the first and second rounds have been played on a regional
basis with the pool of teams being divided into two groups north and
south and teams play other teams from their group.
As noted Spurs made nine changes from the weekend. Only van de Ven and
Richarlison retained their places. Forster played his first game of
the season; Solomon made his full debut and Lo Celso made his first
start of the season. The other six players had been involved to
varying degrees in the previous league games. Once again there was no
sign of Dier.
Fulham made six changes from the weekend. The manager Marco Silva was
suspended having received three bookings in the first three league
games. He sat in the stand. Luis Boa Morte the former Fulham player
was in charge at the touchline. Despite the Fulham changes and the
manager being out of direct contact with the coaches down below, they
looked a more cohesive unit than Spurs.
Spurs wore their third change kit. It seemed to be pink with some
brown perhaps added. It looks rather nondescript and the supporters in
the ground had difficulty distinguishing the numbers on the shirts.
It was a total transformation from the league games. The Spurs team
lacked cohesion or authority from the beginning.
Robinson made a couple of good runs down the left for Fulham. Traore,
who last March had scored on the only goal in the game for Wolves at
Molineux, made a run down the right skipping past two Spurs players,
but lost control of the ball before he could put in a cross.
Cairney made a nice run into the Spurs box beating a couple of players
before setting up Reed. His shot diverted off van de Ven, who was
marking him closely into the right corner of the net. Perisic who was
by the post made an effort to stop it going in but was unsuccessful.
It was credited as an own goal.
Spurs finally won a corner after 25 minutes to no avail. The ball
found its way to Perisic a couple times on the left but his control
During the final 15 minutes of the half Traore twice set up Muniz. The
first was saved by Forster near the post. The second just before the
break was a good opportunity. Muniz's header was goal bound but
Forster made a diving save.
Richarlison had an effort about ten minutes before the break which was
blocked by Ream.
Fulham had six shots (two on target) in the first half while Spurs had
only two with none on target.
It was apparent that Spurs needed changes after the break. The lack of
creativity suggested that it would be a good idea to introduce
Maddison. It was therefore surprising when Spurs made only one change
at the break with Dane Scarlett replacing Lo Celso. It seemed very
unlikely that the least experienced substitute could be an agent of
change in a Spurs team that urgently needed to improve.
Spurs started the second half better perhaps after Postecoglou's team
talk. Davies set up Richarlison whose shot was tipped over the bar by
Rodak. Hojbjerg found space in the box but his shot went wide.
Then an unusual incident happened. Tete, the Fulham right back, went
into a tackle and one of his boots disintegrated. He held up his boot
and asked referee Josh Smith to stop the game while he got a
replacement. The referee declined to do so. It then became apparent
that the Fulham bench didn't have a replacement boot. Tete was seen to
go haring off the pitch, down the tunnel to the dressing room in
search of a new boot.
Fulham were now down to ten men. Spurs mounted an attack down the left
wing. Perisic had the ball in the area where the missing Tete should
have been. He sent a lovely cross towards the goal where Richarlison
rose and scored with a header despite the unsuccessful efforts of Ream
to keep the ball out. We don't know if Tete had been on the pitch if
he could have prevented the cross but his absence certainly helped.
After 61 minutes Wilson replaced Traore. It was a surprise to see
Traore go off as he had been one of Fulham's better players. However
Wilson was Fulham's biggest threat after he came on. Minutes later he
put De Cordova-Reid in the clear but the latter sliced his shot. He
then made a run of his own but Sanchez blocked him
Chris Davies of the Spurs coaching staff was booked for dissent.
Solomon had an opportunity but Rodak saved. Postecoglou made a triple
change with 20 minutes left with Sarr. Son and Kulusevski replacing
Skipp, Perisic and Richarlison.
With seven minutes remaining Maddison replaced Solomon. Although he
had 14 minutes including time added on it wasn't sufficient to conjure
up a winning goal.
He did play Scarlett into the Fulham box but Rodak saved. Wilson made
a run into the Spurs box and Forster made a good save. Tete then set
up Jimenez who headed over. There was time for a Maddison free-kick
which was blocked by the wall.
Forster was Spurs man of the match. Without his efforts penalties
might not have been needed to produce a result.
The game went to penalties. Fulham went first and scored from their
first three. Son and Kulusevski scored from the first two for Spurs.
Sanchez took the third and his kick was saved. Palinha scored Fulham's
fourth. Maddison kept Spurs in the hunt by scoring too. Then Tete, who
had been missing when Spurs scored their goal converted the final kick
to win the game for Fulham!
Penalty shoot-outs are a lottery and no blame should accrue to Sanchez
who had the courage to take one of the kicks.
Twelve Premier League teams play in this round. Seven of the teams
played today. This was the only match between two Premier League
teams. The other six Premier League teams won. So sadly Spurs are the
first team from the division to be eliminated.
Postecoglou said before the game that he would make changes to give
the fringe players an opportunity. He has now found out like some of
his recent predecessors that if you make significant changes you end
up with a team isn't competitive. One of his worthy predecessors
Mauricio Pochettino never really solved the conundrum of what team to
field in the English domestic cup competitions. No blame attaches to
Postecoglou here. He has made an excellent start. He will certainly
learn from what went wrong tonight.
Postecoglou was quoted after on Sky Sports: "It is my priority [the
cups] but there is no European football so how am I going to find out
about our players? What opportunity would I have to do that other than
the game? They are all part of our club."
Nonetheless it feels like a missed opportunity. Spurs need to win a
trophy. The League Cup is probably the best bet. Spurs are not in
Europe this season. The League Cup would only have added one more game
per month between now and Christmas. It should have been possible to
field the strongest possible team in both the league and the league
cup without overly tiring the team.
It is very clear that most of the creativity comes from Maddison and
if he is absent the team will struggle. He needs to stay fit for the
The Spurs supporters who attended the game did a superb job. They were
in fine voice throughout the game dominating the Fulham crowd. It is a
pity they weren't rewarded for their efforts.
So now we put the league cup behind us and return to the league. There
are no other distractions between now and the New Year. The team needs
to try and maintain the momentum which has been generated so far.
Postecoglou remains the man for the job and hopefully will impress
even more than he has so far.
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