Tottenham went into the game on the back of a two game losing streak having lost against Liverpool and Gent respectively, with Fulham coming through the last round beating Premier League side Hull City 4-1, hoping to cause an upset.
Pochettino did previously say that he was going to make a lot of changes to his team, but actually put out a very strong team. Notably Vertonghen was back in the starting eleven after his injury and Kane was passed fit to start.
Looking to end the losing run and not suffer an embarrassing loss, Spurs’ strong team invariably put the Cottagers to the sword as they progressed into the quarter finals winning 3-0.
Spurs went into the break 1-0 up thanks to a well worked Harry Kane goal, despite Fulham starting the brighter.
In the second half Harry Kane doubled Tottenham’s lead, although Fulham were a completely different side after and came to life, especially when 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon came on. However their pressure didn’t pay off and later in the second half Kane got his hat-trick.
Fulham started the quicker of the two teams, but it was Tottenham’s Eriksen who had the first good chance of the game in the 4th minute. A bit of head tennis between the Spurs players set Eriksen free but he couldn’t guide the ball past Bettinelli, forcing him into a good save.
Spurs did break the deadlock though in the 16th minute, when Trippier took a very smart and quick throw in towards Eriksen down the line, catching Scott Malone out. The Danish midfielder put in a sweet cross to Kane who stretched and neatly put the ball into the back of the net, wrong footing Bettinelli, and making it 1-0 to Spurs.
Vorm then so nearly gifted Fulham an immediate response when he tried to pass the ball out and completely messed it up with it going straight to Cairney. However the Fulham man couldn’t thank him for that gift as his shot was poor, when really he should have done much better.
Bettinelli then did the exact same as his opposite number and passed the ball straight to Kane, but luckily for Fulham Johansen reacted quickly and intervened before Kane could do any further damage. It was way too casual from the Fulham keeper and from the Cottagers in most of the first half.
Only six minutes into the second half and it was 2-0 Tottenham. It was the same three Spurs players as the first goal, Trippier, Eriksen and Kane. Trippier to Eriksen who put in another beautiful cross to Harry Kane who neatly finished through the legs of Bettinelli. There were calls for offside from the Fulham players and fans, but it was so close that it was near enough impossible to call.
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Fulham 0-2 Tottenham
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Kane secured his hat-trick in the 73rd minute and made it 3-0 to Tottenham, just as Fulham were becoming undergoing another lively spell in the match.
A perfectly weighted ball cut through the Fulham defence by Alli, setting Kane free who calmly stroked the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
Spurs were just way too strong for Championship side Fulham and the class between them was palpable. A message perhaps to other Premier League sides as to why you should play your full strength side in cup games.
Fulham however will be happy about their progress in the cup, knocking out Premier League opposition along their way, but Spurs were just too clinicalfor them.
Fulham: Bettinelli; Odoi, Kalas, Ream, Malone, McDonald, Johansen, Kebano, Cairney, Ayite, Aluko.
Subs: Parker, Cyriac, Madl, Piazon, Martin, Button, Sessegnon.
Tottenham: Vorm; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Wanyama, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.
Subs: Janssen, Sissoko, Dembele, Onomah, Wimmer, Lopez Sabata, Carter-Vickers.