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2020-21 English Premier League
  • Tosin Adarabioyo (19' OG)

Tottenham Hotspur need own goal, VAR help to edge Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur rode their luck in the quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Fulham on Thursday thanks to an own-goal by Tosin Adarabioyo and the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Victory dragged Tottenham back into the race for a Champions League spot with Jose Mourinho's eighth-placed side on 42 points from 26 matches, four points behind Everton in fourth, ahead of Sunday's clash with Crystal Palace.

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"In this period we need three points. Fulham are a very good team," Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld told BT Sport. "We should be better on the ball but without it we did everything we could to keep a clean sheet."

Seconds after an unmarked Harry Kane failed to head his team in front, Tottenham took the lead from a quick counter-attack in the 19th minute when Son Heung-min's cross was met by Dele Alli before going over the line following a touch by Adarabioyo.

Fulham began the second half brightly and thought they had equalised through Josh Maja but his effort was controversially chalked off by VAR after Davinson Sanchez kicked the ball onto Mario Lemina's hand as Tottenham looked to clear.

"For the players and maybe referees it's a difficult one because some are high intensity and not on purpose but they get given," Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg said.

"As players I think what we wish is some kind of consistency in the reviews with the handball situations but I haven't seen it so I can't say if it was on or not."

Midfielder Alli looked sharp in his first league start since the opening day of the season and combined well with Son late in the first half, but the forward was unable to head in the England international's cross from a tight angle.

Fulham pushed on after going behind as Antonee Robinson weaved his way into Spurs' penalty area in the dying seconds of the first half and found Maja who set up Lemina, but the Gabon midfielder's shot flew over the crossbar.

Fulham stayed 18th in the table and deep in relegation trouble, three points behind Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 9 +20 22
2 Liverpool 9 +21 21
3 Manchester City 9 +16 20
4 West Ham United 9 +6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 +1 14
8 Everton 9 +1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford 9 +2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2