Fulham v Spurs player ratings

It was an afternoon to forget for Fulham as they were soundly beaten by Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham. Here’s how we rated the players in their 3-0 defeat at Craven Cottage.

Mark Schwarzer: 6
Not to blame for any of the goals, including Sandro’s sublime strike from distance. The ball was fired with such precision the keeper did well to even get a hand to it.

Sascha Riether: 5
Struggled from early on with a knock and was substituted for Stephen Kelly after 29 minutes.

Philippe Senderos: 5
Watching Gylfi Sigurdsson beat Senderos before finding Jermain Defoe for Tottenham’s second was like watching a 10-year-old round a cone on the training pitch. He had a poor game.

Aaron Hughes: 6
Coped for large periods with Defoe and former team-mate Clint Dempsey in and around the box but was nowhere near Defoe for each of his two late goals.

John Arne Riise: 6
Had a quiet game. Did not penetrate enough down the left-hand side to provide his usually dangerous balls across the box and Aaron Lennon was too quick for him on occasions.

Kerim Frei: 5
Had some joy early in the first half in wide areas. Worked hard when Tottenham had the ball but offered little in the second half as Spurs pushed on.

Mahamadou Diarra: 7
Was strong and controlling in the middle of the park in the first half but lost out to the younger, more athletic Sandro in the second.

Steve Sidwell: 7
Fulham’s best performer. Sidwell covered every blade of grass as usual and put up a decent fight against Sandro and Moussa Dembele.

Ashkan Dejagah: 6
Worked hard but fell awkwardly on his back in the first half and didn’t look comfortable from then on.

Dimitar Berbatov: 7
Offered his usual class and fashioned chances as Fulham probed early on. But the former Tottenham striker grew quieter and far more isolated as the game progressed.

Mladen Petric: 6
Returned to the side in place of Hugo Rodellega and offered plenty when Fulham had early pressure but, like his strike partner Berbatov, was give little to feed off.

Stephen Kelly: 6
Performed better than Riether after replacing the German in the first half and made a case for a more regular inclusion in the team.

Damien Duff: 6
Was lively when he came on in the second half, with Frei preferred to him from the start, but it was too little too late – Fulham were already beaten.



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