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Fulham 0-1 Tottenham: Dele Alli plays staring role as Jose Mourinho’s side scrape victory

Tonight’s all-London showdown serves up two sides who appear on the surface to be coming into form.

Scott Parker’s relegation-battlers Fulham haven’t been defeated in their last five league matches, and victory this evening will see them pull level with Newcastle and jump out of the relegation zone on goal difference. 

Spurs however will have other ideas. After a turbulent patch Jose Mourinho’s men have shown flashes of promise. Gareth Bale has finally returned to form and looks like the player the club were fully expecting to acquire from Real Madrid.

Tottenham rode their luck at Craven Cottage but ultimately took a priceless 1-0 win courtesy of a Tosun Adarabioyo own-goal

Tottenham rode their luck at Craven Cottage but ultimately took a priceless 1-0 win courtesy of a Tosun Adarabioyo own-goal

Tottenham rode their luck at Craven Cottage but ultimately took a priceless 1-0 win courtesy of a Tosun Adarabioyo own-goal

Dele Alli (out of shot) got the final flick on Son Heung Min's cross to deflect the ball into the path of Adarabioyo who scored

Dele Alli (out of shot) got the final flick on Son Heung Min's cross to deflect the ball into the path of Adarabioyo who scored

Dele Alli (out of shot) got the final flick on Son Heung Min’s cross to deflect the ball into the path of Adarabioyo who scored

The returning midfielder was congratulated by his team-mates for the vital role he played in Spurs breaking the deadlock

The returning midfielder was congratulated by his team-mates for the vital role he played in Spurs breaking the deadlock

The returning midfielder was congratulated by his team-mates for the vital role he played in Spurs breaking the deadlock

Loan striker Josh Maja thought he had pulled Fulham back into the match in the second half after finding the back of the net

Loan striker Josh Maja thought he had pulled Fulham back into the match in the second half after finding the back of the net

Loan striker Josh Maja thought he had pulled Fulham back into the match in the second half after finding the back of the net

Maja's low shot went through the bodies and beat Hugo Lloris but VAR immediately had to check an earlier phase of play

Maja's low shot went through the bodies and beat Hugo Lloris but VAR immediately had to check an earlier phase of play

Maja’s low shot went through the bodies and beat Hugo Lloris but VAR immediately had to check an earlier phase of play

It was determined that in the build up to the goal a handball had been committed by Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina

It was determined that in the build up to the goal a handball had been committed by Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina

It was determined that in the build up to the goal a handball had been committed by Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina

The scoreboard inside the old stadium signaled the decision and dejected Fulham had to cut their celebrations short

The scoreboard inside the old stadium signaled the decision and dejected Fulham had to cut their celebrations short

The scoreboard inside the old stadium signaled the decision and dejected Fulham had to cut their celebrations short

Late on in the match Harry Kane had a prime chance to sew up the contest but was denied by Alphonse Areola

Late on in the match Harry Kane had a prime chance to sew up the contest but was denied by Alphonse Areola

Late on in the match Harry Kane had a prime chance to sew up the contest but was denied by Alphonse Areola

The former Real Madrid and PSG keeper used his experienced to spread himself wide and stop Kane doubling the lead

The former Real Madrid and PSG keeper used his experienced to spread himself wide and stop Kane doubling the lead

The former Real Madrid and PSG keeper used his experienced to spread himself wide and stop Kane doubling the lead

Jose Mourinho continued to bark commands throughout as his side looked to get a foothold in the match

Jose Mourinho continued to bark commands throughout as his side looked to get a foothold in the match

Jose Mourinho continued to bark commands throughout as his side looked to get a foothold in the match

Gareth Bale looked lively after recently returning to form but was unable to get himself among the goals

Gareth Bale looked lively after recently returning to form but was unable to get himself among the goals

Gareth Bale looked lively after recently returning to form but was unable to get himself among the goals

As tensions boiled over in the latter stages sub striker Alexsandar Mitrovic begun to complain to the referee

As tensions boiled over in the latter stages sub striker Alexsandar Mitrovic begun to complain to the referee

As tensions boiled over in the latter stages sub striker Alexsandar Mitrovic begun to complain to the referee

Relive how all the action unfolded below with Sportsmail’s Danny Gallagher, with joint running commentary of Everton’s trip to the Midlands to face West Brom.

Source: Daily

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