Tuesday 24 October 2017

Defoe shows class

Fulham 0
Tottenham 3

Paul Hirst

Jermain Defoe upstaged Dimitar Berbatov by scoring twice to sink Fulham and move Tottenham up to fourth place.

This London derby had been billed as a chance for Berbatov to shine against his former club, but it was the man who so often lived in the Bulgarian's shadow at White Hart Lane who stole the show by bagging his 11th and 12th goals of the campaign.

Sandro put Spurs ahead after the break with a 35-yard drive. Defoe then stepped up to the plate to seal the points, converting Gylfi Sigurdsson's pass on 72 minutes to make it 2-0 before adding a second five minutes later.

The win – Tottenham's third on the bounce – means Villas-Boas' team are now level on points with third-place Chelsea in the table, and given current form, it seems only a matter of time before the Portuguese manager moves ahead of the club that sacked him in March.

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