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Obika secures point

Posted on 10 December 2008  - 12:00

Jon Obika's goal-den spell continued with a goal in his first reserve appearance of the campaign to secure a hard-earned point against a strong Fulham side at Motspur Park on Wednesday night.

Obika secures point

Jon Obika's goal-den spell continued with a goal in his first reserve appearance of the campaign to secure a hard-earned point against a strong Fulham side at Motspur Park on Wednesday night.

The Academy striker was the toast of White Hart Lane last week with a hat-trick against Sheffield United in the FA Youth Cup and followed it up with the equaliser on a freezing night at Fulham's training base in Surrey.

Obika, 18, was calm personified when he was presented with his chance after 76 minutes, slotting into the corner from a central position about 16 yards out.

It was no less than Clive Allen's young side deserved and, indeed, they were the team pushing for a winner in the last 10 minutes - Obika drilled a 20-yarder inches wide in injury time.

Fulham lined-up with no less than six full internationals in Fredrick Stoor, Chris Baird, Dickson Etuhu, Zoltan Gera, Leon Andreasen and Seol Ki-Hyeon while Clive fielded three Academy players in Obika, Adam Smith and John Bostock with Charlie Daniels and Ben Alnwick the elder statesmen at 22 and 21 respectively. The average age was 18.

The first half proved a cagey affair and it took until the 16th minute for the first serious attempt at goal as Alnwick turned away Seol Ki-Hyeon's free-kick.

Our lads were well organised defensively and stood up to the notable physical challenge of the likes of Ki-Hyeon, Gera, Etuhu, Baird and Matthew Briggs, all six-foot plus.

Res v Fulham, David Hutton

The next chance arrived in the 38th minute as Andreasen rose well to guide his header just wide and at the other end, Yuri Berchiche's raid forward and low shot had to be turned around by Neil Etheridge.

Alnwick was alert again to palm out Toni Kallio's glancing header after 51 minutes before Bostock connected well from 25 yards only to fire straight at Etheridge.

Fulham substitute Lewis Smith found Alnwick up to the challenge again just after the hour but the opener wasn't too far away.

It was a somewhat fortuitous goal as Gera's free-kick pinged around in the box, a shot was blocked that threw Alnwick out of position and the loose ball fell to Briggs, who finished well, curling into the far corner from 12 yards.

If that was a blow, the lads didn't show it. If anything, it galvanised them as David Hutton burst through one-on-one a minute later - the effort saved by Etheridge's legs - and just five minutes later the equaliser. Substitute Andros Townsend blocked a clearance and the ball fell into the path of Obika who controlled, composed himself and picked his spot.

Charlie Daniels dragged an effort wide before Obika's last-gasp chance to grab maximum points flew just wide with Etheridge well beaten.

Fulham: Etheridge, Stoor, Kallio, Baird, Smalling, Etuhu (Saunders, 62), Gera (Smith, 58), Andreasen (Anderson, 83), Ki-Hyeon, Brown, Briggs. Unused subs: Foderingham, Cumber.

Spurs: Alnwick, Smith, Berchiche (Townsend, 68), Hutchins, Mtandari, Dervite, Fraser-Allen (Maghoma, 57), Hutton, Obika, Bostock (Kasim, 80), Daniels. Unused subs: Butler, Olsen.

Res v Fulham, Charlie Daniels