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RESERVE REPORT

Posted on 31 March 2008  - 12:00

Three goals in the last 10 minutes gave our Reserves their third win in four games as we defeated Fulham 3-1 at Leyton Orient.

Three goals in the last 10 minutes gave our Reserves their third win in four games as we defeated Fulham 3-1 at Leyton Orient.

Jari Litmanen’s penalty five minutes before half-time was all that separated the teams for most of the second half before a dramatic late surge from Clive Allen’s side.

Goals from Danny Rose, Adel Taarabt and Simon Dawkins were the reward for a never-say-die performance which keeps our good run going.

Both sides were restricted to long shots until the 17th minute, when Gilberto got to the left by-line and put in a dangerous cross which Fulham keeper Corrin Brooks-Meade just managed to get a hand to with Jacques Maghoma poised to nod home.

On 26 minutes, Tommy Forecast was called into action for the first time to parry Litmanen’s shot from the edge of the box to safety.

But this chance was nothing compared to the one Maghoma was presented with three minutes later.

Taarabt got to the left by-line and squared for Dawkins whose shot was parried out to the young midfielder, only for Jacques to sky his effort with an open goal in-front of him – a true moment to forget!

This miss looked like proving costly when Fulham midfielder Simon Elliott struck a well-hit shot just inches past Forecast’s post on 38 minutes.

And our visitors did indeed take the lead two minutes later when skipper Ricardo Rocha collided with Erik Nevland in the box, and referee Stephen Tomlinson awarded the penalty, which Litmanen slotted home.

We came out of the traps quickly in the second half and Taarabt almost immediately had a chance to equalise but shot straight at Brooks-Meade from a tight angle.

From that moment on, we dominated for 45 minutes, and although only a brilliant piece of goalkeeping from Forecast to keep out Robert Milson’s deflected effort 20 minutes from time stopped Fulham doubling their lead, we deserved the equaliser when it came.

The warning signs were there for the visitors when Chris Gunter put a teasing cross from the right just beyond the reach of Dawkins on 74 minutes.

But the next time we broke down the right flank, this time through substitute David Hutton, it resulted in a goal.

The Irish youngster’s cross was met by Dawkins ahead of Brooks-Meade, and Rose was on-hand to acrobatically volley home the loose ball.

If anyone looked like stealing all three points in the final minutes, it was Spurs – and Dawkins had a great chance to do so with four minutes remaining.

Fulham failed to clear Taarabt’s corner, and after a bit of pinball in the box, the ball fell to the striker six yards out, but he screwed his effort wide.

It looked as if our chance had gone begging, but in added time Taarabt found himself one-on-one with defender Adrian Leijer.

The Frenchman was bearing down on goal, a touch to the right sent him past his man, and a sweet strike into the bottom corner sent us on our way to victory.

The goal left Fulham shattered, and we were able to put any doubts to rest when Dawkins tapped home a third after a good run from Jake Livermore.

Line-ups:
Spurs (4-4-2): Forecast; Gunter, Dervite (Archibald-Henville, 46), Rocha, Gilberto; Maghoma (D Hutton, 79), Livermore, Rose, Taarabt; Pekhart (Mtandari, 65), Dawkins
Subs not used: L Butcher, Hughton

Fulham (4-4-2): Brooks-Meade; Cumber, Christanval (Thompson, 68), Leijer, Anderson; Volz, Elliott, Milson, Seol; Nevland (Hall, 63), Litmanen (Smith, 63)
Sub not used: Etheridge