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Spurs Leave It Late Against Fulham

Lewis Holtby scored a late winner as Tottenham Hotspurs snuck past Fulham 2-1 in their London Derby at Craven Cottage in their Premier League clash.

Rene Meulensteen taking charge of Fulham for the first time since replacing Martin Jol had a good start when his side took the lead against their London rivals.

The first real chance of the game fell to recalled striker Jermaine Defoe, who replaced Roberto Soldado in the starting line-up. The England striker produced a sublime turn and fired a left-footed shot which Maarten Stekelenburg had to punch to safety.

Former Tottenham Hotpurs striker Dimitar Berbatov then produced a moment of magic as he controlled and turned before firing at goal but Hugo Lloris was up to the challenge and tipped the effort out for a corner with 23 minutes on the clock.

A minute later and Spurs caught their hosts on the break, Defoe picked out Paulinho with a superb pass but the midfielder blasted over the bar from 10 yards out.

Meulensteen’s men then took a well-deserved lead through Iranian Ashkan Dejagah who controlled a lofted ball from former Manchester United forward Berbatov, and opened the scoring with 56 minutes played.

Fulham looked set to pick up a debut win for their new manager but it was not to be as Andre Villas- Boas’ men pushed forward in search of an equaliser.

First Vlad Chiriches hit a long-range half-volley after 73 minutes and brought the visitors level before substitute Holtby struck a winner in the final 10 minutes of play to end Andre Villas-Boas' side's four-game winless run and hand Fulham a sixth consecutive defeat.

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