In the absence of manager Harry Redknapp who continues his recovery from heart surgery, Tottenham overcame a stern test, registering their seventh victory in their past eight Barclays Premier League games, with a 3-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Martin Jol faced his former club for the first time since returning to England, and can feel a little unlucky at the end result, after a spirited second-half performance from his Cottagers side ended with a stoppage-time goal from substitute Jermain Defoe to condemn them to defeat.

With 17 goals in their previous seven league games, Spurs have found goals easy to come by this season and they took the lead with their first noteable attack in the 10th minute.

Gareth Bale's low-drilled shot cannoned off the leg of defender Chris Baird, who diverted past the helpless Mark Scwarzer in the Fulham goal, before Aaron Lennon's clinical finish doubled Tottenham's lead prior to the interval.

Fulham were not helped by the injury to Zdenik Grygera, who was given oxygen as he left the pitch on a stretcher with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

Whatever Jol said to his players at half-time seemingly worked, as Fulham turned in a spirited second-half performance, and pulled a goal back when a Younes Kaboul own goal, after Ledley King headed against his back, set up a grandstand finish.

After piling on the pressure in the closing stages, man-of-the-match Brad Friedel produced an excellent one-handed stop to deny Moussa Dembele, before Luka Modric cleared off the line to deny Clint Dempsey.

Then deep into stoppage time, Defoe converted an awkward looking half-volley from Emmanuel Adebayor's cut-back to wrap up the points, which leaves Tottenham three points off Newcastle in third place, with a game in hand, while Fulham sit one point outside the relegation zone.

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