Spurs spirit prevails at Fulham

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Joe Jordan was delighted with Tottenham Hotspur's first-half display at Fulham - and the spirit shown in the second period to claim victory in west London.

With manager Harry Redknapp resting at home following minor heart surgery last week, his spirit would have been cheered by an opening 45 minutes which saw Gareth Bale's strike across goal ricochet in off Chris Baird before winger Aaron Lennon doubled the advantage with a precise left-foot shot across keeper Mark Schwarzer.

However, the game changed when Ledley King headed against Youness Kaboul and into the Spurs net, with the Cottagers laying siege to Brad Friedel's goal before Jermain Defoe volleyed home the winner in stoppage time, aided by a slight deflection.

A cliched game of two halves, Jordan was left satisfied with the efforts of his side, particularly in making a defensive stand against Martin Jol's side in the later stages.

"In the first half we did well and deservedly went in front,” first team coach Jordan told the official Tottenham Hotspur website.

“It was the complete opposite in the second half. We gave them too much space, dropped too deep and allowed them to dominate. For the last half-hour, not just the last 10 minutes, we had to hang in there.

"We had to show determination, spirit and be resilient. In the end the third goal was a bonus, we didn’t see that coming. You've seen a spirit and camaraderie that you need. You can't get through all these games just playing silky football. In the second half we didn't show that quality but the determination to get the three points came through.”

Welsh winger Bale, who will be hoping the dubious goals panel agree that the opening goal is his, admitted that team were expecting a tough challenge against their former manager, with Jol the man to take Bale to White Hart Lane back in 2007.

There was little sympathy for the hosts though, with the 22-year-old focusing on the character shown by a side now sitting fifth in the Barclays Premier League with a game in hand on those above.

"It's always nice to score and keep the run going. I am claiming the goal. I've seen it a few times and it's definitely my goal," said Bale post-match.

"We knew how hard it was going to be. Fulham played very well and put us under the cosh, but we showed our character. In recent years we would have conceded more in the second half, but we have belief in ourselves."

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