Tottenham made a thrilling comeback after being down a goal to hold off London rival Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday in Premier League action, 2-1.
It was a much-welcomed three points for manager Andre Villas-Boas, who has been on the hot seat due to Tottenham’s struggles. Spurs moved up to sixth place in the Premier League with the victory, while Fulham dropped their six-straight league game and the first under new manager Rene Meulensteen. The Cottagers are in 18th place with only 10 points.
Fulham scored in the 56th minute when Ashkan Dejagah accepted a long pass from Dimitar Berbatov, and then delivered a sharp strike on the right side past Hugo Lloris.
Spurs would answer back in the 73rd minute. Vlad Chiriches notched his first goal for Spurs by smashing home a low half-volley from roughly 30 yards out.
Lewis Holtby would score the game winner in spectacular fashion in the 82nd minute, when his left-footed shot from beyond the penalty box flew past Maarten Stekelenburg. It was Holtby's first goal of the season.
There were two superb efforts from the goalkeepers in the final minutes. In the 84th, Stekelenburg made a fantastic leap and punch to deny a header goal from Brazilian playmaker Paulinho. Lloris would match that save with an excellent left-handed block of a Bryan Ruiz shot inside the box in the 88th minute.
The Cottagers almost leveled the match as Patjim Kasami hit the post in the dying moments of the match.
An IB Times staff reporter contributed to this report.