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Fulham sunk without trace by Spurs' subs

Tottenham 3 Fulham 1

Harry Redknapp's substitutes climbed off the bench at White Hart Lane to fire Tottenham into the FA Cup semi-finals at the expense of Fulham.

Trailing to Bobby Zamora's opener, Redknapp introduced David Bentley at the interval and the winger levelled within two minutes, then Roman Pavlyuchenko came on and netted his ninth goal in eight games.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, who would not have started if Spurs had all their players fit, then booked a place at Wembley next month to face Redknapp's former club Portsmouth.

It means Spurs are within sight of finals in three consecutive seasons after winning the Carling Cup in 2008 and falling at the final hurdle a year ago.

For Fulham, it was the 50th game of their long season but they still have Europa League glory to aim for — they just failed to maintain their momentum after an impressive first half against Redknapp's men.

Zamora was one of five former Spurs players in Fulham's side. Another two had early efforts, skipper Danny Murphy with a volley from 25 yards and then Simon Davies unleashed an angled drive towards the top corner that Heurelho Gomes needed to parry.

After his fine form this season, it was no surprise, however, when Zamora opened the scoring after 18 minutes.

Damien Duff was allowed to carry the ball towards the penalty area and as home defenders backed away he slipped the ball through to Zamora, who curled his finish past Gomes and into the bottom corner.

After the break Bentley's inswinging free-kick curled straight in, helped by Vedran Corluka ducking under the ball to distract keeper Mark Schwarzer.

Bentley provided the assist for number two, a looping cross from the right flank that Pavlyuchenko met first time with a volley that beat Schwarzer at the near post.

The clincher came in the 66th minute, Gudjohnsen flicking the ball past Schwarzer before bundling it in.

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