Belfast Telegraph

Fourth spot for Spurs

Tottenham face an anxious wait to learn whether they will be playing Champions League football next season despite strolling to an easy 2-0 win over Fulham in the season finale at White Hart Lane.

Emmanuel Adebayor slotted home in the second minute to put Spurs ahead and substitute Jermain Defoe wrapped up the win in the second half.

Arsenal's win at West Brom meant Harry Redknapp's team finished fourth in the Barclays Premier League but they will be denied a place in Europe's top club competition next season if Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday.

For most of the afternoon a party atmosphere took hold of White Hart Lane as Spurs looked to finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1995.

Although Spurs have beaten their fifth-place finish from last season, many will feel they should have pipped their neighbours to third after going on an unbeaten 11-match run towards the end of 2011.

At one point in January, Spurs were on the verge of going 13 points clear of Arsenal but in the end, a terrible run of one win in nine during the second half of the season means Tottenham may now end up playing in the Europa League next season.

Victory never seemed in doubt for the Londoners.

Any hopes Martin Jol had of seeing Fulham take an early advantage were quashed after 96 seconds thanks to Adebayor's opener.

The former Arsenal man exchanged passes with Rafael van der Vaart and surged in to the box before slotting past Mark Schwarzer to spark wild celebrations.

Redknapp could breathe easy in the 63rd minute when Aaron Lennon's shot deflected in to Defoe's path off John Arne Riise and the England striker stabbed past Schwarzer from 10 yards.

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