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Fulham suffer Spurs defeat


Roman Pavlyuchenko

Roman Pavlyuchenko

Roman Pavlyuchenko

Mike Dean awarded one of the most controversial goals of the season as Tottenham once again came from behind to end Fulham's unbeaten start in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 result.

Referee Dean allowed Tom Huddlestone's 63rd-minute winner to stand at Craven Cottage after his assistant had initially flagged William Gallas offside.

Fulham deservedly took the lead on the half-hour when Diomansy Kamara marked his first Premier League start for almost a year with his first goal for even longer, but Roman Pavlyuchenko levelled straight from the kick-off after brilliant play from Rafael van der Vaart.

Fulham had chances before their opening goal arrived, with Kamara and Aaron Hughes wasting headers and Carlos Salcido thrashing a 25-yard shot just wide.

Clint Dempsey created the opening goal, evading Ledley King before crossing for the unmarked Kamara to fire home.

But Tottenham levelled from the kick-off, Van der Vaart showing magnificent control and chipping against the crossbar, with Pavlyuchenko converting the rebound from tap-in range.

King went off injured before half-time.

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Fulham's Chris Baird then forced an acrobatic save from Heurelho Gomes before the decisive moment arrived at the opposite end of the pitch.

Huddlestone rifled a 25-yard shot through a crowd of players and into the corner of the net. The fit-again Gallas was in an offside position when the ball was struck and the assistant referee raised his flag, but after consulting with Dean, the officials appeared to decide the defender had made no contact and the goal stood, to the fury of Fulham's supporters.

Kamara blazed over from 15 yards late on and the home side poured forward in the closing moments but could find no reward.

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