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Published: 16:46 GMT, 4 March 2021 | Updated: 20:24 GMT, 4 March 2021

The fact Tottenham didn’t deserve their win here at Fulham won’t cause Jose Mourinho to lose any sleep. Why should it?

Yet, even the Special One can’t deny his team flew by the seat of their pants at Craven Cottage.

Trailing courtesy of Tosin Adarabioyo’s own goal, Fulham thought they’d grabbed what would have been a fully deserved equaliser when Jose Maya fired home.

Tottenham rode their luck at Craven Cottage but ultimately took a priceless 1-0 win courtesy of a Tosun Adarabioyo own-goal

Dele Alli (out of shot) got the final flick on Son Heung Min’s cross to deflect the ball into the path of Adarabioyo who scored

The returning midfielder was congratulated by his team-mates for the vital role he played in Spurs breaking the deadlock

But in season of ludicrous decisions, the one Fulham suffered could be the most ridiculous of the lot.

It’s no exaggeration to say Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez blasted the ball at Mario Lemina’s arm, which was firmly by his side, before the ball ricocheted to Maya.

Not that any of that mattered to Jarred Gillett at Stockley Park or on-field referee David Coote who collaborated to provide the latest travesty that has turned this season into a mockery.

Fulham didn’t deserve this. Even against a team consisting of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Gareth Bale and Dele Alli – who was making is first Premier League start since the opening day – Parker’s men were brave and inventive.

Fulham’s promise was optimised by Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s searing run through the heart of Tottenham in the first minute that ended with Harrison Reed firing wildly over the bar from distance.

Loan striker Josh Maja thought he had pulled Fulham back into the match in the second half after finding the back of the net

Maja’s low shot went through the bodies and beat Hugo Lloris but VAR immediately had to check an earlier phase of play

It was determined that in the build up to the goal a handball had been committed by Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina

The scoreboard inside the old stadium signaled the decision and dejected Fulham had to cut their celebrations short

A couple of minutes later Antonee Robinson fired an arcing effort narrowly wide of Hugo Lloris’ far post.

Fulham’s start was certainly encouraging; not that you’d have known it looking at their manager – Parker, arms crossed, emotionless in his technical area.

First, Bale saw his close range effort saved from Alphonse Areola before Kane missed a glorious headed opportunity.

Indeed, it wasn’t like Fulham hadn’t been warned when the Korean manufactured Tottenham’s opener in the 19th minute.

Alli missed his attempted flicked finish from his colleague’s square pass, unfortunately for Fulham however, Adarabioyo didn’t as the defender applied the finishing touch through his own goal.

Fulham survived a VAR penalty check when Kane fell in the area before Son squandered another excellent opportunity with a back post header he really should have taken.

Late on in the match Harry Kane had a prime chance to sew up the contest but was denied by Alphonse Areola

The former Real Madrid and PSG keeper used his experienced to spread himself wide and stop Kane doubling the lead

Jose Mourinho continued to bark commands throughout as his side looked to get a foothold in the match

Gareth Bale looked lively after recently returning to form but was unable to get himself among the goals

Parker’s team were teetering, but credit to them for sticking to their passing principles – easier said than done when Bale, Kane, Son and Alli are hunting you down baying for blood.

And the Cottagers missed a golden opportunity to haul themselves level seconds before the break when Lemina fired over the bar after Maya laid the ball back to him. An ounce of composure and Fulham would have been level.

Yet, despite the scoreline, Parker wouldn’t have been too dejected at half-time; his team were well in the game.

Mourinho, in contrast, would have been pondering, no for the first time, if their inability to add to their advantage would cost them once again.

Indeed, the Portuguese’s heart was in his mouth in the 52nd minute when Lloris was forced to tip Joachim Andersen’s header from Ivan Cavaleiro’s free kick over the bar.

All of a sudden Fulham were purring again; but unlocking the door, as it so often has this season, was causing a problem.

As tensions boiled over in the latter stages sub striker Alexsandar Mitrovic begun to complain to the referee

Loftus-Cheek thought he was through on goal in the 60th minute only for Sanchez to make a timely interception.

The Chelsea loanee then fired high and wide from the edge of the box as Fulham pressed.

Fulham were fuming, and rightly so. Tottenham were very fortunate, not even Mourinho could deny that.

Parker tried to cajole his players but recovering from injustices such as this is easier said than done.

They continued lay siege to Spurs’ goal but by the end they were running out of ideas – and luck.

Relive how all the action unfolded below with Sportsmail’s Danny Gallagher, with joint running commentary of Everton’s trip to the Midlands to face West Brom.

And that’s a wrap, both games finish and the points are going to Tottenham and Everton.

Fulham dug in this evening against Jose Mourinho’s men and were unlucky to see Josh Maja’s goal chalked off. They remain in the relegation zone.

In the Midlands West Brom gave it everything against the Toffees, but Sam Allardyce ultimately could not come out on top against his former side.

Agony for the Baggies, as Diagne finds the back of the net in stoppage time but it’s ruled offside!

He’s bitterly unlucky. It was a lovely finish into the top corner, and his performance has deserved a goal.

Four extra minutes have been allocated at Craven Cottage and we have already entered them. Things looking rosy for Spurs right now, this would be a much needed win.

Mitrovic collects the ball high up and attempts to bend a low cross into the area.

Just a few minutes of normal time left to play, they’ll certainly feel as though they’ve been the victims of a smash-and-grab if they don’t take anything this evening.

Spurs piece together a fine move comprising Sissoko, Son and Lamela who then threads the ball into Kane.

He gets to the ball before Areola who manages to keep composed, not commit a foul, spread himself wide and make the save.

Fulham are scrambling to get bodies back, but are let off after the resulting cross is poor.

Furlong is a very lucky man, as he gives a foul away on the edge of the area.

His strike will not stand after it was judged that a handball took place in the process.

An initially blocked corner was recycled by Sigurdsson, who sets the ball back and whips a cross onto the head of Richarlison who beats Sam Johnstone.

It’s former Sunderland starlet Maja, on loan from Bordeaux. He has his first goal at Craven Cottage.

Great to see the confidence is flowing back through the formidable Welshman, but his powered up effort fails to even beat the wall.

Ancelotti has seen enough, and has resorted to bringing on some steel to gain a foothold in the match.

Spurs keen to just control the tempo now and contain Fulham, hoping for the hosts to run out of steam.

He attempts to slide in the ball to Bale who has mirrored the run, but it’s cut out.

Parker’s men go close to levelling the scoreline as Cavaleiro’s free-kick from wide is glanced towards goal by Andersen.

It’s fired in an Adarabioyo meets it – perhaps eager to make amends for earlier – and gets a header on target.

Baggies back onto the front foot as Maitland-Niles displays nice control before looking to loop a ball over from midfield into the path of Diagne.

But it’s too heavy and the goalkeeper can claim. West Brom know their summer signing is the best ticket to getting success this evening.

Play continues and the hosts get back upon possession, exchanging a few passes before Perreira is able to shoot at Pickford. It’s saved.

Attempted quick break from the hosts but Aina’s long-ball over the top is headed safely back to Lloris by Doherty.

Whistles have sounded both inside Craven Cottage, and The Hawthorns, and Premier League action is back under way.

In west London Spurs lead thanks to Son and Dele’s link-up which lead to a final glancing blow from Tosin Adarabioyo to score an own-goal.

Panic is created, and the youngster twists and turns while searching for a split-second to get off a shot.

Half-time now rapidly approaching and the Baggies will no doubt feel disappointed that all their hard work is yet to break the deadlock.

Moments later Spurs fashion another opportunity – Bale sees an initial cross from the flank blocked but Dele picks up the rebound.

He opts for a light dink to the far post instead, and it’s much more on the money.

Finally some bite from the visitors, who string together a series of neat passes in midfield before Richarlison unlocks the back-line and runs beyond.

He’s found, and executes a shot… but a brilliant late block from Furlong sees the ball rebounded away.

Kane went down under pressure in the Fulham area and the referee was immediately called into action.

VAR checks the outcome and determines that no foul has been committed, as we commence with play.

Time stands still as the Baggies win a corner and it fizzes straight across the face of Pickford’s goal.

It’s a huge let-off for the Toffees, who have really struggled to get a grip on this one so far.

Mbaye has, on several occasions, held the ball up brilliantly to allow his team-mates to create space. West Brom the better side so far.

In the last few moments Son has gone close with a freekick from around 25-yards, before Spurs quickly seized back upon possession and looked for Kane.

Ancelotti’s men still very much under the kosh at The Hawthorns, with Pickford being kept very busy indeed.

Then, a Townsend cross is fumbled by Pickford but claimed at the second time of asking as Diagne waited for a tap-in that never arrived.

Everton try to compose themselves before hitting a counter attack, but it’s over before it’s even started as Godrey’s pass is over-hit.

It was the most delicate of touches as Son heung min blitzed a cross into the area.

This time Fulham couldn’t stay on top of it, leaving Dele room to shake his marker and guide the ball goalwards. 20 minutes on the clock and Spurs lead.

Kane is left with his head in his hands after spurning the chance to put his side ahead.

Lovely link up between N’dombele and Son saw the ball worked into the area, straight onto the head of the England captain.

Kane doesn’t have much time to think about it, but manages to get his header off… it’s straight at Areola.

Clearest opening yet as Mbaye meets a cross inside the area and gets off a header.

Again Pickford is called into action, as Phillips unleashes a low shot from outside the area.

The Everton keeper is down low to smother it, but another interesting piece of build up from the Baggies.

Dele’s challenge on Lemina, central, saw the ball squirt out to Ndombele who played wide to Son.

The Soiloouth Korea slips in Bale, who was too eager with his run. Fulham keeper Areloa made the save, before Ndombele’s follow up was blocked on the line.

Another opportunity for Scott Parker’s men, this time its Lookman who darts to the byline and fizzes a cross in unchallenged.

SAVE! Big moment for Jordan Pickford, who pulls off a solid save to deny an early goal for Diagne.

A lovely, energetic start from the hosts sees Ruben Loftus-Cheek drive through the centre of the park.

It’s a confident run, and markers stand off him. He drops his shoulder and feints a shot, before going slightly wide.

The ball drifts out to Lemina on the edge, but he hits it first time and it balloons over the bar.

The whistles have sounded and the match action is afoot at both Craven Cottage and The Hawthorns.

Kick-off just moments away, after we goes through the various pleasantries and the players of each side take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

We’re in place in west London but both of these matches, Fulham versus Tottenham and West Brom versus Everton will commence from 6pm sharp.Not long to go now!

And for the hosts, it’s an unchanged side named by Sam Allardyce, who is out to defeat the club who sacked him tonight.

📋 Sam Allardyce names an unchanged XI for tonight’s Hawthorns clash against @Everton. COYB! 🔵⚪️@MonsterEnergy | #WBAEVE

And over to the Midlands, where the teams have been named for Everton’s away clash against West Brom.

Chelsea man Ruben Loftus-Cheek also has an opportunity to get one over on his former manager this evening.

The in-form Gareth Bale is on the team-sheet again, starting in the final third with Harry Kane.

Lor 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 ⚪️ Lloris (C), Doherty, Alderwerield, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Bale, Dele, Son, Kane. # THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/dgf7fmXyS2

Tonight is much the same. You join us in west London as Fulham prepare to host Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.

We’ll bring you every kick of the ball, live, along with updates from the Midlands as Everton prepare for a reunion with former boss Sam Allardyce at The Hawthorns.

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