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Fulham manager Chris ColemanĀ admitted Edwin van der Sar was at fault for Spurs’ opening goal – he was rooted to the spot when Kanoute struck the free-kick – but refused to give the Dutch keeper both barrels.

“Edwin is very disappointed that he did not deal with the goal. It’s up to us to make sure he keeps his chin up – he’s saved this team many times before,” he said.

“It was looking like a draw all game but when Kanoute scored we were chasing things. Edwin just mis-read the kick – he thinks he may have set the wall up wrong.

“It wasn’t a bazooka shot from Kanoute and it wasn’t a great free kick – just well placed into the corner. Edwin would usually have saved it.”

Fulham failed to trouble Spurs’ defence on a single occasion and Coleman lamented the lack of invention which ended his side’s three-match winning run against their London rivals.

“Our final pass was poor in attack. Nothing went right in the final third and that’s disappointing because although Spurs score goals, they also let them in. We didn’t bother them that much,” he said.

“I don’t expect our final pass to be so poor given the quality we have in the team. The movement from the strikers was poor.

“We didn’t play well today, but it wasn’t as if Edwin was stopping shots in the top corner all afternoon.”