Spurs defeated by Fulham in second behind-closed-doors friendly

Tottenham were beaten by their London rivals, but not in front of the public.

Spurs defeated by Fulham in second behind-closed-doors friendly
Trippier battles for possession (photo: Tottenham Hotspur)

Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 1-0 by Fulham in a behind-closed-doors friendly match on Saturday afternoon, their second game of pre-season.

Spurs easily rode the challenge of Nottingham Forest last week, winning 3-0 at their training complex as Victor Wanyama made his debut for the club.

However, it didn't go so well at home this time around, Fulham stealing the win at Enfield in the dying minutes through a strike from young Luca de la Torre. There was one positive for Mauricio Pochettino's side, as Vincent Janssen made his debut just days after signing from AZ Alkmaar.

New-boy Vincent Janssen is closed down by Scott Parker (photo; Tottenham Hotspur)
New-boy Vincent Janssen is closed down by Scott Parker (photo; Tottenham Hotspur)

Spurs dominate but lost out late on

According to reports from the respective Spurs and Fulham media outlets, the Premier League side enjoyed more of the ball for most of the game, but struggled to breakthrough the away defence. Nabil Bentaleb, who has been linked with a move away from the club, was noted to have dictated well from a central midfield role.

Heung-Min Son dragged a shot wide after cutting inside nicely in the first half, whilst Cauley Woodrow had a shot saved by Michel Vorm. Tottenham continued their domination in the second 45, Harry Winks shooting over from a good position whilst Shayon Harrison had an effort kept out.

The deadlock was finally broken late on in the second half, with de la Torre drilling a shot past substitute 'keeper Luke McGee. Janssen nearly equalised in stoppage time, his goalbound effort tipped over by Jesse Joronen, who again saved impressively from the following corner.

Fans disappointed to hear of another friendly played away from the public

Some Tottenham fans were left disappointed that they're still yet to see either of their new signings play, wondering why the two pre-season friendlies played so far have been done so behind closed doors. Unless a UK fixture is announced, they'll be kept waiting until the tour of Australia later this month.