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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 30, 2011

Murphy pleased with Spurs rout

Fulham captain Danny Murphy scored twice from the spot as Fulham dumped Tottenham out of the cup with a 4-0 win at Craven Cottage and said it was nice to get one over on their London rivals.

Danny Murphy speaks to ESPN

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Spurs have held the Indian sign over Fulham in recent years, but Murphy's brace of spot-kicks, Michael Dawson's sending off for Tottenham, and further goals from Brede Hangeland and Moussa Dembele made it an afternoon to remember for the Cottagers.

"I think we started brightly, on the front foot and of course the sending off helped, but it was thoroughly deserved and it was won by half-time,'' Murphy told ESPN. "We saw they didn't play a big man up front, so we pressed them to play longer balls and we caught them out. Because we got the goals, we could relax in the second half.

"It's satisfying because we haven't beaten Tottenham for a while.''

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was left to bemoan the lack of defensive numbers that are going to be available to him after Dawson`s dismissal. Dawson will now serve a three-match ban, joining injured trio Ledley King, Younes Kaboul and Jonathan Woodgate on the sidelines.

"I haven't seen it but everyone thought it was a harsh decision,'' Redknapp said. "We could have done without the sending-off, that's for sure.

"We're getting short of numbers and, from having loads of centre-halves, we now have Kaboul having an operation, Dawson suspended and King and Woodgate out, so that leaves is with two, (William) Gallas and (Sebastian) Bassong.

"We have games Wednesday and the weekend and it becomes a different game with one spare defender. We got off to a disastrous start and it was game over after the two penalties. They were uncharacteristic errors from people.

"You don't see Michael making too many errors but he has had a nightmare start, giving the ball away, the penalty and then the sending-off.

"It has nothing to do with tactics when someone gives the ball away and we bring them down for a penalty, lose the ball and try to dribble out of trouble. It's nothing to do with tactics.''

Redknapp said that Kaboul could be out for up to six weeks after surgery.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes was glad to see his side deliver a big win after a string of good performances without the end product.

"I think it's been coming, especially against Spurs,'' he said. "We've played well on two occasions against Spurs and haven't had any reward. We were on the front foot, forced errors from their back four.''

Hughes also reserved praise for Murphy, whose performance backed up the signing of a new deal yesterday.

"Danny is a big influence on the pitch, a good captain and a good leader and we`re pleased he's staying,'' he added. "You saw with his performance today that he gets on the ball and makes us tick. It was important that we secured his future.''

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