Tottenham Hotspur have beaten Fulham 4-0 with Les Ferdinand contributing the Premiership's 10,000th goal with his opener while Darren Anderton, Simon Davies and Sergei Rebrov also got their names on the scoresheet. Ferdinand, who scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 victory over Bolton in the Worthington Cup quarter-finals mid-week, slotted home a simple tap-in from Anderton's low cross into the six-yard box in the 20th minute to write his name in the history books and earn himself £10,000 to award to the charity of his choice.
The 35-year-old then turned provider to set up Spurs second goal on 39 minutes. Teddy Sheringham headed down to Ferdinand and he teed up Anderton who fired a low drive past Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar from the edge of the box. Although Spurs had created a 2-0 cushion for themselves, Fulham remained a danger on the counter-attack and in added time at the end of the first half, the visitors should have pulled one back when Steve Finnan's cross from the right was missed by Chris Perry but Barry Hayles blasted over from 12 yards out.
Fulham wasted another chance to reduce the deficit in the 61st minute when once again Finnan's cross could only be headed wide by Hayles. A minute later Les Ferdinand went off to resounding cheers from the home crowd and was replaced by Sergei Rebrov. Although the Ukranian only had a half-hour to make an impression, he managed just that. By now, Spurs were passing with ease and their football was a joy to watch. It paid off in the 70th minute when they scored their third of the day.
Anderton found Davies on the right with a wonderful pass and the young Welshman cut inside two defenders before slotting the ball over the line at the near post. Spurs took their goal tally to 10 in five days when Rebrov scored the fourth seven minutes later. Sheringham released the Ukranian with a perfectly-timed pass and he won a one-on-one battle with van der Sar to top off a wonderful afternoon for Glenn Hoddle's men.
Filed by Amanda Fennelly