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It is interesting to imagine the kind of conversations that took place between Jol and his coaching staff in the former's last couple weeks in charge. At least based on Meulensteen's selections to take on Spurs, there seems like there might have been a difference of opinion over the qualities of certain players.
Philippe Senderos and John Arne Riise were restored in defence alongside Aaron Hughes and the fit-again Sascha Riether. While Riise was given a hard night's work by Aaron Lennon, as a unit the back-four were solid and bordering on impenetrable at times as Spurs struggled to find a way through.
A little off the pace to begin with, Senderos grew into the game and made strong challenges to deny Erik Lamela and Jermain Defoe a further couple of times. Hughes was assured alongside him, summed up by an astute interception of a dangerous Kyle Walker pass midway through the second half.
Ultimately, there was little they could do about two moments of individual class from Vlad Chiriches and Lewis Holtby.
Further forward, captain Scott Parker brought a few moments of knowing quality to his workmanlike best, particularly in the counterattack he launched in the build-up to Fulham's goal. Giorgos Karagounis put himself about as much as he could, working alongside his skipper to inject a sense of grit into his team.
The most telling changes were in the deployment of the advanced midfield trio that hinted at a real attacking identity for Fulham as they move forward under Meulensteen.
Ashkan Dejagah, Pajtim Kasami and Alexander Kacaniklic asked plenty of questions of Spurs, both individually and together.
Of the individuals, Kacaniklic looked most dangerous in the first half in an engrossing battle with Walker. The Swede played Dimitar Berbatov in for a chance that was let down by a poor first touch from the Bulgarian. He also did well to fashion himself some good chances of his own.
Dejagah almost grabbed the headlines with his goal, an accomplished-looking drive from wide right into the bottom corner.
As it was, it was a moment that will take its place in the story of a night of what could have been for Fulham.
From back to front though, it was a team performance that was far more invigorating for the watching fans than the listless display seen across London last weekend.
Meulensteen will likely tweak things in the weeks to come as he attempts to fashion a winning side. In his team's outing against Spurs, however, he has somewhere to start.