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Played
February 1, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Kingston Communications Stadium — Hull
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 24932‎
 
12′ Shane Long
Paulinho 61′
Top of the Match
Curtis Davies
Curtis Davies
Hull City
Paulinho
Paulinho
Tottenham
Flop of the Match
Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado
Tottenham
Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado
Tottenham

Hull City 1-1 Tottenham: Paulinho earns point for Spurs

The Brazil international, who made his return from injury, powered a second-half leveller beyond Steve Harper after January signing Shane Long had fired the hosts into the lead

Paulinho Hull City Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 02012014
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Paulinho returned from injury to rescue a point for a laboured Tottenham side at the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon, dropping points in the race for the top four as they came from behind to draw 1-1 against Hull City.

The Tigers took the lead after Steve Harper's deep goal kick was badly dealt with by Jan Vertonghen and allowed Shane Long, linking with fellow January signing Nikica Jelavic, to race in behind the Spurs defence and fire the ball past Hugo Lloris.

The away side, disjointed in the first half, showed more intent in the second period and levelled the scores through Paulinho; the Brazilian, having been sidelined since December, trapped Danny Rose's shot before powering a thunderous effort past Harper.

VIEW FROM THE KC STADIUM
By Tom Marshall-Bailey
Neither Hull manager Steve Bruce nor Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood can claim with much justification that their side deserved to win, with Hull shading the first half before Spurs worked their way back into it after the break.

Hull's gamble in the January transfer window, a £14m outlay on the hardly prolific strike duo of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long began to pay dividends with an opener which was fashioned thanks to Steve Harper's route one approach, Jelavic's awareness and Long's ice-cool nerves.

Spurs were stunned into action and were undone by the profligiacy of Aaron Lennon and, primarily, Roberto Soldado who cut a forlorn figure throughout at the apex of the Tottenham attack.

But Sherwood, who has masterminded a commendable recovery at White Hart Lane, must be credited for his words at half-time which seemed to inspire the languid Champions League chasers into action as Paulinho grabbed an equaliser.
Both sides sought a winner, with Jelavic testing Lloris several times and even striking the post, though neither team could claim all three points - though Hull end a run of four straight league defeats.

Jake Livermore was ineligible to play for Hull against his parent club, while Vertonghen made his first appearance in almost two months after recovering from an ankle injury.

After a tame opening, the game exploded into life as Jelavic lifted a cross from former Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone onto the roof of the net with a clever first-time shot.

Emmanuel Adebayor then drew an excellent save from Harper – standing in for the suspended Allan McGregor – with his volleyed finish tipped over the bar, before Hull took the lead 60 seconds later.

Jelavic's flick-on fell to Long in space and the Republic of Ireland striker burst between Tottenham defenders Michael Dawson and Vertonghen before producing a clever left-foot finish to delight the home crowd.

Tottenham had two penalty appeals turned down as they looked for a response but Hull were comfortable during the first half.

Tim Sherwood's men were much-improved after the break, though, and Christian Eriksen fired over before Roberto Soldado forced a good save from Harper from a tight angle after Paulinho's shot deflected fortuitously to him.

Spurs got their equaliser just after the hour-mark, although it came with a large slice of luck, as a short free kick led to Rose thrashing an attempt at goal from 45 yards.

The shot was flying wide, but Paulinho's excellent first touch created enough space for him to turn and unleash a strike on goal – an effort that fizzed past Harper and into the back of the net.

Jelavic hit the post as Hull searched for a quick response, with his stabbed effort from a Long cross from an acute angle almost going in, while the Croatian striker also had an effort that was creeping towards goal cleared by Dawson after Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris was beaten after coming off his line.

Despite both sides pushing for a winner, and Soldado once again claiming he was felled inside the box late on, the two sides shared the spoils in a largely even contest.


Hull City

22
Stephen Harper
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Liam Rosenior
Defender
3.00
3
Maynor Figueroa
Defender
3.00
6
Curtis Davies
Defender
3.50
15
Paul McShane
Defender
3.00
7
David Meyler
Midfielder
75′
2.50
8
Tom Huddlestone
Midfielder
3.00
27
Ahmed El Mohamady
Midfielder
70′
3.00
11
Robbie Brady
Striker
69′
2.50
18
3.00
21
Shane Long
Striker
12′
3.50

Tottenham

2.50
25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
3.00
3
Danny Rose
Midfielder
61′
3.50
5
3.00
20
2.50
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
3.50
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
61′
3.00
23
2.50
42
Nabil Bentaleb
Midfielder
2.00
9
3.00
10

Substitutes

16
 - 
4
Alex Bruce
Defender
 - 
10
Robert Koren
Midfielder
70′
3.00
29
Stephen Quinn
Midfielder
 - 
12
 - 
17
2.50
20
Y. Sagbo
Striker
88′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
16
 - 
15
Etienne Capoue
Midfielder
 - 
21
Nacer Chadli
Midfielder
 - 
22
2.50
37
Harry Kane
Striker
90′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0