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February 1, 2014
• Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 24932
S. Long 12'
Thanks for tuning in guys, I've been Kevin Blundell (and will continue to be so) - don't forget to come back next time!
Both sides were below par in terms of their passing, but that doesn't say much about the quality of entertainment on offer. It was end-to-end stuff right from the off and the fans definitely got their money worth today.
A relatively poor performance by Spurs will disappoint Tim Sherwood who will have been hoping to see his players show some spirit and bounce straight back from the drubbing by Man City.
The result means that Spurs are still to win a game in the Premier League this season when they have been losing at half time. Not exactly the comeback kings, are they?
Plenty of action down at the KC today, but the stats say that Spurs will be disappointed by only coming away with a point. They had 19 shots on goal in comparison to Hull's relatively modest 8 shots.
90' + 4'
The final whistle blows and brings an end to today's proceedings. That really was a pulsating affair and Hull showed they are no pushovers with an admirable display against the Champions League contenders.
90' + 3'
Silky play by George Boyd as he dribbles past two Spurs defenders into the box, before stumbling at the final hurdle and missing his opportunity to be Hull's hero.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Roberto Soldado
90' + 2'
Tense final few moments here at the KC. Eriksen swings in an inch perfect corner kick, but Harper is again there to punch clear and set Hull on the counter. Soldado brings down Boyd, though, and receives a booking for his troubles.
Former Spurs player Tom Huddlestone drills the resulting free kick across the goal mouth and it only needs a touch to send the ball into the back of the net. No-one gets on the end of it, though and another chance is wasted.
Shane Long's movement once again causing Spurs all sorts of problems. This time it's Jan Vertonghen who is at fault as he brings down the Ireland international and gives away a free kick on the edge of his own box.
Lennon cuts inside as Tottenham go in search of the winning goal, but his final ball is again a woeful one. The big players really haven't shown up for Spurs today, Sherwood will be disappointed in his men.
The dreaded commentator's curse. Boyd gives away a needless free kick right by his own penalty box and if not for a great clearing header by Jelavic, he could have cost his side a point.
George Boyd has looked lively since he entered the fray. It's a massive step up from Championship football, but he's showing he's got the necessary skills to succeed if he applies himself.
Nearly a mix-up in the Spurs defence as Lloris comes rushing off his line to clear the ball, but instead clatters into Dawson and Hull nearly pounce on the mistake before it's put out for a throw-in.
Hull's passing has not improved much in the second half, their pass completion rate has been hovering around the 63% (Squawka) mark for most of the game. It's the scoreline that matters, though, and at this rate will be coming away with a point.
Paul McShane gives away a free kick, and it's about 30-yards out. Eriksen lays it off to Vertonghen...... but the Belgian defender slices it horribly and it flies well wide.
Tottenham look to break things up as Hull continue to threaten their goal. Adebayor breaks down the left and swings a wonderful teasing cross into the box, but no-one is there to meet it.
Yellow Card David Meyler
Meyler's at it again; he brings down Bentaleb and this time he receives a yellow card, he's been so late with his tackles today. Needs to buck his ideas up or he could find himself sent off.
Vital header by Jan Vertonghen who stoops at the near post to head clear a wonderful cross into the box. That was going straight on the forehead of Nikica Jelavic if not for Vertonghen, massive challenge.
Wow. This game continues to throw surprises at you - just as Spurs begin to look like the team most likely to score, Hull get a flurry of chances and the momentum swings again.
Hull with a rare attack, but Robert Koren wastes the opportunity and his shot trickles wide of the post. Moments later Jelavic breaks through on goal and dinks the ball over Lloris, but Dawson is there to sweep up.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Hull are living on the edge now, they seem to have lost all momentum and look like conceding with every Spurs attack. It's become a matter of whether they can hold on for a point now, never mind coming away with three.
He's a completely different player under Sherwood is our Adebayor. The striker shows a bursts of pace and breezes past Curtis Davies before his ball into the box is put behind for a corner.
End-to-end stuff here at the KC. Both sides don't seem to want to settle for a point and chances are coming thick and fast - there's definitely more goals in this one.
Hold the phone! Hull are going for the jugular now and nearly provide us with an instant reaction, but Jelavic can't connet properly and Lloris comfortably saves his weak shot.
That goal came after David Meyler brought down Bentaleb with a shocking tackle. A needless challenge that could end up costing his side all three points today.
Assist Danny Rose
GOL GOL GOL! Tottenham level things up with a brilliant effort by Paulinho who brings down a shot-cum-pass from Danny Rose and the rifles the ball into the top corner.
Great discipline being shown by Hull now. They've got their backs to the wall as Spurs begin to dominate the play and pin the hosts inside their own half, but Hull won't give in that easily.
A nice ball into the box lands at the feet of Eriksen, but the Denmark international is thwarted again by the superb Steve Harper. He's like a fine wine that only gets better with age; it's such a shame he spent most of his career on the Newcastle bench.
Tottenham starlet Nabil Bentaleb has caught the headlines of late with some majestic performances. However, the young midfielder has barely seen the ball today and rarely threatened to make an impression.
Hull don't seem to be missing Jake Livermore much today. They've adapted to the 4-4-2 formation with ease, with Jelavic and Long offering help to the midfield as and when it's needed.
Vertonghen and Dawson both come forward for a dangerous free kick, but Eriksen's ball into the box is poor and Harper comes to punch with ease. Spurs need to get their act together, or face missing out on Champions League football.
Jelavic closes down Kyle Walker and wins the ball on the edge of the Spurs box, but as Walker calls for a foul Jelavic races away and tries a cheeky ball into the box. Nothing comes from the resulting corner.
Tim Sherwood is marshalling the touchline like a seasoned professional; you'd never have guessed that this is his first job in football management, he looks set for a great career.
No change here at the KC Stadium as Hull continue to press Spurs and win an early free kick down by the corner flag. Brady swings one in with his lovely left foot, but it's cleared by the first defender.
Soldado and Lennon get the second half underway for us. Can Spurs come from behind and take all three points, or will Hull hold on for their first win in five games...
It could have been so different if Adebayor's tremendous effort had gone in. Steve Harper refused to be beaten, however, and moments later his side went up the other end to stun Spurs.
Amazing stat this: Hull have never been losing at home at half time so far this season, that trend has continued today.
Jan Vertonghen has been exceptional for Spurs; the returning defender has won two tackles, four headers, made three interceptions, and five clearances so far today. (Squawka)
Despite being a goal to the good, Hull have completed just 62% of their passes so far today (Squawka). They completed just 91 passes in the first half, a stark contrast to Spurs' 198.
Tottenham haven't really got going so far today and Sherwood will be asking Lennon and Eriksen to get more involved in the second half - they've been anonymous so far.
45' + 2'
There's the whistle! A subdued end to the first half as Hull play keep-ball, looking to hold on to their slender lead and give them something to fight for in the second half.
Tottenham are being given no time to settle when they are out of possession. Hull are basing their football around the exceptional movement of Shane Long and it's working a treat so far.
Adebayor on the other hand looks better and better with every game he plays now. As Hull look to catch Spurs on the counter, the striker tracks back and makes a vital interception to break the move up.
Soldado wastes another good opportunity for Spurs. The striker finds himself running into the Hull box with the ball at his feet, but he waits and waits for an opening that was never coming - he ends up falling over and losing possession.
Handbags ensue after the Dawson challenge, but the McDermott calms things down and Jelavic nearly bends the resulting free kick into the top-corner. So close.
Michael Dawson can count himself unlucky there. He makes a high, but fair challenge on Shane Long and wins the ball cleanly. The referee, however, deems it a dangerous tackle and blows for a free kick.
The Premier League, or Tottenham's style, just doesn't seem to suit Soldado, does it? The Spaniard looks off-the-pace again today and I often wonder how long it will be until he finds himself back playing in La Liga.
PENALTY SHOUT! Maynor Figueroa brings down Soldado, but it looks like an accidental knock and the referee signals for a corner rather than a penalty.
Hull have spent 38% of their time down the right hand side today, they're always looking to Elmohamady to create chances for them. Surely Spurs should be looking to stop the balls before they get to him?
A wayward pass by Dawson gies Jelavic the chance to get in on goal, but Kyle Walker beats him to the ball and the Croatian injures himself in the process. Dawson needs to switch on, he's all over the place at the moment.
It just doesn't seem to be going Spurs' way so far today. They're pressing and probing, always looking for a way into the game, but they just can't find that defence splitting pass. Hull are looking very organised.
Is there a quicker goalkeeper in the Premier League than Hugo Lloris? The France captain races off his line to clear another hopeful ball over the top, but his efforts were pointless as Long was deemed offside anyway.
Another long ball over the top by Robbie Brady and it's that man Shane Long chasing it down once again. Unfortunately, this time he fouls Michael Dawson as they compete for the ball and the chance is gone.
The Hull City fans are in full voice after their team have made a flying start to the match. Can Spurs silence them? It doesn't look that way at the moment, with Hull really pressing the away side whenever they're in possession.
Long is causing the Spurs defence all sorts of problems today. He receives the ball into feet just outside the box and works his magic to earn a corner from of a relatively unthreatening position.
Lovely move by Spurs and Aaron Lennon is right at the heart of it. He exchanges passes with Adebayor before probing on the edge of the box until he's dispossesed just before he can get a cross in.
Great start to the game here at the KC Stadium and it looks like there could be plenty of goals in this one. Sherwood has to act now and he's earning a reputation as one of the most attack-minded bosses in the game.
Goal Shane Long
GOOOOOOOOOAL! Their first goal in 2014 for Hull City and it's scored by their new signing Shane Long, who slots home after a long ball comes right over the top of the Spurs defence.
Straight up the other end and Emmanuel Adebayor forces a brilliant save from Steve Harper in the Hull goal. The Togo international slammed in a shot from the edge of the box and was unlucky not to get his goal.
MASSIVE CHANCE! Tottenham switched off at the back and Jelavic sneaks in at the near post only to see his effort loop just over Hugo Lloris's crossbar. Cracking attempt.
Expect to see Hull focus a lot of their play down the right today; they love to spread the ball out to Ahmed Elmohamady and let him swing a ball into the box. Only Robert Snodgrass (162) has attempted more crosses than the Egyptian winger this season (154). Source: Squawka.
Long threads a ball through for Robbie Brady and the Ireland international breaks into the Spurs box, but shoots high & wide. Terrible effort from the Hull man.
Shane Long is a fantastic signing by Steve Bruce and means Hull can switch their system to a more conventional 4-4-2 when needed. He could be the man to keep them in the Premier League.
Nice slick passing move by Spurs to get the tempo up - it seems like Tim Sherwood has got his side riled up for this one, and it's no wonder considering their home defeat to Man City in the week.
Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic get us underway today, let's hope they can get their first goals for the club today and keep us all entertained.
The teams have come out of the tunnel to a rapturous reception at the KC Stadium. Can Steve Bruce's men defy the odds and pick up a win here, or will Spurs get their top-four challenge back on track? Stick around to see...
The Danish midfielder has been directly involved in five of the 15 Premier League goals scored by Tottenham (33.3%) since Andre Villas-Boas’s departure and continue to go from strength-to-strength.
Spurs got off to a flying start to life under Tim Sherwood before coming up short against Man City on Wednesday evening. Tottenham have won five of the seven Premier League games under Sherwood, losing just once, and key to this form has been the ever-impressive Christian Eriksen.
STAT: Tottenham have scored 15 goals in the seven Premier League games since Tim Sherwood took over at the club – that’s the same amount as they managed in the 16 Premier League games that Andre Villas-Boas was in charge of this season.
Steve Bruce’s side have struggled in recent weeks and haven’t won a game since the 6-0 drubbing of The Cottagers. The hosts will be looking to their new signings in the form of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic to bring an end to this goalscoring lull.
STAT: Hull City have not scored in their last four Premier League games, a run stretching back to the 6-0 home victory over Fulham.
Tottenham subs: Friedel, Kaboul, Naughton, Capoue, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Kane.
Tottenham (4-4-2): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Soldado.
Hull City subs: Jakupovic, Bruce, Koren, Boyd, Quinn, Fryatt, Sagbo.
Hull City (4-4-2): Harper; Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, McShane; Huddlestone, Meyler, Elmohamady, Brady; Jelavic, Long.
Good afternoon sports fans! I’m Kevin Blundell and I’ll be taking you through the game today, which should be a thriller considering both sides need a good performance to get back to winning ways.
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