It was a tense conclusion to the Capital One Cup 4th Round tie against Hull as Tottenham held their nerve to win on 8 – 7 on penalties, the match having ended 2 – 2 after extra time.Who deserves credit for their performance against Hull?
Brad Friedel made two vital saves in the penalty shoot. He was unfortunate that the first Hull goal rebounded off him and into the net. He had earlier made a good save as Hull started to make a greater impression going forward in the first half. Friedel hasn’t had many games this season but showed, even at 42 years of age, Spurs oldest ever player, that he has kept himself fit and is still capable of performing at this level.
Gylfi Sigurdsson put in a busy performance, coming in off the left. He scored a great goal with a tremendous strike from 30 yards. His control and touch on receiving the ball from Kyle Naughton was exquisite.
Younes Kaboul put in a powerful performance. It’s good to see him back in the team and he managed to play the full two hours. He showed he was a threat at corners with a strong header early on and made a crucial tackle to clear after Friedel’s first half save. He also powered in one of Spurs’ eight successful penalties.
Harry Kane was lively in his brief appearance. He had a goal disallowed, finishing well when set up by Defoe for that effort. He scored the equaliser and displayed confidence to sconvert the fifth penalty in the shoot-out.
The Penalty Takers deserve credit for retaining their composure and control through the nerve-tingling finale as Spurs finally beat their penalty shoot-out jinx. Praise too for Erik Lamela who at least had the courage to put himself forward as one of the penalty takers. When AVB asked him about taking a penalty the young player was quite adamant that he wanted to be one of the appointed 5. His confidence is low and he’s finding it difficult to adjust to football in England with a £30m price tag over him but he didn’t shy away and hopefully he’ll find his touch soon.
Who Earned Their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ Against Hull?