In the end a draw was a fair result. Hull started much the quicker and as is so often the case denied Spurs the time they wanted to play their passing game. Tim Sherwood made three changes in the team which lost at home to City. Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho returned after injury and Roberto Soldado came in as Sherwood reverted to his favoured 4-4-2 formation.
As they had done in the two games at White Hart Lane earlier in the season, Hull worked hard and troubled Spurs going forward. It took a clearance from Michael Dawson to prevent a goal-bound shot restoring Hull’s lead in the second half after Hugo Lloris had rushed outside his area in an effort to clear the ball. Long and Jelavic were a constant problem for the two central defenders. Dawson gave a whole-hearted, totally committed display – it was the type of contest that allowed him to play his natural game.With Hull’s quick pressing Spurs had little time to be creative or build up an attack as the defenders were often forced to play a long ball forward rather than a measured pass to a colleague. Paulinho took his goal well which had an element of good fortune in the build-up as it looked as if the free-kick had been wasted with Danny Rose attempting to shoot from 40 yards but the ball came through to the Brazilian who did well to control it and turn before powering it into the roof of the net. Going forward the one player who looked as if he might bring something creative to the game for Spurs was Emmanuel Adebayor. In the first half, minutes before Hull went ahead he looked to have scored after a piece of good build-up play from Tottenham but the goalkeeper made a good save. In the second half as others flagged, Adebayor kept going and tried to link up with those around him.
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