Emmanuel Adebayor's first half shot [Photo: Alan Hill]

Who Earned Their Tottenham 'Spurs' Against Hull City?

A draw against Hull City didn’t provide the performance or the result that Tottenham had hoped for but which players earned their ‘Spurs’ at the KC Stadium?

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.

Michael Dawson clearance [Photo: Alan Hill]

Michael Dawson clearance [Photo: Alan Hill]

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.

Paulinho goal [Photo: Alan Hill]

Paulinho goal [Photo: Alan Hill]

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.

Who Earned Their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ against Hull City?

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  • John J.

    A disappointing result for Spurs in a ‘must win’ match. We should have signed 1-2 strikers in the January transfer window. We didn’t, and now this will cost us dear during the remainder of the season. I think there is little to no chance that we will qualify for the CL this season. Great shame, but take a look at our abysmal goal difference figure, compared with the other top clubs, and even Tim Sherwood and Daniel Levy, will find little scope for optimism. Hope I am wrong!!

    • Logan Holmes

      I agree, I can’t see us reaching the CL – Liverpool will have to implode and even then someone else could still finish higher than Spurs. Another January transfer window when we needed a striker but didn’t get one – you’d think they’d have learned from past experiences.

      We’re 5th but it doesn’t feel like it – I fear that missing out on CL will see the departure of Lloris, Vertonghen and probably others in the summer putting us back to where we were pre-Martin Jol.

  • daily hots

    addy was the only one running around fighting for the ball which he has done for the last few matches, he is trying his best but everyone else is letting him down. lennon only knows how to go around in circles, he should be dropped and lamela given his chance. sherwood hasnt got a clue he has subs at his desposale yet it took him till 80 minuete to make a sub only because addy had to go off. and whats all this shit playing 4-4-2 ffs were not in the 80s anymore, it dosnt work we are not going to qualify for europe this season as we are going backwoods, we have had the chance to get point on the board yet half the time most of the players look like they have been on a night out the night before the match. why we always start so slow its getting an embaresment, we are the joke of the premiership, ecotto should have been brought back frow qpr he is having one of his best seasons yet we let him stay there till end of season, he will ask for transfer at end of season. as for soldado he need to work more and stay behind in training to sort his shooting out, im tottenham till i die. but its getting harder to watch a team who are so gutless if it wasnt for addy we would be fighting a religation battle oh well theres time yet to be down the bottom with this bunch of crap we call players

    • Logan Holmes

      Adebayor was the only one who looked like creating anything and he worked hard along with Dawson who was fully committed. There was a lack of desire and urgency from the rest – Hull wanted the points much more than us. Confidence is low, especially Soldado and Lennon just runs across the field.

      You’re right, at the minute it’s very hard to watch Spurs and I ask myself why I spend so much time following them.

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