Match Review, Tottenham vs Hull City.

Match: Sunday 27th October 2013.

Premier League

Tottenham 1-0 Hull City.

Goal: Soldado (pen) 80′

A frustrating game of which we’ve been used to recently at White Hart Lane, teams below us coming to the Lane and putting 11 men behind the ball while defending for their lives. To be fair to Hull, they did create chances, but they were wayward, and we have Hugo Lloris so we could keep a clean sheet, thankfully. We started the game very brightly, in the first 15 minutes we were creating chances and working Hull City very hard, the pressure from Spurs then died down and we didn’t pass the ball quickly enough to create clear cut chances for Soldado and co. The frustration continued in the second half, even with the pace of Townsend and Lennon on the wings, we couldn’t get crosses into the box and were limited to shots from outside the box. In the final third, it seemed as though we were trying almost too hard to score the perfect goal, with flicks and tricks and dummies, but this game just needed a bit of sheer brilliance from one player to create a goal as Hull were extremely well organised. Penalties were our enemy last season, not getting a single one in the league, but that seems to be changing now and we seem to be in luck. A harsh penalty decision against Hull relieved us of embarrassment, Soldado scoring comfortably as he always does to win us the game. Phew.

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The team was poor, slow in possession and lacklustre in challenges, this could possibly be because we had a long trip to Moldova in the Europa League, but I really don’t think we can use that as an excuse, players are at a level of fitness that they can do Thursday games, then Sunday games; it hampers your buildup to an important Premier League game, but it’s something we have done as a club for a long time, and as we want to win the Europa League, it’s going to have to continue. Hugo Lloris was as solid as ever, another clean sheet in which he’s saved us many times, commanding in the air and a world class shot stopper, in my opinion, he’s the best goalkeeper in the League, and his record of 6 clean sheets in 9 games is proving that. I really like the look of Vlad Chiriches since he’s come into the team, on the ball he’s up there with any centre back, coming out with the ball he’s incredible the way he glides past players, he was probably our most creative player! Vlad can sometimes get caught out, he’s a little clumsy in the way he plays, but that’ll will deteriorate as he gains more experience in the Premier League, it would be nice to see Jan Vertonghen and Chiriches pair up more often at centre back. I was disappointed with Sandro, he was slow and his passing was extremely poor, just one of those days for the Beast, possibly tired after 90 mins in Moldova, and coming back from a long term injury. Soldado got his goal, I thought he was good, his link up play brought the midfielders into the game, but sadly they weren’t on their game so Roberto didn’t get the service he needed, goals are goals, and I’ll take them wherever they come from, we were due a few penalties anyway!

All in all a very bad performance. We need to shape up, and quick. Our next game is against Hull City on Wednesday 30th October in the Capital One Cup at White Hart Lane, hopefully we perform better against Hull on Wednesday! Our next Premier League game is a really tough test away to Everton at Goodison Park, that’s a real test of how far we’ve come, that’s on Sunday 3rd November. COYS!!

My player rating for the team that faced Hull City at White Hart Lane:
Lloris – 8 Man of the Match
Walker – 6
Dawson – 5
Chiriches – 7
Vertonghen – 5
Paulinho – 5
Sandro – 4
Townsend – 6
Lennon – 7
Holtby – 6
Soldado – 7

Subs:
Dembele – 7
Eriksen – 5
Defoe – N/A

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One thought on “Match Review, Tottenham vs Hull City.

  1. I think if we have the same starting 11 for BPL we will be more successful. When we rotate too much around the team we loose that partnership players form. One example is defoe and holtby, the form a good partnership in europa league but when you put soldado and holtby or defoe and eriksen it will require time to adapt the players. I think our attack should have been townsend eriksen sigurosson and soldado as we have seen in games against norwich and chelsea how well they communicate. Of course we need to squad rotate players but as a coach AVB has to see the partnership some players form and that way try to play them together. This is my opinion let me know what you guys think or anything i should change. COYS

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