Match: Wednesday 30th October 2013
Capital One Cup
Tottenham 2-2 Hull City. Tottenham win 8-7 on penalties.
Goals (Spurs): Sigurdsson 16′, Kane 108′
Goals (Hull): Friedel OG 53′, McShane 99′
Penalties (Tottenham): Sigurdsson – SCORED, Defoe – SCORED, Vertonghen – SCORED, Lamela – MISSED, Kane – SCORED, Paulinho – SCORED, Kaboul – SCORED, Dembele – SCORED, Walker – SCORED.
Penalties (Hull City): McLean – MISSED, Quinn – SCORED, Boyd – SCORED, Gedo – SCORED, Meyler – SCORED, Proshwitz – SCORED, Rosenoir – SCORED, McShane – SCORED, Elmohamady – MISSED.
What a game. We did it the hard way, but we’re through to the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup. We started the game very brightly, our passing was crisp, the movement of the players was good, and we got a goal to top it off, and what a goal it was. Gylfi Sigurdsson with one of the goals of the season; a phenomenal drag back and an outrageously struck shot into the top corner. Simply stunning. At 1-0, we looked comfortable, we continued to pass the ball well and were creating some good chances, which we sadly couldn’t put away. In the second half, we looked tired and uninspiring. Our passing was sloppy and so our offensive game became poor, and defensively we weren’t much better. Hull set up well and caused havoc for our defence, deservedly getting their equaliser through a lucky own goal through the unlucky Brad Friedel, it just hit him and went in, I wouldn’t say it’s his fault. Extra time we continued our poor and lacklustre performance, and Hull went ahead through a header from McShane. Disaster, 2-1 down in extra time. Who could help us out? Was it Defoe? No. Was it Lamela? No. Was it Sigurdsson? No. It was Harry Kane, the super sub got us level in extra time, finishing superbly low into the corner. We pushed for the winner, but couldn’t find it, so the game went to penalties. Stress levels intensified, but Brad Friedel made up for his own goal in style with two saves from the spot. We go through to the quarters.
Some very good performances, as a team I don’t think we performed very well at all, but there were definite stand out players. Younes Kaboul was phenomenal, defensively a total rock, and he even contributed offensively getting forward and putting crosses in when needed, and getting his head on crosses. Unlucky not to score! So good to have him back in action after what has been a terrible time for Younes with injuries, he played the full 120 minutes, and scored a great penalty. Thrilled. Erik Lamela played his best game in a Tottenham shirt, for the first time he looked confident on the ball, willing to have a go at players and made some very good passes. He certainly wasn’t amazing, but it was a good display that should give him confidence. The whole of Tottenham, player, fan and coach, wanted Erik to bury his penalty, unfortunately, he failed from the spot and that’ll do his confidence no good. Hopefully Erik takes the positives from the game and pushes on. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Paulinho put in a really good shift, working hard, making tackles and bursting forward. Sigurdsson with a phenomenal goal, and Paulinho calmly from the spot. Jermain Defoe was dire, didn’t create anything, wasteful with his opportunities and consistently offside. It may sound harsh, but that’s how bad he was.
We host West Ham United at White Hart Lane in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup after our victory over Hull. It’s time for revenge. Our next game is against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday 3rd November. COYS!!
My player ratings for the team that faced Hull at White Hart Lane:
Friedel – 5
Walker – 6
Kaboul – 9 – Man of the Match
Vertonghen – 7
Naughton – N/A
Paulinho – 7
Dembele – 6
Lamela – 8
Eriksen – 6
Sigurdsson – 8
Defoe – 4
Chiriches – 6
Kane – 8
Chadli – N/A