Match: Saturday 1st February 2014.
Competition: Premier League.
Venue: KC Stadium.
Result: Hull City 1-1 Tottenham.
Hull goal: Shane Long 11′.
Tottenham goal: Paulinho 60′.
Frustrating and disappointing. We didn’t get going in the first half at all, sloppy passing, never creating many clear cut chances and looked incredibly weak in the challenge, Hull almost winning every 50/50 challenge. Hull deserve credit for a great performance with a lot of grit and determination but we were so poor, we made it easy for them in many ways, we didn’t stretch their defence enough and we lacked width, even with Lennon on the wing, everything was too narrow and too tight. Shane Long put Hull in front with just 11 minutes gone, poor defending from Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen let the Irish striker through on goal and he finished well, and they deserved to be in front. In the second half, we improved, Emmanuel Adebayor the one pushing us forward, along with Christian Eriksen, a goal was bound to come and it did through Paulinho with an hour gone, Danny Rose fired a ball into the Brazilian and he turned impressively to fire a shot into the top of the net, a great finish from a great player. We did push for a winner and got a couple of chances, but I don’t think we deserved to win the game. We didn’t do enough.
As for performances, my man of the match for Spurs goes to Emmanuel Adebayor, he worked his socks off and was the player to push us forward and try to make chances, but he didn’t really get the service to score, Hull did well to keep our chance making to a minimum. Nabil Bentaleb, despite a lot of criticism from fans, I thought was one of our better players, his passing was crisp and made openings quite often, especially in the first half weirdly, because that’s when we created less. Despite a decent performance, once Dembele and Sandro come back he really shouldn’t get a look in. Christian Eriksen did well. It’s his first game under Sherwood where he hasn’t been involved in a goal in the Premier League, but he still created openings, sadly without any end product. It’s great to have Jan Vertonghen back, he was very impressive, and his partner Dawson was solid, but as soon as Jan returns, Chiriches goes missing from the squad! We can’t catch a break! It’s the same with Paulinho, he comes back, Dembele gets injured. So so frustrating. Poor performances too. Roberto Soldado continued to be very disappointing, he really is low on confidence but doesn’t even look like scoring, he is low on confidence, but I’m even lower on confidence in his ability. Surely you don’t just lose your scoring touch, because he certainly had it at Valencia!! Kyle Walker has had a great season, but recently he has seen a dip in form, needs to step it up again because I haven’t been impressed with him.
Difficult to take, two disappointing results in the space of a few days. Massive game next week against Everton at the Lane, Sunday 9th February with kick off at 1:30pm. We need a result to keep in the top four race. COYS!!
My player ratings for the team that faced Hull at the KC:
Lloris – 6
Walker – 5
Dawson – 7
Vertonghen – 7.5
Rose – 6
Lennon – 5
Paulinho – 8
Bentaleb – 7
Eriksen – 7.5
Soldado – 4
Adebayor – 8 – Man of the Match.
Kane – N/A.
Hull City 1-1 Tottenham, Match highlights:
Tim Sherwood’s post match interview: