Match Review, Tottenham vs Hull City.

Match: Saturday 16th May 2015.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

Result: Tottenham 2-0 Hull City.

Tottenham goalscorers: Nacer Chadli 54’, Danny Rose 61’.

In our final home game of the season, we have managed to send the fans home happy; which is always good. A decent performance, with some great football and good goals while keeping a clean sheet is all you can ask for as we now start to look forward to the summer and then starting the rollercoaster up again for another season. This win keeps us one point ahead of Southampton, who sit in 7th and one point behind Liverpool in 5th heading into the final match of the season. It’s not a grand stand finish, it’s more about pride and bragging rights than anything else – it looks as though European football in the form of Europa League will be at the Lane once again next season, and it’s nothing to moan about – I quite like the competition, and although we will not be real contenders for the trophy, it’s a chance to try more youth players and give fringe players a chance to show what they can do. We played our strongest 11 quite often this season in the Europa League and it did hurt us, but I’m sure in Pochettino’s first season managing in a European competition, he will have learnt how much it does affect the players playing Thursdays and Sundays. Focusing back on a good win over Hull City, after a forgettable first half the players refocused and produced a very respectable performance against a fighting Hull City side, who certainly didn’t have a bad game.

In the first half, there really wasn’t too much to shout about for either team – chances were created, but there was only one clear cut opportunity that fell to Hull, as Nikica Jelavic smacked the crossbar from inside the box. The only notable chances that Tottenham created were from Nacer Chadli and Harry Kane; Christian Eriksen slid in Kane even though he probably should have had a go himself and the young player of the year slid the ball across the face of goal, when he probably should have had a go as well. Hull were very organised and solid defensively in the first half, but we didn’t test them like we should have, our passing was too obvious and predictable, and we weren’t penetrating the back line of Hull enough, partly or mainly because of the poor form of usually our most creative player Christian Eriksen, who quite simply looks like he has his suitcases packed already and sunglasses on, which after a long season like we have had, you can’t really blame him for – he has after all played in every game so far of our Premier League season, plus domestic, European and international duty. Improvement needed for the second half, especially in our play with the ball, probably going fro left back to centre back to right back about 100 times within the first half, which was a little frustrating. The best passing I saw in the first period was thanks to Tom Huddlestone, who on his return to Spurs made some pinpoint cross-field balls.

The second half was much better, despite Hull threatening from some set pieces which we looked a little nervous defending within the first five minutes of the restart, we settled and on 53 minutes opened the scoring through the impressive Nacer Chadli. He has to thank Erik Lamela for his goal, who has in the last three games been impressive; the Argentinian pounced on the ball in midfield before darting towards the final third and playing a delightfully weighted ball into the path of the onrushing Belgian, who took a tough round Steve Harper in the Hull City goal and finished with ease, 1-0 and the pressure lifted on Spurs and put firmly on the Tigers. After the ball the players looked more at ease, and it showed in the way we were moving the football, it was with more purpose and confidence and this confidence was evident in our second goal which came only seven minutes later on 60 minutes. Former Spurs captain Michael Dawson gave it away on the edge of the box and it fell to Ryan Mason, who played a one two with Rose, then lifted his head and lobbed a wonderful ball through to Danny Rose who had found himself in the penalty area, and he volleyed the ball first time with his weaker right foot into the roof of the net – another brilliant goal, which would surely seal the points for Tottenham and condemn Hull to what now seems like relegation. Hull City did push us despite the 2-0 margin, with Abel Hernandez going close in a goalmouth scramble where he should have really pulled the game back to 2-1 – but it was a lack of clinical nature within the Hull side which deserted the Tigers, with Jelavic, Dame N’Doye and Hernandez all having a match to forget. Despite some pressure from Hull, it turned out to be quite a routine victory for Tottenham in the end and one that we are thankful for in our last home game of the season. 2-0 – thank you very much.
review pic Our final home game of the season and a win! A decent performance and a good send off for the fans, showcasing the new kit heading into what I hope will be a good summer and then a good 2015/16 season, we are in need of a good year! If you have any comments, put them below and don’t forget to follow me on twitter at @AddictedToSpurs. Next up is the final game of the season, and we travel to Merseyside to face Everton as we look to secure European football, and hopefully finish 5th. Up the Spurs. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Hull at WHL:
Lloris – 8
Dier – 7.5
Fazio – 6
Vertonghen – 8
Rose – 9 – Man of the Match.
Mason – 8 (Stambouli 79’ – 5)
Bentaleb – 7
Lamela – 9
Eriksen – 6 (Dembele 58’ – 6)
Chadli – 7.5
Kane – 7 (Soldado 89’ – N/A)

Mauricio Pochettino reacts to a win in our penultimate game of the season:

The tradition lap of honour footage:

Danny Rose reacts after the 2-0 win over Hull City:

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Match Review, Hull City vs Tottenham.

Match: Sunday 23rd November 2014.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: KC Stadium.

Result: Hull City 1-2 Tottenham.

Hull goalscorer: Livermore 8′.

Tottenham goalscorers: Kane 61′, Eriksen 90′.

We’ve scraped it. We’ve nicked it. We didn’t play well, we didn’t find the rhythm, but we’ve got the three points. A really important three points that shoots us out of the bottom half of the Premier League table and into 10th, but level on points with both Arsenal and Everton, and only 2 points off of 4th placed Manchester United. It’s important, despite the manner of the win, to get the win at this moment in time. Some will say it papers over the cracks, while others will say it shows a bit of character in the team to come back from behind and win; it depends on the mind set of the person. What is important now is to build on the three points, take the win and develop it into a better performance and more wins, to change our fortune and go on a bit of a good run. We have to learn from the last away win to Aston Villa and then disappointing home defeat to Stoke, our performance level simply has to rise, as we can’t rely on refereeing decisions to go our way every game, we need to take the games, especially at White Hart Lane, by the scruff of the neck and attempt to dominate games, because the way we are playing at this moment in time, we will lose out on too many points. Enjoy the victory in this game, but happiness will be if we can build on it and disappointment will be if we can’t.

In the first half we were all over the place, a lack of defensive organisation, our retention of the football was terrible and it looked bleak. Hull did everything right to try and stop us gaining rhythm; they pushed us hard, created openings, pressed high & kept compact in defence which made our task to create clear cut openings, dominate the game and score goals in the first half near impossible. Hull early on got their reward for their hard work; on 8 minutes, former Spur Jake Livermore thundered an effort past Hugo Lloris from 25 yards, a great strike and goal and a nice touch that the man who grew up supporting Spurs, came through the ranks at Spurs & played for Spurs muted his celebration in respect for his former club. But I thought it was obvious that a goal was coming from either Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone or Jakey! After that goal, we did have more of the ball, but it didn’t stop Hull from creating more chances, that could have easily been goals if it weren’t for Hugo Lloris and Lady Luck, which is frightening, because against a better side, with no disrespect to Hull City, we would have been punished for our poor defending and lack of communication and togetherness. The first half is one that doesn’t fill you with a lot of confidence, but as Spurs showed, it’s not how you start but how you finish, but maybe we could get both one day, pretty please Tottenham?

The second half was an improvement. Of course it couldn’t have got much worse from the first half, but we passed the ball better, were much more composed in defence and added a heap of width to our game which then in turn, made it much easier to create openings and clear cut chances. We did get a big slice of luck when Hull City’s Gaston Ramirez, a former player under Pochettino at Southampton, lost his cool and lashed out with his foot at Jan Vertonghen for next to no reason other than the fact the referee didn’t award him a free kick, and when you kick out like Ramirez did, you risk your part in the match and on this occasion, the referee and linesman interpreted this kick out as a red card offence, and personally, with a non-bias view I promise, I agree with the officials, you can’t do that in the modern game under the modern rules. The complexity of the game changed with the red card; Hull City dropped even deeper, our midfielders saw much more of the ball in much more threatening areas, and the introduction of Vlad Chiriches at right back and Aaron Lennon at right wing offered us much more width to stretch 10 man Hull and create the openings to get back into the game, and push to win it. It took only 11 minutes after the red card for us to pull the score level; Roberto Soldado cleverly won a free kick around 30 yards away from goal, and Chrisitan Eriksen stepped up, curled it beautifully, but onto the post, which then fortuitously landed at Harry Kane’s feet to make it 1-1 in the 61st minute, and give us the platform to go on and win. One of the easier goals that Harry Kane will score this season. We then continued to create openings, good opportunities that weren’t being put away, including a Harry Kane header from an exquisite Aaron Lennon cross, and a two Roberto Soldado miss-kicks after beautiful balls in from Ryan Mason and Vlad Chiriches. We were hoping that as long as we were creating chances, we could put one away sooner or later. It turned out to be very late on that we did take our chance, Aaron Lennon found Christian Eriksen on the edge of the box, and he took a touch before guiding the ball delightfully into the bottom corner on the stroke of full time to make it 2-1, and score the winning goal on his 50th appearance for Tottenham. Delight.

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Focusing on the individual performances of the players, it was Christian Eriksen’s pure quality that dragged us through a tricky and uninspiring performance, he took the free kick for the first goal, scored the second and in between created good chances for his team mates. I was very impressed with his second half display, but there are still things that he can improve on, especially his ball retention in the first half and his general strength, but, he’s a creative player who scores goals and he did exactly what was asked of him today, hopefully he can build on that second half performance. He bags the Addicted To Spurs man of the match for me. It was Pochettino’s second half substitutions that proved very effective, though, Vlad Chiriches at right back in place of Eric Dier, who struggled to get forward and get crosses into the box in the first half, and Aaron Lennon, who replaced the ineffective Mousa Dembele, and Azza provided crucial pace, width and grabbed the assist for the winner and could have got a couple more assists if the finishing was on point. Another mention for Ryan Mason as well, who once again shone in the centre of the park, and showed the tenacity and spark we needed in the first and second half. A first start for Ben Davies at left back, and I don’t think he will be losing that starting berth any time soon after a very solid afternoon both in defence, and when needed in attack, I thought he did very well and I hope he can sustain this level of performance and improve upon it.

Well, it’s three points and something to build on! But, we need to improve the level of performance if we want to go on a good run. That run will hopefully start in the Europa League this Thursday, as Partizan Belgrade travel to White Hart Lane in the game that will hopefully see us secure qualification to the knock out stages. We return to Premier League action on Sunday 30th November, facing Everton at the Lane in a big, big game for everyone at the club. Join me for it all on Twitter, here: @AddictedToSpurs. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Hull at the KC:
Lloris – 6.5
Dier – 5 (Chiriches 45′ – 7)
Fazio – 5.5
Vertonghen – 6.5
Davies – 7
Mason – 7.5
Dembele – 5.5 (Lennon 59′ – 7.5)
Lamela – 6
Eriksen – 8 – Man of the Match.
Soldado – 6.5 (Paulinho 79′ – 5)
Kane – 7.5.

Match highlights from our 2-1 win over Hull:

Mauricio Pochettino’s post match thoughts:

Christian Eriksen & Harry Kane speak to the press:

Match Preview, Hull City vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Sunday 23rd November 2014. 4pm GMT KO.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: The KC Stadium.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 from 3:30pm GMT. Worldwide TV listings HERE.

After what has felt like a long international break, Tottenham return to action with a tough away fixture against Hull City. After losing to Stoke City at home, a reaction is needed from the players, from the manager & from the whole club. In recent times, we haven’t seen anywhere near the level Tottenham are capable of, the players have seemed to shy away from responsibility and it has been a sorry time around the club, but a good performance and a win can change the feeling in the players, it can boost their confidence and with a bit of luck and quality, our fortune can quickly change – and our season can look a little more rosy. But, the players can’t just expect that to happen; they need to go out there with fire in their heart and go and make it happen, change their own fortunes and change people’s opinion on them, because if they don’t want to win and improve, then what’s the point of them playing football? I hold a lot of faith in our manager and the players, and I think there is no doubt that we will turn it round, but I’d love that to happen much sooner than later, because the atmosphere around the club can become sour when a bad run of results occurs. The team have to halt that and change the fan’s opinions.

We come up against a Hull City side that sits 15th in the Premier League table, winning only 2 games out of a possible 11. They have had some narrow defeats though, and they haven’t been terrible by any means, but it hasn’t been good enough and they aren’t getting the results they want or maybe even deserve. They have lost their last 2 games, narrowly to Southampton and Burnley 1-0, and their performance level against Burnley was very low, as acknowledged by manager Steve Bruce, who was extremely disappointed with the loss, so they will be looking for a reaction, especially in front of their fans against a bigger side like Tottenham. But, we will be looking to get a reaction after our dismal display against Stoke, so it’s going to be a hotly contested game, but hopefully the quality of our players will shine through and we can put in a good showing. In recent times, Tottenham have had the best of the results against Hull City, being unbeaten in the last 6 games, winning 3 and drawing 3. Last time out, we drew at the KC 1-1, with Paulinho scoring for Tottenham and Shane Long scoring for Hull, now Long has departed from Hull and Paulinho has, well, disappeared. I don’t think a draw suits either team, though, and both will be going all out to try and win this game, so hopefully we can take advantage of gaps in the Hull defence.

The team news for Hull City is good for them, Michael Dawson (ankle), Curtis Davies (back), Alex Bruce (hamstring), Nikica Jelavic (knee) & Alan McGregor (shoulder) are all back in contention for the game, but Robert Snodgrass (knee) remains out. They will be seriously boosted by the names returning to action, especially the defensive partnership of former Spur Michael Dawson and the talented Curtis Davies, who has done really well since coming into the Premier League. Hull City have some really talented players, as well as those gritty, hard working guys who will give everything. Offensively, those talented players include striker Abel Hernadez, who has 3 goals in 8 games, but has played really well since coming in from Palermo, others include on loan pair Hatem Ben-Arfa from Newcastle and Gaston Ramirez from Southampton; they are yet to make an impact but do have natural flair through their make-up. The steel in midfield, mixed with flair and finishing ability comes from Mohamed Diame, who has an impressive 4 goals in 11 appearances and after coming in from West Ham and we have to be able to accommodate his power from midfield.

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The team news for Tottenham is that Nabil Bentaleb (ankle), Kyle Walker (abdominal) & Kyle Naughton (suspended) are of course out of the game, while Andros Townsend (ankle) and Danny Rose (ribs) are doubtful along with unnamed players coming back from international duty, likely to be Emmanuel Adebayor who returned late after two games with Togo. Also, Christian Eriksen twisted his ankle on Denmark duty, but should be okay for this game. With Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton ruled out, we will seemingly rely on Eric Dier to fill in at right back, being fresh after remaining at Hotspur Way instead of going on England U21 duty. And, with Danny Rose a doubt, it looks like Ben Davies could get his full Tottenham Premier League debut and start his first game, which after some ‘iffy’ performances from Danny Rose recently, I’m very welcome to.

One of the few shining lights of the season has been the performances of Nacer Chadli and the goals he has scored, with 6 goals so far this season in the Premier League, our top scorer, and the top scoring midfielder in the Premier League. He always looks a threat and is playing with the sort of quality we didn’t see last season. Hopefully, he can get another goal or two against Hull this Sunday, because he’s becoming a vital player for Tottenham Hotspur. After starting his first Premier League game against Stoke, Harry Kane scored another two goals for England’s U21s to take his Goalscoring tally to 15 goals in 20 appearances this season for club and country; now, he needs to rack up the goals in the Premier League, and hopefully he can get a sustained run of starts and then hopefully repay Pochettino’s faith with goals, which we know he is more than capable of getting. In midfield, Etienne Capoue has disappointed in recent games after being outstanding in the early part of the season, and now I think it’s time to give Benjamin Stambouli a game in the Premier League, alongside Ryan Mason; that gives you a good balance between defence and attack, and I think Stambouli is much more creative than Etienne, so that helps our cause as we need to be more creative and less pedestrian in midfield. After being left out of the starting 11 against Stoke, I think Erik Lamela needs to be reintegrated into the team because I hold faith he can be that spark we need, in assists and hopefully very soon, goals.

Match stats & facts provided by Opta:

– Hull City have won just one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League matches (W1 D5 L4).

– This is Spurs’ worst start to a Premier League season since 2008-09.

– Hull have won none of the last five Premier League games against Tottenham (W0 D2 L3), three of these were at the KC Stadium (W0 D1 L2).

– Only Aston Villa (2) have had fewer different scorers this season than Hull City (4).

– After scoring in each of their opening eight Premier League games this season, Hull have now failed to score in their last three.

– Nacer Chadli has scored six Premier League goals in 10 appearances this season – he found the net once in 24 appearances last term.

– Tottenham have earned more red cards in the Premier League in the calendar year 2014 than any other team (6).

– There have also been more red cards in Spurs games than those involving any other team this season (five – three for and two against).

– Only Hull City (5) have conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season than Tottenham (4).

– Spurs have conceded more penalties than any other team in the top flight this term (5).

This is a big game for both sides, but I think Tottenham have a lot more to lose than this Hull City side. A loss would be quite detrimental to Tottenham, especially if the performance isn’t up to the standard we demand and expect. The game is being shown live on Sky Sports 1, but I will be providing match updates, videos, photos & much more from my Twitter account, follow me there, here: @AddictedToSpurs. Let’s get three points! COYS!!

My predicted/preferred team to face Hull City at the KC:
4-2-3-1
Lloris
Dier – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Davies
Stambouli – Mason
Lamela – Eriksen – Chadli
Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino speaks to the media ahead of the Hull game:

Match Review, Hull City vs Tottenham.

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.

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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.

Subs:
Kane – N/A.

Hull City 1-1 Tottenham, Match highlights:

Tim Sherwood’s post match interview:

Match Preview, Hull City vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Saturday 1st February 2014. 3pm Kick off.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: KC Stadium.

TV: Not televised.

Another Manchester City capitulation, it’s cliche but it’s the truth, we need to bounce back instantly with a big performance, the players will be down because they know things went against them on Wednesday, but it’s in the past and the positive is we don’t have to play them again! Too good, they’ll win the league. Against Hull City it’s going to be difficult, but our away form has been brilliant and I hope we can continue our good form away from the Lane, we’ve won 5 on the bounce away, a club record, so with that stat I’m confident we can go and win. Last time out against Hull City we won 1-0 at the Lane, a late Roberto Soldado penalty getting us the win in a difficult game with Hull City’s tactics spot on, we had no space. Different times now! We’ve been in great scoring form and with Hull City at home I’d expect them to try and attack us and create opportunities, which would leave space for us to counter attack, which we’ve been extremely good at recently. I am glad we get back into action so soon after the defeat to Manchester City, now we can get back to winning ways instantly against another City, Hull!

Hull City have been great this season, but have recently hit troublesome results and with them, have been dragged back into the relegation battle. They’ve lost 4 Premier League games on the bounce and have only won once in 10 matches, so they’re under a little bit of pressure to perform, especially from their home fans. They are 4 points off the relegation zone while being in 13th place, so it tells you just how tight it is down at the bottom! The team news for Hull City is that Figueroa (muscle) and Brady (groin) are doubtful for the game, with Chester (hamstring), Aluko (achilles) and goalkeeper McGregor (suspended) all out of the match on Saturday. Plus, Jake Livermore is unable to play because he is on loan from Tottenham and can’t play against his parent club. The players that will be key for Hull start with our former midfielder, Tom Huddlestone, he’s been crucial to their team this season and makes them tick, given time he can hurt us with his brilliant range of passing, we have to close him down and make him rush! Also, Shane Long is a good player up-front, he will harry our defence and work hard for chances, we need to keep him quiet, too. Finally, Elmohamady is a flyer on the right hand side, he’s got energy and pace, with the ability to put in a good cross too, with Jelavic and Long in the middle it could cause problems, so Danny Rose will have to be on his game to deal with him.

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The team news for Spurs is good news, after being close to a return against Manchester City, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho and Younes Kaboul are now fit and in contention to start against Hull. Also, Mousa Dembele is fit after a knock against Manchester City and included in the match day squad, with Danny Rose’s red card that he received being rescinded, so he is available for the match. The bad news is that Andros Townsend, Erik Lamela and Sandro remain out and will not feature against the Tigers. With the news of Jan Vertonghen coming back, I’d put him straight into the team along with Paulinho, the two that I would drop out would be Michael Dawson and Nabil Bentaleb, even though I rate Nabil highly I just don’t see a place in the team once Paulinho and Sandro are back, but you never know, Tim seems to love him! Dawson is a great captain, but the reality is, football wise, he is not as good as Jan Vertonghen or at the moment Vlad Chiriches at the back, as for the captaincy, we have good leaders on the pitch, but I’d give it to Jan Vertonghen or Hugo Lloris. Up front, I’d give Roberto Soldado back his place up top with Emmanuel Adebayor, this would see Eriksen go back out to the left hand side, I think Soldado needs game time to show his quality and if he can get a goal it would be a massive boost for us and most importantly him, confidence wise. With two strikers up front we could be able to stretch The Hull back line because the Tigers play three at the back with two flying wing backs, so I’d like to see that tried to start with!

Match Stats and Facts provided by FourFourTwo

– Only one of the last six meetings between Hull and Spurs in all competitions has ended as a home win (three away wins, two draws).

– Tottenham have won their last five Barclays Premier League away matches, their best run since 1960.

– Hull City have been level at half-time in their last six home matches.

– Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick on Spurs’ last visit to the KC Stadium.

– Tottenham are in fifth place in the Premier League table but have a negative goal difference (-1) – the only side in the top nine places to do so.

– Hull City have not had both teams scoring in their last five matches.

– George Boyd is the most used substitute in the division this season (15 times).

– Tottenham’s last Premier League clean sheet away from home came on November 3rd and they have failed to keep one in their six road trips since.

– Spurs have had Over 2.5 goals in their last six away matches.

– Spurs have scored at least once in every Premier League game under Tim Sherwood.

– No team has hit fewer shots on target than Hull this season (71 – level with Cardiff).

– Hull City have conceded first in their last four matches.

– Hull have received a red card in each of their last two Premier League games – this after going 19 PL games without one.

– Since putting six past Fulham; Hull City have gone four league games without a goal.

It’s a big ‘bounce back’ game for Spurs, we need the three points to keep up with the teams above us, the game is not televised but I’ll be sure to provide you with a stream, as well as updates on twitter at @AddictedToSpurs where I’ll give you match updates, pictures, videos and even vines! Let’s get a win! COYS!!

My predicted team to face Hull City at the KC Stadium:
4-4-2
Lloris
Walker – Chiriches – Vertonghen – Rose
Lennon – Paulinho – Dembele – Eriksen
Soldado – Adebayor.

Tim Sherwood’s thoughts previewing our clash with Hull:

Match Review, Tottenham vs Hull City.

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.

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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

Subs:
Chiriches – 6
Kane – 8
Chadli – N/A

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Hull City.

Match: Wednesday 30th October 2013.

Capital One Cup

Feels like just the other day we faced Hull City at Home! Our unconvincing 1-0 win over the Tigers on Sunday was a very frustrating game in the Premier League, but we got the three points and a clean sheet. Now to repeat the process in the League Cup, but hopefully in an easier and less stressful way, a convincing win would fit the bill for this game. Cup competitions split opinion of the fans, some want us to go all out and win a trophy, some want us to play our youth team in the cups and focus 100% on the Premier League. With the squad we have, I believe we have a good chance of winning a trophy this season, whether that’s the League Cup, FA Cup, or dare I say the Premier League I don’t know but I’d love to win one of them. Winning a trophy is what football is all about; emphasised by this quote: ‘The Game is About Glory’. The top four and the Champions League is without a doubt our main aim, but we should certainly be trying very hard to put some more silverware into our trophy cabinet.

Hull City showed us on Sunday that they are a good side that can press very well and make it difficult for their opposition, they are well organised and have players that can create opportunities. They lack a goalscorer, that’s for sure, but their midfield is very solid. In the Capital One Cup I expect Hull to play a weakened side, their main aim is to stay in the Premier League and any other competition could well distract from that, although I have no doubt that they will try very hard to win with the side they put out, they wouldn’t be devastated with a loss I wouldn’t think.

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Rotation is very much expected from Andre Villas Boas. This seems the perfect game to rest his key players ahead of a very testing game against Everton at Goodison Park that will be one of our biggest challenges of the season. AVB should rest as many first teamers as possible for this clash with Hull, and when he does this we will still have a strong team to put out. The joys of a deep squad. Erik Lamela hasn’t sprung into life yet, as he is finding it difficult to settle, although now his family have arrived in England this should help. Our record signing has undoubted ability, but as AVB said, he isn’t showing ‘half’ of what he can do, hopefully he gives us a little taste of what he can do at White Hart Lane on Wednesday should he start. Emmanuel Adebayor is back training and in the squad for this game; I’d expect Manu to start, and hopefully show some of the form he has been capable of pre last season. Adebayor is a player that, if he hits form, could be a great asset to the team. Younes Kaboul, Etienne Capoue and Danny Rose are all very close to coming back into the squad, but this game could have come too early for them as they continue their recovery. It’d be great to see at least one in the squad. Ezequiel Fryers is a doubt, but Andros Townsend should be fit for the game, but Townsend is very likely to be rested after his nasty fall on Sunday which sprained his wrist.

A game we want to win to continue in the cup! Wembley is always a great occasion, so let’s strive for it! Sadly, the game is not televised, but I’ll be sure to find a stream for you all and I’ll post it on my twitter account (@AddictedtoSpurs). Make sure you follow me there for team news, match updates, pictures and video updates. COYS!!

Match Facts provided by BBC Sport.

– This is the first meeting in the League Cup for Spurs and Hull.

– Hull have only won once at White Hart Lane – a 1-0 victory in their first-ever season in the Premier League in October 2008.
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– Spurs have not lost in 90 minutes at home in the League Cup since losing 3-1 to Birmingham City in October 2000 – a run of 18 matches.

– Before beating Aston Villa in the last round, Tottenham were knocked out in their preceding four League Cup matches against top-flight opposition.

– Spurs have won the competition four times in 1971, 1973 , 1999 and 2008.

– Hull have reached the fourth round of the League Cup for the first time since 1977-78, when they lost 5-1 at Arsenal.

– The Tigers have been eliminated on six of the last seven occasions that they have faced Premier League opposition in this competition.

– That win came at Wigan Athletic in August 2008, the only occasion they have won over 90 minutes away from home against top flight opposition in 20 League Cup matches.

My predicted/preferred team to face Hull City at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup:
4-4-2
Friedel
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Naughton
Lamela – Paulinho – Dembele – Chadli
Adebayor – Defoe