Away to Hull City, Spurs had a long way to travel for this victory.
It was a reunion of old players such as Dawson, Huddlestone and Livermore. Where one of the three got on the score sheet to Tottenham’s dismay. However, Kane and Eriksen combined to help Tottenham on their way to another away win. Glorious.
Early on, Dembele experiences the high pressure in his own half from Hull, whose pass took a Dier intervention to save the day. Spurs broke later on, Mason driving up the pitch, whose pass fell short. Then Tottenham shortly regained possession, Soldado outside of the box shot into the keepers grasp.
Jake Livermore started against his old club and scored against them in the 8th minute. It was a good strike from outside the box, his celebrations subdued and respectful against his former club. Spurs were being outperformed early on in the game and this goal proved it. Poor.
Possession of the ball was poor. Even when Spurs held onto the ball, the players often weren’t fast enough or used the wrong option. However, crisper football in the 14th minute saw fast exchanges of passes, allowing Kane to muster a shot on goal. The Spurs faithful’s renditions buoying the team.
Lloris made a mistake when he failed to catch the ball from a free kick. He perhaps shouldn’t have come out to meet it. Davies cleared to rescue his captain. Lloris makes up for his mistake when he dives to prevent Brady from scoring. Spurs fail to clear, forcing Lloris into another save. Ben Arfa skies the rebound.
Through the eye of a needle, Eriksen very nearly threaded Soldado through onto goal. It was a symbol of the Tottenham performance of the half, perhaps trying to over complicate things. But, the pass was very close to completion unlike Tottenham to the goal. Spurs entered a goal down at half time. Improvement was needed.
Improvement did occur in the second half. A flowing move up the field started by sub Chiriches saw Eriksen just edged out in the Hull box. Eriksen then set up Harry Kane, who was well tackled by ex-Spur Michael Dawson.
Gaston Ramires was red carded, after an off the ball scrap with Vertonghen. The assistant referee flagged straightaway, promptly speaking to the referee. Surely this will benefit Tottenham’s performance?
Inevitably, the Spurs pressure began to grow. Vlad Chiriches saw more of the ball going forward than Eric Dier, who he replaced at half time. Mason curved a lovely ball to Soldado, who perhaps went with the wrong foot to try and convert the cross.
Eriksen’s free-kick looked to have been beaten by the post, but Harry Kane was on his toes to convert the rebound. Spurs had equalised after that red card, which really seemed to help them on the way to scoring it.
After a good Chiriches cross, Soldado just pushed the ball past the post. It was unlucky, but he perhaps should have scored. Lennon then clipped a delightful ball to Kane, who like Soldado, should have scored. Later, Lamela was slotted in by Davies, who blasted a weak footed shot over the bar. This was just the highlights of the host of chances Spurs had.
Spurs grabbed the winner in true ‘Spursy’ style. Late on, with minutes to go, Eriksen scores on his 50th appearance. It was a great finish into the bottom corner. The players flew in celebration to the away fans, who were raving madly at the goal.
Lloris: Made some good saves, but dropped two balls which for an international standard keeper may be considered poor (Good)
Dier: Lost possession, made some needless fouls, shaky. Subbed at HT. (Poor)
Fazio: Strong. Had a solid game. (Good)
Vertonghen: Another good performance from Jan. (Good)
Davies: Worked hard, tackling and getting up and down the left wing providing width on an otherwise empty left wing at times (Good)
Dembele: Strong, composed. Moved the ball well.(Average)
Mason: Kept Spurs moving forward with direct runs and passes, carried fighting on toward the end carrying a knock (Good)
Eriksen: Good passing, inventive, the only Spurs player who really looked like creating a goal and did. (MOTM)
Lamela: Passionate, tackled well in own half, causing defenders problems in the opponents half (Good)
Soldado: Missed his chances, but fought well during the game. (Average)
Kane: Scored once again. Worked hard throughout. (Good)
Paulinho: Kept the ball ticking over (Sub-Average)
Aaron Lennon: Provided Spurs with more width and pace. Changed the game. (Excellent)
Vlad Chiriches: A much better performance. Look comfortable at right back, storming up and down the right flank. (Sub-Good)
By Declan Wiseman