Spurs 3-0 Hull City: (match report)
The trialling of a new formation for Spurs done Mauricio Pochettino’s side no harm at all last night as his side eased past Hull City, to record a comprehensive 3-0 victory at the Lane. It was a game in which the Lilywhites dominated from the offing, starting well from early on and the lads attacking intent was rewarded on 14 minutes as we took the lead through Christian Eriksen. Pochettino’s decision to play our fullbacks higher up seemed to be working as Danny Rose surged forward down the left wing and into the area after receiving a pass from Vertonghen. Rose cut inside the area before laying the ball off to Christian Eriksen, who emphatically lashed the ball home into the roof of the net from 15 yards out, to put Spurs one up. We continued to control the game in the following minutes but Mike Phelan’s side knew they had to go forward if they were to salvage anything from the game, the Tigers tried their luck on a few occasions, coming closest to levelling in the 33rd minute. Former Spurs player Jake Livermore forced Hugo Lloris to produce a fine save as Livermore hit a low effort on target from close range, which Lloris tipped behind with a smart save from down low.
However, just three minutes later Spurs almost doubled their advantage at the other end after Dele Alli was found with a wonderfully timed ball by Eric Dier. Dele controlled the ball well on his chest before bringing it down and weaving inside, Dele then fired a low effort at goal which Marshall denied with a decent save. Spurs were slow and uninspiring at the beginning of the second half with the Lillywhites lacking the energy to go forward and get a second. Spurs fans were left with their hearts in their mouths on the hour mark after Hull went on a dangerous counter attack, following a moment of controversy at the other end, where Eriksen was brought down by Robertson but the referee saw nothing in it, much to the annoyance of the Spurs crowd. From the edge of Spurs’ penalty area Hull went forward through Diomande who slipped the ball through to Livermore whose first shot was blocked, before the midfielder fired the rebound at goal. Hugo Lloris was forced in to making a fine save with his leg.
Spurs knew that they were in need of a second goal and that second goal came just three minutes after Hull’s chance, when Christian Eriksen got his second of the game to double Spurs’ advantage. Walker whipped in a low cross from the right which flew past the goalkeeper and the defenders, with Eriksen in the right position to tap the ball home. Eriksen still in search of his first club hat trick of his career, turned provider ten minutes later as the Dane forced an excellent save out of David Marshall, with a curling free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Eriksen’s excellent effort was acrobatically tipped on to the post by Marshall, with the ball rebounding into the path of Victor Wanyama who hit the ball into the back of the net with his second goal of the season to cap off a fine night at the Lane, the final score Spurs 3-0 Hull City.
Last night’s performance showed just how good our team really is, Pochettino’s side played very well despite only playing in second gear and it was an excellent team performance with some wonderful individual displays. None more so than Christian Eriksen, Eriksen was superb last night his movement, vision and creativity were first rate as to was his shooting in front of goal. Eriksen has really begun to flourish over the past few matches; he has now scored five goals in his last four games. Both wingbacks were excellent last night; two of the three goals were created by both Danny Rose and Kyle Walker. They were defensively impeccable last night, but it was their offensive performance which I was so impressed with. I think that they’ve been our best players this season and without doubt our two most consistent.
My Motm: Christian Eriksen, this wasn’t a hard decision to make as the Denmark interational was superb yet again last night, scoring two and assisting once, Eriksen is in excellent form scoring five goals in his last four games.
Spurs (3-4-2-1): Lloris (c); Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Walker, Wanyama, Eriksen, Rose; Dele (Winks 62), Sissoko (Onomah 85); Kane (Son 74). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Nkoudou.
Hull (5-3-2): Marshall; Elmohamady, Maguire, Dawson (c), Davies, Robertson; Huddlestone, Livermore (Meyler 74), Clucas (Mason 66); Snodgrass (Bowen 84), Diomande. Substitutes (not used): Jakupovic, Maloney, Weir, Henriksen.
Goals: Spurs – Eriksen 14, 63, Wanyama 73.
Yellow cards: Hull – Maguire, Davies.
Referee: Andre Marriner.