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Hull v Tottenham as it happened

Hull 1-2 Tottenham


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By Caroline Cheese

2210: Right then. I'll be off. See you tomorrow for the return of the Champions League, plus a lil bit of FA Cup.

2207: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is understandably delighted with the victory. He blames his side's poor defending from set-pieces on their lack of height. He is still whinging that Spurs have to play so many games in so little time. That's what happens when you advance in cup competitions, Harry. Nightmare eh?

2203: It's a dead heat over on Player Rater with Hull's Michael Turner and Tottenham's Aaron Lennon neck and neck on 6.93. Carlo Cudicini's flapping at crosses earns him a miserable 4.67. I'm tipping Jonathan Woodgate to overtake everyone in about 10 minutes.
Hull v Tottenham Player Rater

2158: Jonathan Woodgate's 86th-minute winner moves Spurs up two places to 14th, five points clear of the relegation zone. Hull remain a place above, six points clear, but they are now without a league win in 10 games.

2156: FULL-TIME Hull 1-2 Tottenham

2156: The home fans want a penalty as Geovanni goes over in the box as he tries to get on the end of a flick-on. It's a desperate shout though and not even the Hull players appeal.

2155: "Stop whinging about the game Cheese, it's had an amazing amount of corners. What more do you want?"
Tom, a nervous Tottenham fan, via text on 81111

2153: Spurs fans will have their hearts in their mouths as Hull win a corner. Carlo Cudicini could catch it, but punches instead. Odd. Hull win a throw-in but Spurs eventually clear.

2152: Massive cheer from the home fans as the fourth official's board tells us there will be four minutes of added time.

2152: "Re 2141: Get a grip Cheese, you've got the best job in the world. Wish i could sit around watching football and typing inane comments onto a laptop for a living. You're not one of football's expanding number of gloryhunting connoisseurs who's only happy when they're watching the top four/Champions League are you?"
Anon via text on 81111

2149: Eventful few minutes for Jonathan Woodgate. He now leaves the pitch with blood pouring from a head wound after a collision with team-mate Vedran Corluka. Michael Dawson will replace him, and joins brother Andy on the pitch.

2147: GOAL Hull 1-2 Tottenham
Another short corner, another Tottenham goal. This time, Spurs work it all away over to the left wing where Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the cross for Jonathan Woodgate to rise magnificently above the defender and head home. What a vital goal that could be...

2144: Roman Pavlyuchenko accidentally clashes heads with Andy Dawson in the centre circle, leaving the Hull defender flat on his back. A spot of treatment and he should be fine.

2143: Nine minutes remaining, and Tottenham seem to have gone off the boil, allowing Hull back into it.

2141: On Saturday, I watched Middlesbrough v Wigan in its entirety. Now this. I don't know when or how I upset the gods of football, but I hope they get over it by tomorrow when the Champions League returns. Anyway, here comes another change: Manucho on for Richard Garcia.

2138: Another corner, another chance, Kamil Zayatte meets the corner from the right with a header which comes back off the far post.

2136: "There is a point in your youth when you realise you're not a good enough footballer to be a professional. Games like this make you think 'maybe I was wrong'."
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2133: On comes Pavlyuchenko, off goes Darren Bent after a largely anonymous display - apart from the expert way in which he kicked off the second half of course.

2132: The ball falls for Robbie Keane in the box but he can't get it under control and Anthony Gardner can clear. Looks like Roman Pavlyuchenko will be on in a tick.

2131: Kamil Zayatte runs into the back of Jermaine Jenas long after the ball has gone, and might count himself a bit lucky to avoid a yellow.

2129: Bernard Mendy replaces Daniel Cousin for Hull. I think that means Richard Garcia will play up front.

2128: Close. Very close. Tottenham win a free-kick to the right of the goal and Luka Modric lofts it towards Vedran Corluka whose header comes back off the bar.

2126: Robbie Keane plays Aaron Lennon into space on the right with a lovely pass but the winger's cross comes off the first man. Lennon has his hands on his head after that, as indeed do most Spurs fans I imagine.

2123: Luka Modric is appealing for a handball as his cross comes off Sam Ricketts' arm. The defender had his back turned with his arm wrapped behind it, so that would have been very harsh.

2121: Carlo Cudicini comes to meet a corner with a sort of volleyball spike, which fortunately for Spurs doesn't land anywhere near a Hull player. Not exactly convincing though.

2117: Darren Bent closes down Matt Duke and the Hull keeper kicks straight to Robbie Keane. The striker immediately tries a long-distance lob but gets it all wrong and the ball dribbles harmlessly wide.

2115: "Re 2107: Was the kick-off Bent's first completed pass?"
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2113: Robbie Keane picks out Wilson Palacios on the edge of the box and his thunderous shot smacks into Anthony Gardner. The former Spurs man is knocked off his feet by the force of that one.

2112: And now Hull have a corner. Carlo Cudicini flaps again - and two Spurs players throw themselves in the way of Kevin Kilbane's shot.

2109: Jermaine Jenas beats three defenders as he jinks his way into the area. His cross is deflected behind for Tottenham's second corner in quick succession. Hull clear it, but the ball comes back in and Darren Bent turns and shoots straight at Matt Duke.

2109: "Spurs are already playing with a bit more purpose, trying to get the ball in behind and force the issue."
Danny Mills on BBC 5 Live

2107: Darren Bent and Robbie Keane get the game back under way.

2103: "Re 2026: I'm living in Germany and as exciting as the Bundesliga is, the defending is appalling! Spurs would fit right in actually."
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2059: "Just looking at the individual player stats for the first half, apparently Bent's contribution to the half was five passes all incomplete!"
Tim, Loughborough, via text on 81111
And that 100% record has earned him top billing on Player Rater. Well done Dazzler!

2056: No Danny the Stat, no Macca, so I'll tell you myself that Darren Bent is improbably leading the way over on Player Rater. What are you lot like eh?! He's the only man "breaking the seven". A miserable bunch of fours, fives and sixes elsewhere. You know what to do...
Hull v Tottenham Player Rater

2050: "Both teams have got to defend set-pieces much, much better. For me, Tottenham need something - maybe a substitution. They've lost their spark."
Danny Mills on BBC 5 Live

2049: HALF-TIME Hull 1-1 Tottenham

2047: My colleague has just pointed out that it isn't difficult to beat a Tottenham wall containing little, tiny Aaron Lennon. Mind you, Dawson did also have to deal with Benoit Assou-Ekotto's Fellaini-rivalling hair.

2046: Kevin Kilbane goes on a driving run in midfield and is brought to earth by Luka Modric about 30 yards out. Yellow card for Modric. Andy Dawson gets his free-kick over the wall but the effort is high and wide.

2044: "Re 2026: Be sure to go to Bremen. Werder average 4.31 goals at home games, for just 15 quid..."
Mario via text on 81111
Seriously... Who's coming to Bremen?

2042: Hull break quickly and Dean Marney swings over the cross from the right, but Sam Ricketts' glancing header spins wide. Replays show Phil Brown shadow-heading the ball in, before making his feelings very clear about Ricketts' effort.

2041: Another tricky short corner from Tottenham, this time from the right. Luka Modric beats his man but his ball across the box is cut out.

2038: "Hull are very much in the ascendancy," says Danny Mills on BBC 5 Live. Mills also reveals that the reason he calls Vedran Corluka 'Charlie' is because when he was at Manchester City, they couldn't think of another nickname for him and Charlie was easier to say than Vedran.

2033: Can either of these teams defend a corner? Hull go walkabout this time. The ball falls to Jonathan Woodgate but he doesn't have time to react, and sees his effort fly over.

2032: "Re 2028: Cudicini has caught a bad case of Gomes-itis!"
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2031: Hull striker Daniel Cousin wallops a volley about a foot over, with Carlo Cudicini beaten. Close...

2028: GOAL Hull 1-1 Tottenham
Vedran Corluka has no need to go anywhere near a cross coming over the right but accidentally allows it to come off his knee. That gives Hull a corner and they immediately win another one. Carlo Cudicini flaps at Andy Dawson's dangerous delivery and the ball comes off Wilson Palacios and Michael Turner bundles in from close range.

2026: "Re 1950: As at 5 January this year, goal ratio for La Liga was 2.93, Serie A 2.46, Bundesliga 3.01 and Ligue 1 2.16."
Cen via text on 81111
I'm off to Germany. See you later.

2024: Newcastle's coaching team of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood are at the KC Stadium. The Magpies don't play Hull until 14 March. That's preparation for you... Still, what else are you going to do on a Monday night?

2020: A real blow for Hull, who had most of the possession in the opening 15 minutes. Shocking defending though.

2018: GOAL Hull 0-1 Tottenham
Hull pay the highest price possible for leaving Aaron Lennon all on his own on the edge of the box. Luka Modric plays a one-two with Robbie Keane from a short corner and passes it to the winger, who lashes a fierce shot into the top of the net. Great strike, but he had all the time in the world to measure it up.

2015: Almost a calamity at the back for Spurs. Jonathan Woodgate's header back to Carlo Cudicini goes past the keeper, but Cudicini scrambles back to recover the ball.

2014: Vedran Corluka does well to get ahead of Kevin Kilbane at the far post to head an inswinging cross out for a corner.

2011: Nasty clash of heads between Wilson Palacios and Kamil Zayatte. Both get back to their feet after a minute or two, and should be OK to continue.

2009: Andy Dawson fouls Aaron Lennon for the second time in two minutes and referee Lee Probert brings out the yellow card.

2008: Aaron Lennon is caught late by Andy 'Brother of Michael' Dawson right by the managers' dug-outs. That gives Tottenham the chance to get a foothold into the game.

2005: Richard Garcia works himself a shooting opportunity after cutting in from the left but it's deflected behind. Garcia's header from the corner falls to Anthony Gardner, who opts to hook it back across goal instead of going for goal, and Tottenham survive.

2002: Off we go then.

1958: Robbie Keane leads out the Tottenham team, having taken over the captaincy from Ledley King.

1954: "I honestly think this has been one of the best Premier League seasons yet. I think once we get into April and you see eight teams fighting for survival and three or four battling for the Champions League spots we're going to see some classic games."
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1950: I believe the average number of goals per game this season is 2.3, down from three last season. Not sure how that compares to La Liga and Serie A.
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1947: "Re 1915: It is the lack of goals that bothers me. How many goals this week? Only 15 so far. Less than two per game. I bet the average goals per game this season probably around two. It is very low compared to the Spanish and Italian leagues."
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1944: Some stats for you: Hull have the worst home form in the Premier League, having beaten only Fulham, West Ham and Middlesbrough. Tottenham are on a run of four straight away defeats. They last won on their travels at West Ham, which was also the only time they've kept a clean sheet away from home.

1936: "Cudicini starts over Gomes. Does this mean he is our new number 1?"
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1933: "Re 1915: It's been a great season I reckon, all bar the inevitable Man U dominance, and to be fair to them, if winning your next 12 games without a slip and a ridiculous clean sheet record is a "canter" then I'd sure as hell like to see them gallop! And I'd defend the likes of Spurs and Portsmouth a wee bit in that far from them being that rubbish, its been the performances of Hull, Stoke, Fulham etc that have raised the standard of the Premier League once again."
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1929: TEAM NEWS Hull v Tottenham
Hull make three changes from the team that drew with Sheffield United in the FA Cup. Matt Duke replaces Bo Myhill in goal, while Kevin Kilbane and Ian Ashbee come into the midfield in place of Bernard Mendy and Geovanni. Tottenham give a start to Ledley King, as Michael Dawson drops to the bench, while Darren Bent starts up front alongside Robbie Keane.

1925: Jermain-The-Foe (see below), I think Sherwood went on to say that to win the game, the Spurs players would have to match Hull's work-rate and attitude. Put in that context, he's not far off the mark.

1923: "Tim Sherwood, the Tottenham assistant first team coach, says Spurs have to WIN tonight and says that Spurs do have better players than Hull City. What do you think of that Caroline?"
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1920: TEAMS Hull v Tottenham
Hull: Duke, Ricketts, Turner, Gardner, Dawson, Marney, Ashbee, Zayatte, Kilbane, Garcia, Cousin. Subs: Myhill, Doyle, Barmby, Geovanni, Halmosi, Manucho, Mendy.
Tottenham: Cudicini, Corluka, Woodgate, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas, Palacios, Modric, Keane, Bent. Subs: Gomes, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Dawson, Chimbonda.

1915: Hello. I am a troubled Cheese. I'm wondering if this is shaping up to be one of the worst Premier League seasons ever. Manchester United look like they'll win the title at a canter, their rivals fading one by one into the distance. Meanwhile, the entire bottom half of the table are engaged in an unedifying battle to find out who's more rubbish. Could Hull v Tottenham restore my faith in Premier League 08/09? You never know...

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Premier League table
Sunday, 3 November 2013 17:56 UK
    P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 10 13 25
2 Chelsea 10 8 20
3 Liverpool 10 7 20
4 Tottenham 10 4 20

5 Man City 10 17 19

6 Southampton 10 7 19
7 Everton 10 4 19
8 Man Utd 10 4 17
9 Newcastle 10 -2 14
10 Hull City 10 -2 14
11 West Brom 10 0 13
12 Cardiff 10 -4 12
13 Swansea 10 0 11
14 Aston Villa 10 -3 11
15 West Ham 10 0 10
16 Fulham 10 -5 10
17 Stoke 10 -4 9

18 Norwich 10 -14 8
19 Sunderland 10 -15 4
20 Crystal Palace 10 -15 3

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Hull 1-2 Tottenham
23 Feb 09 |  Premier League

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