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Hull   1 - 5   Tottenham

By Sam Lyon

Jermain Defoe
Defoe celebrates his crucial second just before half time at the KC Stadium

Jermain Defoe was at his clinical best as Tottenham made it two wins from two by routing Hull City at the KC Stadium.

The striker gave Spurs a deserved lead with a neat turn and shot, before Wilson Palacios strode through to smash in his first goal in English football.

Stephen Hunt's free-kick drifted in to give Hull a lifeline, but Defoe strolled through to fire home and restore the visitors' two-goal cushion.

Robbie Keane's header made it four and Defoe then slammed in a hat-trick goal.

It is only the second time in 14 years that Tottenham have kicked off the season with two wins, and it is in stark contrast to the start they made last campaign when they went eight games without a victory.

Their victory over Liverpool on Sunday may have impressed the critics, but it is the Londoners' away form that has to improve if they are to make an impression further up the league this season.

Brown 'devastated by devastating' Spurs

And even if Hull, without a win at the KC Stadium since December, are often generous opponents at home, the nature of the win will doubtless encourage manager Harry Redknapp.

Defoe was the key in a one-sided start, the striker - fresh from two goals for England this time last week - collected Tom Huddlestone's pass for the opener, turned inside Michael Turner and powered the ball into the far corner.

He then started the move that led to the second minutes later, Palacios eventually dashing on to Keane's pass and lashing in at the near post left-footed.

It prompted a change from Hull boss Phil Brown as he attempted to stop the visitors running riot - and it paid immediate dividends.

Substitute Geovanni's all-action display, full of the passion that had eluded the hosts from the first whistle, inspired his team-mates and, not long after, they pulled a goal back when Hunt's free-kick eluded everyone and bounced into the far corner.

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Suddenly Hull looked a completely different proposition and, but for a last-gasp saving tackle from Alan Hutton, could well have drawn level as Vedran Corluka's error let in Hunt 12 yards from goal with Spurs keeper Carlo Cudicini exposed.

Caleb Folan was causing Sebastien Bassong problems with his physicality, and the likes of Luka Modric and Huddlestone no longer had the freedom of the KC to dictate matters.

And that will have made Tottenham's third goal all the more frustrating for Brown, who watched on from the sidelines aghast as Keane's flick eluded defender Turner and found Defoe strolling through the middle to score with ease.

The goal appeared to knock the stuffing out of the hosts, and much of the second half was dictated by Tottenham's playmakers - Modric, Huddlestone and Keane all impressing.

We were fantastic tonight - Redknapp

Hull's biggest threat always looked like coming from set-pieces, and so it proved when Geovanni latched onto Turner's flick to guide a header towards the top corner, only for Cudicini, on for the injured Heurelho Gomes, to tip it over the bar.

Still Spurs were a constant force in attack, and after Defoe had seen his goal-bound flick from Aaron Lennon's cross deflected behind by Turner's lunge, Keane grabbed a deserved first of the season.

The Irishman began and ended the counter-attack, eventually running on to Aaron Lennon's precise clipped cross to glance a header past Boaz Myhill.

It was no more than his side deserved, and all that remained to see was whether Defoe could grab his first Tottenham hat-trick.

Defoe revels in 'best ever' hat-trick

The 26-year-old duly obliged in stoppage time, thundering home from 20 yards from Lennon's tee-up to underline the visitors' dominance.

For their part, Hull will be hoping an alarming run of form that has seen them secure only one win in 24 matches is arrested sharply - starting with Bolton at home on Saturday.


Hull City boss Phil Brown:
"I don't think, hand on heart, 5-1 flattered Tottenham tonight - they were fabulous.

"It's difficult to say to our boys to go out there and do what Spurs do because the gulf in class looks alarming. The fact is, though, that anyone who played Spurs tonight will have got a hiding, I think.

"Luckily we don't have to play Tottenham every week. Next up we have Bolton, where we'll need to dig in and respond that's for sure."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:
"It really was a fantastic performance from us tonight. The way we moved the ball, passed the ball, hit them with pace and skill, we were terrific.

"It was good to see Wilson Palacios score, he offers us so much, and Robbie Keane too has been great.

"But Jermain is flying at the moment. Physically he is stronger than I've ever seen him and he's absolutely unplayable right now.

"You can never tell until the season starts how you're going to get on, but against Liverpool we were terrific and tonight even better. But it's another big game next up and our focus is on that now."


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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 1-5 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-3)
  • Hunt 25
  • Defoe 10
  • Palacios 14
  • Defoe 45
  • Keane 78
  • Defoe 90+4

Hull

Substitutes

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 24,735
HULL
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • Hull 38%
  • Tottenham 62%

Attempts on target

  • Hull 7
  • Tottenham 12

Attempts off target

  • Hull 2
  • Tottenham 6

Corners

  • Hull 6
  • Tottenham 5

Fouls

  • Hull 23
  • Tottenham 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:40 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:29 The assist for the goal came from Aaron Lennon.
  • 90:00+3:29 GOAL - Jermain DefoeHull 1 - 5 Tottenham Jermain Defoe finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Hull 1-5 Tottenham.
  • 90:00+2:17 Foul by Seyi Olofinjana on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. Aaron Lennon takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+1:57 David Bentley has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
  • 90:00+0:45 Peter Crouch fouled by Anthony Gardner, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 90:00+0:28 Nick Barmby sends in a cross, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 88:49 David Bentley takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Michael Turner.
  • 88:43 The ball is delivered by Alan Hutton, clearance by Bernard Mendy.
  • 86:48 Unfair challenge on Deiberson Geovanni by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Hunt from right wing, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 86:26 Caleb Folan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlo Cudicini. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:09 Centre by Bernard Mendy, Nick Barmby takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 84:41 Unfair challenge on Kamel Fathi Ghilas by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 83:36 Substitution David Bentley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luka Modric.
  • 83:36 Caleb Folan is caught offside. Vedran Corluka restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:06 Peter Crouch fouled by Anthony Gardner, the ref awards a free kick. Vedran Corluka takes the free kick.
  • 81:40 Aaron Lennon delivers the ball, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
  • 81:24 Unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Kamel Fathi Ghilas results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 79:59 Substitution Peter Crouch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robbie Keane.
  • 77:40 Assist on the goal came from Aaron Lennon.
  • 77:40 GOAL - Robbie KeaneHull 1 - 4 Tottenham Robbie Keane grabs a headed goal from close range. Hull 1-4 Tottenham.
  • 77:36 The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon,
  • 77:04 Stephen Hunt takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Vedran Corluka manages to make a clearance.
  • 76:55 Centre by Stephen Hunt, blocked by Alan Hutton.
  • 75:39 Alan Hutton fouled by Kamel Fathi Ghilas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 74:12 Shot by Caleb Folan. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 73:28 Effort from inside the area by Jermain Defoe misses to the right of the target.
  • 73:07 Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 72:45 Stephen Hunt has a drilled shot. Luka Modric gets a block in.
  • 71:31 Corner from the right by-line taken by Luka Modric, Boaz Myhill makes a save.
  • 71:24 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, clearance made by Michael Turner.
  • 70:54 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 69:54 Kamel Fathi Ghilas challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 69:39 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 69:23 Deiberson Geovanni takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 68:47 Substitution George Boateng leaves the field to be replaced by Kamel Fathi Ghilas.
  • 67:32 Strike comes in from Deiberson Geovanni from the free kick, save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 67:32 Booking The referee shows Alan Hutton a yellow card.
  • 67:22 Alan Hutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt.
  • 66:51 Luka Modric delivers the ball, clearance made by Michael Turner.
  • 65:56 The offside flag is raised against Jermain Defoe. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 65:24 Booking Booking for Caleb Folan.
  • 65:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Caleb Folan on Alan Hutton. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
  • 64:32 Wilson Palacios delivers the ball, Foul by Luka Modric on Michael Turner, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
  • 63:44 Tom Huddlestone has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 63:44 Booking Booking for Michael Turner.
  • 63:36 Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Michael Turner results in a free kick.
  • 63:19 Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, George Boateng manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:59 Shot from just outside the box by Luka Modric goes over the target.
  • 61:32 Short corner worked by Luka Modric.
  • 61:19 Shot by Tom Huddlestone. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
  • 60:14 Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermain Defoe. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 59:18 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line, clearance by Vedran Corluka.
  • 59:11 Stephen Hunt delivers the ball, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
  • 57:03 The assistant referee signals for offside against Deiberson Geovanni. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 55:30 Deiberson Geovanni gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon. Vedran Corluka restarts play with the free kick.
  • 54:30 Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric to the near post, Bernard Mendy manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:24 Robbie Keane crosses the ball, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
  • 53:25 Booking Robbie Keane goes into the referee's book.
  • 53:17 Foul by Robbie Keane on Nick Barmby, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
  • 52:09 Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line, save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 51:34 Foul by Sebastien Bassong on Caleb Folan, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
  • 50:51 Short corner worked by Luka Modric.
  • 50:46 A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance.
  • 49:40 Stephen Hunt delivers the ball.
  • 48:30 The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton.
  • 46:41 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luka Modric, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
  • 46:41 Booking Stephen Hunt is booked.
  • 46:35 Alan Hutton fouled by Stephen Hunt, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 46:20 The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 46:05 Jermain Defoe produces a cross, clearance made by Andy Dawson.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Nick Barmby replaces Steven Mouyokolo.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:15 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+2:47 Steven Mouyokolo concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Keane. Sebastien Bassong restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+2:09 The referee blows for offside. Michael Turner takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:54 Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermain Defoe. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:06 Assist on the goal came from Robbie Keane.
  • 44:06 GOAL - Jermain DefoeHull 1 - 3 Tottenham Jermain Defoe fires in a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hull 1-3 Tottenham.
  • 43:35 Stephen Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios. Alan Hutton takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:30 Centre by Stephen Hunt, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
  • 41:38 Caleb Folan challenges Wilson Palacios unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastien Bassong takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:16 Steven Mouyokolo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Direct free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 40:06 A cross is delivered by Bernard Mendy, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
  • 39:27 The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 39:06 The ball is swung over by Bernard Mendy, Caleb Folan takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 38:44 Alan Hutton challenges Deiberson Geovanni unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Turner.
  • 38:32 The ball is sent over by Jermain Defoe, clearance made by Andy Dawson.
  • 37:35 George Boateng fouled by Wilson Palacios, the ref awards a free kick. Deiberson Geovanni delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 37:08 Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner. Andy Dawson takes the free kick.
  • 36:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong by Caleb Folan. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:10 Wilson Palacios challenges George Boateng unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
  • 32:15 Deiberson Geovanni gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
  • 31:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by George Boateng. Free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
  • 29:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bernard Mendy on Luka Modric. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
  • 29:09 Unfair challenge on Deiberson Geovanni by Vedran Corluka results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
  • 27:23 Effort on goal by Aaron Lennon from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 25:46 Tom Huddlestone fouled by Deiberson Geovanni, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 25:17 The assistant referee signals for offside against Robbie Keane. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
  • 24:01 GOAL - Stephen HuntHull 1 - 2 Tottenham Stephen Hunt gets on the score sheet with a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Hull 1-2 Tottenham.
  • 23:35 Unfair challenge on Deiberson Geovanni by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt,
  • 22:50 Stephen Hunt has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 21:05 Substitution Deiberson Geovanni replaces Daniel Cousin.
  • 20:53 Shot by Jermain Defoe from outside the box goes high over the target.
  • 18:23 Luka Modric has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 17:52 Stephen Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:32 Substitution Heurelho Gomes leaves the field to be replaced by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 13:35 Assist by Robbie Keane.
  • 13:35 GOAL - Wilson PalaciosHull 0 - 2 Tottenham Wilson Palacios grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hull 0-2 Tottenham.
  • 13:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana by Tom Huddlestone. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
  • 10:21 Effort on goal by Daniel Cousin from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 9:16 Tom Huddlestone provided the assist for the goal.
  • 9:16 GOAL - Jermain DefoeHull 0 - 1 Tottenham Jermain Defoe gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hull 0-1 Tottenham.
  • 7:13 Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt, Michael Turner takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 5:34 Effort on goal by Jermain Defoe from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 3:22 The ball is swung over by Robbie Keane.
  • 2:13 Shot by Luka Modric. Steven Mouyokolo gets a block in.
  • 2:05 Jermain Defoe crosses the ball.
  • 1:17 The official flags Aaron Lennon offside. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Tottenham 2 5 6
2 Chelsea 2 3 6
3 Arsenal 1 5 3
4 Liverpool 2 3 3
5 Man City 1 2 3
6 West Ham 1 2 3
7 Wigan 2 1 3
8 Fulham 1 1 3
9 Birmingham 2 0 3
10 Man Utd 2 0 3
11 Sunderland 2 -1 3
12 Burnley 2 -1 3
13 Wolverhampton 2 -1 3
14 Stoke 2 -2 3
15 Bolton 1 -1 0
16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
17 Blackburn 1 -2 0
18 Portsmouth 2 -2 0
19 Hull 2 -5 0
20 Everton 1 -5 0

Premier League results

19 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 1-0 Portsmouth R
Burnley 1-0 Man Utd R
Hull 1-5 Tottenham R
Liverpool 4-0 Stoke R

see also
Wednesday football as it happened
19 Aug 09 |  Football
Wednesday football photos
19 Aug 09 |  Premier League


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