Defoe and Tottenham came up against a Hull goalkeeper at the top of his game
By Harry Reekie
Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill was the hero for Hull as Tottenham's Champions League ambitions were dealt another blow.
The Wales international denied Wilson Palacios and Robbie Keane just before half-time with a brilliant double stop.
Luka Modric's effort was also pushed wide after the break before Keane was again thwarted from close range.
But Myhill saved the best until last, brilliantly tipping over Peter Crouch's powerful header from Niko Kranjcar's free-kick as Hull held on for a point.
Myhill was rightly congratulated by his team-mates at the final whistle with the home players no doubt wondering what else they could have done.
Game was a bit of a blur - Myhill
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will at least be glad to have the focus back on football after being charged with tax evasion earlier in the week, a saga that surely will not have helped his side's preparation for the match.
Another clean sheet does equal the hosts' Premier League record of five in a row but their manager will be more concerned with a failure to convert chances at the other end.
Hull, meanwhile, will be delighted with a point after a battling display although the Tigers are still very much in trouble at the wrong end of the table.
However, the absence of striker Jozy Altidore - who is trying to track down relatives caught up in the Haiti earthquake - will add more than a touch of perspective.
Spurs won 5-1 at the KC Stadium in August in an exhibition of free-flowing football but it was obvious from the outset that this match would be somewhat less fluent.
Keane, restored to the starting line-up at the expense of Crouch, failed to connect with a long ball from Sebastien Bassong but neither side were able to get going in any way early on.
Hull's gameplan was clear from the outset, with 10 men often lining up behind the ball and Phil Brown's side taking as much time as possible with every set-piece.
The visitors were indebted to Myhill for a brilliant double save midway through the half.
A stinging shot from Palacios was well parried but the follow-up to deny Keane was truly outstanding.
'Incredible' Myhill denies Spurs
The Welshman came to Hull's rescue once more with half-time approaching, pulling off a fine stop to deny Jermain Defoe after a exceptional through ball from the impressive Modric.
Spurs started the second half in a much more positive fashion and again saw Myhill pull off a fantastic double save.
Modric was first denied with a deflected shot from the edge of the area before Keane once again saw his follow-up pushed wide.
Hull should have taken the lead at the other end when Stephen Hunt set Nick Barmby in space but the former Spurs player could only fire into the side netting.
Michael Dawson pulled off a last-ditch tackle to deny Hunt as the second half progressed but a goal always seemed much more likely at the other end.
Brown hails Myhill heroics
Myhill was putting in the performance of his life though and when the keeper pulled off yet another great save from Modric's left-footed strike it seemed a stalemate was inevitable.
The goalkeeper had already wrapped up the man-of-the-match award long before he tipped over substitute Crouch's header late, with the striker seeing another effort beaten away at the near post in the dying stages.
Spurs continued to push forward until the end but it was well and truly Myhill's day.
Redknapp can at least be satisfied after reaching an impressive personal landmark. The match was his 500th game in charge of a Premier League club - a feat only matched by Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp: "The keeper has had an unbelievable day and will never play like that again in his life.
"They were miraculous saves, five or six incredible, world-class saves."
(On Hull time wasting) "They played six minutes of stoppage-time at the end of the game, four in the first half.
"The referee needs to book players quicker, that's the way to deal with it.
"They are in a difficult position, scrapping for points and Phil will go home happy but it's not for me."
Hull manager Phil Brown: "It was a fantastic performance from Boaz Myhill. He must have pulled off half a dozen world-class saves.
"When he was beaten by the first shot at times he followed it up with another one. He did that on a couple of occasions.
"It was fantastic display from all the players, none more so than Boaz.
"You have to get bodies behind the ball and I make no excuses for quality defending. That's what we did out there."
90:00+6:16 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
90:00+4:58 Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Mouyokolo. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
90:00+3:31 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
90:00+2:49 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar to the near post, clearance by
90:00+0:25 Corner from the left by-line taken by Niko Kranjcar, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance. Corner taken by Luka Modric from the
right by-line played to the near post, Kevin Kilbane makes a clearance.
88:51 Foul by Steven Mouyokolo on Niko Kranjcar, free kick awarded. Niko Kranjcar restarts play with the free kick, Peter Crouch
takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
87:02 Booking Jermaine Jenas booked for unsporting behaviour.
86:46 Kevin Kilbane fouled by Jermaine Jenas, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
85:51 Free kick crossed right-footed by Niko Kranjcar, save by Boaz Myhill. Tom Huddlestone takes the outswinging corner, clearance
by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
85:51 Booking Craig Fagan goes into the referee's book.
85:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Craig Fagan.
85:29 Andy Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas. Vedran Corluka takes the free kick.
84:03 Luka Modric has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
82:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink on Jermaine Jenas. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
82:02 Substitution Richard Garcia goes off and Steven Mouyokolo comes on.
82:02 Tom Huddlestone has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
80:37 George Boateng challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Bale shoots direct from the free kick, blocked
by Paul McShane.
79:57 Shot by Niko Kranjcar from 18 yards. George Boateng gets a block in.
78:22 Foul by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink on Sebastien Bassong, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
Correction - 77:20 Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
77:20 Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
75:29 Foul by Gareth Bale on Craig Fagan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul McShane.
74:14 Substitution Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink comes on in place of Deiberson Geovanni.
73:14 Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
68:41 Shot from just outside the box by Richard Garcia misses to the left of the goal.
67:37 Deiberson Geovanni shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Gareth Bale.
67:37 Booking Tom Huddlestone goes into the referee's book.
67:22 Stephen Hunt fouled by Tom Huddlestone, the ref awards a free kick.
66:36 Effort from the edge of the box by Peter Crouch goes wide of the left-hand upright.
66:15 Deiberson Geovanni has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
65:39 Foul by Tom Huddlestone on Deiberson Geovanni, free kick awarded. Kamil Zayatte restarts play with the free kick.
Correction - 64:02 Substitution (Hull) makes a substitution, with Kevin Kilbane coming on for Nick Barmby.
64:02 Substitution Kevin Kilbane is brought on as a substitute for Nick Barmby.
62:55 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot from 35 yards. Anthony Gardner gets a block in. Niko Kranjcar takes the inswinging corner, save
by Boaz Myhill.
61:36 Substitution Robbie Keane goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.
61:22 Tom Huddlestone takes the chance to get an effort at goal. George Boateng gets a block in.
61:00 Jermaine Jenas has a drilled shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
58:39 Free kick taken by Stephen Hunt. George Boateng has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
58:39 Booking Booking for Sebastien Bassong for unsporting behaviour.
58:26 Sebastien Bassong gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Fagan.
57:31 Richard Garcia is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
56:16 Nick Barmby has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
55:17 Deiberson Geovanni fouled by Niko Kranjcar, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
54:49 Substitution Jermaine Jenas is brought on as a substitute for Wilson Palacios.
53:27 Luka Modric produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 18 yards. Fantastic save by Boaz Myhill. Robbie Keane takes a shot.
Save made by Boaz Myhill. Niko Kranjcar takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Sebastien
Bassong has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
51:57 Free kick crossed by Stephen Hunt, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
51:57 Booking Wilson Palacios goes into the referee's book.
51:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Deiberson Geovanni.
49:14 Sebastien Bassong has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
48:46 Niko Kranjcar takes a short corner.
47:39 Shot from 25 yards by Gareth Bale. Blocked by Paul McShane.
47:06 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Dawson. Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line to the
near post, clearance by Kamil Zayatte.
46:27 Craig Fagan challenges Sebastien Bassong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastien Bassong takes the free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+4:59 The half-time whistle blows.
45:00+3:55 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill. Niko Kranjcar takes a outswinging corner.
45:00+1:41 Niko Kranjcar decides to take the corner short.
43:54 Richard Garcia takes a weak shot.
42:13 Shot from just outside the box by Niko Kranjcar misses to the right of the goal.
41:32 Volleyed right-footed shot by George Boateng. Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
40:57 The referee blows for offside. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
40:00 Robbie Keane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
38:40 Gareth Bale fouled by Richard Garcia, the ref awards a free kick. Niko Kranjcar delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed
from left wing, save made by Boaz Myhill.
37:02 Shot by Wilson Palacios from 18 yards. Save by Boaz Myhill. Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Niko Kranjcar
takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Kamil Zayatte manages to make a clearance.
36:48 The ball is swung over by Vedran Corluka.
34:35 Unfair challenge on Andy Dawson by Sebastien Bassong results in a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
34:00 Inswinging corner taken by Niko Kranjcar, save made by Boaz Myhill.
32:08 The assistant referee signals for offside against Robbie Keane. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
31:21 Luka Modric crosses the ball.
29:17 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar played to the near post, Paul McShane makes a clearance.
28:36 Booking Nick Barmby goes into the book for time wasting.
27:03 Michael Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Hunt. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Deiberson Geovanni,
Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
26:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by Nick Barmby. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
22:33 Craig Fagan delivers the ball, Headed effort on goal by Richard Garcia from inside the penalty box misses to the right of
20:04 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the left by-line, clearance by Craig Fagan.
14:15 Gareth Bale challenges Richard Garcia unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stephen
Hunt, Tom Huddlestone makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line, save made by Heurelho
Gomes. Unfair challenge on Heurelho Gomes by Richard Garcia results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the
12:55 Gareth Bale crosses the ball.
9:35 Niko Kranjcar has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
8:27 Gareth Bale concedes a free kick for a foul on Deiberson Geovanni. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
8:05 Luka Modric takes a shot. Anthony Gardner gets a block in.
6:40 Stephen Hunt is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball in from the free kick, Anthony
Gardner makes a clearance.
4:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul McShane on Tom Huddlestone. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
3:16 The referee blows for offside against Jermain Defoe. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
2:16 Stephen Hunt fouled by Vedran Corluka, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Hunt takes the free kick.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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