Hull City (Away)
Premier League

Wednesday 19th August 2009

 
 

No time for a preview, but I reckon the score will be ...

PREDICTION : -  Hull City  1     Tottenham Hotspur   2

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.

 
 
TEAM NEWS

HULL CITY : -  Ian Ashbee (ankle); Jozy Altidore (no work permit obtained); Jimmy Bullard (knee); Richard Garcia (knee); Dean Marney (knee); Craig Fagan (hernia); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -   Ledley King (rested); Michael Dawson (Achilles); Jonathan Woodgate (groin); Gareth Bale (foot); - (-); 

 
 
Coverage

TV
Match of the Day  (BBC 1) - Wednesday 23.10 (highlights)
For coverage in all parts of the world, check here and here
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Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)
BBC Radio Five Live (live coverage)  606/939 MW

If available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard in these countries on these stations ...
Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney)  Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa  SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)  Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

Internet :
www.spurs.co.uk   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London - http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2005/10/12/live_commentaries_feature.shtml
click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.

 
 
 

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Hull City   1   Tottenham Hotspur    5      (Half-time score : 1-3)

Premier League
Venue : -  KC Stadium
Wednesday 19th August 2009
Kick Off :  7.45 p.m.
Crowd :   24,735
Referee :  Chris Foy (St. Helens)
Spurs kicked off the first half and played towards the Hull end.
Weather :  -  Warm, dry
Teams : - 
Hull City :

  1  Myhill

  3  A. Dawson
  5  Gardner
  6  Turner     
19  Mouyokolo  (
  8  Barmby 46)

11  Hunt       
15  Mendy 
20  Boateng  (
23  Ghilas 69)
44  Olafijana

25  Cousin  (10  Geovanni 21)
18  Folan     

Unused subs: 
12  Duke
24  Zayatte
16  Halmosi
17  Kilbane
 

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes  (23  Cudicini 16)

  2  Hutton      
19  Bassong
22  Corluka
32  Assou-Ekotto  

  7  Lennon  
12  Palacios 
  6  Huddlestone
14  Modric  (
  5  Bentley 85)

18  Defoe      
10  Keane (c)           (15  Crouch  81)

Unused subs: 
21  Chimbonda
16  Naughton
24  O'Hara
  9  Pavlyuchenko

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Hull City

Orange and thin black stripes, black shorts, orange socks with thin black hoops

Navy blue shirts with yellow trim and yellow side panels; navy blue shorts; navy blue socks with yellow trim

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Hull City

Hunt 25

Tottenham Hotspur

Defoe 10
Palacios 14
Defoe 45
Keane 78
Defoe 90 + 4

Cards : -  
Hull City

    
Hunt (foul) 47 
Turner (foul)  64
Folan (foul)  66

    

Tottenham Hotspur 

     
Keane (foul)  54 
Hutton (foul)  68
 

     

Match Report : -  
Having gained a great deal of confidence from a 2-1 win against Liverpool, the pay off came in a 5-1 win at Hull City in a match which you might have once expected Spurs to be turned over in.

The consistency that Tottenham have lacked for so long, may be a thing that equals out a bit now, as this game showed that they were able to weather a little ten minute storm from the home side when they scored and threw everything to get level.  But with a goal just before the break, Spurs eased their way through the second half and had all the chances been taken it could have been approaching double figures.  It was Jermain Defoe's clinical finishing that took the game way from the Tigers, making Harry's selection one which was vindicated.

A speedy start set Spurs on their way to a convincing win.  A second minute goal by Keano was ruled out for offside and Thud's perceptive pass picked out Jermain to try a chip that dropped onto the top of the net as the team knocked the ball about well, using the width of the pitch and the full backs on the overlap.  It took ten minutes before the goal came.  Huddlestone once more found Defoe, who controlled the pass, took it wide of Michael Turner on the left of the area and smashed it low into the opposite corner of the goal across Boaz Myhill in the Hull goal.

The goal was expected to bring about a response from Hull, but passing the ball well and hitting on the break, Tottenham stifled the home team's efforts.  A high ball into the box to test Gomes was punched away and the keeper felt a pain in his leg as he landed.  The ball had gone to Defoe, who fed the ball inside to Robbie Keane and he put the ball into the path of Wilson Palacios, who had run 70 yards to smash the ball into the bottom corner of the goal at Myhill's near post from just inside the box to make it 2-0 after 14 minutes.

As Palacios' first competitive goal for Spurs flew into the net and the celebrations begun, the physios were attending to Gomes and he was helped off to be replaced by Carlo Cudicini.  The second goal and the substitution of the keeper was to upset the pattern that Spurs had been playing and Hull, urged on by their scary orange manager Phil Brown, came back into the game.  A couple of shots on goal by Keane, that brought a save and Defoe that flew over the top worried the home goal before Brown brought on Geovanni for the lacklustre Cousin.  He didn't look happy about it, but then he hadn't looked happy all night.

Almost immediately, Geovanni created a far post shot for Stephen Hunt, but he put it wide and when Geovanni was fouled out on the right by BAE, Hunt swung a pacy cross over from the dead ball and everyone missed it, with the ball bouncing up and in at the far post to give Hunt the credit for bringing Hull back into the match after 25 minutes.

Spurs were wobbling and looked as though the new keeper and Corluka having to slot in for King alongside Bassong was causing a few problems with knowing who was supposed to be doing what. 

But by keeping attacking, Tottenham stuck to what they were good at.  Lennon was sent clear, but put his shot too high and when Aaron freed Hutton outside him on the right wing, the Scotsman's cross hit the hand of Anthony Gardner as he slid in to block the cross.  If these things even themselves out, it must have been for the one Liverpool fans were claiming on Sunday.  Hutton was also involved when play switched to the other end and he produced an outstanding tackle to deter Hunt as he was picked out by Geovanni, who was having an increasing impact on the play.  The tackle took the ball through to Cudicini when it looked like the former Reading man would score and when the Spurs back-up keeper was beaten in the 37th minute, Folan's 'goal' was ruled out for a foul where he wrestled Bassong off the ball before his shot.

While the Tigers were trying to keep the pressure on, Tottenham were using their pace to their advantage by breaking at speed.  Cudicini threw out to Defoe and his ball aimed towards Keane was intercepted by Dawson and then Lennon broke right for Defoe to take his pass inside, although he couldn't make a solid contact with the ball and it went wide.  Jermain had not made as good a contact as the one that took the ball between his legs against Manchester City at the end of last season, but he looked lively and that paid off a minute before half-time.  Hutton once more got away on the right, passing in to Keano, who flicked it past Turner, who was left bemused and could not get back at Defoe in time, before he buried his 12 yard shot past Myhill with great power to give Spurs a 3-1 lead at the break.

Hull had to do something and brought on forward Nick Barmby for defender Mouyokolo to try and put the pressure on the Spurs goal and stop the defence launching attacks on the break.  You could say it didn't work, as from the start of the half, Tottenham controlled possession and moved towards the Hull goal looking for more.  Hunt was booked for a crude challenge on Defoe and crosses were flashed into the home penalty box to threaten the Hull defence with more pressure.  The crisp passing cut through Hull's midfield and with five minutes of the half gone, BAE put in a low ball with some pace on it and it hit George Boateng and went wide, when it could have gone anywhere.

Having been denied a penalty for being brought down in the box, Robbie took it out on Barmby by chopping him down and earning a yellow card for it.  He had his revenge when he dummied a  pass so convincingly that Michael Turner wondered if he was playing on the right day, but left Keano to run on and with Defoe waiting for a pass to knock home his hat-trick goal, Dawson managed to get back and concede a corner. 

Hull fans yelled for a spot-kick when a cross came into the Tottenham box from a cleared corner and Bassong went over with Geovanni, but Chris Foy wasn't interested.  He did give Spurs a free-kick on the D of the area and Benny was allowed to take it, but his shot hit the wall and came back to Thud, but he couldn't thunder it past Myhill as Assou-Ekotto had done on Sunday.

A messy passage of play saw Hull winning 2-1 in bookings in the space of five minutes to add to those that had gone before.  Spurs were still conceding free-kicks in dangerous positions, which were invitations for Geovanni to have a go at goal, but he found Cudicini with one and when the Brazilian got on the end of a Turner header from Myhill's free-kick, Carlo did well to make a save tipping the ball over the bar and to safety.  But still Spurs rained down wave after wave of counter-attacks.

Twenty minutes left and Lennon and Keane linked to play the ball into the near post area, where Defoe made his run, but Turner slid the ball out for a corner.  When a Hull corner was cleared two minutes later, Keane and Defoe linked and the England striker hit the side-netting with his shot.  They seemed determined to bury the commonly held belief that they cannot play together.  And it was the captain's turn to hit the net in the 78th minute, as he spread the ball wide to Aaron Lennon, then ran into the box from just inside the Hull half before getting his head onto the cross that the little winger put in and beat Myhill by putting the ball into the other corner of the goal.

It was his last action of the game, as Harry rested him for the weekend by bringing on Peter Crouch in his place and the tall man pulled a save out of the City keeper by heading Lennon's high cross down at the foot of the post.  David Bentley also got a run out and could have set Defoe up for his hat-trick or Crouch for his first goal as they pulled defenders wide as Bentley ran through the middle, but he chose to shoot and picked out Myhill with his effort.

With just seconds remaining, there was time for one last Spurs foray into Hull's last third.  This time Lennon too a ball in from Deofe and laid a return pass to the forward, who smashed the ball with all his might past Myhill from the edge of the box to round off a 5-1 win and to complete his hat-trick.

By then, many a Hull fan was on the way out of the shiny stadium into the still warm night.  They had come hoping that their defiant showing against Chelsea would lead to a gathering of points on the night, but Spurs hit the ground running and by playing at a high tempo and sticking with what we were good at, attacking, it put the home side on the back foot without having a chance to take the initiative themselves.

There were some fine performances in the Tottenham ranks, with Lennon, Keane, Palacios, Defoe and Modric using their abilities to open up Hull on a regular basis.  The defence looked a little uneasy at times, but that might be expected with a new make-up to the back four, but they re-organised to deal with the threat the home side posed and kept them out when they threatened to get back into the game.

Two games and two wins, with a game at Upton Park to come on Sunday, when Ledley King should be back.  It needs a good run to keep the confidence going and although the Irons haven't played in midweek, they will be fired up for the game, but being top of the league, Spurs should enjoy the feeling enough to make sure they want some more of it.

burton coggles

 

 

TI

 
 

Fan Reaction : -

 
 

TIGERS SKINNED

 
 
Defoe looks like the Essex Police have wound him up nicely ... wonder if Harry was behind it ?

the funky phantom

 
   
 
For Wyart Lane's reaction in the Times Online Fanzine Fanzone, click here.
   
 
Great to see Tottenham playing so energetically and slickly, giving lots of problems to the other side for a change.  Especially away from home, as I reckon Harry has targeted our way record for improvement to allow Spurs to challenge at the top of the table.

With the defence pulling together despite not playing together that often, they kept an aerial bombardment out and made the most of the ball to spark counter-attacks with the passing and pace of the midfield too much for Hull to cope with.

On this form, it will be an interesting season, but there will be times when it doesn't all come together, so there will be times when the support of what they are trying to do is needed, even if it isn't working on the day.

isaac gregory

 
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Other League scores this weekend :
Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3 Tuesday
Wigan Athletic 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Tuesday
Liverpool 4 Stoke City 0 Wednesday
Burnley 1 Manchester United 0 Wednesday
Birmingham City 1 Portsmouth 0 Wednesday

   

 

League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 2 0 0 7 2 6 +5
2 Chelsea 2 2 0 0 5 2 6 +3
3 Arsenal 1 1 0 0 6 1 3 +5
4 Liverpool 2 1 0 1 5 2 3 +3
5 Manchester City 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 +2
6 West Ham United 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 +2
7 Wigan Athletic 2 1 0 1 2 1 3 +1
8 Fulham 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 +1
9 Birmingham City 2 1 0 1 1 1 3 0
10 Manchester United 2 1 0 1 1 1 3 0
11 Sunderland 2 1 0 1 2 3 3 -1
12 Burnley 2 1 0 1 1 2 3 -1
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 1 0 1 1 2 3 -1
14 Stoke City 2 1 0 1 2 4 3 -2
15 Bolton Wanderers 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 -1
16 Aston Villa 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 -2
17 Blackburn Rovers 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 -2
18 Portsmouth 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 -2
19 Hull City 2 0 0 2 2 7 0 -5
20 Everton 1 0 0 1 1 6 0 -5

 

Position before the match :  5th
Position after the match :  1st
Position after this mid-week :  1st

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