COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Sunday 21st May 2017
Hull City  SQUAD 2.  Moses ODUBAJO
5.  Harry MAGUIRE
6.  Curtis DAVIES
7.  David MAYLER
10.  Alfred N'DIAYE
11.  Sam CLUCAS
13.  Andrea RANOCCHIA
15.  Shaun MALONEY
16.  Eldin JAKUPOVIC
17.  Kamil GROSICKI
18.  Dieumerci MBOKANI
19.  Will KEANE
20.  Adama DIOMANDE
21.  Michael DAWSON
22.  Markus HENRIKSEN
23.  David MARSHALL
24.  Oumar NIASSE
25.  Ryan MASON
28.  Josh TYMON
29.  Jarrod BOWEN
30.  Daniel BATTY
31.  Brian LENIHAN
32.  Greg LUER
34.  Ellis BARKWORTH
35.  Will MANNION
36.  Greg OLLEY
50.  Lazar MARKOVIC
PREVIEW Spurs were here before last season.  Not going to win the title, but up against a side already relegated and it ended up in a 1-5 defeat at Newcastle United.  Another trip to the North to play Hull City, whose relegation was confirmed last week, when they lost 0-4 away at Crystal Palace.  

However, it must be hoped that this Tottenham team will not suffer the backlash and after putting six past lacklustre Leicester, I think there will be three point sin this for Spurs.  If Hugo Lloris is passed fit to play, he needs a clean sheet to have any chance of gaining a share of the Golden Glove award for the season and Harry Kane will be looking to extend his two goal lead in the race for the Golden boot.  Added to that, Spurs can put even more daylight between them and the chasing pack if other results got their way.  And with Hull's injuries, it might be a simpler task than they might have thought.

With Maguire and Adubajo out of the defence; Mayler, Evandro, Mason and Markovic missing from the midfield and Hernandez and Keane out of the front line, there may be a much changed eleven taking to the pitch.  With doubts over some of their star players and their manager still being there next season, some will be playing for their futures, either at the KCOM or elsewhere.

With Eldin Jakupovic performing well between the sticks, the back four in front of him will get plenty to do on Sunday afternoon, with our former skipper now filling that rile for the Tigers.  Michael Dawson is a whole hearted player, but even his determination hasn't been enough to save the Tigers and  Curtis Davies is entering veteran territory, alongside the potential transfer target Andrew Robertson, who has impressed other clubs this campaign and Andrea Ranocchia, who has come in on loan from Internazionale.  Tottenham had looked at taking him to the Lane, but perhaps his introduction into a struggling side at Hull was not the best match for him.

Sam Clucas has worked hard for Hull this season and scored a screamer the other week, but it has been hard work in the engine room, as he, Tom Huddlestone, Ahmed Elmohamady and Evandro (since January) have had lots to cope with and missing Ryan Mason, who was fortunate that he got good medical support when he fractured his skull at Chelsea, there has been an emphasis on stopping the opposition and not allowing enough forward momentum to be built up.  Shaun Maloney adds width and Markus Henriksen some legs, but the lack of overall quality is a reflection of their lack of spending power and ability to attract top players.

The forward line contains Oumar Niasse, on loan from Everton and Abel Hernandez, but with the latter suffering an ankle injury has ruled him out for a while.   Will Keane's ACL has caused him to miss much of this campaign and with a thin squad, the Tigers have failed to find cover.  Dieumerci Mbokani has failed to deliver the goals to keep his club up - last season it was Norwich City - and Alfred N'Diaye hasn't hit many heights, along with Adama Diomande (despite scoring the very first goal of this season in the Premier League).  Kamil Grosicki has looked industrious on the wing since he arrived in January from Rennes, but he hasn't set the KCOM alight.

All this could mean that the youngsters get a go, with Josh Tymon being the most notable one tipped for the top.  A pacy defender, who likes to get forward, he has attracted attention since he made his debut at 17 in January.  Another who has been given playing time is Jarrod Bowen and this physical striker can give defenders a hard time, although at 5' 8" he is not the tallest.

Tottenham are missing players too and there might be a last day opportunity for some younger players, after Filip Lesniak's cameo at the King Power showed they might be ready to take their chance.  It will be interesting to see the side Pochettino puts out and who they perform, but it should be enough to bring home the win.

PREDICTION Hull City    1        Tottenham Hotspur    4
RESULTS HISTORY Click here for results, match reports and facts on meetings with Hull City
Evandro (groin), Harry Maguire (knee), Abel Hernandez (ankle), David Mayler (knee), Ryan Mason (fractured skull), Will Keane (knee), Moses Odubajo (fractured knee) and  Lazar Markovic (ankle) will all miss the match against Spurs.
Kyle Walker (ankle) and Kieran Trippier (concussion) will be assessed before the match to see if they can take part, while Hugo Lloris (gashed knee) could also be a doubt.  Danny Rose (knee), Erik Lamela (hip) and Harry Winks (ankle) are definitely unavailable.

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Hull City  1 (0)  

Premier League
Sunday 21st May 2017
KCOM Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur  7 (3)

Kick off 15:00
Clucas  65m 30s Kane 10m 05s
Kane 12m 33s
Dele  45+1m 46s
Wanyama  66m 18s
Kane  71m 10s
Davies  83m 54s
Alderweireld  86m 47s




Crowd :   23,804 Weather :  Sunny, warm
Referee : Andre Marriner (West Midlands) Assistant Referees :  Mr. S. Ledger ; Mr. S. Beck
Fourth Official :  Robert Madley  
Spurs kicked off and played towards the South Stand in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 4 minutes.
Hull City : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
23  David MARSHALL

28  Josh TYMON  (  3  Andrew ROBERTSON  73)
22  Michael DAWSON (c)
  Curtis DAVIES  (17  Kamil GROSICKI  46)
13  Andrea RANOCCHIA

10  Alfred N'DIAYE
11  Sam CLUCAS 

29  Jarrod BOWEN  (27  Ahmed ELMOHAMADY  72)
24  Oumar NIASSE

Unused subs: 

  Daniel BATTY
36  Greg OLLEY
18  Dieumerci MBOKANI

    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

16  Kieran TRIPPIER
33  Ben DAVIES 

15  Eric DIER  (19  Mousa DEMBELE  73)
  Victor WANYAMA 

  7  Heung-Min SON
20  DELE Alli    (17  Moussa SISSOKO  73)
Christian ERIKSEN

10  Harry KANE        (  9  Vincent JANSSEN  79)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

27  Kevin WIMMER
44  Filip LESNIAK
  Georges-Kevin NKOUDOU

Manager :  Marco Silva Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   SportPesa Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Umbro Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

Tottenham's end to the season has been pretty good and while it was always unlikely that we would catch Chelsea, at least we have broken some Premier League records and with our 7-1 win over Hull City at the KCOM Stadium, broken one of our own for the biggest away victory in the club's history.  In doing so, Harry Kane bagged a fifth hat-trick of the season on his way to claiming a second successive Golden Boot for being the top scorer in the Premier League.

This was a truly impressive performance, with Lloris making the game following a cut knee on Thursday and Kieran Trippier returning as Kyle Walker didn't shake off his ankle injury.  .

Christian Eriksen passed to Kane, who  lashed his left foot shot past Marshall from the edge of the box to give Spurs the advantage, burying the ball in the bottom right hand corner of the net. 

As soon as the game restarted, Son was released down the left and he looked to find Kane in the box, but it was blocked by Ranocchia.  However, it didn't matter, as Kane doubled the lead when he knocked home Kieran Trippier's low volleyed cross from the right after Dier had chipped the ball to him.  Spurs' dominance was embarrassing, with Kane going within inches of hitting a 13 minute hat-trick as he shot at goal.  If he hadn't got a nudge, he might well have finished off Dele's back-heel.  Alli was next in line for a pop at goal, volleying an effort wide from outside the box.

Tottenham had the majority of the ball and were passing it around with great comfort.  A hint of a threat by Niasse brought a timely tackle from Super Jan, who ran the ball out of defence, but then passed to Tom Huddlestone on the halfway line.  When Kane slipped Son in on the right, his shot was well saved by Marshall to deny him, with Dele's push on a defender alleviating the pressure on the Tigers' goal after the ball had been headed back into the middle by Ben Davies.  Dier won a header from a Spurs corner and Marshall was happy that the ball ran to him, with Dele and Kane lurking just away to his left.

While Hull looked to try and get back into the game, they failed to give Hugo Lloris much to employ him, while Spurs continued to look for some fulfilment at the other end.  It came on the stroke of half-time, with Dier winning the ball on the halfway line, knocking it forward to Kane, who played it left to Son.  He turned inside and squared to Dele, who let the ball run across his body, selling a defender in the process and then drilling the ball low into the middle of the goal past Marshall from 18 yards out.  Hull were so open at the back, one of three players could have scored and it didn't bode well for them in the second half, which was the next meaningful kick after the goal.

That was Hull kicking off the second forty-five minutes, with Kamil Grosicki replacing Curtis Davies, with the City manager changing formation to try and add a little attacking threat.  Spurs were a little sloppy at the start of the half, with a corner conceded and from it Hugo at least had a save to make, taking the ball high at the angle of post and bar.

Eriksen did brilliantly to hold the ball up on the right when released by Lloris, working the ball to Kane, who had a shot blocked and then Davies set up Son, whose low shot was saved by Marshall's right foot.  Dele ran at Tymon, who had a torrid first half and conceded a free-kick just outside the box to the right side of the penalty area.  Eriksen whipped the ball in with great pace, but Kane was a foot or two away from it with his head, otherwise Marshall might have had even more work to do.

Niasse came to life in the 56th minute, when he ran away down their right and put a low ball in to the near post, where Toby had to get there first to give away a corner as Clucas looked to cash in on the chance.  You could see a very few flashes in Hull's play that might give them some hope, but others make you worry for them next season.  A long ball in from the left of midfield picked out Niasse, but his attempt to hit the volley from it went about 15 yards wide and showed a lack of belief in trying to bring the ball down.  If it had gone in, then great, but when it ended up like that, it was embarrassing.  Bowen panicked when he got the ball 25 yards out and drove well over, but it was the loose passing and the lack of shape that cost Hull.  There seemed a lack of confidence in the way they had been playing at home for the early part of Silva's tenure.  Niasse again drove over, but was getting closer, as the ball ran into his path and his rising shot flew a couple of feet over.

Meanwhile, Spurs were still looking for more goals, even thought hey had slowed the pace a little.  Kane's run on the right picked out Dele running into the box.  The pass took out Dawson and his chest control left him with only Marshall to beat.  Being right on top of him and with the ball bouncing up, the Spurs midfielder tried to lift it over the keeper, but he got hands to it and grabbed it as it came down.

When a Spurs move broke down, Huddlestone broke and gave the ball to Grosicki on the left, pulling a low save at the base of his post by Lloris and then Tommy H drove at goal, but Hugo took it easily high above his head.  It delayed Hull getting on the score-sheet for a couple of minutes, as Clucas robbed Vertonghen and he passed left to Grosicki, who squared to Niasse.  His low shot was blacked and the ball ran to Clucas, with defenders looking to block again, but this time the ball came off them past Lloris to kill his hopes of  a share of the Golden Glove award.

The goal gave Spurs the kick up the backside they needed to get going again, with Dele dinking a ball over the Hull defence for Eriksen to run in and flick the ball goalwards with the outsideof his right foot, bringing a fine save from Marshall diving to his right and then in the second phase, Alli tried to  pass the ball home from 20 yards out and Marshal again saved low to his left.  When Huddlestone fouled unnecessarily on the right, Eriksen flighted it to the far post and the unmarked Wanyama almost stooped to head the ball past the keeper to make it 4-1.  His fine season has ended with him getting among the goals and he has earned them, with his excellent performances.

When Dele robbed the ball from a home defender who let the bal run away from him 35 yards out, he spotted Kane free, so set him in on goal and he took the ball on before slipping it past Marshall's right hand to seal another hat-trick and probably guarantee himself the Golden Boot.  Spurs had stepped it up and showed that they could pull away from Hull whenever they wanted. 

Trippier volleyed a cross/shot straight at Marshall and then the ball came back into Kane, who turned two players, but couldn't get his shot on target.  It was about the last thing Harry did, as he went off for Vincent Janssen to have ten minutes at the end of the match.  He wanted Son to pull the ball back to him, when Alderweireld picked him out with a long diagonal ball, but his poor touch stopped him finding the Dutchman.  Son and Janssen did link up to allow Sissoko to smash a shot at goal from the edge of the D, but Marshall was behind it to beat it out. 

With a free-kick in the same territory that Wanyama's goal came from, Eriksen played the ball in, but it hit a defender and Sissoko played the ball back into the path of Ben Davies, who drilled a left foot shot past a static Marshall to put Tottenham 6-1 ahead.  It was the Welshman's first league goal for Spurs and his play this season have made us not realise that we have been without Danny Rose for a long part of the season.

Things got even better, as Trippier's right wing cross missed out Son in the middle and Toby Alderweireld popped up to volley in at the far post for his first League goal of the season and Tottenham's seventh of the day.  Hull were ripped apart and were treading water as they slipped out of the Premier League, with Andre Marriner cut their punishment short with the final whistle, which was great by grudging acceptance by the home fans, but they had the sporting good grace to applaud Harry Kane when he came on to get the match ball for his fifth hat-trick of the season.

The speed, technical ability and sheer joy of the Tottenham's team's performances this season have been rounded off with 13 goals in two away games.  One against a relegated side, but the other against the reigning champions.  The away form might have cost us, as well as too many drawn matches, but the last two away games have sent a message out to teams for next season.  Yes, it is a long way away at the moment, but this team have much to achieve.  They haven't done anything yet, other than challenge, but the highest number of away goal by any team in the history of the Premier League, a points total that would have won it in many other seasons and the highest number of goals scored allied with the least conceded shows they are on the right track.

While we leave White Hart Lane behind and move to Wembley, which will be a tricky proposition, Pochettino's team does have a look about it that means we are closing in on something.

Enjoy the summer ... but enjoy next season even more !!

Stanford Rivers




Hull City's colours originated from their very first owner's favourite insect, the Wasp and after their Latin name, he wanted to nickname them "The Vespas".  Ironically, a deal with the Italian scooter firm was mooted in the heyday of the Mods, but as City had a big rocker following, the contract was never realised.


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What you thought
Gary Evans With transfer rumours surrounding the club like agents at a free buffet, I can't believe that Spurs would even think of letting Eric Dier leave ... especially if it was to go Manchester United.

Not only did he have an outstanding season, but switched into a back four, then three and also returned to midfield when asked, as well as making a telling contribution to the first three goals at Hull.

He is a Spurs captain of the future and surely, even 50 million would not buy an adequate replacement.

And anyway ... "I Love Eric Dier ... and Eric Dier Loves Me".

Benny The Ball At last, the secret of Harry Kane's goal-scoring success can be revealed ... and it is all down to eating pears !!

On Match of the Day, when Gary Lineker asked Alan Shearer about the run of goals Kane has scored, the former Newcastle United manager said he was "full of conference" !!

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Other scores during this week :
Arsenal 3 Everton 1 Sunday
Burnley 1 West Ham United London 2 Sunday
Chelsea 5 Sunderland 1 Sunday
Leicester City 1 Bournemouth 1 Sunday
Liverpool 3 Middlesbrough 0 Sunday
Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 Sunday
Southampton 0 Stoke City 1 Sunday
Swansea City 2 West Bromwich Albion 1 Sunday
Watford 0 Manchester City 5 Sunday


League Table  2016-17
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 38 30 3 5 85 33 93 +48
2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 38 26 8 4 86 26 86 +60
3 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 80 39 78 +41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 78 42 76 +36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 77 44 75 +33
6 Manchester United 38 18 15 5 54 29 69 +25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 62 44 61 +18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 41 48 46 -7
9 Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 55 67 46 -12
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 12 9 17 43 51 45 -8
11 West Ham United London 38 12 9 17 47 64 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 48 63 44 -15
13 Stoke City 38 11 11 16 41 56 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 50 63 41 -13
15 Swansea City 38 12 5 21 45 70 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 39 55 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 68 40 -28
18 Hull City 38 9 7 22 37 80 34 -42
19 Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 27 53 28 -26
20 Sunderland 38 6 6 26 29 69 24 -40


Position before match :  2nd
Position after match :  2nd
Position after the weekend :  2nd


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.


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