|DATE||Sunday 23rd November 2014|
Spurs will find some familiar face sin the Tigers side that faces
them on Sunday at the KC Stadium, but they will not necessarily be
friendly, with each of Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Jake
Livermore having something to prove.
With Hud and Jake leaving during the previous season, they have settled in well, with Daws joining them after finally being let go following a season when he defied the initial decision to let him leave to have a good season in defence. They will not necessarily recognise much of the Spurs side from their time at the Lane, but they will know what Spurs don't like and that will have been passed on through the manager. Having lost to Burnley last time out, Hull will be looking to get back on track with an energetic display that will be designed to close Spurs down when they are on the ball and get behind the full backs when the home side have it.
Tottenham will need to dig in, as Hull are well organised and a proposition to take on at their place. With striker Nikica Jelavic back in the side, they will offer more up front, as he takes a goal very well ... especially against us !! Other options in attack are Abel Hernandez, the summer signing who hit a fine goal against West Ham but . Sone Aluko is a former Glasgow Rangers forward, who is decent enough on the ball and does know how to finish, but his lack of height and strength on the ball sometimes makes him less effective than his manager would like. He might be the one to make way for Jelavic.
The Hull midfield features the twin ex-Spurs pairing of Huddlestone and Livermore. Hud has a great range of passing that can unpick defences and also can finish with deft or powerful efforts. Spurs will be aware of his assets and the precision he can provide from dead ball situations, while Jake is a hard working midfielder, who likes to get forward and link up with the attack. He is a strong tackler and covers a lot of ground, so our midfielders will need to match his energy to try and win the battle in that area of the pitch.
Steve Bruce has former Southampton man Gaston Ramirez, who will be well known to Maurico Pochettino, although he had a tough time at the New Dell for a talented player, but he was hit by injuries soon after he arrived there. At Bologna, he was a good passer and good at free-kicks too. Winger Ahmed Elmohamady is prone to hit the deck easily, but can chip in with the odd goal, while Bruce is hoping that Newcastle loanee Hatem Ben Arfa will do the same. Coming off the back of two goals for the Republic of Ireland, Robbie Brady will be full of confidence, but may have to settle for a place on the bench. Another Irishman, David Meyler is available and he is a terrier in midfield, who flirts with the fringes of the laws of the game, but Stephen Quinn is an irregular starter, being behind former West Ham United midfielder Mohamed Diame, who possesses the power and presence that the former Sheffield United man is lacking.
Former Glasgow Rangers keeper Allan McGregor may return in goal, with Steve Harper, the former Newcastle United goalie possibly making way for him. McGregor is marginally the better keeper, but what Spurs have failed to do in recent games against Hull is to put their keeper under pressure. Some good defending prevents that, but shots on target will bring their reward and hopefully, Tottenham can do that in this match.
The defence in front of McGregor will have a lot of experience. Curtis Davies has been around the divisions and is a good, tall central defender, who will probably partner Dawson, with former Manchester United youth player James Chester another option there. Davies likes to bring the ball out of the back four and is also keen to go up for set pieces, so he might get caught on the break.
At full back, they have the veteran Paul McShane, who should be tested by our wide players. In the past we have allowed him to have the run of his flank, but by attacking him, getting him on the turn and finding the space beyond him might be useful to any success we might gain.
While Spurs need the points
and have a good record at Hull, they will want to make amends for
losing to Burnley, so I think it will be a bit of a battle, with
Spurs struggling to break down a determined Tigers team. A
point apiece is how I think it will finish.
|PREDICTION||Hull City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs have Kyle Naughton suspended (first of two games), with Danny Rose (ribs) and Andros Townsend (ankle) due to be assessed before the game, but at this stage they look doubtful, leaving Ben Davies set for his first league start of the season at left back.
HULL CITY TEAM NEWS :
Michael Dawson, Nikica Jelavic and goalkeeper Allan McGregor return to the side, with Alex Bruce (hamstring) and Curtis Davies (back) facing late fitness tests. Robert Snodgrass is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
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City 1 (1) Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 23rd November 2014 Kick off 16:00
Livermore 8m 01s
Kane 61m 01s
Eriksen 90m 31s
Livermore (dissent) 63
Huddlestone (foul on Mason) 64
Robertson (dissent) 90+3
Dier (foul on Brady) 34
|Crowd : 23,561||Weather : Chilly|
|Referee : Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. P. Kirkup; Mr. A. Garratt|
|Fourth Official : Chris Foy||-|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the South Stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90+5 minutes|
|Hull City :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Robbie BRADY (29
Stephen QUINN 86)
Hatem BEN ARFA (
David MEYLER 57)
Hugo LLORIS (c)
18 Harry KANE
|Manager : Steve Bruce||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : 12Bet||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Umbro||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
Tottenham ended up winning this game and if you listened to Steve Bruce, you would have thought his player shad been robbed at knife-point, but the sending off of Gaston Ramirez did sway the game in Tottenham's favour, although we are often not very good against 10, but we seem to be getting better after the come-back win over Aston Villa on our last away trip.
A number of changes, some of
which were enforced and some which were not, saw both sides going
out to right recent wrongs. Spurs had a bench with an
unfamiliar look ... no Adebayor or Kaboul, missing for back injury
and personal reasons, while youngsters Dominic Ball and Cristian
Ceballos took their place among the subs.
The victory puts us two points off fourth place and level on points with Everton and Arsenal, while we sit three above Liverpool. Crisis ? What crisis ?
That will come when we return to White Hart Lane and people think we will roll over Everton next Sunday. I hope it happens, but let's be patient if it doesn't.
Hull City were not even in existence when Tigers roamed their part of Yorkshire, according to a Asseem Allam.
With the sponsorship of
the stadium, there can be no excuses of any lack of understanding
between the goalkeeper and his defence, as Kingston Communications
have banned the use of the saying "lack of communication" for such
situations, as it may reflect badly on their products.
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|What you thought|
Why do Sky bring in such anti-Spurs co-commentators. Saying that the
sending off wasnít deserved and that every Spurs decision wasnít a
foul/throw-in/corner, Andy Hinchcliffe added nothing to the
His tactical insight matched his play when on the pitch; just a thumping tackle and a hoof upfield.
Unsubtle, unencumbered by consideration and unwanted.
Why is it that managers try to cover their own back when things go
wrong. If it is not the ref, then it is other players and
Bruce's slagging off of Vertonghen takes the biscuit.
We can all tell by the look on his face that Bruce was a self-styled "hard man" and that he would never have gone down easy. When Ramirez kicked out at Jan, who had nothing to do with the original incident, has Bruce considered that he may have put him off balance and surprised the Belgian by kicking him and taking his legs from under him ?
If you don't want to see players sent off for things like this, what do you want them to do Steve ?
Dissent and then taking a player late and dangerously ... see Jake Livermore for example. Funny that he did not comment on that one ? Perhaps the ref didn't have a very good day, but you get what you receive officials the opportunity to give.
It did turn the game in Tottenham's favour, but then Fazio's sending off against Manchester City was harsh, but justified ... and look what happened there.
Best look at your own mis-firing
side than the referee. He hasn't been at the rest of your
games this season, but all those yellow and black striped shirts
|Other scores during this week :|
|Chelsea||2||West Bromwich Albion||0||Saturday|
|Everton||2||West Ham United||1||Saturday|
|Manchester City||2||Swansea City||1||Saturday|
|6||West Ham United||12||5||3||4||20||16||18||+4|
|13||West Bromwich Albion||12||3||4||5||13||17||13||-4|
Position before match : 12th
Position after match : 10th
Position after the weekend : 10th
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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