|COMPETITION||League Cup Round 4|
|DATE||Wednesday 30th October 2013|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
As teams like their own surroundings, our opponents in this League Cup tie will have been to Hull and back by the time they arrive back at White hart Lane for a second meeting in four days.
After what AVB said following Sunday's 1-0 defeat, I better not say too much for fear of being too negative.
Besides, most of what I said ahead of Sunday's game applies again, but with Hull's skeleton side showing more of the same in this match, making it an even less appetising prospect.
Suffice to say Tottenham will go through to the quarter finals ... hopefully in 90 minutes, with Erik Lamela opening his account for the club.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 1 Hull City 0|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs are expected to be without Younes Kaboul (thigh), Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Danny Rose (toe).
HULL CITY TEAM NEWS :
Alan McGregor misses out in goal, with Steve Harper coming in as cover for the thigh strain victim, while, at the other end of the pitch, but Sone Aluko faces a late tests on his shin injury. James Chester misses out with a hamstring strain, Danny Graham with a knee knock and Jake Livermore cannot play as he is on loan from Spurs.
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Tottenham Hotspur 1 (1) Hull City 1 (0)
Spurs won 8-7 on
penalties after the game ended 2-2 after extra time
Friedel (o.g.) 53
|Penalties (Spurs took first kick; penalties taken at the Paxton Road end)|
Lamela n (saved)
Elmohamady n (saved)
Defoe (simulation) 76
|Crowd : 35,617||Weather : Mild(ish), some little drizzle|
|Referee : Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. S. Bennett ; Mr. J. Brooks|
|Fourth Official : Mr. M. Russell||-|
|Hull City kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.|
|GAME TIME : 90 + 5 minutes; E.T. 30 +2 minutes|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Hull City :||kit|
18 Jermain DEFOE
15 Paul McSHANE
6 Curtis DAVIES
4 Alex BRUCE (33 Nick PROSCHWITZ 34)
2 Liam ROSENIOR
|Manager : Andre Villas-Boas||Manager : Steve Bruce|
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Three days on and it was Hull
back at White Hart Lane, but this time in a one off, winner takes
all League Cup tie. And Hull played in a more expansive manner, just
as Steve Bruce had told TalkSport they would, but that still didn't
stop them sticking many men behind the ball and having David Mayler
and Paul McShane using every trick they have learned to the maximum
With the final whistle, extra time was due and the teams were getting last minute instructions from the managers, when people started heading home from the crowd. You can see what AVB means.
The tactic at the start of extra time was to run at the Hull goal, with Lamela doing well to the edge of the box, but being shepherded away as he got within shooting range, then Chiriches brought the ball forward and had a shot that won a corner off Davies. However, from that corner, Hull won one of their own, with Walker having to sprint back to concede it. Having cleared the ball, in Tottenham's next move, they worked the ball around the box until there was space for Gylfi to strike a shot similar to McLean's in the second half. Same position and same result as it went past the keeper's left hand post. When Hull got up to the Tottenham end, they won two quick corners and from the second played in by Boyd, McShane rose unmarked to head powerfully into the roof of the net with 100 minutes approaching on the clock.
It was a blow coming at a time when Spurs had looked like scoring, but they went again and Walker and Lamela both had shots blocked by Tigers defenders before ET half-time.
No entertainment, but the players all had a breather and more instruction form the coaches, whereas they used to turn straight round and get on with it. The second period started with Spurs pushing for the equaliser and Kaboul got to a corner with his head, but was off the mark once more. Tired legs meant play was switching ends and substitute Gedo was released down the right hand channel and he smacked a shot at goal which rose over the bar, but should have shown a bit more composure to hit the target at that stage of the game.
It proved a costly miss, with Harry Kane showing more of a finisher's coolness. 108 minutes were played when the young England striker took the ball from his senior partner and pushed the ball left of the D, before he hit a low angles shot back across the goalie and it found the bottom corner of the net. It was a nicely taken goal for his first in domestic competition and hopefully, it will give him great confidence for the future. Defoe was doing all he could to win it for Spurs at the death, with one shot into the side netting, one swerving wide and another blocked out by McShane. The Hull legs were starting to go and Spurs looked the more likely team to score for the first time in a while. Walker, Paulinho and Sigurdsson all had shooting chances before the end, but all failed to hit the target and the final whistle in extra time brought the lottery of penalties ... something we traditionally don't excel at.
Spurs started the shoot-out, with Sigurdsson taking a good penalty to score, then Aaron McLean, who had earlier had a laugh when caught in a painful area by a stray boot by counting what was left in his shorts, stepped up for the first City penalty. His low shot to Friedel's right saw the keeper grab the ball to keep it out and gave Tottenham the early advantage. All was going well, as both sides converted their spot kicks and then Erik Lamela stepped up for the fourth Spurs shot. His low shot was to Jakupovic's left and near the corner, but it didn't quite have enough pace on it to take it past the keeper. So we were back to level pegging.
As player after player came up and put their kick away, you wondered where it was going to end. McShane had a close shave, with his shot going in off the underside of the bar and then Kyle Walker's shot went low to the goalie's right and beat his dive to make it 8-7 to Tottenham. Villain of the piece from Saturday, however much Steve Bruce thought it was a joke, Ahmed Elmohamady then ran up to take his kick and he put it to Friedel's right. Brad had been progressively going down in slow-motion as the kicks went on, but his body fell the right way and he blocked it with his knees to Spurs through for only the third time on penalties in their history.
So, a night that started with a cracker, went through a few scares and ended with a thrilling shoot-out, but in between, questions are still there. Was it that the players were swapped so much that they are finding it hard to find a pattern to their play ? Are the pace men in Townsend and Lennon missing from the line-up making it harder to play wide and forcing play through a congested middle ? Are we still missing the goal-scorer, who can make something out of nothing ?
These and many more questions made the radio phone-ins, as Spurs fans phoned up complaining about the football, the fact that we are winning, but not by enough goals and that one fan would be happy for us to finish fifth, but to see more entertaining football.
While it was unusual that we own on penalties, it is a little reassuring that some things never change.
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|Other scores in this round :|
|Birmingham City||4||Stoke City (win 4-2 on pens; 3-3 after 90 mins)||4||Saturday|
|Manchester United||4||Norwich City||0||Tuesday|
|Burnley||0||West Ham United||2||Tuesday|
|Newcastle United||0||Manchester City (a.e.t. 0-0 at 90 mins)||2||Wednesday|
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