Second half goals from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose ensured a winning finale to our home campaign in this season’s Barclays Premier League as we enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Hull City at the Lane on Saturday afternoon.
After a goalless first period, Belgian midfielder Chadli opened the scoring nine minutes after the interval before Rose wrapped up the points with a second on 61 minutes.
It was a result which saw us climb back up to sixth in the table with just one more game to come at Everton next Sunday.
Team news saw just the one change from last week’s defeat at Stoke City, Rose coming into the side for the suspended Vlad Chiriches, while there were returns to White Hart Lane for Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone in the Hull line-up.
It was a relatively low-key start to the contest and it took eight minutes before either side carved out an opportunity. Erik Lamela scooped a lovely pass out wide to Harry Kane who advanced into the area and let fly, only for his shot to be blocked. From the corner routine, Federico Fazio headed well over the bar.
Lamela then saw his shot blocked by Dawson five minutes later and this time from the Argentine’s near post corner, Eric Dier got up first to meet the centre but couldn’t direct his header goalwards.
Although not seeing a great deal of the ball, the visitors did create three good chances to open the scoring as the half progressed.
Fazio’s clearance on 17 minutes only found Dame N’Doye out on the right flank, he delivered a deep cross which Nikica Jelavic headed wide on the stretch. And moments later the Croatian striker went closer still, controlling with his chest and firing against the crossbar when Ahmed Elmohamady’s centre fell to him at the back post.
There was another moment of alarm on 24 minutes when N’Doye’s header set Jelavic away through the middle, Hugo Lloris slipped as he started to come and smother the danger but Dier had the pace and strength to get the better of the Hull striker and cleared away.
There was a nice ebb and flow about the contest and it was our turn to go close just before the half hour mark. Christian Eriksen skipped past his man 25 yards out and slipped a ball into Kane down the left, his low ball to the far post just evading Chadli and going out for a goal-kick.
And Kane was involved again on 37 minutes when he clipped a ball over the top to Ryan Mason who got the better of Paul McShane to get to the byline and cut back for Lamela. Unfortunately it was just behind the midfielder and he fired wide reaching for the ball, the two sides going in goalless at the interval.
Desperately needing a win to boost their survival hopes, it was Hull who began on the offensive in the second half, McShane heading over from a corner before Stephen Quinn’s cross was just missed by Jelavic but hit Rose behind him and just rolled past the post.
Suddenly though, we were ahead with our first real attack of the half on 54 minutes. Lamela picked up possession and advanced forwards before sliding a delightful defence-splitting pass with the perfect weight for Chadli to latch onto, and he rounded Harper before slotting into an empty net.
It was a goal which seemed to really deflate the visitors and lifted the atmosphere around the Lane as we stepped up a gear and soon doubled our lead. As we probed for another opening in the Hull defence, the ball came to Mason on the edge of the area, he dinked a ball over the top to find Rose who sliced his volley from eight yards into the top right corner of Harper’s net.
The Tigers weren’t giving up without a fight however and almost got back in the game following an almighty scramble on 71 minutes, only some superb defending keeping them out. Substitute Abel Hernandez saw his first shot well blocked by Dier and Fazio headed his second effort off the line before N’Doye slid the rebound just past the far post. Moments later, Lloris saved Quinn’s drive from 12 yards to preserve our two-goal lead.
There was a late chance for Kane to add to his 30 goals for the season when he was put through with a fine pass from Lamela, but he couldn’t beat Harper with a low drive as Dawson slid in to block.
That was the last action of note, the final whistle bringing the curtain down on another season of football here at the Lane.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Mason (Stambouli 79), Lamela, Eriksen (Dembele 58), Chadli, Kane (Soldado 90). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Yedlin, Paulinho, Townsend.
Hull (3-5-2): Harper, Chester, Dawson, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone (Robertson 71), Quinn, Brady, Jelavić (Hernandez 62), N’Doye. Substitutes (not used): McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Sagbo, Aluko.
Goals: Spurs – Chadli 54, Rose 61.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Mason, Bentaleb, Rose. Hull – Meyler.
Referee: Andrew Taylor.