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Spurs 2-2 Hull (8-7 penalties) - Brad reflects on thriller

Posted on 31 October 2013  - 13:03

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel admitted Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup clash against Hull City could have gone either way in extra time.

Brad saves Aaron McLean's opening penaltyThe match-winning save from Ahmed Elmohamady's effortCelebrating after the game

With the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, we fell behind to Paul McShane’s header in the first period of extra time before Harry Kane brought us back level – forcing the penalty shootout in which we eventually secured our place in the fifth round.

It was a thrilling game in which both sides had led for a time, and the thrilling nature of the contest was not lost on Brad – especially as the game entered its added half-hour.

“The extra time was hit and miss,” said the 42-year-old. “The first half was theirs, the second half was ours and it was nice to come through on penalties.”

Earlier in the game, Gylfi Sigurdsson had fired us into the lead with a spectacular strike, before Hull levelled when Curtis Davies saw his effort hit Brad and creep inside the far post.

“I thought we were outstanding in the first half,” our keeper continued. “They then scored a very lucky goal. Actually, he should have scored and not hit it into me!

“It went to 1-1, but I thought we finished well in the second half and maybe should have won.”

Brad was the hero of the penalty shootout which finally decided the tie, saving Hull’s first and last penalties – from Aaron McLean and Ahmed Elmohahady – to see us into the next round.

And our experienced stopper spoke of his delight after a lengthy, dramatic night at the Lane.

“The penalties were outstanding,” he said. “Their goalkeeper said to me after the third: ‘these are good penalties,’ and we both dived the right way on a number of them, so they had to be in the corner. Luckily for us, two of theirs weren’t.

“It’s a great feeling, of course it is. There is no pressure on the goalkeepers in a shoot-out. It’s all on the takers, and I thought our takers were outstanding. There is far more pressure on the takers.

“We all want to win a trophy this season so it’s nice to be in the hat.”

We’re at home to West Ham United in the fifth round, on a date to be confirmed in the week commencing December 16.