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Close but not enough

Posted on 5 October 2008  - 12:00

Geovanni's thunderbolt first-half free-kick was all that separated the sides as we suffered our third home defeat of the season at the hands of Hull City.

Close but not enough

Geovanni's thunderbolt first-half free-kick was all that separated the sides as we suffered our third home defeat of the season at the hands of Hull City.

It was an entertaining encounter throughout with plenty of effort and endeavour from Juande Ramos' side.

But for all the chances created, we failed to find the equaliser we deserved and remain at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League going into the latest international break.

It was frantic from the start and we came out of the traps fast, forcing visiting goalkeeper Boaz Myhill into two early saves.

Both chances came about in goalmouth scrambles but neither Gareth Bale nor Roman Pavlyuchenko could force the ball past the Welsh international stopper.

In between the two chances, Geovanni had the chance to give Hull the lead, and although he blazed over from six yards on that occasion, he put his side in-front on nine minutes.

The Brazilian struck an unstoppable free-kick from a full 30 yards which angled perfectly into Heurelho Gomes' right-hand top corner, giving the keeper no chance whatsoever.

It was a tough blow to take so early on, but our heads did not drop and we arguably had the better of the first half overall.

Fraizer Campbell struck the side-netting after a quickly-taken Jermaine Jenas free-kick on 15 minutes, and we were to hit Myhill's woodwork twice before the break.

First, on 22 minutes, Bale unleashed his own 30-yard screamer of a free-kick, which the keeper did fantastically well to tip onto the bar.

Two minutes before half-time, we were denied again when Aaron Lennon pulled the ball across the face of goal for Jonathan Woodgate to run onto for the finish. But his goal-bound shot hit defender Michael Turner and was unfortunately deflected onto the post.

Hull also hit the woodwork in the first half when Dean Marney turned on the edge of the box and beat Gomes with his shot, only to see it hit the right-hand upright.

And although Marlon King's fierce 25-yard shot stung the palms of the Brazilian on 39 minutes, the Tigers produced little else other than the goal going forward in the opening period.

We continued to dominate into the second half as we searched for the equaliser we so dearly needed.

A beautiful outside of the boot ball from Luka Modric released substitute Darren Bent on 58 minutes, and although he neatly lifted the ball over the out-rushing Myhill, it rolled agonisingly wide of the post.

More chances followed as Campbell narrowly headed David Bentley's right-wing cross over on the stretch, and Bent was denied again by a splendid Turner tackle after being teed up in the box by Jenas.

With eight minutes remaining, Campbell's cross from the right found Modric at the back post, but the Croatian could only volley over as time ticked away.

And to cap it off, Myhill could only watch as Bale put another delightful free-kick just inches wide with the last kick of the game.

Another save from King on 75 minutes was the only action Gomes saw in the second half, but this fact was sadly not reflected in the scoreline.

Spurs (4-1-4-1): Gomes; Gunter (Bentley, 55), Corluka, Woodgate, Bale; Zokora; Lennon (Giovani, 74), Jenas, Modric, Campbell; Pavlyuchenko (Bent, 35)
Subs not used: Cesar, Dawson, O'Hara, Assou-Ekotto

Hull (4-3-1-2) Myhill; McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson; Marney, Ashbee, Boateng; Geovanni (Halmosi, 71); King (Folan, 81), Cousin (Mendy, 61)
Subs not used: Duke, Hughes, Garcia, Ricketts