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Lads lift Barclays Asia Trophy

Posted on 31 July 2009  - 12:00

Robbie Keane netted twice and Aaron Lennon added the late icing on the cake as we beat Hull City 3-0 to win the Barclays Asia Trophy in Beijing on Friday.

Lads lift Barclays Asia Trophy

Robbie Keane netted twice and Aaron Lennon added the late icing on the cake as we beat Hull City 3-0 to win the Barclays Asia Trophy in Beijing on Friday.

It was another impressive display at the Worker's Stadium and the winning tally could easily have been greater as Hull were pinned back in their own half for much of the encounter.

Keane opened the scoring in a dominant first half display and after Heurelho Gomes made two saves in a minute in Hull's best spell in the second half, Jermain Defoe was brought down and the captain made no mistake from the spot.

It was then left to Lennon to drill home Kyle Naughton's cross from close range with two minutes left to complete the job.

There was a one-minute silence before kick-off following the sad passing of Sir Bobby Robson and both sets of players sported black armbands as a mark of respect.

The opening exchanges were more end-to-end than on Wednesday against West Ham with Hull showing attacking intent, but the first incisive move came from Keane when he attempted to play in Defoe, but the scorer of the winner in the opening game was squeezed out.

Lennon zipped down the right and drilled in a low cross but an orange shirt was quickest to read his intentions.

Luka Modric lofted a ball over the top and into the path of Keane moments later but Tony Warner in the Hull goal managed to advance and block, Steve Mouyokolo doing likewise when Modric found himself in a shooting position after having earlier attempted to supply Keane.

The passing and movement became more and more fluent as the 15 minute mark approached and Lennon was displaying speed and skill in equal measure, rounding Andy Dawson and striking in a shot that took a deflection before the outstretched arm of Warner managed to divert.

Modric displayed wonderful vision in the 16th minute with an outstanding crossfield pass that set Keane scampering away on goal, the skipper taking the ball in his stride before firing past Warner. The goalkeeper got a hand to the shot, but could not prevent the goal.

A combination of Lennon and Defoe came close to extending the lead before Daniel Cousin shook off the attentions of Tom Huddlestone and drilled across the face of the goal guarded by Heurelho Gomes.

Defoe forced a fine save out of Warner down low to his right after a clever pass from Jermaine Jenas before Gomes was called into action with a smart stop to deny ex-Spur Dean Marney.

Defoe looked set to score in the 36th minute when he superby controlled a Huddlestone ball over the top and poked past Warner but also just beyond the post.

The pressure was applied again at the beginning of the second half, with Modric central in most attacking forays. Hull's response was a thumping drive from Marney that flew just wide.

Jenas, back in the side after a hip problem, was replaced by Kyle Naughton just after the hour, just before two excellent saves from Gomes to deny Geovanni and Caleb Folan.

Huddlestone turned provider again in the 69th minute, feeding Defoe who was in turn upended by Warner.

Referee Mr Atkinson pointed to the spot and Keane did the honours, stroking to Warner's left to double the advantage and record his second of the night.

Alan Hutton was next to be introduced, taking the place of Pascal Chimbonda with Jake Livermore soon following for Palacios.

Two of the substitutes played a significant part in the third goal as Hutton raided down the right and fed Naughton, who picked his cross perfectly for Lennon to finish in style two minutes from time.

Spurs: Gomes, Chimbonda (Hutton 77), Assou-Ekotto, Corluka, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas (Naughton 62), Palacios (Livermore 83), Modric, Keane, Defoe. Unused subs: Cudicini, Dervite, Rose, Obika, Pavlyuchenko, Bostock, O'Hara.

Hull: Warner, Doyle (Cooper, 85), Mouyokolo, Zayatte, Dawson, Featherstone (Kilbane, 61), Marney, Boateng (Halmosi, 81), Carney (Atkinson, 74), Barmby (Geovanni, 46), Cousin (Folan, 59).