Spurs 3-0 Hull
Report from the Lane
14 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Christian Eriksen netted twice for the second Premier League game running at White Hart Lane as we cruised to a 3-0 win against Hull City on Wednesday evening.
Eriksen struck either side of half-time to put us in control of the game before Victor Wanyama grabbed his second goal for the club with 27 minutes remaining to secure the points.
The Danish midfielder had full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to thank for assisting both his goals, the first coming after 14 minutes when Rose surged down the left and set up Eriksen to drill home from 15 yards.
Former Spur Jake Livermore was twice denied by Hugo Lloris before Hull’s goalkeeper David Marshall made a good stop from Dele before the break, while Livermore was in the thick of the action again on 60 minutes when he saw a shot blocked by Rose before his second attempt was saved by Lloris.
We were always the more dominant side though and doubled our lead three minutes later, Walker this time breaking into the area to deliver a low cross which Eriksen tapped in at the back post.
And the points were wrapped up in the 73rd minute when Eriksen brought an excellent save out of Marshall with a 25-yard free-kick, the keeper tipping the ball onto the post, but he was helpless to prevent Wanyama converting the rebound.
Mauricio Pochettino made two changes to the team that started at Old Trafford on Sunday. Eric Dier returned as one of three centre-backs, replacing the injured Mousa Dembele in the starting line-up. Meanwhile, Moussa Sissoko started in place of Heung-Min Son. The visitors had all four of their former Spurs in their matchday squad with Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Livermore all starting, with Ryan Mason stepping off the bench.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 Hull – Christian Eriksen – 14mins
After a bright start in which we dominated possession, we made it count with the opening goal in the 14th minute. We kept the ball for a period, Jan Vertonghen clipped a lovely ball down the left flank which Rose collected and burst into the area, cut back onto his right foot and laid it into the path of Eriksen who smashed home from 15 yards. A minute later, Dele tested Marshall with a 30-yarder which the Hull keeper saved low down.
Save: Lloris keeps out Livermore – 33mins
Despite the setback, the visitors grew in confidence and it needed a couple of smart saves from Lloris to keep us in front. First he denied Livermore from a tight angle after he was put through by Adama Diomande, before an even better stop as he tipped Livermore’s close-range effort around the post following a neat spell of Hull possession.
Chance: Dele denied by Marshall – 36mins
We were quickly back on the offensive and when Dele made a break from midfield, Dier found him with an excellent ball from inside his own half. Dele controlled on his chest, cut inside and fired goalwards but Marshall made a fine save to keep him out. Vertonghen then went on a surging run through the heart of the Hull defence, only for Dawson to block his eventual shot.
Above: Christian Eriksen applauds our fans.
Off the line: Livermore close to equaliser – 60mins
The second half started in a very scrappy fashion, neither side really able to get the ball down and play until the Tigers almost levelled on the hour mark. We were appealing for a foul at one end which wasn’t given, Hull broke away and Diomande found Livermore inside the area. His first shot was blocked by Rose but he picked up the rebound and drilled goalwards, only for Lloris to deny him with an outstretched leg.
Goal: Spurs 2-0 Hull – Christian Eriksen – 63mins
Having seen our first goal created by one full-back, this time it was Walker down the right who did the damage. Dier dinked a ball over Andrew Robertson to set the England international surging towards the byline and his low ball across the face of goal was turned in by Eriksen at the far post. Shortly afterwards, Walker’s 25-yard drive brought a good save out of Marshall as we stepped up our attacking impetus.
Goal: Spurs 3-0 Hull – Victor Wanyama – 73mins
Ten minutes later and it was 3-0… but how close was Eriksen to completing his hat-trick?! Rose was upended by Dawson 25 yards from goal in a central position, Eriksen stepped up and hit a delightful free-kick over the wall, only for Marshall to make a superb save and flick the ball onto the post. The rebound fell nicely for Wanyama who half-volleyed into the back of the net from a tight angle on the right.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"I’m happy, very pleased to get the three points to stay close to the top four. We played today with a different formation, looking to use our full-backs more as wing-backs and that worked well. In some periods of the game we played well and that was fantastic in the way we scored."
Victor Wanyama said
"We needed to win this game. We had a tough game at United, could have got something from the game but didn’t and coming into this game was a bit tough, but we’re happy we got the three points. They kept pressing us, then we scored the third and managed to control the game. It was an important win."
Spurs (3-4-2-1): Lloris (c); Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Walker, Wanyama, Eriksen, Rose; Dele (Winks 62), Sissoko (Onomah 85); Kane (Son 74). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Nkoudou.
Hull (5-3-2): Marshall; Elmohamady, Maguire, Dawson (c), Davies, Robertson; Huddlestone, Livermore (Meyler 74), Clucas (Mason 66); Snodgrass (Bowen 84), Diomande. Substitutes (not used): Jakupovic, Maloney, Weir, Henriksen.
Goals: Spurs – Eriksen 14, 63, Wanyama 73.
Yellow cards: Hull – Maguire, Davies.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
It’s back-to-back home games this week as we return here to White Hart Lane on Sunday to face Burnley in the Premier League. The Clarets are yet to win away from Turf Moor this season, including a 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup and have scored just once on the road in eight games. But they are 13th in the table thanks to their fine home form and will still provide a stern test this weekend.