Deja vu as Spurs come from behind to win on the road again with victory at Hull
PUBLISHED: 18:03 23 November 2014 | UPDATED: 18:42 23 November 2014
Christian Eriksen scored a 90th-minute winner as Tottenham came from behind to win on the road in the Premier League for the second time in a row.
Spurs had overturned a 1-0 deficit in their previous away day at Aston Villa, netting a decisive 90th-minute goal to triumph 2-1 – and they repeated the feat at Hull’s KC Stadium today.
Former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore struck an early opener and the hosts had the lead at the break.
However, City’s Gaston Ramirez was shown a straight red card soon after the interval and Harry Kane equalised on the hour-mark, taking his tally to 11 goals in 16 games for the Lilywhites.
Tottenham had another half an hour to find a winner, with an extra man, and Roberto Soldado, Kane and Erik Lamela missed good chances.
It seemed Mauricio Pochettino and his players would have to be content with a draw but, in the 90th minute, Eriksen found the bottom corner from 20 yards to take Spurs up to 10th in the table – level on points with Arsenal and Everton and two points off the top four.
There were six changes to the Spurs side that had lost at home against Stoke before the international break, largely due to injury and suspension.
Danny Rose’s absence gave Ben Davies his first Premier League start for Spurs, while Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Lamela and Soldado all returned to the line-up.
The in-form Kane had started the last game up front but this time he dropped back into the No10 role behind Soldado.
Meanwhile, the Hull line-up included three ex-Tottenham players – Tom Huddlestone, Livermore and former Spurs captain Michael Dawson, who faced his old club for the first time since his departure in the summer.
Soldado registered the first shot on target, forcing a low save from Allan McGregor from just outside the box, but Hull took the lead in the eighth minute.
Fazio headed the ball into the ground and Livermore ran onto it 25 yards out, took a touch and fired low into the bottom left corner – but he declined to celebrate against his old team.
Kane tried his luck with a bouncing effort at the other end, but Spurs were lucky to escape another setback.
Hugo Lloris came to claim Huddlestone’s free-kick but failed to gather it, palming the ball down to Gaston Ramirez, who saw his shot well blocked by a combination of Fazio and Ryan Mason.
Lloris redeemed himself moments later with a superb low save from Robbie Brady and, when the ball came out to Ramirez, he got down again to tip the ball away from the bottom corner. The ball fell to Hatem Ben Arfa, with Lloris grounded, but the Hull man blazed his effort wastefully over the bar.
Spurs did not panic and kept the ball on the ground, with Eriksen taking a touch on the edge of the box and firing towards the top right corner, with the ball being deflected just wide.
Eriksen then burst through the middle of the pitch and freed Lamela, who had time to set his sights before hitting his first-time strike, but it was straight at McGregor, who saved.
Eriksen went on to create a golden opportunity at the end of the first half, firing a low ball across the goalmouth, but no-one in a Spurs shirt gambled to apply the killer touch – including the supposed penalty-box poacher Soldado.
Pochettino made a half-time change, with Vlad Chiriches replacing Dier – who had been booked - at right-back, and Hull were reduced to 10 men soon after the restart.
Ramirez was challenged inside the Spurs half and, while lying on the ground, he kicked out at Vertonghen, who made the most of it and collapsed on the ground. Referee Craig Pawson dismissed the Uruguayan.
Spurs sought to make the most of their sudden numerical advantage and the industrious Mason swept in an inviting cross to the back post, but the sliding Soldado was unable to get there in time.
Pochettino made his second change, swapping Dembele for Aaron Lennon just before the hour-mark, and Spurs promptly equalised as Eriksen’s free kick hit the left post and Kane pounced to put the rebound into the empty net.
Spurs had the momentum, with their visiting fans roaring them on, and they pushed for a winning goal.
Eriksen lofted the ball to the back post, where Lennon waited unmarked, but Vertonghen took the ball away from him with an ambitious overhead kick that went wide.
Chiriches then got down the right and played in a low cross for Soldado, who miscued his shot from the centre of the penalty box and watched as it trickled wide of the back post.
Moments later the Lilywhites created an even better chance as Lennon crossed for Kane, and he seemed certain to score from five yards out, only to head wide.
The relieved McGregor was forced into action as Mason sent a 25-yard strike arrowing towards the top corner, and Lamela then cut in off the left wing into the centre of the box but lashed his shot high and wide.
There was just time for one more chance, though, and Eriksen took it in trademark style, taking a touch to create some space just outside the penalty area and firing low across McGregor to send the travelling supporters into ecstacy.
Tottenham: Lloris, Dier (Chiriches 45), Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele (Lennon 59), Mason, Lamela, Kane, Eriksen, Soldado (Paulinho 79)