Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City –
Final Score/Result: Tottenham 1-0 Hull City
Man Of The Match: Andros Townsend
Tottenham Hotspur grabbed all three points against Hull City as Roberto Soldado another winner from the penalty spot.
Four of Tottenham’s six wins the league this season has come with a 1-0 score line, and three of them were won by a Roberto Soldado penalty. Andre Villas Boas won’t complain though, as his side climbed back into the top four with this victory. But Hull and Steve Bruce left disappointed as the decision to award the penalty was certainly questionable, and perhaps denied the away side from earning a well-deserved draw.
Tottenham dominated possession from the start, but failed to create too many clear cut openings – a story which would be repeated in the second half as well. Hull City had limited opportunities as well, but they looked dangerous from set pieces and Tom Huddlestone came close to scoring with a wonderful volley from a corner.
Andros Townsend was once again the man Tottenham looked up for a bit a spark and creativity upfront and the Tottenham winger almost got himself knocked out in his endeavour to provide that as ran off the pitch and collided with the photographers past the hoardings. But he recovered from the knock and came back on the pitch once again.
Just when it looked like Hull City will be able to earn a draw at White Hart Lane for their wonderful effort, Tottenham were given a lifeline as referee Michael Oliver awarded a questionable penalty top the home side. Vertonghen was in possession of the ball on the left and his attempted cross was blocked by Ahmed Elmohamady’s arms. But the replay showed that the ball had actually deflected of his thigh into his arms, which were close to his body and the handball wasn’t intentional.
Roberto Soldado stepped up and scored from the resultant penalty to win the match for Spurs, but Hull City deserved more out of this game.
Andre Villas Boas complimented his side for their persistence against a side who made it hard to them to score. He feels that his win puts them in a good position in the league.
“It was never going to be easy against a team that defended their goal so well. Their objective was to prevent us from scoring that first goal and it was a strategy that almost worked for them.
“The difference today is that we were patient. I compliment the boys for what they did, it was a great work-rate. We did it for ourselves and came out with an important win that puts us in a very good position in the league.” – The Tottenham Hotspur manager said.
The former Chelsea manager has however sympathized with Steve Bruce and his side for losing this match based on a ‘harsh decision’.
“It was a harsh decision, difficult for the ref to judge. Sometimes they are not given and Brucey will be devastated by that decision.” – He added.
Villas Boas was also critical of the Tottenham supporters and the negative atmosphere that was created in White Hart Lane, which almost made them feel like an away side. He has urged to fans to get behind his side.
“We looked like the away team. We played in a difficult atmosphere with almost no support.
“We have a wonderful set of fans but they can do better. We don’t need the negativity of today.”
“Away from home their support has been amazing; we play with no fear and we need that atmosphere at White Hart Lane.
“We didn’t have the support we should have done. There was much anxiety from the stands, the players had to do it alone.
“We spoke about it at half-time. I told the players that we would have to do it on our own. They had to dig deep and look for the strength within themselves. They also believed that it’s not easy to play in this stadium when the atmosphere is like this.” – he told the press.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce was furious with the referee’s decision and felt that his side has been ‘robbed’.
“I feel for the team and the supporters, to be denied the point that we deserved.
“It’s a joke decision. I shouldn’t say this and I might get fined, but would we have got it? I’m not so sure.
“We’ve got men in there that have been robbed.
“It hits his leg for a start and then goes up and hits his arm. How do you give a penalty in that situation?
“We have more directives and meetings and all this nonsense, and they are all getting assessed up in the stands, but then they give decisions like that which just baffles me and I have to ask the question, would we have got it?
“The players are desperate to play in the Premier League but they are questioning it because of a joke decision. [The referee] couldn’t wait to give it.”
“After the game we spoke [With Michael Oliver], but what difference does it make?
“It is the same old thing. He’s ballsed it up. If my player made a decision like that I wouldn’t be playing him next week and if I kept making decisions like that I would get the sack.
“Villas-Boas absolutely, totally agreed. He is going to go and see it and know it is a soft one and in my opinion it is not right, not for the stakes we are playing for – a big game, at White Hart Lane and he has robbed the players of a well-earned point.
“We could get relegated by a point – you never know, it is too early yet, but it is what it is.” – The Hull City manager said.
Tottenham v Hull City – Statistics
Andros Townsend was once again the dangerous attacker that Tottenham had on the pitch. He looked like the only Spurs player who could create something. Townsend troubled Boyd and Figueroa on the right and put them on the back foot. He ended up hurting himself while falling behind the advertising hoardings into a pit, but showed his grit and determination to come back onto the pitch despite twisting his arm. The above heat-map depicts his movement and positioning on the pitch.