Premier League – Tottenham ease past Hull as relegation battle goes to the wire
Premier League, White Hart Lane – Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Chadli 61, Rose 71) Hull City 0.
The first half was goalless, but both sides had chances. Spurs went closest when Erik Lamela turned a cross at the near post just wide of the woodwork, and Eric Dier flicked a cross over at the start of the half.
Hull had the best chance, though, when Nikica Jelavic found himself with room to shoot from a corner, crashing a shot from close range against the bar. Jelavic also went close with an overhead kick that sailed just over.
In the second half, Spurs took the lead just after the hour mark when Chadli’s diagonal run was found by Erik Lamela, and he rounded Steve Harper for an easy conversion. 10 minutes later, it was two as Ryan Mason’s magnificent chipped pass found Rose, who volleyed home.
In the dying moments of the match Rose should have been sent off but the referee decided to be lenient.
Harry Kane runs with the ball against Hull City
13’ – DIER HEADER – Lamela crosses in from the left, and Dier flicks a header at the near post wide of goal.
18’ – JELAVIC HITS THE POST – Elmohamady swings in a cross, everyone misses it by Dier who glances it straight to Jelavic, and he fires a cross crashing against the bar.
29’ – JELAVIC SHOT – Brady crosses for N’Doye, but it’s a little to high. Elmohamady gets the chance to cross again, and Jelavic pulls off and overhead kick with just a yard or so over.
37’ – LAMELA MISS – Kane picks out Mason’s run into the box, and he wriggles free of his marker, Quinn, and his pass to the near post is fired wide by Lamela.
54’ – GOAL! Spurs 1-0 Hull. Chadli scores – James Chester fails to get goalside of Chadli’s diagonal run, and Lamela’s pass is converted by Chadli, who rounds the ‘keeper to finish.
61’ – GOAL! Spurs 2-0 Hull. Rose scores – Brady’s corner is eventually claimed by Lloris, who puns the ball down the pitch for Chadli to chase, and reach. Dembele comes inside, the ball is worked to Mason, who lifts a magnificent, chipped pass over the defence for Rose, running into the box and he hooks a graceful volley past Harper.
70’ – HULL CHANCES – Ridiculous. Hernandez has one shot from 8 yards out, it hits Dier. He has another, it’s blocked. It loops up, he tries an overhead kick. It’s blocked, it comes to N’Doye, and he fires wide from six yards.
Danny Rose celebrates his goal
Tottenham have won five and lost none of their last seven Barclays Premier League fixtures against Hull City.
Hull have scored just five goals in eight Premier League games against Spurs and never more than once in a match.
However, Kane has scored just once in his last seven Premier League appearances.
Hull City have never won a Premier League game in the month of May (W0 D3 L9).
Hull have suffered from Steve Bruce’s failure to integrate his summer signings. Andrew Robertson is a promising signing from Scotland but after a bright start he failed to maintain his form.Abel Hernandez arrived with a big price tag and an inability to adapt to English football. Gaston Ramirez was not reinvigorated by a move up North, and Hatem Ben Arfa was a total failure. Hull have suffered from quality across the pitch, and Bruce’s signings were all disappointments. If they go down, this will be a large reason why.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Danny Rose (Spurs): It takes gumption to dye your hair bright red as a Spurs player, but his aggressive attacking display against Hull was convincing. He pushed Hull back high up the pitch, forcing them to concede possession, and his defending was better than usual. His goal was fantastic, and his recklessness in almost getting sent off was amusing. All you want from a full-back.
Spurs: Lloris 6, Dier 6, Fazio 6, Vertonghen 6, Rose 7, Bentaleb 6, Mason 6, Chadli 7, Eriksen 6, Lamela 7, Kane 6. Subs: Dembele 6, Stambouli 6, Soldado 6.
Hull: Harper 6, Chester 5, Dawson 6, McShane 6, Elmohamady 6, Meyler 6, Huddlestone 5, Quinn 6, Brady 6, Jelavić 6, N’Doye 6. Subs: Hernández 5, Robertson 6.