Tottenham Hotspur have played themselves into a bit of trouble in the race for fourth place, dropping points for the second game in a row. A match against Hull City with loanee Jake Livermore unable to play looked like a great opportunity for a bounceback performance, but Spurs lacked bite and energy in a 1-1 draw.
Spurs had a brilliant early chance in the 11th minute, when Emmanuel Adebayor had a stinging shot stopped by Steve Harper, but they conceded a goal just a minute later. The entire Spurs back line was partially at fault, getting out of position on a 50-50 aerial ball that was deflected into the path of Shane Long, who applied a finish.
Very little happened between then and the game's second goal, scored by Paulinho in the 61st minute. A pass from Danny Rose off a free kick took a lucky path before it fell to the Brazilian's feet, but there was nothing lucky about the finish. He turned quickly and blasted a shot past Harper from just inside the box, equalizing for Spurs.
The rest of the game was predictable, with Spurs controlling possession and struggling to create clear chances while Hull failed to get a grip, but looked dangerous on the counter. Both teams missed some solid half-chances, but in the end, a 1-1 draw was a fair result.