Tottenham Hotspur overcame a dour first half to score two delightful goals en route to a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane over Hull City. And while the team played well overall (first half notwithstanding), two players were overall head and shoulders above the rest of the team in overall performance.
It's tough to choose which player deserves it more, so we're leaving it up to a vote. Who's your pick for Spurs' Man of the Match against Hull City?
Danny Rose had another fine match against Hull City, and excelled in a match where the Tigers focused most of their attacks on the opposite side of the field. It's a testament to how good Rose has been defensively lately: Hull prefers attacking down the right through Elmhohamady, but found slightly easier pickings attacking the side defended by Ryan Mason and Eric Dier. This also benefitted Rose by giving him more freedom to get forward as he wasn't focusing all of his energies on defending. Rose showed some glimpses of the temperamental gaffe machine that we remember from a couple of seasons ago – he possibly could've been sent off at the end of the match for scrapping with a Hull player while on a yellow – but his goal, Tottenham's second, was sublime. He timed his run into the box perfectly to meet Mason's chipped through ball and slammed home the volley. It showed a continuing evolution of Rose's vision and football intelligence, and proved again why Mauricio Pochettino has had faith in his ability almost since day 1.
In recent weeks, Erik Lamela has gone from strength to strength. After spending the better part of two seasons tagged as a flop--albeit a hard-working flop--he's finally started to add some end product to his notable workrate. As the season winds to a close, Lamela seems like he's hitting his stride at Tottenham.
On Saturday, he was his usual industrious self, and found himself at the heart of most of Spurs' best attacking moves. After a fairly listless first half from the men in lilywhite, Lamela turned the game up to eleven with a moment of magic. We've seen him try these ambitious through balls before, but for whatever reason his creative passing has never really clicked. But early on in the second half, for one moment Lamela finally put it all together. He slid a perfect ball in behind the Hull defense to put Nacer Chadli one on one with the keeper, and the Belgian made no mistake.
The goal energized the team and Spurs never looked back. Without Lamela's sparkling assist, Spurs fans may have once again seen their team toil fruitlessly before succumbing to a disappointing defeat against lower-table opposition.
Who's your Tottenham Hotspur Man of the Match? Give us your thoughts in the comments!