Tottenham got back to winning ways on Wednesday, running out comfortable 3-0 winners over Hull City.
Mauricio Pochettino sent out a surprising lineup, putting Eric Dier on the right of a back three with the Belgian boys. Moussa Sissoko made his first start in the league since mid-October, playing alongside Dele Alli behind Harry Kane.
Tottenham old boys Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Jake Livermore all made the Hull lineup in their return to White Hart Lane, while club-record signing Ryan Mason started on the bench.
Spurs started brightly and were soon ahead. Jan Vertonghen released Danny Rose down the left wing. Rose cut inside and checked back to Christian Eriksen, who hammered a left-footed shot into the roof of the net to give Tottenham the lead.
While the home side dominated possession, it was Hull who had the next clear chance. Jake Livermore got on the end of a low Andrew Robertson cross, forcing Hugo Lloris to palm his toe-poked shot around the post.
That seemed to wake Spurs up a bit — Eriksen answered with a mazy dribble into the box. His blocked shot was met with calls for handball, but referee Andre Marriner was unmoved. Dier then found Alli in acres of space behind the Hull backline with a long diagonal ball, but keeper David Marshall was equal to his low drive.
Tottenham started the second half poorly, struggling to keep hold of the ball, and they were very nearly made to pay. Eriksen had a strong penalty shout at one end, going down under pressure as he cut into the box. Again, Marriner was uninterested. While the Spurs players protested, Hull quickly counter attacked. The ball ended up at the feet of Livermore, whose low drive was brilliantly saved by Lloris’ outstretched foot.
Just as Hull looked to be gaining a foothold in the game, Spurs doubled their lead. Kyle Walker made an excellent driving run to the byline, powering all the way into the six-yard box before squaring for Eriksen to tap home his second.
Eriksen very nearly completed his hat-trick moments later. The Dane hit a laser free-kick over the wall, which Marshall parried onto the inside of the post. The ball trickled along the goal-line where Victor Wanyama (of all people) smashed home the rebound to make it 3-0.
Eriksen has a few half chances to grab his third, but the game ended 3-0. Hull are pretty bad, but it was still a nice performance to put Sunday’s disappointing loss to Manchester United in the rearview mirror.
- Eriksen now has five goals in his last four league appearances. Can you imagine thinking he’s not world class?
- Sissoko was good today! He was playing in what appeared to be a relatively free role behind Kane and looked dangerous on the dribble. The less said about his shooting the better, but it’s nice that he’s contributing.
- Both goals came from direct runs from the fullbacks, who were allowed more freedom higher up the pitch because of the three-man backline.
- Dear me it’s nice to have Alderweireld back. Hull had a few attacks get in and around the box, but he just shut that nonsense down without allowing a shot.
BournemouthBurnley are up next at White Hart Lane on Sunday.