A lacklustre display in cold, windy conditions saw Spurs fortunate to finish with a point at the KC Stadium, as a goal from Paulinho cancelled out Shane Long’s opener. The Lilywhites were mediocre in the first half but improved into the second half, eventually getting the reward when the Brazilian fired home after impressively controlling Rose’s arrowed pass/shot.
Hugo Lloris – Made a couple of smart saves from Jelavic but was a bit overzealous in coming out of his goal, requiring his defence to make up for his recklessness on 2 occasions.
Kyle Walker – 7 – Ran all day long and defended reasonably well; made one mistake which allowed Jelavic a chance to cross but otherwise was solid.
Michael Dawson – Excellent performance from Dawson from Hull’s goal onwards; neither him nor Jan could track the run of Long but was very good after that, dominating in the air and clearing a Jelavic shot off the line.
Jan Vertonghen – Started off slowly but grew into the game; absolutely dominated in the air and it will be great for Spurs once he is back fully fit.
Danny Rose – Impressive at the back and exuberant in attack, without doing anything of particular note; it is debatable whether the assist for Paulinho was intentional.
Aaron Lennon – Very poor performance from Lennon who simply could not get into the game; failed to run at the full-back repeatedly and didn’t offer much support for the rest of the attacking players.
Paulinho – Anonymous performance on his return from injury, but I suppose he did step up when it mattered by finding the net to salvage a point.
Nabil Bentaleb – Impressive passing but still looked slightly overawed and overpowered when the opposition had the ball in central midfield.
Christian Eriksen – A decent performance, having a few snapshots which went close, but didn’t influence the game as he usually does.
Roberto Soldado – Absolutely no joy in front of goal for the Spaniard although he had a lot of opportunities; decent link-up play but nothing really went right for him today.
Emmanuel Adebayor – A superb cushioned shot forced Harper into a good save but otherwise Adebayor didn’t offer much of a goal threat; his work as a target man was impressive, however.
Harry Kane – Not on the pitch for long enough to influence proceedings.
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