PLAYER RATINGS: Hull City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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Dom Le Roy

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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  1. Dawson will cost us fourth again and we can look forward to him in the club for 3 more years on top of the 12 already here, there is no centre back like him in the premiership or the championship I'd say.
    have just had a look at the games we were hammered in this year, 3 at home to West Ham 3-0, Liverpool 5-0 and City 5-1 and another away to city 6-0, almost 20 goals conceded in 4 games. the fall guys-as they were dropped for the next game- for those losses were Naughton twice, Kaboul and Capoue and Chiriches. However, Lloris, Walker and Dawson played in all those 4 humilitations. now any neutral observer will know that Lloris, who has to play centre back for a lumbering Dawson, and Walker have been two of our best players this year. the question needs to be asked is why is Dawson still played as he possesses a limited skill set and no pace whatsoever. pass rate at hull today was 63% and nowhere for the goal. it would be interesting to analyse the goals spurs have conceded this year and measure the distance Dawson was from goal, many teams he wasn't in the penalty area, he will cost us 4th yet again

    • Dawson was our best defender at Hull he won more headers than any other player yesterday cleared 1 of the line after poor decision making from Hugo, your comments would have been more accurate after the city game but to make these comments today you are just Dawson bashing coz you can basically you just don't like Dawson just say it rather than making a poor argument once he has played well. I'm a big Jan fan but if you watched the game yesterday he was poor, got sucked in for the goal and didn't track the run of Long, he got caught out several times yesterday maybe down to lack match sharpness but still poor. Walker was also at fault for the goal if you watch the replay he was ball watching and failed to sense the danger and did not react until it was to late. The defence and poor protection in front of it I.e no holding midfielder will be the reason for not making the top 4 not Dawson's alone, you could add Levy and Sherwood to that list for failing to purchase a decent left back in the transfer window.

  2. After this performance, Spurs clearly need a better right back who can really defend & is aware of the situation at all times. Kaboul should be given a chance to play as RB instead of Walker, who needs to be benched. We should also try out Chiriches as LB since he's also left-footed as a replacement for Rose, though Rose has been quite decent, though not top material. Midfield needs Capoue or Sandro (preferred) to be the defensive cover against the back 4. Lennon needs to be dropped to bring in Lamela or Townsend as soon as either one is match fit, if not to experiment with Naughton, whom I'm sure will be better than Lennon. Soldado needs to be benched asap as he's just hopeless. Perhaps get Lamela to be the 2nd striker. Eriksen needs to play for the team more, instead of being greedy. As a playmaker, his job is to create chances & not take ridiculous chances when there's only a slim hope of scoring. Passing intelligently is what good teams are all about. Overall, Spurs need to move the ball up quickly from defence to attack so that they can catch the team on the counter attack at all times. However, most of the times the players end up passing backwards & sideways, yet again, which allows the opponents to re-group & be prepared to defend against any Spurs attack…… when will they ever learn how to play like Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, and other teams who have mastered this art.


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