Spurs 2-2 Hull (8-7 pens) – Capital One Cup match review

Spurs' Brad Friedel celebrates winning the penalty shoot-outTottenham Hotspur needed a thrilling penalty shoot-out to overcome a resilient Hull City side at White Hart Lane to set up a Capital One Cup Round 5 clash with London rivals West Ham.

In a repeat of the the Premier League fixture last weekend, Spurs left it late to claim victory over the Tigers and keep their Capital One Cup hopes alive.

Andre Villas-Boas demanded more support from the White Hart Lane fans after he accused them of creating a tense and negative atmosphere in their Premier League win over Hull on Sunday, and the Spurs turned up in a full voice to ensure the Portuguese manager could have no complaints this time around.

But their increased support appeared to have no real impact on Spurs’ performance as they failed to turn possession and chances into goals. The hosts had 24 attempts on goal throughout the 120 minutes, but could only muster three on target as Hull set out to frustrate them.

The early signs were good, however, when Gylfi Sigurdsson unleashed an unstoppable strike from 25-yards that Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic could nothing about as it went in via the underside of the cross bar in the 16th minute.

Steve Bruce rallied his troops at the break, though, and the visitors came out fighting in the second-half. Aaron McLean went close twice before Hull levelled matters just seven minutes in.

Liam Rosenior drove a low cross in to the Spurs box and Curtis Davis slid in to meet it, keeper Brad Friedel then made a meal of his save and ended up fumbling the ball into his own net.

Hull began looking for a second and Davies and McLean both went close again with dangerous efforts, but Spurs came the closest of the two sides to win the game in normal time. Subsitute Harry Kane had a goal ruled out after Jermain Defoe was adjudged to have hand balled in the build up before the youngster rattled the Hull crossbar in the final minute of added time.

Extra-time saw much of the same from both sides, and Hull managed to get the goal they had been pushing for in the first period of extra-time. George Boyd’s corner saw Paul McShane out-jump Vlad Chiriches to power home and put one foot in Round 5 for Hull.

But Kane levelled for Spurs just minutes into the second period when he was able to dribble the ball along the edge of the Hull penalty area before drilling a low shot past Jakupovic.

The penalty shoot-out mirrored much of what the last 120 minutes of play was like. Both sides unwilling to give up in their attempts to claim victory, but after McLean and Spurs’ Erik Lamela were the only ones to miss their spot kicks in the opening 15 attempts, it was eventually Hull’s Elmohamady who hit straight at Friedel to end the contest.

Hull will take a heart from their two spirited performances at the Lane in three days, while Andre Villas-Boas’ men can look forward to a mouthwatering London derby with rivals West Ham in Round 5.


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