Christian Eriksen scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur comfortably swept past Hull City in a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane.
Spurs dominated from start to finish and led at half-time thanks to Eriksen’s nice finish in the 14th minute.
The second half continued in the same vein as Eriksen grabbed a second before Victor Wanyama got his name on the scoresheet and Hull were sent home thoroughly beaten.
Hull set up defensively from the start, but were perhaps guilty of showing their opponents too much respect. The home side were allowed to pass the ball about at will and they took advantage when they took the lead in the 14th minute. Jan Vertonghen’s nice pass played in Danny Rose and the left-back did well to pull the ball back for Eriksen to smash into the top corner from six yards. It was well-taken and it was the start of a man of the match performance from the Dane.
Dele Alli forced David Marshall into a save just a minute later from 30 yards while Jake Livermore went close for Hull from a tight angle. The Tigers midfielder came through the Spurs academy and was on a mission to score against his former side. Andrew Robertson’s cross allowed the midfielder to jab at goal from a tight angle, but Hugo Lloris did well to tip the ball around the post.
Tottenham had a great chance to double their lead just before half-time, but Marshall made a great save to keep it 1-0 at the break. Erik Dier’s great pass allowed Alli to sneak behind Harry Maguire, but when the England international tries to catch Marshall out at the near post, Hull’s Scottish goalkeeper made a good low save to tip the ball around the post.
In the second half, Hull could have pulled level but Livermore was denied once again. The English midfielder broke through on a counter-attack and after his first shot was blocked by Rose, he saw his second low shot kept out by Lloris’ feet from ten yards. The miss proved important as Tottenham killed the game off with a second goal in the 63rd minute.
Dier released Walker on the right wing with a good pass and the right-back drove past Robertson into the area. The former Sheffield United man slid the ball across the six-yard box where Eriksen was waiting to complete his brace with a tap-in. It was a well-worked goal and the wind was sucked out of Hull’s sails with it.
Walker could have got in on the act himself, but his long-range fizzer was well saved by Marshall who was putting in a decent performance despite conceding. Unfortunately for the former Cardiff City man, Spurs made it 3-0 although Marshall could do nothing about it.
Eriksen was hat-trick hunting and his free-kick was brilliant, curling towards goal until Marshall stretched out a hand and tipped the ball onto the post. Unfortunately for Hull, the ball fell to Wanyama who wrapped in from three yards to seal the win.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)