After Spurs fell 5-1 to Manchester City midweek, many thought they’d seek revenge on Hull City, giving them a similar thrashing. And with Hull having failed to score in their last four league matches, it looked as though it would be simple enough for the visitors. Instead, both sides had to settle for just a share of the spoils.
It was the Tigers that started out on top. Former Tottenham man Tom Huddlestone sent in a lovely free kick, with January signing Nikica Jelavic getting on the end of it. The Croat misfired, however, landing on top of the net rather than inside.
Spurred into action, perhaps, the visitors went on the attack. Emmanuel Adebayor got on the end of a ball from Roberto Soldado, forcing Steve Harper to spring into action fast enough to tip the shot over the bar.
Moments later, Hull took the lead – with credit going to the very men they signed to increase their goal tally. Jelavic did the work holding back the defense, while slipping the ball on to new signing Shane Long. Long broke free to fire past Hugo Lloris, putting his shot into the top corner of the net.
It seemed unlikely that Tottenham, slowly slipping away from the Champions League positions, would let go of the opportunity to grab a point so easily. Sure enough, the visitors equalized right around the hour mark.
Danny Rose made an ambitious attempt from about 35 yards out, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, sent his shot wide. Pauliho, starting for the first time in a month, picked up the loose ball, turned, and fired into the roof of the net.
Both sides had their chances to nick all three points in the final 30 minutes. First Curtis Davies came running in to clear Adebayor’s shot off the line. Then, on the other end, Robert Koren sent his shot just wide, only for Jelavic to see his follow up blocked by Michael Dawson.
Hull City: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, McShane, Huddlestone, Meyler, Elmohamady (Koren 70), Brady (Boyd 69), Jelavic (Sagbo 88), Long
Goals: Long 12′
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor (Kane 90), Soldado
Goals: Paulinho 61′