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25th March 2019

Eriksen hits double as new-look Spurs beat Hull

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Published: 15 December, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER at White Hart Lane

    Premier League
    SPURS 3, HULL CITY 0

    SPURS boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed his side after they brushed past struggling Hull on Wednesday night – and revealed that he believed his players had shown they could offer fresh ways to win matches.

    Pochettino switched to a back three, pushing full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose forward, and the pair’s conversion into wing-backs saw them create chance after chance in the 3-0 victory.

    Pochettino said: “I think this season we are working hard to develop a different formation and different systems to use.

    “Today we believe it was the better way to play and I’m very happy that it is working well. The first two goals arrived from very good play from our wing-backs.” 

    He added that the win, which cements Spurs in fifth place, sets his side up nicely for the busy Christmas period.

    He said: “I’m happy because the three points keep us in a good position in the table, very close to top four and in this moment we need to keep our faith and reduce the gap, if not keep the same position.” 

    It took Pochettino’s Tottenham team 13 minutes of sustained pressure from the kick-off to take the lead after Rose set up Christian Eriksen to smash home – and then saw them fail to extend their advantage before the break through as a mixture of over-elaboration, misfortune and some desperate Hull defending, led by former Spurs skipper Michael Dawson. 

    Numerous times David Marshall in the Hull goal sprawled across the turf to stop long-range efforts, while Mousa Sissoko, Harry Kane and Dele Alli were all guilty of failing to be ruthless enough when chances appeared. The second came on 63, and like the first was made by a storming run by a full-back: this time it was Walker’s turn to speed past his marker and lay the ball across for Eriksen to finish. 

    The victory was put beyond doubt 10 minutes later: Eriksen sent a brilliant free-kick goalward and saw Marshall’s fingertips touch it on to the post. The ball rebounded across the goal and Victor Wanyama was on hand to turn home.

    SPURS COMMENT by Dan Carrier

    MOUSA Sissoko has been criticised this term from the terraces for not instantly showing why he was bought for a figure that could reach £30m. Last night, he won the fans over with a performance that was full of passion and commitment. The only downside was the fact his first touch looks clumsy and he scuffed more than a couple of passes and shots. Still, A for effort.

    Christian Eriksen’s form this term has been a worry: but his two goals made it five in four matches. He was in boss-the-game form, and while detractors can say “it’s only Hull”, you can only beat what’s in front of you, and this will do his confidence no end of good.

    The switch to the back three solves two issues at a stroke for Pochettino. Firstly, it allows him to keep the talismanic Eric Dier in the first XI, without dropping Vertonghen, Alderweireld or Wanyama. Secondly, it allows Rose and Walker to bomb forward, giving the team the width that has so often been missing this season.

    SPURS: Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Walker, Wanyama, Alli, Kane, Eriksen, Sissoko.
    Subs: Voprm, Trippier, Davies, Onomah, Son, Winks.

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