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Tottenham 2-2 Hull City (AET) – Spurs win 8-7 on penalties
The win sends Tottenham into the fifth round of the competition for their first time in four years whilst Hull must wait another year for their first ever last eight appearance.
This would be the second time these sides faced off against each other in a matter of days after Tottenham prevailed in a 1-0 victory in the Premier League the previous weekend.
Both sides were likely to make changes with it being the cup and this was reflected in their starting eleven. Andre Villas-Boas opted to name a largely changed team with only Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho keeping their place from their previous victory over Hull. Younes Kaboul was welcomed back into the team having recovered from an injury to take his place in the heart of the defence.
Hull on the other hand due to their injury troubles had to name seven starters from the weekend’s fixture. Steve Bruce was however, able to name the fit again Robert Koren and Danny Graham who have recovered from respective injuries.
Tottenham Hotspur: Friedel – Walker – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Naughton – Lemela – Dembele – Paulinho – Eriksen – Sigurdsson – Defoe
Subs: Lloris – Chiriches – Holtby – Capoue – Townsend – Chadli – Bentaleb
Hull City: Jakupovic – Rosenior – McShane – Bruce – Davies – Elmohamady – Meyler – Quinn – Koren – Boyd – Graham
Subs: Harper – Figueroa – Gedo – Sagbo – McLean – Faye – Proschwitz
Danny Graham had an early chance after a Stephen Quinn through ball however the goal-shy striker missed the target but was adjudged to have been offside to save his embarrassment.
The influential Christian Eriksen then provided a cross in the 9th minute but the returning Kaboul couldn’t get his header on target from the right side of the six-yard box.
You could sense the goal was coming and it duly arrived in the 15th minute when Naughton played a ball into Sigurdsson who flicked the ball to his right leaving Curtis Davies helpless, before firing in a sensational strike from 25 yards into the top left corner to give the home side the lead.
Steve Bruce had to shuffle his troops when his son Alex Bruce was forced off with an injury to be replaced by Nick Proschwitz. It saw the side switch to a 4-4-2 system with Proschwitz partnering Graham up front. Prior to the switch in formation it looked for all the world it was inevitable the second goal would come with the Tigers inviting pressure and having no outlet ball. However Spurs lacked that killer pass and both Bruce and Davies did well in breaking up a number of promising moves.
Ahmed Elmohamady then tried his luck from range just after the half hour mark with a fizzing shot which was palmed away by Brad Friedel. Graham followed up the rebound and was about to tap into an empty net when Kaboul pulled off a sublime last ditch tackle to hook the ball clear.
Hull City seem to be on the end of some dubious refereeing decisions in recent weeks and were again left wondering how Kyle Walker walked away uncarded after he lunged in on Stephen Quinn.
The away side grew into the game once they changed their formation but went into the half –time break separated by a splendid finish from the Icelandic international Sigurdsson.
Aaron McLean entered the fray as the teams emerged for the second-half replacing Graham for Hull and within 20 seconds fired in a left-footed shot just wide. Unfortunately with both Proschwitz and McLean coming into the game from the subs bench it looked unlikely that Gedo would play apart barring any second-half injuries.
Hull restored parity in the 53rd minute in fortuitous circumstances when Koren played a ball into Boyd on the right and flicked it out to Elmohamady who drilled in a brilliant low cross which reached the sliding Davies. His initial connected went back towards the right and was going wide but it hit Friedel and went in for an own-goal.
Villas-Boas was forced into a change when the injured Naughton was replaced by Vlad Chiriches with Nacer Chadli coming onto the field at the expense of Eriksen.
For Spurs whilst their approach play was good they lacked that killer edge and a few times tried that one too many pass when the shot was available or allowed the Hull defence to get a challenge in.
Defoe was shown a yellow card in the 75th minute for a dive after knocking the ball past Davies on the edge of the box and on replays looked unlucky as contact was made. Chadli, who lasted eight minutes, limped off to be replaced by Harry Kane for their final substitution.
David Meyler then clattered into Defoe on the edge of the City box and from the resulting set-piece Lamela curled his shot to the right but Jakupovic saved well to prevent a certain goal.
Robert Koren departed to be replaced by the Egyptian Gedo in the 81st minute as the visitors looked for that decisive winner.
Spurs did find the net through Kane but Defoe was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up to the move.
Both sides struggled in the last minutes to really fashion any clear-cut chances with Hull seemingly happy to take the game into extra-time.
Kane nearly put the Lillywhites threw but his right-footed shot deep into injury-time cannoned off the crossbar and the match headed into extra-time.
Paulinho found Sigurdsson at the first-half of extra-time in space and the goal-scorer tried his luck again from range but the shot lashed just past the post.
Aaron McLean did well to win a corner after striking the ball against Vertonghen and the Tigers took the lead from the resulting corner. A ball was played in by Boyd who found McShane to power in a header past Friedel in the 98th minute.
Gedo then flashed a shot just past the post before Spurs went the full length of the field and had penalty appeals for handball waved away.
Kane then produced the leveller after shrugging off McShane to fire in a low shot past Jakupovic into the back of the net.
Tottenham started to pile on the pressure as the clocked ticked towards full-time and had plenty of opportunities from corner kicks but failed to find the back of the net or test the Hull goalkeeper.
Sigurdsson had a shot late on after a layoff by Kane but it travelled well wide as the match went to penalties.
Both Lamela and McLean missed penalties before it headed to sudden death where Elmohamady was the unfortunate player to miss as Friedel saved his tame effort to send Tottenham through with an 8-7 penalty victory.
The Egyptian Focus
Elmohamady will be having nightmares about White Hart Lane after conceding a penalty in the league game and now missing the crucial penalty in the cup shoot-out. However, Elmo put in a good shift tonight and played well which was summed up by his superb drilled cross in normal time to assist in the levelling of the game. He was tireless in both attack and defence and it was a real shame he missed the penalty. I feared for Gedo when both McLean and Proshwitz entered the field of play ahead of him but he came on and whilst he looked isolated up front due to the circumstance did well. He will feel better for the game-time and curled his penalty past Friedel in the shoot-out and may find himself involved against Sunderland.
Jamie Barwick is a 21-year-old Sports Journalism graduate and a fan of Hull City, covering the Tigers on KingFut.com.