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Elmohamady makes 50th straight EPL start as Hull lose to Spurs

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Posted on November 23, 2014
Ahmed Elmohamady

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 made his 50th straight start as Hull City lost 2-1 at the KC stadium against a determined Tottenham side.

Tottenham, for the second time in a row, came back from a 1-0 deficit after having their opponent’s lose a player. The match was a significant milestone for Ahmed Elmohamady who started his 50th consecutive Premier League game for Hull City.

Just 8 minutes into the game, Livermore caught Spurs off guard as he found the bottom corner with a perfectly placed low drive to score against his former club, after an Elmohamady cross was half cleared by Vertonghen.

Just moments later, the 27-year-old Egyptian sent a perfectly placed cross into the area that was badly cleared by Vertonghen almost in the same fashion allowing Jelavic to get his head to it.

Ten minutes later, Hull had two chances to double the lead with a powerful low shot from 10 yards out by Brady which was brilliantly saved by Loris, whilst Ben Arfa rocketed the ball over the cross-bar from just 6 yards out.

Hull were better of the two sides during the first half, earning them a well deserved one goal lead.

Tottenham looked shaky at the back and uncreative on the attack, causing the well-organised Hull defence and goalkeeper no problems at all.

Mauricio Pochettino decided during the half time break to bring on Chiriches in place of the yellow carded Eric Dier.

In the 50th minute Ramirez was shown a straight red for kicking Vertonghen out of frustration in an off the ball incident. This forced Steve Bruce to make a defensive substitution as he brought on David Meyler for Hatem Ben Arfa in an attempt to hold on to his one goal lead.

At the same time Tottenham made an attacking change as Lennon came on for Dembele which paid off as Spurs equalised just two minutes later following a fantastic shot from a free kick from Eriksen which came off the post to Kane who finished the ball calmly into the net.

Two yellow cards were then awarded to the Tigers, first to Livermore for arguing with the referee about Eriksen’s free kick and to Huddlestone for a dangerous high challenge on Ryan Mason.

Huddlestone was then immediately brought off for Liam Rosenior, again a defensive substitution but now to hold to a draw instead of a one goal lead.

The Tigers fell back for the rest of the game, rarely going forwards, as they were bombarded by attack after attack through Soldado, Kane, and Lamella.

Hull City had chances to score during the second half with both of them coming following an Elmohamady cross. The first seemed to fall perfectly for Jelavic at the edge of the 6 yard box but the 29-year-old missed it. While the second was headed by Davies wide of Tottenham’s left post.

The game was almost one-sided, however, Tottenham still found it difficult to penetrate the condensed Hull defence.

In the final minutes of the game, Eriksen snatched his side three points as he made a darting 20 yard run before unleashing a powerful shot into the bottom left corner, winning the game for his side.

Hull now lie in 16th place just above the relegation zone with 11 points, with two wins a total which is the lowest in the league and five draws, 2nd most in the league just behind Sunderland and 5 losses.

Elmohamady was good in attack as well as defence during the match and kept the Hull defence strong when Ramirez was sent off.

It was certainly a special night for the Egyptian as he started his 50th game in a row proving Steve Bruce’s trust in the player’s abilities.

The Tigers are to face a tough challenge against Manchester United at Old Trafford next weekend.

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