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Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

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Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2014

Tottenham rallied from a goal behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Hull City.

The Tigers took an early lead through new recruit Shane Long, but Paulinho earned a point for the visitors with a second-half goal.

Hull made a bright start with their January striker signingsLong and Nikica Jelaviclinking up well.

On six minutes, Robbie Brady had a good chance but fired over. Shortly afterwards, a looping volley from Jelavic drifted just over the bar.

Hull were rewarded for their excellent start on 12 minutes. A flick from Jelavic set Long free, and he kept his composure to fire an unerring finish beyond Hugo Lloris.

#HCAFC 1-0 #THFC Long bags on his home debut for the Tigers after Jelavic flick-on

— FourFourTwo (@FourFourTwo) February 1, 2014

Jelavic flick, Long scores for Hull. Window shopping at its best.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 1, 2014

Tottenham had plenty of possession in the first half, but they failed to turn the dominance into goals.

Spurs threatened at the start of the second half with Steve Harper doing well to keep out a drive from Christian Eriksen.

Spurs found a leveller moments after the hour mark to keep their good run of form in front of goal under Tim Sherwood going, as Paulinho showed great feet to take one touch before powering a drive high into the net.

8 - Tottenham Hotspur have scored in all eight of their Premier League games since Tim Sherwood became their manager. Flourish.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 1, 2014

Jelavic had chances to win it for Hull, as he struck a post on 66 minutes and then saw a shot scooped off the line by Michael Dawson.



Emmanuel Adebayor: C-

The forward has been in decent form for Spurs since the appointment of Tim Sherwood, but this was not one of his good days.

HULL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Nikica Jelavic (3rd L) of Hull City congratulates team-mate Shane Long (2nd L) on his debut goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur at KC Stadium on February 01, 2014 in Hull, Engl
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Nikica Jelavic: B+

The striker looks like a good bit of transfer business for Hull, as he produced an all-action display with a goal being the only thing lacking.


Shane Long: B+

Like Jelavic, he too looks an astute signing. He combined well with his new partner and found the target.

Spurs boss Sherwood spoke to broadcaster Sky Sports after the game and felt his side deserved more than the solitary point they got.

We felt we should have won the game. There was a period in the second half where we felt we had Hull where we wanted them, and we could have taken maximum points, but we did not take our chances.

You have to give Hull credit, they are fighting for the their lives at the bottom of the league.

I thought we played well, we just have not take the three points.

I thought we were more penetrating in the second half, but we did not take our chances and are coming away with just a point.

Up next for Tottenham is a home clash with fellow top-four hopefuls Everton, while Hull will travel to Sunderland.

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