League Cup Tales - Hull City
The next in our brief looks at some League Cup ties worth recalling takes us back just a few years to the visit of Hull City in the 4th Round to White Hart Lane in October 2013 which produced a game few watching will forget as the game after two frustrating hours went to a penalty shootout.
We had beaten Hull at home in the League only three days before and were experiencing a good run of results. That game saw their manager had been reprimanded for his comments and he was in trouble again as he called for Spurs players to be booked. Whilst André Villas-Boas had called on the Spurs fans to make more noise before the game as he made eight changes from the side that won at the weekend. The nearly thirty six thousand present responded as we had the better of the opening period.
Both sides had the chance to score before it was Gylfi Sigurdsson, (below) who put us ahead after a quarter of an hour with a tremendous shot from well outside the box in off the crossbar. Spurs continued to be the better side but couldn’t finish the tie, whilst the visitors still produced some chances. Hull went level just shot of the hour after we failed to clear and the equalizer had an element of farce about it going in off the fraying Friedel.
Kane came off the bench to replace the injured Chadli who himself had come off the bench earlier. Kane then had a goal disallowed just before the end, Defoe hand-balling in the build up. Into extra time and Kane hit the inside of the post.
Then tragedy as Spurs went behind in the 99th minute from a corner and then Hull went close again.
Kane finally leveled with a low shot after 108 minutes and Spurs nearly produced a winner with several good chances Defoe hitting the woodwork.
The game went into a shootout; Hull who we should have seen off now had the chance to steal the show. Tottenham had lost the previous seven shootouts they had played, the last victory being in 1994 in the FA Cup with Peterborough.
Tottenham went first and Sigurdsson converted before Friedel going to his right saved their first shot, advantage Spurs. The two sides matched each other until the fourth round of shots and Lamela had his low effort saved. The scores remained level and we moved into sudden death. The next three rounds saw the two sides remain level.
Then Walker made it 8-7 before Fridel pulled off his second spot save of the night as Tottenham went through.
The Spurs side that night four years ago was - Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghten, Naughton (Chiriches); Paulinho, Lamela, Dembele; Sigurdsson, Eriksen (Chadli) (Kane); Defoe. The unsused subs were, Lloris, Holtby, Capoue, Bentaleb.
For the record, the penalty takers were - Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jermain Defoe, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane, Paulinho. Then Younes Kaboul, Mousa Dembélé, Kyle Walker
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