Sunday 15 September 2019

Eriksen pulls the strings

Tottenham 3 Hull City 0

Hull City's midfielder Tom Huddlestone (L) vies with Moussa Sissoko Picture: Getty
Hull City's midfielder Tom Huddlestone (L) vies with Moussa Sissoko Picture: Getty

Christian Eriksen laid on an attacking masterclass by scoring twice and setting up another as Tottenham cruised to victory over struggling Hull.

Eriksen was deployed in a deeper central midfield role at White Hart Lane and he almost completed his hat-trick, but Hull goalkeeper David Marshall pushed his bending free-kick onto the post.

Victor Wanyama, however, was on hand to slam home the rebound as Spurs secured only their fourth win in 14 matches.

While Mauricio Pochettino's men stay fifth in the table, Hull sit 19th after a sixth consecutive away defeats.

For all Spurs' difficulties in recent weeks, they have four more points than at this stage last year and will be looking to capitalise on upcoming fixtures against Burnley, Southampton and Watford.

Spurs went ahead in the 14th minute when Jan Vertonghen's chipped ball forward found Danny Rose deep inside the penalty area and he teed up Eriksen to smash home his fourth goal in as many league games.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane heads at goal Picture: PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane heads at goal Picture: PA

They doubled their lead in the 63rd minute with almost a mirror image of their opener, as Eric Dier played Kyle Walker in behind and he slid the ball to the back post where, again, Eriksen was waiting to tap in.

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