Hull City are on the brink of relegation from the Premier League after two goals in eight second-half minutes consigned them to defeat at Tottenham, according to Sky Sports. Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose both beat the offside trap to score for the home side after Hull had made a good start to the second half and had held their own for the majority of the first, The loss means the Tigers will go down if Sunderland avoid defeat against Arsenal on Wednesday night, and confirms that Aston Villa and Leicester are safe with one game left to play.
Hull must beat Manchester United at the KC Stadium in the final round of fixtures and hope both the Black Cats and Newcastle United – who remain in the mix following a 2-1 loss at QPR – are both beaten. At White Hart Lane, Steve Bruce’s side paid the price for their failure to capitalise on their strong periods and in particular the failure of Nikica Jelavic to take the only genuine chance of the first half.
After 18 minutes of even exchanges, a counter-attack saw the ball crossed from the right win by Ahmed Elmohamady and land at the feet of Jelavic, who struck it first time with his left foot, beating Hugo Lloris with power but not the angle of post and bar. Tottenham did not enjoy a multitude of chances themselves, instead preferring to keep the ball rather than take risks in attacking situations, although they might have done better had Harry Kane opted to shoot rather than pass when in a good position after 27 minutes.
Hull began the second half well and had forced three corners before Spurs made the breakthrough, Chadli collecting a reverse pass from Erik Lamela and going past Steve Harper with his first touch before depositing the ball in the net with his second. There was a vague hint of offside about that goal but no doubts on the second, Ryan Mason clipped a superb pass into the path of Rose who drove it past Harper with his weaker right foot and in a somewhat scuffed fashion.
The timing of the goals – inside eight harmful minutes – left Hull reeling and they struggled to get a foothold in the game afterwards, Spurs passing the ball around with the assuredness that comes with two-goal leads. They will wonder how they did not score when substitute Abel Hernandez twice had efforts blocked by defenders, the second almost on the goal-line, and Dame N’Doye thrashed wide, all in the space of 10 frantic seconds.
But they were not costly misses – that had come earlier in the game, when Jelavic had struck the woodwork with the score at 0-0. A goal then would have completely changed the course of the match and quite possibly have altered the grim destiny which, it now seems, awaits Hull City.