Goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen saw Tottenham to victory against Hull City after Gaston Ramires was sent off at the KC Stadium on Sunday.
Former Tottenham academy product Jake Livermore had given the Tigers a first half lead after a Hull free kick was only cleared as far as the edge of the box. The midfielder planted his 20 yard shot powerfully into the corner of Hugo Lloris's net.
The game changed on fifty minutes when Ramirez, on loan from Southampton, kicked out at Jan Vertonghen. It was a nothing incident but the Uruguayan was sent off, and from then on Steve Bruce's men were on the back foot.
Kane scores again
Kane equalised when Eriksen's free kick rebounded off the post into the striker's path, before the Dane scored in the last minute of normal time from the edge of the area. It was no less than Tottenham deserved after dominating the second half but Hull will feel hard done by. The hosts had capitalised on their early pressure with their goal, and held Spurs at arms length until the break.
Tottenham's first half woes were familiar to the travelling supporters, with the side looking shaky in defence and lacking width in attack. As the first half developed, Hull created the better chances, with Hatem ben Arfa blazing over after Hugo Lloris had made one of two smart stops low to his right.
Mauricio Pochettino's men did turn up the tempo as the half wore on, but Erik Lamela's strike which the returning Allan McGregor easily parried was the only real chance.
Ramirez's red card changed the game and, like the match at Aston Villa previously, Spurs came back to beat ten men with one of the goals involving a free kick.
Pochettino will point to chances for Kane and Soldado that were scuffed wide, as well as plenty of blocked efforts and desperate Hull defending, to show how much his side were on top but the sending off was crucial.
Kane continued his scoring run, while Eriksen's deployment in a central midfield role in the second half gave the Dane much more opportunity to influence the play. What Pochettino has learnt is debatable, but he and his side will no doubt be glad to have picked up the three points.
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