Managers hail magnificent Myhill

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Hull boss Phil Brown compared goalkeeper Boaz Myhill's performance at White Hart Lane to that of Sunderland hero Jim Montgomery during the 1973 FA Cup final.

Montgomery famously pulled off a double save to deny Leeds - and there were hallmarks of that performance as Myhill earned the Tigers a point against Tottenham to lift them out of the relegation zone.

"There were 18 matches left and we asked the players to bring the best to the table, that is what Boaz Myhill did," said Brown, a childhood Sunderland fan.

"He responded Jimmy Montgomery-style. He didn't just do it on one occasion but two or three. It was a great defensive performance from us, highlighted by the contribution of the goalkeeper. The attitude was spot-on from everyone. We could have nicked it but we didn't nick a point, we deserved a point."

Myhill pulled off two double-saves, denying Robbie Keane both times on the rebound. He also made fine stops from Luka Modric twice, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, in his 500th Premier League match as a manager, took heart from creating so many chances but was also full of praise for Myhill.

"What can you do?" asked Redknapp. "The keeper has had an unbelievable day and will never play like that again in his life. They were miraculous saves, five or six incredible, world-class saves."

Redknapp was also frustrated by Hull's time-wasting tactics, which led to Nicky Barmby being booked before the half-hour mark.

"They played six minutes of stoppage-time at the end of the game, four in the first half. That tells you," Redknapp said. "The referee needs to book players quicker, that's the way to deal with it.

"It makes it difficult. They are in a difficult position, scrapping for points and Phil will go home happy but it's not for me."

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