Roberto Soldado's late penalty gave Tottenham victory over Hull and lifted Spurs to fourth in the Premier League.

Frustrated for long periods, the hosts were relieved when Soldado finished after Ahmed Elmohamady handled.

Soldado had earlier been denied by Hull keeper Steve Harper, while Paulinho hooked over the bar.

Villas-Boas unhappy with negative atmosphere

Tom Huddlestone volleyed over in the first half but the visitors were increasingly pressed back and were ultimately undone from the spot.

Until then, it looked like Hull's five-man defence would thwart a Spurs side that appeared to lack the guile to create goalscoring opportunities.

But, when Elmohamady was adjudged to have used his arm to block Jan Vertonghen's cross 10 minutes from time, Soldado slotted his third league penalty of the season.

It was perhaps apt that this contest between the lowest goalscorers in the Premier League's top half was settled by a sole goal from the spot, but that will serve as little comfort to a Hull team that could justifiably argue they deserved a point.

Hampered by injuries and the unavailability of on-loan Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore, Tigers boss Steve Bruce was forced to make six changes to the side beaten by Everton last week.

City were set-up to contain, an objective they fulfilled successfully for much of the first period.

Binary football

  • Of Tottenham's six Premier League wins this season, four have been courtesy of a 1-0 scoreline. Only Southampton (three) have conceded fewer goals than Spurs' five, but, of the rest of the league's top 10, only Hull (seven) have scored fewer than Spurs' nine goals.

Besides the set-piece that gave Paulinho the space for Spurs' best chance of the half, the hosts were mainly restricted to long-range efforts from Kyle Walker, the lively Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon, recalled for his first league start since the opening weekend in place of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

But Hull were also able to counter and make chances of their own - George Boyd and Yannick Sagbo forced home goalkeeper Hugo Lloris into action, while the excellent Huddlestone fired over on his return to the club with whom he spent eight years.

The Tigers, though, found attacking opportunities harder to come by as the game wore on and Spurs applied more pressure in the second half, particularly after the introduction of Christian Eriksen.

When Townsend fed Soldado, the Spaniard was well-placed to break the deadlock only for Harper - making his first league start for the Tigers because of an injury to Allan McGregor - to dive low to his left and palm away.

With that chance gone, Hull looked increasingly likely to get away with a draw until the penalty decision went against them.

There was still time for Spurs to suffer a twin scare, first when Townsend took a heavy fall into the crowd and then from a Huddlestone free-kick with the last action of the match.

Townsend was knocked unconscious but got up to finish the game, while Huddlestone shot wide.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 02 Walker
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 30 Sandro Booked (Dembélé - 45' )
  • 20 Dawson
  • 06 Chiriches Booked
  • 17 Townsend
  • 08 Paulinho Booked
  • 09 Soldado
  • 14 Holtby (Eriksen - 60' )
  • 07 Lennon (Defoe - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Lamela
  • 16 Naughton
  • 18 Defoe
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 24 Friedel

Hull City

  • 22 Harper
  • 02 Rosenior Booked (McLean - 84' )
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 15 McShane
  • 04 Bruce
  • 06 Davies
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 20 Sagbo (Proschwitz - 87' )
  • 07 Meyler Booked
  • 17 Boyd Booked (Brady - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Koren
  • 11 Brady
  • 16 Jakupovic
  • 18 Nagy
  • 21 McLean
  • 29 Quinn
  • 33 Proschwitz
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 36,080

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

6 4

Corners

6 4

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Hull City 0.

90:00 +5:51 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Hull City 0.

90:00 +5:16

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

90:00 +4:10

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +4:10

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:50

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

90:00 +0:34

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +0:34

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:35

Attempt saved. Robbie Brady (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

89:02 Booking

Booking Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:50

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

88:50

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Nick Proschwitz replaces Yannick Sagbo.

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robbie Brady replaces George Boyd.

83:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Aaron McLean replaces Liam Rosenior.

81:09

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

81:09

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:20

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Andros Townsend.

79:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Hull City 0. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

78:13

Penalty conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

76:06 Booking

Booking David Meyler (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

75:36

Foul by Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur).

75:36

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:50

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

74:47

Attempt blocked. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vlad Chiriches.

72:49

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

71:13 Booking

Booking George Boyd (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:44

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:44

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

70:09

Attempt missed. George Boyd (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

69:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Jermain Defoe replaces Aaron Lennon.

67:44

Hand ball by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

66:25

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

64:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:15

Delay in match David Meyler (Hull City) because of an injury.

61:44

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

61:11

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:11

Foul by Liam Rosenior (Hull City).

60:08

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:08

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

59:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Lewis Holtby.

58:34 Booking

Booking Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:28

Foul by Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur).

58:28

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:17

Delay in match Curtis Davies (Hull City) because of an injury.

54:46

Attempt saved. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

53:37

Attempt saved. Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:01

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:01

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

51:15

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

51:15

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:51

Hand ball by David Meyler (Hull City).

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 0, Hull City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Sandro.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Hull City 0.

45:00 +1:46

Attempt saved. George Boyd (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:21

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

44:33

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by George Boyd.

42:52

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

42:52

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:27

Foul by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur).

41:27

Paul McShane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:57

Delay in match Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) because of an injury.

38:54

Attempt saved. Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Holtby.

38:24 Booking

Booking Liam Rosenior (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

38:06

Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:06

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

35:20

Offside, Hull City. Steve Harper tries a through ball, but Yannick Sagbo is caught offside.

34:40

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Lewis Holtby tries a through ball, but Aaron Lennon is caught offside.

33:03

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:23

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

30:59

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

30:16

Attempt missed. Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a cross following a corner.

29:53

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

25:36

Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sandro.

24:57

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

24:02

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

23:13

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

23:13

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:56

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

21:14

Attempt blocked. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Boyd.

21:12

Attempt blocked. George Boyd (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Bruce.

20:37

Foul by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur).

20:37

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:24

Attempt saved. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

17:44

Attempt saved. George Boyd (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

16:39 Booking

Booking Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

16:29

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

16:29

George Boyd (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:41

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Steve Harper.

15:38

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paulinho.

12:39

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lewis Holtby following a set piece situation.

12:07

Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:07

Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).

6:38

Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Hull City) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a set piece situation.

5:54

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

5:54

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:01

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:04

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:04

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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