Hull win adds to Ramos pain
Tottenham's disastrous start to the season continued as they lost 1-0 at home to Hull City to stay bottom of the Premier League
Last Updated: 05/10/08 6:55pm
Tottenham's disastrous start to the season continued as they lost 1-0 at home to Hull City to stay stuck to the bottom of the Premier League table.
A stunning first-half free-kick from Geovanni piled further pressure on Juande Ramos as Tottenham have now endured their worst opening to a league season since 1912.
Hull, on the other hand, have now won three successive away games in the Premier League as they followed up their victory at Arsenal with another remarkable success in North London.
The Tigers rode their luck at times but also defended superbly as Tottenham's shortcomings in front of goal were again exposed.
Spurs could not have got off to a worse start. They might have gone behind after three minutes when a mistake by central defender Jonathan Woodgate left Geovanni in space eight yards from goal with just goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to beat.
The Brazilian blasted the ball wildly over the bar.
Five minutes later, however, Geovanni showed just why he has been an integral part of Hull's wonderful start.
QualityHe lined up a free-kick 25 yards out and this time sent the ball swirling over the wall and into the top corner of the Tottenham net with Gomes rooted to his spot. It was a goal of real quality.
Ramos will have cursed his luck when he saw Gareth Bale's swinging free kick touched on to the bar by Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and when Woodgate swung a left-foot and also rattled the Hull woodwork.
But, in truth, it was Hull who dominated the attacking exchanges and always looked the more dangerous and penetrative.
And they could easily have extended their lead when Dean Marney spun on a pass on the edge of the penalty area and crashed a thunderous shot against the foot of a post only to see it rebound to safety.
The departure of a limping Roman Pavlyuchenko did not help the cause and his replacement Darren Bent struggled to make an impact.
David Bentley was thrown on to try to inject some life into his struggling side and Luka Modric went close on a couple of occasions.
But Hull were worthy winners and while Tottenham claimed they should have had a penalty in the dying minutes when George Boateng appeared to bring down Fraiser Campbell this time referee Rob Styles, who apologised for wrongly giving Manchester United a penalty against Bolton last weekend, was right to wave away the appeals.
It left Hull basking in a position above Arsenal in third place in the Premier League.
Fantasy land for them. Abject misery for Tottenham.
|Tottenham Hotspur||Team Statistics||Hull City|
|0||1st Half Goals||1|
|7||Shots on Target||5|
|12||Shots off Target||4|