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Shane Long's first Hull City goal helped end the club's run of four Barclays Premier League defeats as they drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur.
Long joined Steve Bruce's side for a club-record fee in mid-January and made an immediate impression on the Hull fans alongside fellow home debutant Nikica Jelavic, who created the goal with a flick in the 12th minute, the club's first in the league this year.
Hull, who had failed to beat Spurs in their two previous meetings this season, controlled the first half, but were pegged back by Paulinho's 61st-minute equaliser. Jelavic hit a post and went close on two more occasions as Hull pressed for a winner but they had to settle for a point despite their promising performance.
Jake Livermore was ineligible to play for Hull under the conditions of his loan from the north Londoners, while Jan Vertonghen made his first appearance in almost two months after recovering from an ankle injury.
After a slow opening, the match exploded into life as Jelavic lifted a cross from former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone on to the roof of the net with a clever first-time shot. Emmanuel Adebayor drew an excellent save from Steve Harper, who was standing in for the suspended Allan McGregor, with his volleyed finish tipped over the bar, before Hull took the lead 60 seconds later.
Jelavic's flick-on fell to Long in space and the Republic of Ireland striker burst between Spurs defenders Michael Dawson and Vertonghen before producing a clever left-foot finish to delight the home crowd. The visitors had two penalty appeals turned down as they looked for a response but Hull were comfortable during the first half.
Tim Sherwood's men were much-improved after the break though, and Christian Eriksen fired over before Roberto Soldado forced a good save from Harper from a tight angle after Paulinho's shot had deflected to him.
Spurs got their equaliser just after the hour as a short free-kick led to Rose thrashing an attempt at goal from 45 yards. The shot was flying wide, but Paulinho's excellent first touch created enough space for him to strike an effort that fizzed past Harper.
Jelavic stabbed an effort from a Long cross on to a post as Hull searched for a quick response, then had an effort cleared by Dawson in the 71st minute after Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was beaten after coming off his line. Another Jelavic effort was saved by Lloris with five minutes left.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "A draw was a fair result. There was an element of luck with their goal with Danny Rose smashing a shot, but to be fair to Paulinho he finished it well.
“We had arguably the better chances but we have got off 23 points and we were on that for a long time.
"Shane Long is something we have not had before because of his pace which gets him away from defenders. His goal summed it up, he got the flick-on and burst through. I was also delighted for Nikica Jelavic. He could have scored against Crystal Palace and he has only been with us 10 days."
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood: “I thought we created a lot more in the second half, we caught them and we stretched them. If we weren't going to win we weren't going to lose.
“I thought we played well today. We had some good opportunities in the second half. We never took the chances and the positive to me is that we ground it out.
"We thought we should have won the game but you have to give Hull credit, they are fighting for their lives and they dug it out."
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