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Roberto Soldado scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as Tottenham Hotspur sealed a narrow victory over injury-hit Hull City at White Hart Lane.
Spurs looked set to drop more points at home until Ahmed Elmohamady was adjudged to have handled Jan Vertonghen's cross 12 minutes from time and Soldado scored the resulting spot-kick.
The win for Andre Villas-Boas’s charges lifted them up to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League table as they secured their first home win in three matches.
However, there was concern for the hosts when England winger Andros Townsend crashed over the advertising hoardings soon after Soldado's goal and received treatment for some time before returning.
Villas-Boas made one change to the side that won at Aston Villa in their last Premier League outing, Gylfi Sigurdsson dropping to the bench as Aaron Lennon started.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper made his first league start for depleted Hull as one of six alterations to the team beaten at Everton last weekend.
On-loan Hull midfielder Jake Livermore was ineligible to face his parent club, but Tom Huddlestone lined up against his former employers.
Brazil midfielder Paulinho had the first clear-cut chance of a frantic first half after 10 minutes when he got on the end of Lewis Holtby's dangerous free-kick but narrowly cleared Harper's bar from close range.
Harper was called into action five minutes later when in-form winger Townsend tried his luck from 20 yards, but the Hull keeper got down to palm the ball away.
The visitors showed attacking intent of their own and striker Yannick Sagbo burst into the penalty area before forcing a save out of Hugo Lloris.
Hull appealed for a penalty when Paul McShane tangled with Kyle Walker 22 minutes in, but referee Oliver saw nothing untoward.
Huddlestone almost ended his long goal drought in spectacular fashion when volleying just over the bar from 20 yards, while Walker's venomous drive was palmed away by Harper at the other end.
Villas-Boas replaced Sandro with Mousa Dembele at the break and Soldado had his first sight of goal nine minutes into the second half when Townsend played him in, Harper making a fine save at full stretch to deny the former Valencia striker.
After further dogged resistance from Hull, the Londoners were then awarded a penalty on 78 minutes when Vertonghen's cross struck Elmohamady's arm.
Soldado stepped up to casually send Harper the wrong way and lift the tension at White Hart Lane.
There was concern for Townsend when he went over the advertising boards at full tilt, but the England international was able to return and Spurs survived a late scare when Huddlestone blasted a free-kick wide in the closing seconds.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas: "It was difficult to break them down. They came here with a good strategy, which is nothing different to what teams do when they come here. The difference today is that we were patient. I compliment the boys for what they did, it was great work-rate.
"Apparently Andros Townsend fell in a hole. He was unconscious, but he will be OK."
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