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Sunday 23 November 2014 | The KC Stadium | Referee: Craig Pawson | Attendance 23,561

  • Jake Livermore (8)
1 - 2
  • Harry Kane (61)
  • Christian Eriksen (90)

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Tottenham Hotspur produced another fightback to beat Hull City 2-1 after Gaston Ramirez was sent off on his first start for Steve Bruce's side.

Jake Livermore had given Hull a half-time lead at the KC Stadium on Sunday with his first goal of the season, but he was unable to celebrate a victory against his former club.

On-loan winger Ramirez was shown a straight red card following an off-the-ball incident with Jan Vertonghen five minutes after the break and Spurs dominated from then on.

Harry Kane equalised with his second league goal of the season after Eriksen's free-kick had struck the post, before the Dane grabbed a late winner, as the north Londoners claimed all three points from behind against 10 men - just as they did at Aston Villa in their last Barclays Premier League away match.

Mauricio Pochettino's side had been beaten by Stoke City before the international break and the Argentinian coach got the response he was looking for, while Hull only have two victories to their name in the top flight this term.

Fit-again defender Michael Dawson returned to face his former club as one of six changes to the Hull side that lost at Burnley, with Allan McGregor, Ramirez, Andrew Robertson, Hatem Ben Arfa and Nikica Jelavic also starting.

Pochettino also made six changes, as Eric Dier, Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado came into the side. Captain Younes Kaboul and striker Emmanuel Adebayor were not involved.

Hull had failed to score in their last three fixtures, but they were in front after only eight minutes when Livermore returned to haunt Spurs.

The midfielder conceded in the build-up it would be strange to face his former club, and he looked unsure how to react after letting fly with a right-footed strike that found the far corner of the net from 20 yards out.

Davies then spared stand-in captain Hugo Lloris' blushes when he blocked Ramirez's effort after the France goalkeeper had flapped at a free-kick 19 minutes in.

The France international showed his class with a fine reflex save down to his left to deny Robbie Brady, before Ben Arfa blazed a shot over the crossbar after Lloris had palmed Ramirez's left-footed strike into his path.

McGregor was called into action at the other end eight minutes before half-time, palming away Lamela's well-struck shot following a swift break, and Hull breathed a sigh of relief when Eriksen flashed a dangerous ball across the face of the goal but nobody was on the end of it.

Pochettino replaced Dier, who had been booked in the first half, with Vlad Chiriches at the break and the visitors’ chances of getting back into the encounter were enhanced when Ramirez was dismissed five minutes into the second half.

Referee Craig Pawson gave Ramirez his marching orders after his assistant spotted an off-the-ball incident between the Uruguay international and Vertonghen.

Hull manager Bruce appeared frustrated when Spurs equalised after 61 minutes. Kane was on hand to turn the ball into an empty net after Eriksen's sublime free-kick had struck the woodwork.

Soldado ought to have put the visitors in front when substitute Aaron Lennon picked him out with a precise cross, but the striker somehow headed wide from close range and Lamela blazed a shot over the crossbar after cutting in from the left as Tottenham dominated.

But Eriksen won it in the final minute, as he made space for himself and unleashed a right-footed strike which found the far corner of the net.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "We were awful against Burnley and as awful as we were two weeks ago, we were terrific in the first half.

"I think that's five times we have conceded in the last minute which is cruel, but that is this league. It's a tough league. We were far, far better. I have got a better squad than I had last year, I'm convinced we will be OK. And if we play like we did in the first half, things will change for us and we will get a couple of results because I was really, really pleased with the way we played and why shouldn't I be? We were excellent in the first half."

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "When they scored early in the game and it was difficult to manage the situation, we looked a little bit nervous. It was difficult in the first half, they were the better team, but we showed more quality in the second half. The team showed we had a better mentality. In the end we deserved the victory. We need to find the solution at home. We need to start getting victories at White Hart Lane. It is a big question for us."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Allan McGregor 5.43 5.16
27. Ahmed Elmohamady 4.63 5.02
6. Curtis Davies 5.29 5.18
26. Andrew Robertson 5.14 4.57
21. Michael Dawson 6.33 5.16
11. Robbie Brady 6.43 5.0
14. Jake Livermore 7.0 5.3
25. Gastón Ramírez 2.33 4.71
8. Tom Huddlestone 4.86 5.41
34. Hatem Ben Arfa 3.33 4.83
18. Nikica Jelavic 6.38 5.59
Substitutes All Fans BFR
29. Stephen Quinn 3.0 4.39
5. James Chester 0.0 5.14
7. David Meyler 3.0 3.29
2. Liam Rosenior 4.0 3.24
22. Steve Harper 0.0 5.09
20. Yannick Sagbo 0.0 0.0
9. Abel Hernández 0.0 5.74
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Hugo Lloris 6.5 6.37
15. Eric Dier 3.54 6.03
33. Ben Davies 4.08 4.76
5. Jan Vertonghen 5.08 5.31
21. Federico Fazio 3.73 3.48
11. Erik Lamela 4.07 5.47
18. Harry Kane 6.5 5.88
23. Christian Eriksen 7.76 6.34
19. Mousa Dembélé 3.5 4.14
38. Ryan Mason 4.92 5.09
9. Roberto Soldado 3.38 5.0
Substitutes All Fans BFR
6. Vlad Chiriches 3.29 3.32
25. Benjamin Stambouli 0.0 4.24
8. Paulinho 1.5 3.89
39. Cristian Ceballos 0.0 0.0
7. Aaron Lennon 4.43 5.19
46. Dominic Ball 1.0 1.0
13. Michel Vorm 0.0 3.83

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