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White Hart Lane (ATT 36,062) 5th October 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Styles

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs Hull City Hull City

Hull win adds to Ramos pain

No stopping the Tigers as Brown's boys win again

Last Updated: 05/10/08 6:55pm

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Geovanni: Celebrates his winner

Geovanni: Celebrates his winner

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.

Man of the Match: Boaz Myhill. The Hull keeper was not overly busy but exuded calm behind his defence. Moment of the Match: Geovanni's stunning free-kick sparked contrasting emotions for the two sides. Attempt of the Match: Gareth Bale almost rescued Spurs with a last-gasp free-kick which curled just wide. Save of the Match: Boaz Myhill tipped a thundering Gareth Bale free-kick onto the bar to keep the Tigers in front. Talking Point: Can Spurs boss Juande Ramos survive another defeat ? Goal of the Game: Only one but it was worth it - Geovanni's 30-yard free-kick.

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.

Quality

He 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.

Worthy winners

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 HotspurTeam StatisticsHull City
0Goals1
01st Half Goals1
7Shots on Target5
12Shots off Target4
7Blocked Shots1
12Corners0
16Fouls16
0Offsides8
2Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
83.1Passing Success70.3
21Tackles41
66.7Tackles Success70.7
65.6Possession34.4
62.5Territorial Advantage37.5

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 12 26
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Aston Villa 12 12
17 Hull City 12 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

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