Saturday, January 16, 2010

Boaz Myhill Heroics Earn a Point For Hull in 0-0 at Spurs

Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill was the hero for Hull at White Hart Lane today, as his virtuoso performance earned the Tigers a hard earned point in their relegation battle, while Spurs will rue the missed opportunity to open up a gap in the battle for fourth place.

The American-born Welsh international 'keeper was in inspired form all day and pulled off a number of impressive saves as Spurs piled pressure on the travelling Tigers.

Last time the two clubs met, Tottenham destroyed Hull City 5-1 at the KC Stadium. Jermaine Defoe scored a memorable hat-trick that balmy August evening.

Playwise, the match was a carbon copy.

Spurs dominated the match throughout, and their slick passing cut Hull City to ribbons at times. The ball was pinged from one side of the pitch to the other on numerous occasions as Tottenham looked to eke out an opening.

The superb creativity in the Spurs midfield made many chances, but every time Spurs had a shot on goal it crashed like a wave against the wall that was Myhill.

His performance today was hailed by many as the best goalkeeping performance in the Premiership this season. Myhill's reflexes were simply incredible, his agility phenomenal, and his positioning simply perfect.

It was the game of his life. Normally, a 'keeper would be happy if he made one world class save in a game. Today, Myhill made almost too many to count.

At one stage of the game, he threw himself down low to his right to get his fingertips to Wilson Palacios' angled drive into the bottom corner, every sinew stretching as he clawed the ball away. It popped up perfectly for the unmarked Robbie Keane who only had to keep his effort on target and Spurs would be in the lead...

Somehow, Myhill reacted with amazing speed and flung himself at the rebound. Keane simply shook his head with disbelief as the Hull shot-stopper touched the ball over the bar.

It would be no exaggeration to say that Myhill must have denied every Spurs player at least once during the game, such was his display, and the home side's dominance.

Harry Redkapp was full of praise for the Hull 'keeper on 500th game in charge of a Premiership team.

"The keeper has had an unbelievable day and will never play like that again in his life.

"They were miraculous saves, five or six incredible, world-class saves."

The good points for Hull City are obvious. A point earned that will be as valuable as gold dust in their battle to avoid relegation.

An obviously happy Phil Brown looks like he may be maturing into a decent Premiership manager, if his after match comments are anything to judge him by. Unlike years gone by, he deflected all the praise towards his team, and his 'keeper in particular.

"It was a fantastic performance from Boaz Myhill. He must have pulled off half a dozen world-class saves.

"When he was beaten by the first shot at times he followed it up with another one. He did that on a couple of occasions.

"It was fantastic display from all the players, none more so than Boaz.

"You have to get bodies behind the ball and I make no excuses for quality defending. That's what we did out there."

For Spurs it was another one of those days. This is the third time this season that Tottenham have dominated a team they would be expected to beat at home and have come undone, Stoke and Wolves being the other teams to frustrate Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Positive wise, there is not much else that Spurs could have done to win the game. At times their football was brilliant, and this is their fifth clean sheet in a row.

The momentum has been kept up and they travel to Anfield on Wednesday while Hull City make the daunting trip to Old Trafford.

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