Five things learned from Tottenham's last-gasp Hull win: Pochettino, Eriksen & Kane feature

Five conclusions from another dramatic Spurs game at the KC Stadium.

White Hart Pain

Once again this season, Tottenham Hotspur did not play particularly well in the Premier League. When Jake Livermore gave Hull City the lead against the north London side, the visitors were only spared complete disappointment courtesy of some profligate finishing from the hosts.

But they dug in and secured all three points - even if Gaston Ramirez's red card played a big part in handing them the win.

One wonders if Spurs could do the same at White Hart Lane. In six league fixtures, they have lost four at home. Away, however, Tottenham have only lost once in six, winning three times and drawing twice.

One-two one-two

And a freak statistic that demonstrates the consistent inconsistency, if you will, of the north London side is the fact that all four of their last four league fixtures have finished 1-2 to the away team.

At White Hart Lane, Tottenham lost 2-1 to Newcastle United and Stoke City, while Spurs won by the same scoreline at both Aston Villa and Hull City.

Finally, Christian!

Key to Spurs' victory - finally, was Christian Eriksen. The 22-year-old Dane often looked Tottenham's only promising signing last season but something has been missing this term.

Occasional bursts have been shown by the midfielder and Eriksen has pitched in with the odd vital goal.

Today against Hull, though, Eriksen looked more like the player of last campaign - one that was both willing to and capable of changing a game. It was the Dane's free-kick that fell to Harry Kane to convert for the equaliser and his winner that secured the three points.

Kane selection justified

The selection of Kane, meanwhile, was once again justified. During Tottenham's last league game against Stoke, boss Mauricio Pochettino might have been disappointed by the 21-year-old's contribution.

But the fact that the young striker should still have started that fixture was never in doubt. He is Tottenham's form striker right now but no forward will score every single game. A consistent run in the team was needed and keeping faith with Kane once was enough as he found the net with a poacher's goal against the Tigers.

Partnering Kane with Roberto Soldado and not Emmanuel Adebayor also helped...

Turning point or yet more inconsistency?

So where does this result - and performance - leave Spurs overall, then?

The north London side can surely take heart from at third away win of the Premier League season and it should give them confidence ahead of an important period of their campaign: next up for Tottenham are Everton at home and Chelsea away.

But will Pochettino's men instead revert to their old inconsistent ways? It is a fear that supporters will no doubt harbour, especially since their side's performance was still well below par for a large majority of today's Hull clash.

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