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Spurs dent Hull’s survival hopes

GAMES GALORE Tottenham made a good start to an arduous week in which they face a UEFA Cup tie tomorrow and play in the League Cup final on Sunday

AFP , HULL, ENGLAND

Tottenham’s Jonathan Woodgate, right, reacts after scoring against Hull City during their English Premier League match at the KC Stadium in Hull on Monday.

PHOTO: AP

A late goal from defender Jonathan Woodgate gave Spurs what could be a crucial three points in the fight against relegation as they beat fellow Premiership strugglers Hull 2-1 on Monday.

Woodgate’s header four minutes from time gave Spurs only their second win in their last 10 Premier League matches and first away win since beating West Ham on Dec. 8.

For Hull relegation appears to be a real possibility as they have registered just one victory in their last 17 Premier League Games and are now just six points above the drop zone.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said he believed that his side had deserved the victory but bemoaned the fact that ahead of him and the club this week lies a UEFA Cup second leg clash with Shakhtar Donetsk, who beat them 2-0 in last week’s first leg, tomorrow and then their defense of the League Cup against Manchester United on Sunday.

“We’ve got to play on Monday and Thursday and we’ve got a Cup final on Sunday. It’s ludicrous,” Redknapp said.

Hull had gone close to taking the lead a quarter of an hour in but it was not of their making — as Woodgate’s header back to Spurs ’keeper Carlo Cudicini went past the Italian but he recovered to avoid conceding an embarrassing own goal.

However, Spurs were ahead two minutes later as Hull left Aaron Lennon unmarked at a corner and Luka Modric, seeing his team-mate unattended, passed to him. Lennon made no mistake with his shot.

The hosts recovered their composure after that blow and 10 minutes later were deservedly level as Michael Turner turned the ball into the net after a corner had been missed by Cudicini and the ball had cannoned off Spurs’ Wilson Palacios.

Spurs fullback Vedran Corluka almost restored his side’s lead in the second-half when his header from a freekick beat Matt Duke but came back off the crossbar.

Hull hit back, though, as Kamil Zayatte put in a good header with just under 15 minutes left, only for it to come off the far post as both sides pressed for what would probably be the winner.

That eventually came four minutes from the end as Woodgate rose to meet Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s cross and beat Duke.

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