Christian Eriksen scored twice as Tottenham secured a much-needed 3-0 victory over Hull in the English Premier League on Wednesday.
The in-form Danish midfielder’s double took his tally to five goals in his last four Premier League games and helped revive the fortunes of a Spurs side that had won just three of its last 13 games in all competitions going into this fixture.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino chose to employ the 3-5-2 formation that has brought so much success to league leader Chelsea this season and was rewarded as his wing backs proved crucial in unlocking the dogged Hull defence.
“I think it (the formation) worked well – the first two goals arrived from very good action from our full backs,” Pochettino said.
“Three points keeps us in a very good position in the table – very close to the top four.”
The victory ensured the north London side remains fifth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-place Manchester City in the race for a Champions League slot next season.
Hull, which has now won just one of its last 12 league fixtures, remains 19th, just one point above last-place Sunderland.
“I’m staying as positive and making sure the players stay as positive as they possibly can,” Hull manager Mike Phelan said.
“The quality came through for Tottenham at the end and before you know it you’re 3-0 down and wondering why.”
With Spurs having hardly threatened in the opening stages, Danny Rose was released by Jan Vertonghen down the left flank in the 14th minute and cut inside before finding Eriksen, who emphatically struck the ball into the roof of the net.
Hull limited Tottenham to few clear openings for the remainder of the first half but was rarely able to mount a threat itself.
Jake Livermore came closest for the visiting side as he forced a fine save from Hugo Lloris following a swift counter attack on the hour mark, but Hull would immediately be punished for wasting its opportunity.
Just as frustration levels were rising for the home side, a near identical copy of the opening goal came in the 63rd.
Eric Dier chipped the ball forward for Kyle Walker on the right, who surged into the box and squared for Eriksen to tap home from just a yard (meter) out.
Ten minutes later, Eriksen came within inches of a hat trick as his free kick was tipped onto the post by Hull goalkeeper David Marshall, but Victor Wanyama was on hand to convert the rebound.