Wednesday 14th December 2016

Eyes of a Child

The Moody Blues

Listen, hear the sound
The child awakes
Wonder all around
The child awakes
Now in his life, he never must be lost
No thoughts must deceive him
In life he must trust
With the eyes of a child
You must come out and see
That your world’s spinning ’round
And through life you will be
A small part of a hope
Of a love that exists
In the eyes of a child you will see
Earth falls far away
New life awaits
Time it has no day
New life awaits
Here is your dream
And now how does it feel?
No words will go with you
And now what is real?
With the eyes of a child
You must come out and see
That your world’s spinning ’round
And through life you will be
A small part of a hope
Of a love that exists
In the eyes of a child you will see

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Spurs 3 Hull City 0

Christian Eriksen scored twice as he inspired Tottenham to a comfortable 3-0 win over Hull in the Premier League. Spurs dictated play for large spells against Mike Phelan’s team and went ahead through the Dane early in the first half.

While they took time to build on their slender lead, Tottenham eventually went further in front through Eriksen after the break before Victor Wanyama poked in a third.

At White Hart Lane, however, they had won five of their last seven games and were heavy favourites to come out on top against a Hull side which had won only one away Premier League fixture. The hosts, however, began brighter and Moussa Sissoko looked sharp on his recall to the side but saw his shot saved by David Marshall with comfort. Spurs after 14 minutes took a merited lead through a simple yet well executed move. Jan Vertonghen played a delicately flighted ball down the left which Danny Rose scurried away to pick up and he cut into the penalty area. After getting past Ahmed Elmohamady, the England international’s neat flick teed up Eriksen and he didn’t have to break his stride as he passed high into the net to give Tottenham an advantage.

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The trouble was they struggled to add to it, despite having plenty of possession. Alli’s low shot was tame and easily held while Eriksen’s second attempt, after a free kick was blocked, went wide. It took time for Hull to muster a response but they finally did, with Jake Livermore twice testing Hugo Lloris. The second occasion saw the Frenchman tip wide for a corner and when Robert Snodgrass sent it in, Elmohamady curled goalwards but a weak effort was held.
Tottenham finished the half with more pressure but still could not make it count. Kane’s connection with a Sissoko cutback was weak before the Frenchman’s own drive sailed high over the upright. Eriksen’s penalty claims were rightly waved away after Harry Maguire’s unintentional handball and Vertonghen’s unlikely run into the box saw his shot blocked before he fouled Michael Dawson. Hull were lively after the restart and Livermore had a third go at goal but Lloris denied him brilliantly once more as he thrust his left foot out to divert wide.

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That proved to be a key moment as moments later Tottenham finally got the second goal they needed to pull away from their opponents.
Again it was Eriksen who scored but he benefitted from good work from his team-mates, with Eric Dier starting things off. He freed Kyle Walker and the full-back outmuscled Andy Robertson to play across the face of goal to the waiting Eriksen at the back post.

It was the post which stopped the Denmark international from claiming a hat-trick, with his bending free kick coming off the upright 10 minutes later. Wanyama profited instead, getting just ahead of Sissoko to poke in his second goal since a summer move from Southampton. Eriksen had one final try at completing his treble but while it wasn’t to be his night on that front, he was a driving force behind a very routine success.

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