Shane Long scored his first goal for Hull City as Steve Bruce's side held Champions League hopefuls Tottenham.

January signing Long curled home 12 minutes in after being put clear by strike partner Nikica Jelavic.

That was Hull's first league goal in 2014, and they almost added a second when Jelavic sent a free-kick wide.

Paulinho equalised for Spurs with a smart turn and shot, with Jelavic denied a late winner for Hull when his low drive was kept out by Hugo Lloris.

Spurs ground out result - Sherwood

Despite squandering that late chance, Hull - two points clear of the relegation zone - are likely to be the happier of the sides.

Their new front two of Long and Jelavic showed signs of a promising partnership that should possess the firepower to pull them away from danger.

Tigers finally find their teeth

Prior to this game, Hull had gone four league games without either a goal or a point since putting six past Fulham on 28 December

Tottenham, meanwhile, started the day in fifth but, despite the 5-1 midweek home defeat by Manchester City, would have been confident of closing the gap to fourth-placed Liverpool, given they had won their five previous away games.

Neither side had any transfer deadline-day signings to show off at the KC Stadium, but it was Hull's two key January buys who combined to good effect early on.

A long ball by veteran Steve Harper - in goal for the suspended Allan McGregor - was flicked on smartly by Jelavic to send Long clear and the Republic of Ireland international confidently slotted beyond Spurs keeper Lloris.

It was an opportunist goal for Hull, with Tottenham dominant in possession but their front two of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado frustrated by a well-marshalled home defence.

Soldado fired wide from a difficult angle before Christian Eriksen bent a shot narrowly off target after running at the Hull defence.

But in truth, Spurs were not showing the kind of potency in attack that has seen them score at least once in every league game under Tim Sherwood and instead it was Hull who came closest to scoring a second before the break, Jelavic curling a 22-yard free-kick wide of the post.

Spurs lucky with Paulinho goal - Bruce

Tottenham improved after the break but their inability to impose themselves in the final third was telling as a tame Soldado shot was straight at Harper.

The visitors were in need of some inspiration and that finally came courtesy of Paulinho. The midfielder, back in the side after a month out with an ankle injury, superbly brought a speculative long-range Danny Rose strike under control with his first touch, before lashing into the roof of the net with his second.

That goal opened the game up as Curtis Davies stabbed the ball away from the feet of Adebayor on the goalline, moments before Jelavic's goalbound shot was hacked away by Michael Dawson.

The action continued to swing from end to end but it was Hull who came closest to snatching the three points as first Jelavic's angled drive was held by Lloris before Tom Huddlestone's driven free-kick just evaded several team-mates.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce said:

"I thought a draw was a fair result. There was an element of luck with their goal with Danny Rose smashing a shot, but to be fair to Paulinho he finished it well. We had arguably the better chances but we have got off 23 points and we were on that for a long time.

"Shane Long is a player we have not had before because of his pace, which gets him away from defenders. His goal summed it up, he got the flick on and burst through.

"He will give us what we have lacking before. I was also delighted for Nikica Jelavic, he could have scored and could have scored against Crystal Palace and he has only been with us 10 days."

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood said:

"I thought we played well. We had some good opportunities in the second half. We never took the chances and the positive to me is that we ground it out. If we are not going to win the game we are certainly not going to lose.

"We thought we should have won the game but you have to give Hull credit, they are fighting for their lives and they dug it out."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Hull City

  • 22 Harper
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 07 Meyler Booked
  • 15 McShane
  • 06 Davies
  • 27 Elmohamady (Koren - 70' )
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 21 Long
  • 18 Jelavic (Sagbo - 88' )
  • 11 Brady (Boyd - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Bruce
  • 10 Koren
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 16 Jakupovic
  • 17 Boyd
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 29 Quinn

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 02 Walker
  • 03 Rose
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 20 Dawson
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 07 Lennon
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 09 Soldado Booked
  • 10 Adebayor (Kane - 90' )
  • 23 Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 04 Kaboul
  • 15 Capoue
  • 16 Naughton
  • 21 Chadli
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 24 Friedel
  • 37 Kane
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 24,932

Match Stats

Shots

9 19

On target

4 3

Corners

4 10

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hull City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

90:00 +3:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

90:00 +2:37

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose tries a through ball, but Paulinho is caught offside.

90:00 +1:35 Booking

Booking Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:29

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +1:29

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:15

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb.

90:00 +0:37

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

89:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane replaces Emmanuel Adebayor because of an injury.

88:42

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

88:42

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo replaces Nikica Jelavic.

87:21

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb.

86:49

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:49

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

86:24

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Long.

84:59

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:59

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

83:57

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:57

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

80:41

Attempt blocked. Robert Koren (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul McShane.

79:24

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

79:24

Robert Koren (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:34

Attempt missed. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen from a direct free kick.

77:41

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:41

Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).

75:22

Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

74:48 Booking

Booking David Meyler (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

74:38

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

73:39

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

72:00

Offside, Hull City. Maynor Figueroa tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

70:42

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

70:41

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Koren.

69:53

Attempt missed. Robert Koren (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

69:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robert Koren replaces Ahmed Elmohamady because of an injury.

68:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Robbie Brady.

68:17

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

66:40

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

66:13

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:13

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

65:04

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Aaron Lennon tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

64:02

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

64:02

Robbie Brady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:48

Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shane Long with a cross.

62:22

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

62:22

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:56

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:56

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

60:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Rose following a set piece situation.

60:50

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen following a set piece situation.

59:14

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:14

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

57:08

Attempt blocked. Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

56:20

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:20

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

55:45

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Steve Harper.

55:43

Attempt saved. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:41

Attempt blocked. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

55:27

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

51:46

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

50:58

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:58

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

50:05

Offside, Hull City. Paul McShane tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

49:28

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

47:01

Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

46:00

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

46:00

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:29

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:29

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +1:12

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Hugo Lloris tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

45:00 +0:48

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:48

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

45:00 +0:07

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

44:14

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

40:25

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Paul McShane.

38:43

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

37:25

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

37:25

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:10

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:10

Foul by Paul McShane (Hull City).

34:50

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Michael Dawson with a headed pass following a corner.

34:19

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

32:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31:09

Delay in match Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) because of an injury.

29:25

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

25:36

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

24:39

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

24:37

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

22:36

Offside, Hull City. Curtis Davies tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

21:42

Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:42

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

18:24

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

17:31

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

11:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Shane Long (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

10:59

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

10:57

Attempt blocked. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

10:09

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Steve Harper.

10:08

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

9:49

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

9:49

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:16

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a set piece situation.

8:56

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:56

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

5:49

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Jan Vertonghen is caught offside.

3:16

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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