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Eriksen stars as Spurs sparkle

Mauricio Pochettino admitted his delight at Christian Eriksen's recent resurgence after the midfielder scored twice and set up another to help Tottenham cruise to a 3-0 victory over struggling Hull at White Hart Lane.

After their 1-1 draw against Leicester in October, the Spurs boss called for improvement from the 24-year-old midfielder.

And the Denmark international has responded in recent weeks, taking his tally to five goals in four Premier League games.

Eriksen, deployed in a deeper central midfield role yesterday morning (Singapore time), could have completed his hat-trick but his free-kick was tipped onto the bar by Hull goalkeeper David Marshall before Victor Wanyama smashed home the rebound.

"I'm very pleased for his performance today," Pochettino said of Eriksen.

"He was very aggressive in possession. That is the aggressiveness that we want for our players and I'm very pleased for him because he is working very hard to improve and I know it is important for our strikers to score goals but also for our midfield to score as well."

Hull came close to an equaliser on the hour mark when former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore was denied by the outstretched leg of Hugo Lloris following a swift counter-attack.

Hull boss Mike Phelan said: "It's hard for me to explain a result like that.

"When you feel your team has come to Tottenham and created opportunities to score goals, not taking them and the difference is we lose the game 3-0 because of that extra bit of quality that Tottenham have at the right time.

"It is harsh but I'm staying positive and making sure the players stay as positive as they possibly can." - PA SPORT

"I'm very pleased for his performance today. He was very aggressive in possession. That is the aggressiveness that we want for our players."Mauricio Pochettino
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