Spurs have the most shocking record in penalty shoot outs so forgive those of us who weren’t at last night’s game for switching off all TV and internet access when the whistle blew on 120 minutes. It was, therefore, a welcome sight to wake up this morning and discover that we had buried the ghost of FC Basel, PSV Eindhoven, Stoke and many others by edging past Hull.
It was a marathon too which would have tested a few pacemakers but an 8-7 scoreline in the shootout sees us through to face West Ham in the fifth round.
The night had started positively with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s screamer giving us the lead early but it took until the dying minutes of the match for Harry Kane to rescue things.
“They were great penalties and the funny thing is we hadn’t trained for them,” said Andre Villas-Boas after the match.
“We trained so hard for the penalties against Basel and that ended up a disaster. That is the nature of the game.”
After a difficult few days, AVB found time to praise the fans who were considerably more vocal,
“We played really well in the first half,” added Andre.
“We kept on creating chances and we managed to equalise. It was end-to-end from both teams.
“Great credit to the supporters as well because they were excellent, they made the difference for us, inspired us.”
Ahmed Elmohamady will be happy enough to stay away from White Hart Lane for a few months after conceding Sunday’s penalty before seeing his spot kick saved by Brad Friedel. Some will have mixed feelings at the result and the performance but a penalty shoot out victory is a rare beast and something to be savoured.