Spurs began the game with Gomes, Chimbonda, Huddlestone, Corluka, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Jenas, Modric, Keane, Defoe with Hull playing a more second string side.
Redknapp made it very clear pre-match that this was a competition he wanted to win emphasising Pompey's good start to the 06/07 Premiership season was down to winning this trophy.
Hull began the game as we did against West Ham, full of energy and drive. Boxing us in, trying to put a constraint on us passing the ball around and keeping the pressure on our back line. We seemed to start the game looking comfortable in possession and generally knocked the ball about nicely. It's nice to see that once in a while.
The goal came after 17 minutes when a stunning ball over the top from Modric picked out Keane who took two touches to bring the ball down and power it beyond Tony Warner. There's the Keane we all knew from the season before last. Modric once again part of it all, the guy's pure class. He showed better vision and passing than Huddlestone on a good day.
The first half illustrated a typical Premier League game. We showed we were still sloppy in possession at times with Jenas leading that pack and often sent a ball that flew straight to an orange shirt. The decision to have the defence sitting back worked effectively with the Hudd and Charlies' pace not their strongest of attributes.
The second half saw no immediate change to the Spurs side with Hull introducing Geovanni.
Hull proved more stubborn than in the first half. We began banging the ball out to Lennon early on with nothing materialising. Modric and Keane continued to link up well. Maybe that would keep Robbie in the side a little longer.
Hull enjoyed more of the ball and proved a stronger attacking threat enjoying a series of corners after the hour forcing Gomes into a couple of fine saves. Let's hope he can get through this season without some of the 'fans' abuse, eh?
The second goal came after a typical Tom Huddlestone pass found Defoe who was brought down in the box. Robbie Keane stepped up confidently to slot away our third goal of the competition after 68 minutes from the penalty spot. Has he got a point to prove?
Number three came from a good delivery from Naughton in which Lennon tucked away after finishing the remainder of the match left midfield.
A good win for the lads, against our second Premiership opposition of pre-season, should leave us happy. Hull were 'outclassed'. Robbie was man of the match but certainly Modric looks justified to have earned his salary for the week as he played another good game. Gomes at present is on another level to a fair bunch of other Keepers and is looking good for Liverpool in two weeks.
let's just hope we can have a half decent season this year.