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Woodgate grabs vital win for Tottenham

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  • Jonathan Woodgate eased Tottenham's relegation worries in 2-1 win at Hull
  • England defender Woodgate grabbed winner with powerful 85 minute header
  • Michael Turner had equalized after Aaron Lennon fired Spurs in front on 17
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(CNN) -- Jonathan Woodgate gave Tottenham the perfect start to what could prove the defining week of an erratic campaign with the goal that eased their relegation worries with a 2-1 win at Hull City.

Matchwinner Woodgate, right, congratulates Lennon, center, after the winger fired Spurs ahead.

Matchwinner Woodgate, right, congratulates Lennon, center, after the winger fired Spurs ahead.

England defender Woodgate, who moments later was led from the pitch with blood streaming from a cut above an eye, powered a header into the top right hand corner after 85 minutes.

It was the breakthrough manager Harry Redknapp desperately wanted after Hull's Michael Turner had nullified Aaron Lennon's superb 17th minute strike.

Tottenham's third away league win of the season lifts them to 14th place in the Premier League -- one point behind Hull who have a game in hand.

They were again indebted to Woodgate -- it was his 50th appearance for Spurs -- who a year a goal headed the goal that gave his club victory in the League Cup final against Chelsea.

Woodgate will be back there on Sunday when Tottenham defend their trophy against quadruple-chasing Manchester United.

Three days earlier the north London club face a UEFA Cup second leg clash at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Ukrainians lead the tie 2-0 and Woodgate is certain to sit out the return to give his injury time to heal ahead of the United showdown.

Redknapp has juggled his resources and made 10 changes for the trip to Hull after giving youth a chance at Shakhtar last week.

Tottenham went ahead after Anthony Gardner, making only his fifth Hull appearance since his £2.5million move from White Hart Lane last summer, conceded a corner following a tackle on Darren Bent.

Keane took the kick short to Luka Modric who in turn found Lennon unmarked on the edge of the box. Lennon was allowed too much time and fired an emphatic opening goal past Matt Duke and into the top left hand corner from 20 yards.

Hull scrambled an equaliser in the 27th minute when goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini made a mess of gathering Andy Dawson's corner.

The ball rebounded off the feet of Wilson Palacios towards goal and defender Michael Turner stabbed it over the line for his fifth of the season.

Hull almost went ahead moments later when Daniel Cousin fired a fierce 25-yard shot a foot over.

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