Called into action early on as Lewis Holtby's shot had to be tipped around the post. Had to produce a couple of smart stops to keep his side in it but was left absolutely hapless by the unfortunate ricochet off O'Shea that led to Tottenham's second goal.
Great vision to pick out Fletcher with a long ball in the opening half but the Scot was left largely preoccupied with defensive duties as Aaron Lennon gave him a hard time on the flank.
Enterprising down the right-hand side and swung in a delivery deemed dangerous enough by Lloris that led to the Frenchman's gaffe for the opening goal. His role in the opener was somewhat tainted by playing the entire Spurs team onside from the free kick for the equaliser. Booked for an ill-judged challenge on Naughton too in what was a mixed display.
Once again looked composed alongside Brown when in possession but there is a certain pressure that comes with being at the foot of the table and that perhaps played its part as O'Shea continued an unwanted Sunderland tradition this year of finding his own net.
His confidence at the back belies his side’s league position as he showed composure on the ball at the back and was able to pass it out of defence without alarm. Produced a couple of quality blocks as Sunderland looked to keep out Spurs, but unfortunately it was all in vain for the former Manchester United defender.
Was kept quiet for long periods of the opening half but gleefully played his part when called upon to smash home Sunderland's opener after Lloris's mistake. Showed his worth at the other end too with a fantastic last-ditch interception to stop Holtby from scoring.
Wasted a great early opening for the hosts as he blazed over when played in by Altidore. Beat Dawson all ends up for pace as the hosts threatened at the beginning of the second period but at the same time was done all too easily by Dembele as his cross deflected in for Tottenham's second.
Was singled out by both Mourinho and Poyet as an important part of the Sunderland side and he showed how instrumental he is once more as he sat in front of the back four to great effect, instinctively tracking back and coming to the rescue with some timely blocks.
Stung the palms of Lloris in the first half when the hosts went looking to add to their slender advantage. In charge of the set pieces for the home side but they rarely looked like threatening from them.
His direct and powerful running style posed a threat to the visitors all game as he was allowed to surge through the Spurs half on a number of occasions. Was afforded space as a result as Spurs players backed off, allowing him to play his part in the opening goal. Booked for a late lunge on Townsend.
Had the best of the early openings for Sunderland but he scuffed his shot wide from a promising position after bringing down Bardsley's long ball. Had a header flash wide but was really starved of decent service from Sunderland's wide men.
Had what can only be described as a shocker for Sunderland's opening goal as he flapped at Celustka's cross and provided Johnson with a simple chance to open the scoring. Began to make amends with a smart stop from Larsson but still looked unsure after his early lapse.
Always dominant aerially, it was over the ground that Dawson was found wanting time and again. He sat deep to accommodate for his disadvantage and his lack of pace was horribly exposed by Colback and others in red and white.
Swung in the free-kick that led to the equaliser for the hosts. Continuously patrolled the right flank but had difficulty at times with the strength of Altidore, relying on Lee Mason's whistle to get him out of trouble on occasions.
In for the injured Vertonghen, the left-back kept Johnson quiet in the opening period and couldn't really be blamed for any major part in the winger's goal. Showed attacking instincts of his own in the second period as he almost set up Holtby with a piercing run and cross.
Back from injury and back to shore up the Tottenham midfield. His presence alongside Paulinho in the centre allowed the visitors to dominate the midfield and it was his smart run and threatening cross that led to O'Shea's own goal.
Looked sharp down the right and gave Bardsley a difficult time all evening. His absence from the assist column wasn't through any fault of his own, as he produced numerous chances for Holtby and Defoe to put the game to bed.
Not your average winger as the Belgian showed great aerial prowess to torment his opponents continuously during the match. Forced Mannone into a decent stop from when he connected with a corner and was on hand to set up Paulinho for the equaliser.
Filled in at centre-back as Tottenham had to cope without Vertonghen and Chiriches. Didn't have much problem matching Altidore or Fletcher for strength and looked extremely composed for someone out of their natural position.
Had to restrain himself from getting forward as he took to the pitch in a deeper role alongside Dembele. Was in the right place at the right time to poke home the Tottenham equaliser and held his position well throughout, helping his side to dominate the midfield. Could have had a second if he hadn't miscued.
Enjoyed his role through the heart of the Tottenham midfield and busily set about harassing the Sunderland defence with cute passes and disguised through-balls. Was denied a goal by the tireless work of Johnson but still made a telling contribution.
Had the movement that allowed him to pick up a few goalscoring positions throughout and was always giving O'Shea and Brown something to think about. Had a shot well blocked by Celustka in the opening half and rattled the woodwork in the second as Spurs threatened to put daylight between the sides.
Came on for Colback in the middle as Poyet looked for a bit more strength in the centre.
Came on as Sunderland pushed for an equaliser and almost helped produce it with a dangerous cross that Lloris had to parry.
Had a fantastic chance to eqaulise for the hosts but his prodded effort was straight at Lloris.