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December 8, 2013 1:30 AM SGT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 37963‎
 
37′ Adam Johnson
Paulinho 43′
 
John O'Shea 50′ (OG)
Top of the Match
Lewis Holtby
Lewis Holtby
Tottenham
Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker
Tottenham
Flop of the Match
Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris
Tottenham
John O'Shea
John O'Shea
Sunderland

Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham: O'Shea own goal eases pressure on Villas-Boas

The Republic of Ireland international's own goal ultimately proved to be the difference after Paulinho had earlier cancelled out Adam Johnson's opener

Moussa Dembele Sunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur English Premier League 12072013
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John O'Shea scored a decisive own goal as Tottenham came from behind to pick up a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The hosts took the lead late in the first half when Adam Johnson capitalised on a Hugo Lloris error following an Ondrej Celustka cross.

VIEW FROM THE STADIUM OF LIGHT
By Harry Slavin
When you’re down at the wrong end of the table it can often feel as if nothing goes your way, and Gus Poyet will have genuine grievances as they slumped to back-to-back home defeats.

Tottenham should have had the game wrapped up as they missed a host of chances to settle the match, but they were lucky to get away with three points as an own goal and the referee’s inability to spot a blatant handball proved the undoing of the Black Cats.

Tottenham have now accrued seven points from a possible nine since their hammering at Manchester City and look on the road to recovery. For Sunderland, their route to safety is looking more difficult as they struggle to build a solid base at the Stadium of Light.
But Tottenham were level before the break through Paulinho, while O'Shea inadvertently diverted the ball past Vito Mannone in the 50th minute to hand the visitors all three points.

Jermain Defoe was also twice denied by the woodwork as Tottenham went in search of a third.

Defeat for Sunderland - a result that leaves them bottom of the Premier League and without a win in four - will be especially difficult to stomach as a Phil Bardsley own goal handed Chelsea a 4-3 win at the same ground on Wednesday.

While Gus Poyet's men face a lengthy battle to beat the drop, his former club Tottenham are sixth.

Sunderland made four changes to the side that lost to Chelsea on Wednesday, with Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher, Sebastian Larsson and Celustka coming in for Andrea Dossena, Craig Gardner, Emanuele Giaccherini and Fabio Borini.

Andre Villas-Boas also made a quartet of alterations from Tottenham's 2-1 midweek victory at Fulham, bringing Kyle Naughton, Mousa Dembele, Lewis Holtby and Nacer Chadli in for Erik Lamela, Sandro and injured duo Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches.

After a quiet opening 10 minutes, Paulinho had the first meaningful opportunity of the match, sending a dipping effort from distance narrowly over the crossbar.

But it was the hosts who took the lead in the 37th minute, as goalkeeper Lloris made a dreadful attempt to deal with a Celustka cross, palming the ball to the feet of Johnson, who gratefully smashed it into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

Tottenham, though, were level six minutes later, Paulinho prodding home from close range after Chadli had nodded the ball down from a Holtby free-kick.

Lloris had to be alert moments later as Celustka fired a thunderous effort straight at the goalkeeper from outside the Spurs penalty area.

Tottenham were ahead five minutes into the second period as Dembele attempted to pull the ball across the face of goal, but got lucky as it deflected into the goal off O'Shea.

The Irishman's own goal came in the same minute as he scored at the right end against Chelsea in midweek.

Defoe headed against the post from an Aaron Lennon cross seven minutes later as the men from North London found their stride. He went close again in 66th minute, but dragged his effort narrowly wide of the left-hand post.

Sunderland had appeals for a penalty turned down in the 75th minute as substitute Sandro handled in the penalty area shortly after being introduced. Replays suggested Poyet's men had every reason to feel hard done by.

Defoe hit the post once again 11 minutes from time before Borini squandered a chance to salvage a draw as the Black Cats applied the pressure in the closing stages.


Sunderland

25
Vito Mannone
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Phil Bardsley
Defender
2.50
5
Wes Brown
Defender
3.00
12
2.00
16
John O'Shea
Defender
50′
2.00
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder
3.00
7
Sebastian Larsson
Midfielder
2.00
11
Adam Johnson
Midfielder
37′ 66′
2.50
14
Jack Colback
Midfielder
67′
2.50
9
2.00
17
Jozy Altidore
Striker
87′
2.00

Tottenham

1.50
25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
2.50
16
2.50
20
3.50
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
3.50
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
43′
4.00
10
Lewis Holtby
Midfielder
79′
3.50
15
Etienne Capoue
Midfielder
3.50
19
3.50
21
Nacer Chadli
Midfielder
43′ 84′
3.00
18

Substitutes

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3
 - 
21
 - 
8
Craig Gardner
Midfielder
 - 
23
2.50
33
Lee Cattermole
Midfielder
67′
2.00
31
2.00

Substitutes

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24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
 - 
35
 - 
17
 - 
22
2.00
30
Sandro
Midfielder
73′
 - 
9
 - 
11
Erik Lamela
Midfielder

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