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December 18, 2011 10:00 AM EST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 36021‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland

Harry Redknapp's men get back to winning ways thanks to a much improved second-half display, while Martin O'Neill's 'honeymoon period' with the Black Cats appears over already

By Liam Twomey at White Hart Lane

  • Brad Friedel
    24
    0
    3.50

    Brad Friedel

    Another solid display. Made a couple of very handy saves to deny Larsson and Richardson, and commanded his area well.

  • William Gallas
    14
    4
    3.00

    William Gallas

    Initially assured alongside King, he was slightly more troubled when Bendtner came on after the interval.

  • Ledley King
    16
    1
    3.00

    Ledley King

    Calmness personified in possession, but his lack of mobility was exposed on a number of occasions without Kaboul next to him.

  • Kyle Walker
    16
    2
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Always looked dangerous going forward, but allowed Richardson to escape his attentions defensively several times.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    29
    9
    4.00

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto Top of the Match

    Generally defended well and seemed to relish his increased attacking duties in the absence of Bale.

  • Aaron Lennon
    16
    0
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Looked Spurs' most dangerous player until his unfortunate withdrawal with a hamstring injury less than half an hour in.

  • Scott Parker
    15
    2
    3.50

    Scott Parker

    Used the ball as sensibly as ever and also provided a number of more positive, dangerous passes.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    25
    7
    3.50

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Shimmered rather than sparkled, but his pass to set up Pavlyuchenko's opener was delightful.

  • Luka Modric
    36
    2
    3.50

    Luka Modric

    Didn't exert the same level of influence from the left flank, but still managed to look one of the more accomplished players on the pitch.

  • Sandro
    11
    4
    3.00

    Sandro

    A bundle of energy and dynamism in the midfield, but his lack of composure let him down in attacking positions.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    16
    2
    3.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Buzzed around dangerously in the final third, but failed to make the decisive breakthrough.

Substitutions

  • Danny Rose
    10
    1
    0.00

    Danny Rose

    Brought on in the dying moments with no time to make an impact.

  • Jake Livermore
    10
    1
    3.00

    Jake Livermore

    Came on to shore up the Spurs midfield, and did just that.

  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
    26
    2
    3.50

    Roman Pavlyuchenko

    Lennon's early injury afforded him plenty of time to make an impression, and he took his chance with a clinical goal.

  • Keiren Westwood
    5
    2
    3.00

    Keiren Westwood

    Not tested as often as he should have been, but still showcased agility and bravery in defending his goal. Powerless to stop Pavlyuchenko's strike.

  • Phil Bardsley
    1
    4
    2.50

    Phil Bardsley

    Looked overwhelmed by the dual threat of Lennon and Walker early on, and caught badly out of position for Pavlyuchenko's winner. Hauled off with half an hour left.

  • Wes Brown
    2
    3
    3.00

    Wes Brown

    His confidence initially looked fragile after a number of recent costly gaffes, but this was a much-improved display.

  • John O'Shea
    4
    2
    3.50

    John O'Shea

    Modric's tendency to drift infield meant his main opponent was Assou-Ekotto. It was a battle he slowly got the better of as the match wore on.

  • Titus Bramble
    3
    2
    3.50

    Titus Bramble

    His positional ability was rarely tested, but dealt with Spurs' aerial bombardment from the flanks fairly comfortably.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    4
    2
    3.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    The attentions of Assou-Ekotto meant his contribution from open play was severely limited and, as usual, his best moments came from set-pieces.

  • Kieran Richardson
    3
    2
    3.50

    Kieran Richardson

    His attacking runs were consistently dangerous and he was unlucky not to open the scoring when Larsson's low cross failed to reach him.

  • Jack Colback
    1
    3
    2.50

    Jack Colback

    Out-passed and out-manoeuvred by the Spurs midfield with worrying regularity.

  • David Vaughan
    1
    3
    3.00

    David Vaughan

    Fared little better than midfield partner Colback, but did manage to test Friedel with a shot from distance.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    3
    2
    3.00

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Denied the service to truly influence proceedings, but several neat passes highlighted his talent.

  • Connor Wickham
    5
    3
    2.50

    Connor Wickham Flop of the Match

    Struggled to hold the ball up for his team against Gallas and King, and was replaced by Bendtner at the interval.

Substitutions

  • Craig Gardner
    1
    3
    3.00

    Craig Gardner

    Came on with 15 minutes left, but couldn't get his side back into the game.

  • James McClean
    2
    4
    3.00

    James McClean

    Brought on with half an hour left as his side searched for an equaliser, but failed to make any real impact.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    3
    4
    3.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Fulfilled the role of target man better than Wickham, but still failed to live up to expectations.

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