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December 29, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 41168‎
 
40′ John O'Shea
 
Aaron Lennon 51′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas' side secure the win after going behind to a John O'Shea effort as a Carlos Cuellar own-goal and Aaron Lennon solo effort seal three points on Wearside

By Simon Sinclair at the Stadium of Light

  • Simon Mignolet
    37
    1
    4.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Safe and assured performance in the Sunderland goal. Could do nothing with Tottenham's goals but made great saves to deny Defoe and Adebayor late in the game.

  • Matthew Kilgallon
    2
    10
    2.50

    Matthew Kilgallon

    His lack of pace was exposed on occasions by Lennon but he was dominant in the air. Should have done a lot better tracking Lennon for Tottenham's second goal as he allowed him to coast past and put the ball beyond Mignolet.

  • John O'Shea
    17
    4
    3.50

    John O'Shea

    Made a crucial interception to stop Defoe latching on to a through ball early on. Showed good instincts to poke home after Lloris parried Fletcher's shot. Left the game with an injury in the second half.

  • Carlos Javier Cuéllar
    6
    15
    1.50

    Carlos Javier Cuéllar Flop of the Match

    Struggled with the speed of the Tottenham attacks. Made a few bad clearances and almost scored an own-goal when he attempted to clear a shot from Defoe. Eventually put the ball into his own net from Walker's corner.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    9
    4
    2.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    His accuracy from dead-ball situations had Tottenham worried all afternoon. Was combative in midfield and like his team-mates adopted a physical approach. Struggled to match his intensity after the break.

  • Craig Gardner
    12
    3
    3.00

    Craig Gardner

    Gave as good as he got in a physical tussle with Bale down the Tottenham left. Had a few lapses against the Welshman and almost allowed Naughton in behind the defence but was saved by a last-ditch tackle from O'Shea. Lucky escape as he clipped Bale in the box, but the Welshman was booked for diving.

  • Jack Colback
    4
    6
    2.50

    Jack Colback

    Was neat and tidy in possession and did a decent job in shielding his defence in the first half but faded drastically in the second where he was invisible in the middle.

  • Adam Johnson
    9
    6
    3.00

    Adam Johnson

    Made a few excellent runs which tested Naughton. Could have got an assist had he and Fletcher been on the same page. Tracked back well to help Gardner double up on Bale when he could.

  • James McClean
    4
    6
    2.00

    James McClean

    Lost possession at crucial moments as he looked to drive the Black Cats up the pitch. Put in a few rash challenges which on another day could have put his team in trouble.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    8
    9
    1.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Did not have his best game. Lost possession on a number of occasions and struggled to hold the ball when under duress from Sandro and Demble, his movement was non-existent as did not give his team-mates an option.

  • Steven Fletcher
    14
    6
    3.00

    Steven Fletcher

    Had a good game. Was denied by Lloris before O'Shea gave Sunderland the lead. Always gave his team-mates on option to hit up front where his distribution was excellent and his movement gave Dawson problems at the back.

Substitutions

  • Titus Bramble
    8
    3
    3.00

    Titus Bramble

    Replaced O'Shea after the Irishman went off injured and was fairly solid.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    5
    7
    2.50

    Fraizer Campbell

    Ineffectual in his time on the pitch as failed create anything meaningful on the right wing during his 20 minutes on the pitch.

  • Connor Wickham
    5
    5

    Connor Wickham

    On late as a substitute for Larsson

  • Hugo Lloris
    57
    2
    3.50

    Hugo Lloris

    His handling and kicking were fine and the Frenchman always seemed to be alert to danger as he made the right decisions to come for the ball. Unlucky to concede O'Shea's goal as he made a great stop to deny Fletcher immediately beforehand.

  • Kyle Naughton
    18
    16
    2.50

    Kyle Naughton

    The former Sheffield United man was suspect in dealing with Johnson in the first half but, when the England man switched flanks, he seemed to have the measure of Campbell. Could have supported Bale more than he did.

  • Michael Dawson
    11
    21
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    Gave away a few cheap free kicks which allowed Sunderland to regroup in the Spurs half after attacks had broken down. Had a tough time keeping with Fletcher's movement.

  • Kyle Walker
    26
    12
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Raided forward well and supported Lennon as much as possible. Strong in the tackle as he endured a physical battle with McClean. Great delivery from corner forced Cuellar to head into his own net. Good performance in the second half defensively as he quelled the threat of Johnson.

  • Steven Caulker
    30
    4
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Decent performance but he seemed more comfortable dealing with Sessegnon rather than Fletcher. Like Dawson gave away a few cheap free kicks which could have been costly.

  • Aaron Lennon
    44
    3
    4.00

    Aaron Lennon Top of the Match

    Caused Kilgallon a lot of problems down the right after beating the full-back but sometimes his delivery was poor, as on too many occasions the ball went over the heads of Defoe and Adebayor. Scored a great goal to give Tottenham the lead, skipping past several tackles before slotting home.

  • Gareth Bale
    37
    28
    2.00

    Gareth Bale

    Drifted in from the left and caused a lot of problems with his direct running, particularly at O'Shea and Cuellar. Was inconsistent but lacked support of Naughton which would have helped. Harshly booked for diving.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    37
    4
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Scooped up all the loose play in midfield and helped drive Spurs forward. Always looked to bring Lennon and Bale into the game at every opportunity with some excellent distribution.

  • Sandro
    26
    6
    3.00

    Sandro

    Had a quiet first half but stepped up a gear in the second as he helped dominate the middle of the park, with some great tackling and good positional play as he protected his back four from Sessegnon.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    16
    27
    1.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Should have given his side the lead in the 30th minute but could not bundle the ball over the line. Lacked appetite for physical battle against Cuellar and O'Shea as he often went missing. Was well denied by Mignolet in the second half, not his best game.

  • Jermain Defoe
    25
    9
    3.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Dangerous in and around the box. His movement gave the Sunderland defence problems. His deflected shot should have given Spurs the lead in the 30th minute. Had effort well saved by Mignolet.

Substitutions

  • Scott Parker
    20
    4

    Scott Parker

    On late as a sub for Lennon.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    21
    5

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    On late as a sub for Bale and helped Tottenham see out the win.

  • Clint Dempsey
    32
    3

    Clint Dempsey

    Didn't have time to make an impact after coming on late as a sub

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