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February 12, 2011
• Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 40986
And that's it, Tottenham win at the Stadium of Light for the first time in nearly 10 years thanks to Niko Kranjcar's superb winner. Sunderland will need to pick themselves up after this and look to tidy up their football before their next fixture. Meanwhile Spurs will be going back to London very happy indeed as they leap-frog Chelsea into fourth place. Thanks for joining Goal.com for the live coverage and hope to see you soon.
90' + 2'
Pavlyuchenko holds the ball up well down in the corner of Sunderland's half to fustrate Steve Bruce's side who have not been impressive at all in this second period and Tottenham look to have the three points secured.
Time is nearly over for Sunderland and don't look like getting an equaliser. Harry Redknapp's men have done a good job of keeping the ball not letting their opponents see any it apart from harmless free-kicks as they whittle down the last few minutes.
Yellow Card Jermaine Jenas
Tottenham seem to be replicating their opponents tactics from the first-half as they look to shut out Sunderland and doing a better job than their counterparts.
Yellow Card Roman Pavlyuchenko
Richardson gets himself involved again as the home-side begin to start running out of time. Gyan lays the ball off for the midfielder, who shoots immediately and his effort clips Sandro on the way, clipping the bar on its way over the net.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Yellow Card Gomes
Sunderland try to get themselves back into this game with Richardson getting desperate and thrashes at the ball from 25-yards out as the Spurs defenders give him space, but the effort ends up nowhere near the target.
Yellow Card Kieran Richardson
Ricahardson is claiming for a penalty after his shot hits Corluka just below the shoulder from very close range. However, the referee goes against the midfielder's claim sending him into a rage and receives a yellow card for his outburst.
Tottenham come at Sunderland again, this time Defoe tears down the right after collecting the ball from Pienaar and puts the ball into the centre for Corluka who manages to pass the ball onto Pavlyuchenko after falling over. The Russian hits his shot low and hard, but Gordon claims the effort and Sunderland can breathe.
Goal Niko Kranjcar
Goal!!! Kranjcar puts Tottenham in the lead against the run of play. Sandro sails in a ball from the right and into the area and is met by Mensah's head which carries the ball out of danger, but the running Kranjcar doesn't give the ball time to drop and hits it on the volley which lands in the bottom-left corner, giving him two-in-two and another fantastic goal to add to his C.V.
Spurs are finding themselves being badgered by their hosts as two successive shots come in to test Gomes once again.
Sunderland come close to once again going into the lead. Gyan paced down the left-side and got off a low ball that found Richardson who led the ball onto Malbranque, whose close-range shot is straight at Gomes when it could have been so much better.
Pienaar crosses theball into the Sunderland area which causes a scramble for the ball on the goalline, but Bardsley manages to hoof the ball clear. Opportunities for both Gallas and goalscorer Dawson in that move.
The first few minutes of the second-half fail to find any composition as both teams try to contain the possession for themselves, but instead brings about messy play.
And the action begins again with a very determined looking Sunderland.
It's half-time here at The Stadium of Light and the teams go into their dressing rooms with one a piece. It is deserved on the behalf of both sides, with Tottenham being the strongest side towards the last minutes of the first-half and Sunderland will be scratching their heads in how they managed to concede such a sloppy equaliser.
45' + 2'
It's half-time here at The Stadium of Light and the teams go into their dressing rooms with one a piece. It is deserved on the behalf of both sides, with Tottenham being the strongest side towards the last minutes of the first-half and Sunderland will be scratching their heads in how they managed to concede such a sloppy goal.
Yellow Card Michael Dawson
Assist Steven Pienaar
Goal Michael Dawson
Goal!!! Sunderland are rocked with an equaliser from their opponents. Sitting back hasn't paid off for them and have allowed Pavluychenko to once again dictate play. The striker passes the ball out left for Assou-Ekotto whose pass to Defoe is cut out, but after two corners in quick succession, Dawson is there to meet Pienaar's set-piece and his header goes stright into Gordon who then goes on to spill the ball after Gallas distracts the Scottish keeper and the ball goes through his legs. Very sloppy on Sunderland's part.
The game has slowed down now in the first-half's dying minutes, Tottenham are still looking for an equaliser, but Sunderland look happy to see out the first period and go in with their narrow lead.
Pavlyuchenko picks up the ball on the right side of the centre-circle and strides towards the Sunderland area and lays off the ball for Kranjcar who elegantly backheels it back into the path of the Russian striker, but fails to make the chance pay and Tottenham's best move of the day finds itself over the bar and out of danger as Pavlyuchenko skies his shot.
Yellow Card Sulley Muntari
After Muntari cynically brings down Pavlyuchenko by the heels, Kranjcar steps up to the free-kick, only to smash it straight into the wall of Sunderland defenders.
Bardsley manages to spin himself around in his own area and begins a pounding run towards the Tottenham goal reaching the edge of the 18-yards box and letting off a rising shot over both the bar and Gomes. Bad defending from the away side there.
Harry Redknapp's side are really trying to get through to their opponent's goal, but after a poor Corluka ball into the area, Craig Gordon remains untested.
The visitors look to be making a clear attempt to get back into this game by pacing the ball forward as Jenas nearly releases Defoe down the right side of the Black Cat's goal, but Bramble is there to collect the ball and begin a counter-attack on his team's behalf. Gyan tries to get the ball into the final third, however his pass is struck poorly and out of touch.
Sandro takes advantage of a light Sunderland defence with a quick shot from inside the right side of goal, but his shot is far too high and a wasted attempt.
Assist Kieran Richardson
Goal Asamoah Gyan
Goal!!!! William Gallas has a boot problem which forces him off pitch and subsequently leaves gaps in the Spurs defence. Gyan gets on a low cross from the left, spins on the ball and gets a powerful effort off that finds the bottom right of the Gomes' goal.
Sunderland finally get on the attack after a free-kick is conceded in their favour on the left. The set-piece is whipped in and headed clear, but only as far as Malbranque whose shot isn't great and it finds Sessegnon who attempts the backflick, which goes close to the target.
Jenas adds to the attacking initiative after Defoe is able to pacefully move down the left before placing the ball for his teammate who shoots from 15-yards out, but his effort is off target and over bar. A bad miss.
The visitors get off to a promising start as Pavlyuchenko shows his strength up-front and nearly gets a ball through for his strike partner Defoe who is running down the middle, but Mensah clears the effort before it reaches the forward.
And the match begins through a Spurs kick-off.
Tottenham's line-up: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Pienaar, Jenas, Sandro, Kranjcar, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Cudicini, Lennon, Palacios, Crouch, Bassong, Khumalo, Woodgate.
Sunderland's line-up: Gordon, Bardsley, Mensah, Bramble, Onuoha, Malbranque, Henderson, Muntari, Richardson, Gyan, Sessegnon. Subs: Mignolet, Zenden, Angeleri, Riveros, Colback, Elmohamady, Ferdinand.
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