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West Ham United
November 9, 2010
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 35843
R. van der Vaart 65'
A. Gyan 67'
90' + 4'
FULL TIME! TOTTENHAM 1-1 SUNDERLAND. Thats just two points out of a possible twelve now for Tottenham as they struggle to juggle European responibilities with the bread and butter of the Premier League. Credit to Sunderland who came to White Hart Lane with a game plan to stop Spurs playing football and star performers such as Nedum Onuoha and Michael Turner allowed Asamoah Gyan to secure a priceless point for the Wearsiders.
90' + 3'
Bale's night is summed up as he fails to prevent the ball going out for a throw-in after he failed to control a long pass. I think if you asked Gareth Bale who he would rather attack, Nedum Onuoha or Maicon, I think he'd say Maicon as Onuoha has been superb tonight!
FOUR MINUTES ADDED ON.
Yellow Card Gomes
Gomes shows his erratic side by clumsily hacking down Malbranque on the edge of the box after coming out to tackle Danny Welbeck. The resulting free-kick is taken by Zenden who whips the ball into the wall and the ball appears to hit Bale on the arm, but again referee Howard Webb waves away appeals for a handball.
Steed Malbranque comes back to his old club to replace Kieran Richardson. Richardson does his best to waste as much time as possible by walking at a snail pace, until referee Howard Webb jogs beside the Sunderland player, forcing him to rush off the pitch. Webb definitely not a fan of time wasting tactics!
Spurs look clueless at the moment. Assou-Ekotto looks up and see's no decent options ahead of him, so resorts to a long ball over the top looking for Bale that drifts out of play. Really poor.
Crouch and Turner's wrestling match continues but this time Crouch comes out victorious, winning a free-kick for Spurs 25 yards from goal. Bentley stands over it and tries to curl the ball over the wall and into the top corner. He does the first part, but the ball just keeps rising and goes way over the bar. Further frustration for the Spurs faithful.
Michael Turner seems to be heading the ball away every thirty seconds as Spurs' playing style is getting more and more direct with the introduction of Crouch at half-time and their desperation to get a winner. The no nonsense defender is coping superbly and Steve Bruce will be hoping he can keep this going for the remainding fifteen minutes to claim a huge point for Sunderland.
Groans ring around White Hart Lane as the crowd are beginning to think that they won't get the three points they badly need in order to stay in the race for Champions League football. A special mention to Nedum Onuoha who hasn't given Bale a sniff all night.
Yellow Card Lee Cattermole
Lee Cattermole is a lucky boy. The firey midfielder lunges into a challenge with Luka Modric and although he wins the ball his studs were clearly showing which causes Spurs' players, Van Der Vaart especially, to react angrily to the tackle. Howard Webb eventually calms down the situation and gives Cattermole a yellow card, which could have easily been a red.
Assist Danny Welbeck
Goal Asamoah Gyan
GOAL!! SUNDERLAND!! GYAN!! TOTTENHAM 1-1 SUNDERLAND. I don't think anyone saw that coming. Welbeck sends a speculative ball through to Gyan, and Kaboul and Gallas clumsily collide which gives Gyan time to control the ball before calmly slotting it past Gomes to level the match.
Assist Peter Crouch
Goal Rafael van der Vaart
GOAL!! TOTTENHAM!! VAN DER VAART!! TOTTENHAM 1-0 SUNDERLAND. Finally Spurs have the breakthrough, and it's that Crouch Van Der Vaart combination once again. Crouch knocks it down for Van Der Vaart who turns and volleys the ball into the net from inside the six yard box. Replays did suggest a hint of handball as Van Der Vaart controlled the ball but referee Howard Webb ignored the Sunderland appeals and Tottenham have the lead.
The camera flashes to Redknapp on the sideline and he is a frustrated figure. Spurs have lost their last two games and are desperate for three points here but so far have struggled to break down a stubborn Sunderland defence, who despite conceding five goals at Newcastle last week, have a very good defensive record.
Gordon is having a busy return to the Premier League. A corner comes in and Van Der Vaart meets the ball with his head once again, this time heading his effort into the ground which allows Gordon a moment to sort out his feet before stretching his right arm to palm the ball away from goal.
Big decision from Howard Webb as he books Bentley for diving as he goes down under a challenge from Zenden in the penalty area. Replays show that Bentley was on his way down before being caught by Zenden, but there was still contact. The Spurs bench and fans aren't happy and the atmosphere has gone up a notch at the Lane!
Yellow Card David Bentley
INCHES WIDE FROM VAN DER VAART. The closest either side has come to a goal. David Bentley clips in a cross which Van Der Vaart meets with a perfectly timed run. His header is good and has Gordon beaten, but it skips off the turf and scrapes the outside of the post. Really should be 1-0 Spurs' as that play deserved a goal.
Sunderland are now playing a more attacking 4-4-2 formation with Welbeck taking his place alongside Gyan in attack. Very positive move from Steve Bruce who can sense an opportunity to steal three points.
Sunderland get us back underway here in North London. Both sides have made a change at half time. Harry Redknapp has been forced into a change as Roman Pavyluchenko has taken a knock to his back, so is therefore replaced by Peter Crouch. Sunderland's also make a change, bringing on Danny Welbeck for Cristian Riveros.
45' + 1'
HALF TIME. TOTTENHAM 0-0 SUNDERLAND. As the half-time whistle blows a very muted first half comes to a close. Tottenham have been on top throughout but are lacking that cutting edge needed to take the lead. Sunderland have defended very well and seem content to take a point back to Wearside. All to play for in the second half!
Tremendous try from Bentley. The winger comes inside onto his left-foot and stings the palms of Gordon with a left foot thunderbolt which looks destined for the top right-hand corner. The fact it was at Gordon's near post did make the save a little easier but nevertheless a very good stop from the Scotland international.
Everyone seems to be trying the spectacular tonight at the Lane. Benoit Assou-Ekotto decides it's his turn to try and break the net when a Bentley corner eludes everyone and bounces to him on the left-hand side. The full-back runs in at pace to try and meet the ball on the half-volley, he does, but his connection is poor and cannons into the advertising boards behind the goal.
Half chance for Sunderland. Great work from Zenden who gains a half yard on Hutton before delivering into the penalty area. The cross is slightly behind Gyan but the striker still manages to divert the ball towards goal, however it takes a slight deflection off Kaboul which takes all the pace off the ball, allowing Gomes to smother the ball with ease.
Bale's European exploits definitely haven't gone unnoticed as he is sandwiched by two Sunderland players which eventually leads to Onuoha bringing down the Welshman in a dangerous area. David Bentley decides to go for goal from the resulting free-kick but the angle is tight and Gordon does well to parry the ball clear.
Van Der Vaart plays a neat one two with Huddlestone who threads the Dutchman through on the right-hand side of the penalty area. Despite having lots of support Van Der Vaart elects to shoot but has no chance of beating Gordon at his near post as the Sunderland keeper stays big to parry out for another Spurs corner. Pressure building on Sunderland now.
The isolated Gyan does well to shrug off Kaboul before laying the ball off to Richardson. The former Manchester United man has no support and elects to get his shot away from long range, but his effort is very poor and bobbles wide.
Bardsley has only been on the pitch for eight minutes but he has already clattered into David Bentley and Van Der Vaart, causing referee Howard Webb to have a few words with the defender. Last warning for Bardsley.
Not much in the form of goalmouth action at the moment but Spurs are definitely on top. Van Der Vaart is beginning to pull the strings in midfield along with the tricky Luka Modric. Sunderland's defence are holding firm though and goalkeeper Gordon looks supremely comfortable for a goalkeeper making his first start of the season.
Anton Ferdinand's night is over as he limps off to be replaced by Phil Bardsley. Bardsley has been a regular in the Sunderland side all season and will take his place at left-back.
What an effort from the big man, as Tom Huddlestone wound-up to unleash a rocket of a volley with minimal ease. It cannoned off of the crossbar with Gordon hapless to prevent it, sending the home fans, bench, and stewards into a chorus of sighs.
Bale v Onuoha looks like it's going to be a very interesting confrontation tonight as the two tangle once again down Spurs' left hand side which leads to a Spurs corner.
After a fairly frantic start the game has calmed down a little with Sunderland trying to get their foot on the ball to blunt Spurs' attacking play.
Sunderland have recovered from their nervy start and have had a couple attempts on goal in quick succession. Firstly Lee Cattermole dragged a fairly tame effort past the post. Moments later Zenden glided down the left-hand side and cut the ball back to Gyan who swivelled to shoot on goal, but his shot was well blocked by Kaboul. A good spell of attacking play for the away side.
All Spurs at the moment as Pavlyuchenko is the latest player to try his luck from outside the box. The Russian striker tries to whip a shot into the bottom right hand corner and is so unlucky as his shot bounces a foot wide of Gordon's post. Sunderland need to do something quickly otherwise it's a matter of time before Spurs take the lead.
Younes Kaboul can't quite replicate the spectacular free-kick exploits of another centre back in London as he blazes an ambitious effort way wide from thirty yards out. Not quite in the Alex v Arsenal category that's for sure.
Early test for Gordon as Luka Modric tests the Scottish keeper with a low drive from outside the area. Gordon, making his first appearance of the season, gets down to his right-hand side well to keep it out.
We are underway at White Hart Lane, with the home side in their traditional white and navy strip attacking from left to right.
Harry Redknapp has given his opinion on his sides rollercoaster week in tonight's matchday programme: "Last Tuesday [the 3-1 win over Inter] was one of the great nights at White Hart Lane and it was an absolute pleasure to be part of it. The crowd were fantastic and the players were brilliant, every single one of them. It could not have gone any better for us. But we were disappointed not to follow up that success with a result at Bolton at the weekend. Our next two Premier League fixtures are at home and they are massive for us. We need to pick up good points from these games because it is still all to play for."
Lots of changes for both sides tonight. Harry Redknapp makes four from the side that were hammered 4-2 by Bolton at the weekend. The most notable change being the return from injury of Rafael Van Der Vaart who will start behind Roman Pavlyuchenko in attack. Sunderland make six changes from the side that beat Stoke City 2-0 on Saturday. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon is back in the starting line-up along with Titus Bramble who returns from suspension. Anton Ferdinand, Kieran Richardson, Bolo Zenden and Cristian Riveros also take their place in Steve Bruce's starting eleven.
TEAMS: Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Palacios, Crouch, Bassong, Kranjcar, Corluka. Sunderland: Gordon, Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Ferdinand, Henderson, Cattermole, Riveros, Richardson, Zenden, Gyan. Subs: Mignolet, Bardsley, Malbranque, Angeleri, Da Silva, Welbeck, Elmohamady. Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
Hello and welcome to www.goal.com's coverage of tonight's Premier League clash between Tottenham and Sunderland live from White Hart Lane. I'm Josh Kerslake and I will be taking you through all the action. Team news to follow shortly.
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