Kept on his toes after Kaboul deflected a Gyan effort inches wide of the post, but largely untested in the a quiet first-half for the Brazilian, but stood no chance with Gyan's leveller. Booked late on for a cynical challenge just outside the box on Malbranque.
With Onuoha and Henderson concentrating on the advances of Bale, was untested for much of the match.
Used all of his experience to shut-out Cattermole as broke down the centre, but showed too much confidence on the ball which was almost punished by Richardson. Denied Welbeck with a telling tackle in the final moments of the half.
Offered good assistance down the right for Bentley, as the Scotland international's run of good form continued with Corluka watching from the bench.
Fired a powerful free-kick wide of the of the target, and dealt with Gyan well alongside Gallas in the opening 45. Defended well through out, as the Frenchman continues to impress at the back.
R. van der Vaart
Looked to pick out Bale at every opportunity, his driven effort on the half-hour mark sailed harmlessly over Gordon's crossbar. He was closer minutes later, but Gordon was on hand to tip wide. Hit the outside of the post after latching on to a curling Hutton cross. Scored the opener, with a neat finish, but there were shades of handball from the Dutchman in the build-up.
Thunderous half-volleyed effort cannoned off the crossbar with Gordon stranded. Controlled the midfield for much of the game alongside the impressive Modric.
Linked-up well with Hutton, but was understandably rusty with his final ball and decision making in the final third. Settled into the match as the game progressed, and fired a wonderful effort from all of 35-yards which Gordon was equal to. Booked for an ovious dive 10 mins into the second half, as the winger soured an otherwise decent performance.
Same old from the Welshman. Rampaging runs, driven crosses, but the visitors were able to cut-out the majority of his deliveries into the box.
Tested the returning Gordon in the opening minutes of the match with a low drive. The Croatian playmaker was the conductor of everything positive from Spurs in the first-half. Caught by a late challenge from Cattermole.
Powerful run from the Russian after five minutes, in what a bright start by the striker, but his effort drifted wide of the upright. But the Spurs No.9 filtered out as the half went on, and was replaced by Crouch at the interval.
Reacted well to deny Spurs an early opener from Modric's effort, but unable to get near a rasping Huddletstone effort which left the crossbar rocking. Threw himself across his box to prevent Bentley from finding the top corner. Denied a clean sheet by Van der Vaart controversial opener.
Clattered into Van der Vaart in the first-half, and required the steadying presence of Turner at times, but eventually settled down to form a strong core to Sunderland's defence.
Dominant in the air against Pavlyuchenko, and lead the defence well despite a barrage of corners against his side. Made a telling block to deny Bale as Spurs flew on the counter-attack.
Replaced by Bardsley on 17 minutes, with what seemed like a hamstring injury. Largely untroubled as Spurs attacked predominantly down the left-flank.
Given the hard task of tracking Bale, but the athletic former Manchester City man, and required the help of Henderson to keep the flying Welshman at bay.
Teamed up well with Onuoha to supress Bale with more success than Inter last week, but seemed to drift inside too often when his side attacked, leaving his side somewhat deprived of width.
Floated around the midfield looking for space, but left Cattermole isolated as Huddlestone and Modric linked-up well, as was replaced at half-time by Danny Welbeck.
His first-half performance rolled back the years, and the Dutch veteran troubled Hutton down the left-flank.
Fired a powerful effort wide of Gomes' left-hand post on the half-hour mark, and offered his side impressive work rate and thrust on the counter-attack. Replaced by Malbranque on 85 mintues.
Angered his manager when taking on Gallas when a ball to Gyan seemed easier, and was fortunate to stay on the pitch after a strong challenge on Modric, as he dived in with studs raised.
His deflected effort could have given the visitors the lead after 8 mintues, but was denied of chances as his team-mates, despite some decent possession, were unable to find the striker. But his instincts were there for all to see, as the World Cup hero applied a neat finish to level the scores for his side after a defensive mix-up.
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Brought on for the injured Ferdinand on 17 minutes, and settled into the match with ease despite careering runs from Bentley and Hutton, and did well to cut out a Bale cross in the opening moments of the second half.
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- 27 Ahmed El Mohamady
Brought on for Richardson on 85 mintues, and was brought down by Gomes on the edge of the area, with the Brazilian picking up a booking.
Replaced Riveros at the interval, and offered his side an extra element in attack, and was instrumental in the build-up to Sunderland's opener, playing a clever pass to Gyan after a strong run from the on-loan Manchester United man.