Spurs 5 Sunderland 1

by James, Junior Black Cats reporter

Catts first goal not enough in London.

It looked as though Sunderland could win at Tottenham for the first time since 2008, but it wasn’t to be after the North Londoners hit Sunderland for five.

The game started brightly for Sunderland, with Lee Cattermole scoring his first goal for the Lads after capitalising on a Vlad Chiriches error.

However, a brace from Emanuel Adebayor, Harry Kane’s strike as well as goals from Christian Eriksen and Glyfi Sigurdsson were enough to condemn Sunderland to defeat.

Gus Poyet made two changes from the side that started the Hammers game, with Adam Johnson and Carlos Cuellar, who was making his first start of the year, coming in for Connor Wickham and John O’Shea respectively, with Wes Brown the captain for the night.

Spurs almost got a lucky goal only minutes into the game after Christian Erikson’s intended cross was deflected off Marcos Alonso and sent looping toward the Sunderland net. Vito Mannone, though, was equal to the task and alert enough to palm the ball over.

Sunderland responded with a chance of their own, Wes Brown’s back post header flashing just wide after Adam Johnson sent in a free kick from the right.

The Wearsiders took the lead on 17 minutes after some good pressing up the pitch resulted in Vlad Chiriches playing a cross field ball into the path of Lee Cattermole. Even though French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was scrambling toward his goal, the midfielder still had a lot to do but placed the ball into the bottom right corner from 30 yards to score his first goal in red and white.

The lead, though, was almost wiped out within a minute after Nacer Chadli’s shot from the edge of the box fell fortunately to Harry Kane ten yards out. The full debutant, however, saw his close range shot well handled by Mannone.

Kyle Naughton then pulled a shot wide from a free kick lay off as Spurs looked to get back into the game.

It could have been two nil to the visitors not long after though as Cattermole, playing in an advanced position, found lone striker Fabio Borini on the edge of the box. The Italian’s shot was going wide of Lloris’ right hand post but the ‘keeper wasn’t to know and saved the shot, sending it out for a corner.

A couple of minutes before the half way mark, Spurs got their goal.

Erikson’s cross from the left found striker Emanuel Adebayor well and the ball deflected off him via Wes Brown, which was enough to take the ball over the line.

Sunderland made a decent start to the second half, but shortly before the hour they fell behind when Erikson’s cross resulted in another goal, this time the close range strike came from Harry Kane.

Both Fabio Borini and substitute Ignacio Scocco had shots which failed to really threaten Spurs before Erikson put the result beyond doubt with a left footed strike into the bottom corner via a Phil Bardsley deflection 78 minutes.

Adebayor added his second, poking Kane’s shot over the line after Vito Mannone had done his best to try and prevent the shot.

Sigurdsson then made it five with yet another shot range finish after a melee in the box concluded in the ball falling to the former Swansea man’s feet.