Cisse heads in to seal first win of 2008-09.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Sunderland 2
23 August 2008
Djibril Cisse scored on his Black Cats debut to give Sunderland their first win of the 2008-09 season.
Roy Keane's side turned in an excellent performance against a Spurs side playing without striker Dimitar Berbatov, who moved to Manchester United days later.
Steed Malbranque went closest for the Black Cats in the first half when his low 25-yard drive crashed against the post with Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes beaten.
The visitors took the lead early in the second half. The ball was only half-cleared by the Spurs defence, and Kieran Richardson rifled a 25-yard drive just inside the far post, leaving Gomes with no chance.
Spurs looked to have earned themselves a point 15 minutes from time; Jermaine Jenas slotting home after Luka Modric had twice seen his efforts saved by Gordon.
Sunderland continued to play with intensity and fluidity, though, and grabbed a winner seven minutes from time. Daryl Murphy crossed for the Frenchman to power a header beyond the reach of Gomes and secure the first of three away wins for the Black Cats during the 08-09 campaign.
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Nosworthy, Higginbotham, Collins, Malbranque, Whitehead, Reid (Miller, 87), Richardson, (Cisse, 65), Diouf, Murphy.
Subs not used: Stokes, Leadbitter, Healy, Ward, Chopra.