Cisse heads debut winner in '08.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Sunderland 2
23th August 2008
Djibril Cisse scored on his Black Cats debut to give Sunderland their first win of the 2008-09 season.
Spurs had been rocked by rumours of the imminent departure of striker Dimitar Berbatov, who went on to join Manchester United days later.
The hosts failed to test Craig Gordon in the Sunderland goal during the first half, while Steed Malbranque went closest for the Black Cats when his low 25-yard drive crashed against the post with Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes beaten.
Juande Ramos’ side were brighter immediately after the restart and Gareth Bale could have done better when he found himself unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box but powered his header over the bar.
The visitors took the lead early in the second half, when 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 when Jermaine Jenas slotted 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 2008-09 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.