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Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Sunderland

Tottenham's Harry Kane scores

Tottenham produced a superb performance to increase the pressure on Sunderland.

The league's bottom side began well when Lee Cattermole punished a defensive error, but Spurs levelled soon after when Emmanuel Adebayor converted Christian Eriksen's cross.

Eriksen then supplied the ball for Harry Kane's tap-in before he got on the scoresheet with a low strike.

Adebayor poked in his second after Vito Mannone had saved Kane's shot before Gylfi Sigurdsson smashed in a fifth.

Although Spurs were not undeserving of the 5-1 scoreline, they owed their crushing win to poor Sunderland defending as much as a great attacking display.

A fourth successive defeat for the Black Cats means they remain seven points off safety with only two games in hand over Norwich and one over West Brom, who occupy 17th and 16th respectively.

They now face a huge struggle to survive and the way his side capitulated at White Hart Lane might have led Gus Poyet to doubt his side's chances.

The visitors made a great start on a very wet night in north London thanks to a horrible Spurs error.

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood

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MM Sherwood

Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches played a one-two with his keeper Hugo Lloris and then elected to play the ball to team-mate Younes Kaboul, unaware Cattermole was lurking.

The Black Cats midfielder, who had not scored in the previous 112 games, pounced on the loose pass and placed the ball just inside the post.

However, Tottenham were level 11 minutes later. Eriksen, arguably the best player on the pitch, delivered a teasing cross from the left that Wes Brown tried to clear only to see it ricochet in off Adebayor.

Kane scored his first Premier League goal after the break. Eriksen was again the supply line, finding the 20-year-old Englishman with an in-swinging ball that was tucked away from close range.

The Dane was pulling the strings in attack and moments later demonstrated his own ability in front of goal with well-placed sidefoot effort past Mannone.

Sunderland were then caught out again in defence, when Brown's attempt to head the ball clear found Kane, whose shot was saved by the Sunderland keeper only for Adebayor to touch in.

And deep into injury time, substitute Sigurdsson extended the advantage with a thumping finish.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

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Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland: Gus Poyet says Sunderland need 'miracle' to survive

This huge win will temper the pre-match speculation surrounding Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood's future.

A run of three defeats in the last four league games, reports strongly linking Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal to the job and a club statement released earlier in the day helped intensify that speculation.

But Sherwood dismissed the hullabaloo, stating he was focused on the first of his "six cup finals". Five more similar performances would help his cause.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 25Lloris
  • 16Naughton
  • 3Rose
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forVeljkovicat 88'minutes
  • 6Chiriches
  • 4Kaboul
  • 7LennonSubstituted forTownsendat 84'minutes
  • 21ChadliSubstituted forSigurdssonat 82'minutes
  • 37Kane
  • 10Adebayor
  • 23Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 17Townsend
  • 22Sigurdsson
  • 24Friedel
  • 30Sandro
  • 35Fryers
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 51Veljkovic

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 2Bardsley
  • 28AlonsoBooked at 21mins
  • 5Brown
  • 24CuéllarSubstituted forGardnerat 72'minutes
  • 27Vergini
  • 33CattermoleBooked at 42minsSubstituted forScoccoat 72'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 11Johnson
  • 31Borini
  • 26Bridcutt

Substitutes

  • 7Larsson
  • 8Gardner
  • 10Wickham
  • 14Colback
  • 16O'Shea
  • 30Scocco
  • 32Ustari
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
34,410

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home29
Away8
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Sunderland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Sunderland 1.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andros Townsend following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Craig Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 5, Sunderland 1. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Younes Kaboul following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Milos Veljkovic replaces Paulinho.

Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Sunderland 1. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Aaron Lennon.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vlad Chiriches.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Nacer Chadli.

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Rose.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Sunderland 1. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Attempt missed. Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Fabio Borini with a headed pass.

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Craig Gardner replaces Carlos Cuéllar.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Ignacio Scocco replaces Lee Cattermole.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

Attempt blocked. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Delay in match Wes Brown (Sunderland) because of an injury.

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As It Stood

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1Liverpool3323555074
2Chelsea3322654172
3Man City3122455570
4Arsenal3319771664
5Everton3218952163
6Tottenham3318510059
7Man Utd33176101857
8Southampton3313911648
9Newcastle3314415-1346
10Stoke33101013-1140
11West Ham3310716-737
12Hull3310617-636
13Aston Villa329716-1334
14Crystal Palace3210418-1634
15Swansea338916-433
16West Brom3261412-1132
17Norwich338817-2632
18Fulham338322-4127
19Cardiff336819-3526
20Sunderland316718-2425
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