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Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason was taken off with an injury he picked up when he scored the winner

Ryan Mason's late strike earned Tottenham victory at Sunderland and the club's first league win of the season.

Having failed to muster an effort on target in the first half, Spurs broke the deadlock when Mason dinked his shot past the onrushing Costel Pantilimon, injuring himself while doing so.

Pochettino says goal showed team philosophy

Sunderland's ex-Spurs man Jermain Defoe had the best chance prior to the goal when his shot cannoned off the post.

The result leaves the home side bottom of the division, while Spurs are 12th.

Son v Borini - which attacker came out on top?

Neither side's attack was on top form and little could be gauged from how new signings Son Heung-min of Tottenham and Sunderland's Fabio Borini about how they will fare this season.

South Korea forward Son, signed for a reported £22m, was brought in to help ease the burden on goalless Harry Kane - last season's 31-goal man.

He played in a three behind the England striker, wearing seven but almost playing like a number 10, and was given responsibility to take set pieces in the final third.

Son Heung-min
The heat map shows the area which Son occupied

However, most of his deliveries were poor and he air-kicked when he had the chance to score from six yards in the first half. He came off in the 62nd minute.

Borini, who spent a successful 2013-14 season on loan, was rather less involved than Son, despite a spritely start to the match.

What are Tottenham missing?

Remember the days it was a joy to watch a Tottenham team featuring an attack of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric and Emmanuel Adebayor? It is a far less cavalier team under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs, who went into the game having only managed three goals in the league, were dire in the final third for much of the match. Only once Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend came on did the visitors provide some bite up front. Mason's winner was the result of a great move, but also the only highlight for the London side.

They need a striker to help Kane and probably wish the transfer window was still open.

Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane touchmap
The touchmap shows Harry Kane had more touches (right) than Jermain Defoe (left) - but Defoe was more of a threat in the area

Man of the match - Jeremain Lens (Sunderland)

Jeremain Lens
The Dutchman provided great support for Jermain Defoe and also, with five, won the most fouls - a pest for Tottenham

What the managers said - 'Players could not handle speed'

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat: "We had the better chances at the start, we knew we were playing against a good side and the speed of the game was unbelievable. Some players could not handle it in the end.

Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham: Players lack match-fitness - Dick Advocaat

"We had to score a goal but it was not to be. At the end of the game, the better side had more luck than we had. Some players still need match fitness.

"Everyone did well but up front we could not score that chance we got."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "We will assess Mason tomorrow [he was injured while scoring]. It was a big knock on the knee. It was a great goal and we showed how we try to play.

"The first half was 50-50, an open game, but we dominated the second half. I'm very pleased for our first victory. We played a high tempo from the beginning.

"I am very happy with Son, he played really well. He is a good player for us."

The stats you need to know

  • Sunderland have conceded 11 goals this season - only Chelsea have conceded more in the league.
  • They have gone eight league matches without a win (D4, L4).
  • Ryan Mason's goal was only his third for Tottenham in all competitions in 46 appearances.
  • Spurs' starting 11 had an average age of 24 years and 135 days, the youngest in the Premier League so far this season.

Who's up next?

Sunderland have a 353-mile trip to Bournemouth next weekend, followed by a League Cup tie at home to Manchester City. Tottenham are back in Europa League action against Qarabag on Thursday, before they face Crystal Palace at home next Sunday. Will Europa League fatigue set in this season?



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 2JonesBooked at 42mins
  • 16O'Shea
  • 15Kaboul
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 21M'Vila
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheSubstituted forCattermoleat 74'minutes
  • 17Lens
  • 20ToivonenSubstituted forRodwellat 81'minutes
  • 9BoriniBooked at 21minsSubstituted forWatmoreat 74'minutes
  • 18Defoe


  • 6Cattermole
  • 7Larsson
  • 8Rodwell
  • 19Graham
  • 22Coates
  • 25Mannone
  • 41Watmore


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 16mins
  • 33Davies
  • 15Dier
  • 8MasonSubstituted forCarrollat 85'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forTownsendat 62'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forLamelaat 67'minutes
  • 22Chadli
  • 10Kane


  • 3Rose
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 17Townsend
  • 28Carroll
  • 29Winks
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Match Stats

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Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Younes Kaboul tries a through ball, but Jeremain Lens is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Post update

    Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Tom Carroll replaces Ryan Mason because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

  12. Post update

    Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Younes Kaboul.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a through ball.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Jack Rodwell replaces Ola Toivonen.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Billy Jones.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

As It Stood

1Man City55001101115
3Man Utd531163310
5Crystal Palace53028629
10West Ham42029636
14West Brom512236-35
15Aston Villa511368-24
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