An own goal by Sunderland defender John O’Shea eased the pressure on Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas as his side took a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.
After a slow first half an hour in which both sides failed to create significant chances it was left up to Sunderland’s Adam Johnson to break the deadlock. The usually reliable Hugo Loris flapped at a cross from Ondrej Celutska, leaving it in the path of Johnson who struck it with venom into the top corner past Loris, who was struggling to get back into position.
It was not long until Spurs equalised when a free kick from Nacer Chadli was sent deep into the Sunderland box. The cross was headed back across goal and Paulinho was first to react, beating John O’Shea to the ball and eventually prodding it past keeper Vito Mannone.
After half time it was Spurs who struck first . In the 50th minute Moussa Dembele drove the ball towards the byline and crossed it into the six yard box, where it took a deflection off O’Shea then Mannone with O’Shea ultimately taking credit for the goal.
There was a shout of a penalty for Sunderland late in the game when a corner hit Sandro’s arm but referee Lee Mason was not convinced. Overall Spurs played the better football and deserved the win but Sunderland will be ruing their mistakes.
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