Tottenham took the three points at Sunderland and moved back into 6th place in the Premier League with their performance improving as the match went on. During a period of second half dominance after the second goal at the Stadium of Light, Spurs played as well as they have at any time during the season. Their pace, passing and movement were excellent and for the first time they created a number of good goalscoring opportunities but again were unable to convert them into goals.
Having been unable to add a third goal, inevitably Sunderland were encouraged to come forward in search of an equaliser and Spurs had a few nervous moments when a slip could have proved very costly. It was a very relieved Andre Villas-Boas who greeted the final whistle with a display of passion at the result.
All the players performed well at the Stadium of Light. Unfortunately the Sunderland goal came from a hopeful cross which Hugo Lloris was unable to reach properly when he tried to punch it clear. He will be disappointed with another mistake but he held firm in the closing minutes. Kyle Walker defended well and was a constant threat going forward and linked up with Aaron Lennon who worked very hard both in attack and defence. Etienne Capoue playing his first game for Spurs in central defence was very composed and did an excellent job beside Michael Dawson.
In midfield everyone worked very hard and Paulinho could have added to his single goal with Mousa Dembele a force to be reckoned with as he powered forward. Lewis Holtby was everywhere and was looking to create and release others inside the penalty area. Jermain Defoe worked hard for the team and was unfortunate not to get a goal with two efforts coming off the post. Of the subs, Sandro was fortunate not to concede a penalty while Andros Townsend had a lively cameo performance in the closing minutes.
A much improved display by the team as a whole as Spurs claimed their third win at Sunderland in their last four games at the Stadium of light and are undefeated in that time.
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