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Sunderland 3 - 1 Spurs

Where do I start?

This game had everything. From an amazing atmosphere served up by the hungry Sunderland faithful and the loud Spurs fans, to three penalties all in ninety minutes of action at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have been looking forward to this game since Bent signed in the Summer and boy did he deliver! As soon as the team was announced the ball was in the back of the net. Cross in to Campbell who had a header saved by Gomes only for Bent to smash it home right down the travelling fans throats. His celebration was superb as he told the Spurs fans exactly what he thought of them (and avoided a bottle off his head in the process) to send the home fans into ecstacy.

We could not have hoped for a better start and this must have hurt Redknapp as he seen his former striker run back smiling as a new born legend for Sunderland. We played brilliantly and we had Jones, Mensah and Cana all missing.

David Meyler played alongside Cattermole and they were both terrific in breaking up the play and allowing Steeeeeed to play his own game. The amount of space Malbranque found in the first half was frightening for a team challenging the top four.

Whilst Sunderland were bombing forward they won their first of three penalties this afternoon after a blatant handball from Walker in the box. Bent stepped up and smashed the ball past Gomes but they would meet again later on.

Sunderland were playing like they were challenging for Europe and with the white hot atmosphere the game just kept getting more and more crazier by the second.

Lee Mason awarded another penalty to Sunderland as Campbell skinned Modric who left his leg out and brought the striker down inside the area.

This time Bent changed his mind and went the other way only to see Gomes parry it wide for a corner. It was a poor penalty and this allowed Spurs to re group for half-time.

Redknapp made the changes and brought on Defoe and Kranjcar and this made them more potent up front. Craig Gordon kept out Defoe on a few occasions but the England striker should have done better.

As Defoe missed the Sunderland fans taunted the away fans with 'Are you watching Fabio' but it was another English striker who came on who caused the main problems.

Henderson won the third and final penalty of the afternoon as Bent missed his second penalty as Gomes tipped it on to the post.

Crouch came on just after a Sunderland 'goal' from Anton Ferdinand was ruled off due to a very dodgy decision against Gomes. The Sunderland fans thought it was 3-0 as the scoreboard said 3-0 and Ferdinand was dancing on the pitch.

Crouch pulled one back with a neat header and this allowed Spurs back into the game. Some fans were very nervous heading into the final stages but the game was sealed with a truely magnificent goal.

The ball was crossed in deep by Henderson to the oncoming Bolo Zenden who cracked the ball in with his left into the opposite top corner.

The goal was amazing and worthy of keeping us in this league for another year.

This result puts us on 38 points and looking a lot healthier going into the final five games of the season.

What a day and what a result!

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The Journalist

Writer: Gaz Johnson Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 3 2010

Time: 7:06PM

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Fair play, the better team won and if it wasn't for Gomes working out Bents penalty taking it could have been embarassing. No need for Bent to celebrate in front of our fans but perhaps I'm just bitter. We'll have to be better against the goons in 10 days.
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03/04/2010 19:29:00

Thank you.
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03/04/2010 19:35:00

Awesome performance, though I thought you might give it away at the end (until Zenden's goal, that is).
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03/04/2010 19:36:00

i have to say the penalties were harsh but theres no getting away from the fact we deserved nothing, second best throughout.
spurfect one
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03/04/2010 19:44:00

Bent had no option but to celebrate in front of you and it was a great celebration to show he is now officially one of us! No need to throw a bottle at him like.
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03/04/2010 19:57:00

LOL. Bent does not care about Sunderland otherwise he would play like that every game. He only cares about himself and his ability to make childish rants on Twitter. We are still far above your rubbish team in the league.
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03/04/2010 20:41:00

Why is it all Spurs fans on a Mackem site? Either way Bent couldn't hack it with us and it's not like he played well today either. His team mates were the ones that won it...Sour grapes? Hell yeah, i'm gutted!
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03/04/2010 20:45:00

red or dead i`ve come here looking for you muppet ,where are ya
big cockeral
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03/04/2010 21:09:00

respect to sunderland ,by far superior & spurs were never going to get top 4 just a nice dream thats all ,well done today guys ,relegation is no longer a conversation
big cockeral
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03/04/2010 21:12:00

Villa fan here - congrats. Since the spurs fans are too childish to say so. Thought that you guys completely outplayed them and deserved the win. Plus thanks for the help ;)
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03/04/2010 21:16:00

astriel i`m spurs ,thought i put a good post in there full of congrats & you aint getting 4th either ,liverpool or city pal ,what was that 7-1 ,nice scoreline
big cockeral
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03/04/2010 21:21:00

no need to be enemies red or dead ,nothing wrong with a bit of harmless banter though ,good luck for the rest of the season pal & keep coming on our website with a bit of stick all part of the fun ,once again well played today
big cockeral
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03/04/2010 21:57:00

Love it...even watching Footy First is class
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03/04/2010 22:13:00

killed it sundeland, tottenham fans are bitter, and big cockeral haha how stupid do you sound, we no we aint gettin fourth but neither are you face it, liverpool or citys for the taking.
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04/04/2010 01:16:00

big c 7,p.villa 1
big cockeral
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04/04/2010 02:27:00

What happened? Come on Sunderland, you were meant to roll over for the Mighty Spurs, not play them off the park! I mean, you have nothing to play for being in mid-table! Honestly....
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04/04/2010 09:08:00

Villa????? ha ha the funniest thing I have ever heard!! we (spurs) will always be one step ahead of u!! you can only dream of having our players!! I can take a druming from Sunderland, but Villa?? idiots! EVEN YOUR MANAGER DOESN'T Wanna be there!!
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04/04/2010 11:39:00

That article just shows how arrogant the spurs fans really are. How dare we maintain our amazing home record against the mighty Spurs....pathetic man. They brought 2500 fans and had one song!
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04/04/2010 12:19:00

lol lol lol at spurss haha, top 4 my arsee chavs!
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04/04/2010 12:42:00

Sorry big cockeral ur post wasn't there when I replied. Just wanted to congratulate Sunderland cause I really thought they were significantly better ;) and as i said it helped us out a ton :D
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04/04/2010 13:37:00

astriel no worries mate ,a bit of banters fun anyhow so keep it coming & good luck for the run in
big cockeral
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04/04/2010 15:41:00

you big cock! chav! bent destroyed youu, ripped your team apart like he did with your mom
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04/04/2010 17:43:00

Villa?? ha ha ha ha ha h ha
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05/04/2010 01:45:00

Villa are the most boring team in the EPL..and wont achieve much...And MON wants to go,dont blame him...7-1..ha ha..what a hiding....Everton are gonna overtake Villa again...Best villa get 4th spot out their heads and concentrate on making 7th...Cant wait til chelski give them another hiding this weekend
Daz Hotspurs
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06/04/2010 09:46:00

p.villa, Sunderland, and this hurts to say, did rip us apart on sat but all this talk of Bent doing it is laughable. He scored his trade mark tap in and a pen before showing his true grit and missing another 2 making that 3 pen misses against us this season. Well played to Sunderland but I have no time for Bent. Enjoy watching the WC with the rest of us Darren.
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06/04/2010 15:31:00

Oh and another thing p.villa, if we make the Final I along with every other fan out there would rather see Chelsea there cause at least they'll make for an exciting game. Don't think I could stand watching your lot defend agaisnt us for another 90 mins!
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06/04/2010 15:33:00

Funny thing is that that is probably the best sunderland have played all season. Had they been playing Villa then it would have been a another 7-1 bashing for MON's men
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06/04/2010 16:27:00

How you didn't score 7 i'll never know - Bent didn't help matters.
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08/04/2010 02:23:00


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