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Tottenham 2 Sunderland 0

Tottenham Hotspurs
2 - 0
Sunderland

White Hart Lane

19th January 2008 15:00

Attendance: 36070

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Sunderland were beaten by Spurs in the first minute of the match when their dodgy defending resulted with a Aaron Lennon goal.

Robbie Keane then finished them off with his 100 Spurs goal to seal it in stoppage time.

Roy Keane made only one change from the side that beat Portsmouth last weekend. Sunderland`s McShane replaced Richardson after he picked up a hamstring injury during training on Friday.

Sunderland started the game badly with Nuggsy losing the ball to the right. McShane managed to win the ball back but could only clear as far as O`Hara who crossed for Lennon steaming in on the far post to net an early goal for Tottenham.

Sunderland were then under what seemed like constant bombardment with Defoe and Berbatov bringing the best out of Craig Gordon.

Roy Keane reacted by changing the formation to 4-4-2 and swapping Stokes for Chopra.

Sunderland came back out after the break with more about them.

Murphy managed to get though on goal but curled his shot just wide of top right corner. If only he had seen Chopra busting gut to get in the box.

Sunderland did manage to get the ball in the back of the net but Jones effort was ruled out. He was well off side but did well to get the shot away.

Sunderland have chance after chance to equalise as McShane, Collins and Whitehead
all go close.

With Sunderland pushing forward for the equaliser Spurs get a break away goal through Keane. Cerny`s goal kick finds Keane who`s shot somehow squirms under Gordon.





Sunderland Line Up 4-5-1

Gordon 6
McShane (Cole 6)
Nosworthy 6
Evans 7
Collins 6
Stokes 6 (Chopra 5)
Miller 7
Whitehead 7
Yorke 7
Murphy 9
Jones 8


Subs not used

Fulop
Harte
O`Donovan

Star Player

Darryl Murphy - tirelessly ran the left flank and was a constant threat Spurs struggled to contain him.

Vital Sunderland Says

Spurs deserved their half time lead, as they were a different class the first half. However we were the better side in the second half and should have at least came away with a draw.

It a big blow to lose Richardson to a hamstring injury I hope he not out for too long.


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Writer:KEV1N
Date:Sunday January 20 2008
Time: 12:10PM

Comments

0
entertaining game.....there should of been many more goals.
lillywhites101
20/01/2008 12:16:00
0
a clever tactical change from keane to play 4-4-2, this closed down tom huddlestone who's passing from defence was tearing you apart before the change.
oxfordspur
20/01/2008 13:10:00
0
we shud ave pinned them back in the second half with a goal but i have to agree wit the artical on the fact that totenham deserved there lead at half time
toptoddy
20/01/2008 23:00:00
0
Sunderland were unlucky in the secound half. We turned off as always. Should have finished the game off early doors.
Real Deal
21/01/2008
0
Just need some more defenders to cut out the mistakes.
will it ever happen
06/02/2008 11:49:00
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