Spurs 1-0 Sunderland: (match report)
Spurs moved up to third in the table after a dominant 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the lane yesterday. It was a highly impressive performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they recorded a hard fought victory against the black cats. Spurs started the game well and were looking sharp against a Sunderland side desperate for a point after a poor start to the season. After some good half chances early on Spurs went close on 17 minutes through Harry Kane after the striker received a cross inside the area from Son, Kane hit the ball first time from close range but Jordan Pickford pulled off a good reaction save to deny Kane. We continued to cause the Sunderland defence bother in the following minutes and constantly tested goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with numerous goal attempts. However, the highly impressive Son went desperately close to breaking the deadlock six minutes before half time, after the winger cut in from the left before firing a powerful low effort which hit the outside of the left post. Despite our control of the game throughout the first half David Moyes’s side almost stunned Spurs on the stroke of half time after having the best chance of the half, following a pass from Januzaj on the right wing former Spurs player Steven Piennar hit an effort on the edge of the six yard box which seemed destined to nestle in the bottom left hand corner of the net. However, the alert Kyle Walker got across to make an exceptional goal line clearance to keep the score level at the interval.
Our stand out player of the first half, Son continued his excellent display into the second half as the South Korean internationals energy and high work rate troubled the Sunderland defence. Son went close to opening the lead shortly before the hour mark after Moussa Dembele passed to him on the left side of the penalty area, Son tried a powerful effort which hit the side netting. After showing great perseverance throughout the game Harry Kane’s hard work finally paid off in the 59th minute as he broke the deadlock to give Spurs a 1-0 lead. The goal came about after Kyle Walker sent in a promising cross from the right in which Alli headed down in to the direction of Kane and despite contact by Djilobodji the defender couldn’t control the ball as it came to Kane who after controlling the ball calmly despatched the ball in to the bottom right hand corner of the net. After Kane opened the scoring for Spurs it was all one way traffic for the Lillywhites as for the rest of the game they continued to create chance after chance, with the best chance coming to substitute Erik Lamela in the 87th minute. The Argentine went on a surging run down the right wing as he was free to test Pickford from just outside the area he curled an effort in the direction of the bottom left hand corner. However, Pickford made a magnificent diving save to deny Lamela, a couple of minutes later Sunderland were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Adnan Januzaj following a second bookable offence, Spurs comfortably won the game 1-0 to move up to third in the premier league as they bounced back from Wednesdays loss against Monaco.
The win was somewhat overshadowed by an injury picked up by Harry Kane in the second half after the striker went over on his ankle after lunging for the ball, it was a worrying sight but hopefully it won’t be as serious as originally feared. Son was undoubtedly our man of the match for a second league game in a row, Son was exceptional throughout as he worked tirelessly down the right wing, his energy and eagerness to get into space was fantastic and I really do believe that Son will flourish for Spurs this season. Goalscorer Harry Kane’s perseverance throughout was imperative as the England international netted a well worked winner, linking up well with Dele Alli for the goal. After his excellent first half goal line clearance Kyle Walker had yet another excellent game at right back and didn’t let anyone past him. It was a great win for Spurs and the lads go again this Wednesday in the EFL cup against Gillingham at the lane.
– Son had 90% passing accuracy and had seven shots on goal.
– Spurs recorded an exceptional 31 attempts on goal against Sunderland. yesterday.
– Spurs had 74% of Possession in yesterday’s match.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld, Dier (Davies 77), Vertonghen; Dembele (Lamela 74), Wanyama; Sissoko, Alli, Son; Kane (Janssen 87). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Winks, Eriksen.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Pickford; Denayer (McNair 90+2), Djilobodji, Kone, Manquillo; Cattermole (c), Kirchhoff (Khazri 79), Ndong; Pienaar (Watmore 63), Defoe, Januzaj. Substitutes (not used): Mika, Love, O’Shea, Gooch.
Goal: Spurs – Kane 59.