Tottenham defied the media pressure to comeback with a thumping 5-1 victory over relegation threatened Sunderland. Spurs faced great amounts of difficulty in producing a strong show after not only poor recent performances, but a day filled with questions about their future.
It was a rather slow start for both sides as Sunderland had the early progression. Christian Eriksen proved to be Tottenham’s brightest spark as he attempted to get play going however everything they attempted was rather stunted early on.
The first real chance of the game fell to the Dane. Just outside the Black Cats’ area, the former Ajax star struck an effort that deflected massively towards the goal, only for the ball to dip at the last minute forcing Mannone into a difficult stop, the crossbar helping also.
Danny Rose perhaps let the occasion get to him, as the former Sunderland Loanee attempted an unpressurised cross from the left, of which curled to the other side of the pitch without coming into contact with anyone. If in doubt, get it out was very apt at that moment.
Then Tottenham began to get into their stride. Harry Kane and Paulinho linked well at the back post to produce a double header, worthy of a clearance from Brown, to win a corner. However despite this effort, it was Gus Poyet’s side that took the lead. Vlad Chiriches, on his first start since returning from injury, played a wild attempted ball back to Younes Kaboul that found the feet of Lee Cattermole, only for the Englishman to hit a well curled effort into the goal. Sunderland led 1-0.
Tottenham entered a period of undeniable dominance. After the goal, they seemed to take the seriousness of the game into account and Kyle Naughton’s curling effort wide was the first of a few attempted to draw level. But the equaliser finally came. Emmanuel Adebayor latched onto a superb Christian Eriksen shot to tuck home the ball, using his arm ever so slightly. Spurs were level at 1-1. The chances then came in torrents as Danny Rose and Adebayor both had chances to take the lead, it seemed however that row goal was all the half had to offer.
Finally, Tottenham turned on the style. Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal for the club just before the hour mark, as the youngster latched onto yet another Eriksen cross to lead Spurs 2-1. The lead was only extend shortly after, by the man of the hour, Christian Eriksen. Making it 3–1, the Dane struck an effort from outside the box, into the far corner with a slight deflection off of Brown. But Tottenham were not done for the night. With around 5 minutes to play, Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed his second of the night after some tremendous work from Kane to shoot, only for his shot to roll towards goal, needing a little push from Adebayor to tuck it home. It read 4-1. But Spurs had one more treat in store for the fans. Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 5-1 win minutes to go, with a well finished effort inside the area after a scramble or two, and a particular clever pass from Younes Kaboul, of which went unnoticed.
Tottenham were back to winning ways, with Sunderland further into trouble.
Lloris – Performed well and was unfortunate with their goal (Very good)
Naughton – Just doesn’t give it his all in my opinion (Average)
Chiriches – A silly mistake gave them what could have been a big goal (Average)
Kaboul – Solid at the back and a good assist for Gylfi (Very good)
Rose – Shocking performance. Left-back shopping necessary. (Poor)
Paulinho – Another disappointing game, don’t understand his function. (Poor)
Lennon – Fantastically defensively but that’s not his job. (Good)
Chadli – Enjoyed his role. Had a lot more freedom to create (Good)
Eriksen – MOTM. Phenomenal display (Excellent)
Kane – Close second for MOTM. Always believed in his ability (Excellent)
Adebayor – Jammy tap-ins but vital goals. Top performance (Excellent)