Tottenham slumped to a 2-2 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the fourth Premier League game of the season. It was easily a winnable game, but the players did not take their chances and luck played a huge part too.
They got off to a fantastic start when Chadli scored from a rebound after Mannone parried Adebayor’s shot. However, near enough straight away, Adam Johnson equalised for Sunderland. It was a poor goal to concede. He beat two Spurs defenders too easily and then his shot luckily deflected off Kaboul to escape Lloris’ grasp. It was very scrappy.
The chances came thick and fast in the first 10 minutes, with the team having 5 shots on target. Spurs were dominating Sunderland, although the scoreline did not tell this story. But, 72% possession for Spurs did. It seemed as though only last ditch tackles were stopping a second goal for the away side. The referee did not seem to control the game in terms of fouling very well. There were far too many fouls that were not punished with a yellow. A terrible tackle by Larsson seemed a certain yellow, yet it was waved away from the ref.
Dembélé nearly gave the Tottenham the lead before halftime, but his powerful shot cannoned off the post, nevertheless it was a great attempt. He deserved a goal after a very impressive first half performance. The half time whistle blew to end a solid performance from Tottenham.
The start of the second half saw Tottenham retake the lead straight away. It was a scrappy goal, but it started from a good drill into the box from Chadli. A goal line scramble ensued and Eriksen was the man to stab the ball home.
Later, Cattermole brought down Dier in the penalty area. He appeared to come through Dier’s legs before getting the ball and should have been a penalty. The referee did not give it.
Lamela nearly got the third for Spurs; a curling effort came off the bar. The woodwork has twice denied Tottenham a goal. Just before that Lamela nearly set up Adebayor to score, but the ball didn’t quite get to him before Mannone. Chiriches was bombing up and down the pitch trying to make a difference, and very nearly did when he slotted a perfect ball to Adebayor, who couldn’t quite find the space to get a shot away. The striker looked fatigued as was subbed for Kane in the 78th minute.
Then Sunderland’s equaliser came. Tottenham had dominated all game, but now two points were dropped from one moment of recklessness. Capoue brought down the player unnecessarily and gave Sunderland a fantastic free kick opportunity on Tottenham’s right flank. The free kick was taken, and the ball flew to the back post where it rebounded off Kane into the net. An own goal sealed the game. Bad luck for Kane, two points dropped for Spurs. It could have got even worse for Spurs, but their first piece of luck came in the 89th minute when Sunderland put their chance to win the game over the bar.
Hugo Lloris: Didn’t have a great deal to do, couldn’t have done anything about either goals. (Average)
Eric Dier: Battled defensively and offensively. Good work (Good)
Younes Kaboul: Solid, a few minor errors. (Good)
Vlad Chiriches: Mr Cool at the back, was sometimes a little too cool and too slow to move the ball (Good)
Danny Rose: Bombed up and down the left flank. He was unlucky not to win a penalty. (Good)
Etienne Capoue: Gave away a silly freekick to allow Sunderland to equaliser (Average/poor)
(MOTM) Mousa Dembélé: Very promising return to the first team. He was strong on the ball. Hit the post!(Good/Excellent)
Erik Lamela: Great work ethic, hit the bar! He showed great dribbling ability. (Good)
Christian Eriksen: Did well to tuck away goal. Needed him in dying moments for the free kicks…(Good)
Nacer Chadli: Powerful, caused problems. Scored one, sort of assisted one. (Good)
Emmanuel Adebayor: Worked hard, one assist. I would have liked to have seen more shots from him. (Good/Average)
Benjamin Stambouli: Good tackling and battling. He looks good. (Good)
Harry Kane: Very unlucky. He did little when he came on. Didn’t have much time though. (Average)
Aaron Lennon: Had little time to affect the game. (N/A)
Written by Declan Wiseman