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Saturday, 2 March, 2002, 17:26 GMT
Ferdinand foils Black Cats
Spurs goalscorer Les Ferdinand tackles Sunderland's Jody Craddock
Match-winner Ferdinand slides in to tackle Craddock
Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland
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Les Ferdinand's winner kept alive Spurs' slim hopes of a European place through the Premiership - and pushed Sunderland further towards danger.

Ferdinand followed up Gus Poyet's opener with a 62nd-minute goal to ease Spurs' anxieties after they had created and spurned a series of chances.

I was a bit nervous at times because we created a lot of chances and I wondered if we'd get the winning goal we deserved - one of these day's we are going to hammer someone
Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle
And although Cameroon striker Patrick Mboma repaid Sunderland manager Peter Reid with a goal in his first Sunderland start, the pressure continues to mount on the Sunderland boss.

After this latest reverse his side are just five points ahead of the relegation places.

Reid saw Mboma show up well in the opening stages, setting up Kevin Phillips to shoot wide.

At the other end, Teddy Sheringham fired straight at keeper Thomas Sorensen, while Christian Ziege curled a 30-yard free-kick over the bar after Sheringham had been hauled down by Jody Craddock.

  Key moments
12mins: Poyet backheel saved by Sorensen.
31mins: Poyet bundles Spurs in front, 1-0.
45mins: Mboma levels for Sunderland, 1-1.
58mins: Bjorklund limps out of the action.
62mins: Ferdinand taps in the winner, 2-1.

Spurs continued their bright start and Poyet almost gave them the lead with a cheeky backheel from Ziege's cross which Sorensen saved.

Mboma showed his penalty box prowess by powering a diving header narrowly wide, while Ferdinand again broke powerfully, only for Joachim Bjorklund to block with a timely challenge.

Spurs took the lead on 31 minutes, taking advantage of the defensive sloppiness that has typified Sunderland's slide down the table as Poyet stole in unnoticed to bundle in Ziege's corner.

Spurs missed chances to double their lead, with Sheringham firing over from six yards with only Sorensen to beat, and then Ziege heading over from a similar distance.

We've got a busy treatment room at the moment - Bolton is a big game for us and we have got to dig in
Sunderland manager Peter Reid
Mboma made Spurs pays for those misses in the third minute of first-half injury time.


He got the better of Ledley King as he chased Bernt Haas's long ball to stroke the ball past Neil Sullivan.

Sunderland suffered a blow 13 minutes into the second half when Bjorklund limped off with a hamstring injury.

Patrick Mboma is congratulated after equalising against Spurs
Patrick Mboma is congratulated after his equaliser
Moments later, Sunderland were furious after being denied a penalty when Mboma appeared to be pulled down by Dean Richards.

Spurs continued to create and miss chances, with Sheringham and Poyet both heading over when well-placed.

Tottenham's frustrations were banished on 62 minutes when they regained the lead.

Ziege cut in from the left, and after drawing Sorensen unselfishly, squared the ball for Ferdinand to tap in.

Sheringham tried his luck from another 25-yard free-kick after 67 minutes and although his shot was on target, it was comfortable for Sorensen.

In a desperate attempt to find an equaliser, Reid threw on Niall Quinn in place of Mboma, but Spurs held out.

Tottenham: Sullivan, Thatcher, King, Richards, Taricco (Gardner 89), Sherwood, Poyet, Ziege, Davies, Ferdinand (Rebrov 76), Sheringham.

Subs Not Used: Kelly, Leonhardsen, Etherington.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Haas, McCartney, Bjorklund (Schwarz 58), Craddock, Gray, Reyna (Williams 53), McAteer, Mboma (Quinn 72), Kilbane, Phillips.

Subs Not Used: Macho, Bellion.

Booked: McAteer.

Att: 36,062

Ref: R Styles (Waterlooville).

BBC Sport's David Croft
"Three very welcome points for Spurs"
Spurs assistant boss John Gorman
"We needed that after the week we've had"
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