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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 23:08 GMT
Spurs punish Sunderland
Gary Doherty gets to the ball ahead of Sunderland's new signing Tahal El Karkouri
Gary Doherty and Tahal El Karkouri challenge
Spurs 4-1 Sunderland

Tottenham Hotspur continued their domination over Sunderland at White Hart Lane with a comfortable win.

The match also represented personal milestones for Teddy Sheringham and Gustavo Poyet who scored their 300th and 50th English league goals in the victory.

Although Sunderland had an early chance to take the lead when Michael Proctor, who scored two own goals against Charlton last week, headed wide, it was not long before Spurs took control.

When we lose, people say some of our players are too old, and when we win they are good players

Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle

On 13 minutes, Darren Anderton clipped a ball into the area and Poyet made no mistake reaching the half ton in English football.

Poyet could have scored another soon after when he found himself through on goal but with only Thomas Sorensen to beat, he hit the side netting.

But when Spurs seemed to be cruising, sloppy defensive play allowed the Black Cats back into the match.

White Hart Lane action
14 mins: Gustavo Poyet puts Spurs ahead
26 mins: Kevin Philips levels
45 mins: Gary Doherty restores the Spurs lead
67 mins: Simon Davies adds another for Spurs
84 mins: Teddy Sheringham nets his 300th goal

Gavin McCann sent in a cross and with the home defence appealing for offside, Kevin Phillips knocked the ball past Kasey Keller.

The goal sparked Sunderland into action but it was their goalkeeper Sorensen who kept them in the game, doing well to deny Goran Bunjevcevic when he seemed set to score.

But Spurs gained a crucial advantage in first-half injury-time when Gary Doherty, on for the injured Robbie Keane, put his side back in front, heading in from Anderton's cross.

Poyet and Anderton both went close at the start of the second half.

Poyet sent a half-volley just wide of the target while Anderton found the side netting after Sheringham's through ball.

Celebration time for Spurs goalscorers Gustavo Poyet and Gary Doherty
Poyet and Doherty celebrate

Doherty went close to claiming his second of the afternoon when he found himself one-on-one with Sorensen but he went for the wrong option by trying to chip the keeper and Sorensen saved.

Simon Davies put the result beyond doubt on 67 minutes when he finished off a sweet move with a cool finish.

This game came a day too early for us after our exertions in the FA Cup on Wednesday

Sunderland boss Howard Wilkinson

Anderton's pass was flicked on by Poyet and the young Welshman cut in from the right and struck the ball beyond Sorensen.

With Sunderland struggling, Teddy Sheringham put the icing on the cake six minutes from time with a superb header from Anderton's cross.


Tottenham: Keller, Carr, Richards, King, Taricco, Davies, Anderton, Poyet (Etherington 74), Bunjevcevic (Freund 76), Sheringham, Keane (Doherty 21).
Subs not used: Sullivan, Acimovic.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Wright, Thome (Piper 69), Craddock, El Karkouri, McCartney, McCann (Thirlwell 60), Thornton, Arca, Proctor (Flo 58), Phillips.
Subs not used: Macho, Babb.
Booked: McCann, Phillips.

Attendance: 36,075

Referee: R Styles (Hampshire).

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