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Tottenham   2 - 0   Sunderland

Heurelho Gomes saves from Darren Bent's penalty
Gomes rounds off a miserable afternoon for Bent by saving the striker's penalty

By Sam Lyon

Sunderland were left to rue a host of missed chances as Tottenham returned to winning ways with a victory that moved them back into the top four.

Robbie Keane put Spurs ahead when he bundled in Peter Crouch's knockdown and Tom Huddlestone wrapped up victory with a fierce 20-yarder on 70 minutes.

But, goals aside, Sunderland dominated, with Andy Reid striking the post and Heurelho Gomes making crucial saves.

The most vital came from Darren Bent's penalty after his foul on the striker.

After Premier League defeats by Stoke and rivals Arsenal, the three points were most welcome for a Tottenham side with ambitions of securing a top-four place.

But on another day the Londoners could have been put to the sword by a vibrant Sunderland side, who will wonder how they failed to get anything out of a match they controlled for long periods.

Harry happy with 'fortunate' win

Few will feel the pain more than Bent, whose return to Tottenham - a club at which he spent two years, so often on the sidelines - dominated much of the pre-match talk.

The 25-year-old could barely have hoped to have come into the game on better form having bagged eight goals in 11 appearances this season, but his memories of White Hart Lane will hardly have been enhanced by a miserable afternoon.

First he had to watch as Keane, one of the main reasons he missed out on first-team football at Spurs at the back end of last season, grabbed the opener.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto had a big hand in the goal, his pinpoint cross nodded down expertly by Crouch and Keane bundled home from close range at the second attempt.

Thereafter, though, Sunderland almost completely dominated possession and the chances - with Reid in particularly fine form in the centre of midfield.

606: DEBATE
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At first, the visitors' creation and inventiveness was spoiled by a lack of cutting edge up front - not helped by the absence through suspension of Kenwyne Jones - but soon Spurs were hanging on through a combination of good fortune and desperate defending.

Referee Kevin Friend handed the hosts their first slice of fortune when he waved away Sunderland's penalty appeals when Bent went down under Gomes's challenge - replays suggested the striker got to the ball milliseconds before the Brazilian - and Reid then rattled the post with a beautiful dipping volley from 35 yards.

Moments later Vedran Corluka's back-header fell far too short and Gomes had to be at his best to deny the on-rushing Kieran Richardson inside the box.

Tottenham had completely lost their way, but their biggest let-off came just after the break.

No luck since beachball goal - Bruce

Bent was, almost inevitably, at the heart of it. The striker, with England coach Fabio Capello watching from the stands, this time earned the penalty when he went over Gomes's challenge, but then fluffed a tame spot-kick that was kept out well by the home keeper.

To compound Sunderland's misery, Gomes escaped with just a yellow card for the foul, though he may point to the fact Bent was going away from goal and had gone down somewhat theatrically to earn the penalty in the first place.

Barely believing their good fortune, Spurs finally broke out of their slumber and only a sensational Phil Bardsley block kept out Huddlestone's goal-bound drive with keeper Craig Gordon lying injured inside the area.

The defender could do little about the midfielder's goal, though, Jermain Defoe holding up the ball well and then laying in Huddlestone, whose 20-yard drive rocketed in off the bar.

It was a goal that more than flattered Tottenham, and the expression of Black Cats manager Steve Bruce on the sidelines told the story of a man who must be wondering what he has to do to emerge from the capital with a win after 18 successive fruitless visits.

In a scruffy finale, Spurs substitute Niko Krancjar saw a shot deflected past the post, while Gomes produced yet another fine save after Michael Turner got his head on Fraizer Campbell's cross at the other end.

But in the end Sunderland's failure to finish off all their good work proved pivotal and Tottenham move above Manchester City courtesy of the three points.


Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:
"We got away with it a bit today. We couldn't get going and Sunderland looked very, very good.

"Our keeper was fantastic and we've clawed out a result - sometimes football works like that. A couple of weeks ago we battered Stoke and lost.

"As for their penalty - Gomes says he's tried to get out of the way of the player and got kicked in the chest. I haven't seen it yet but, even if it was a penalty, I don't think he should've got a red card - Bent was going away from goal and sometimes we're too quick to send players off.

"I'd honestly say that even if it was my player who'd got brought down."

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce:
"Sometimes in football you have a day like today - since the beach ball incident at Liverpool we've run out of luck and we've been out of luck again today.

"The best opportunities and possession were ours, but we've not taken them and come away with nothing.

"The turning point today was the second-half penalty incident. Darren Bent was through on goal, it's a goal-scoring opportunity, and by the letter of the law their keeper should be sent off.

"Instead it's just a yellow card and he's had the chance to save the penalty. If we're playing 10 men who knows? Still, I'm delighted with the way we played - we completely bossed the game - that's football sometimes."

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Saturday, 7 November 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Keane 12
  • Huddlestone 68

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Sunderland

    Substitutes

    Ref: FriendAtt: 35,955
    TOTTENHAM
    SUNDERLAND

    Possession

    • Tottenham 51%
    • Sunderland 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Tottenham 8
    • Sunderland 6

    Attempts off target

    • Tottenham 2
    • Sunderland 8

    Corners

    • Tottenham 4
    • Sunderland 4

    Fouls

    • Tottenham 10
    • Sunderland 19
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:14 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+4:59 Handball by Jermain Defoe. Paulo Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+3:21 The referee gives a free kick against Tom Huddlestone for handball. Strike comes in from Andy Reid from the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:45 The offside flag is raised against Peter Crouch. Direct free kick taken by Marton Fulop.
    • 90:00+2:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Bent on Michael Dawson. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:39 Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on David Healy. Jordan Henderson takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+0:43 The ball is swung over by Andy Reid.
    • 89:38 David Healy crosses the ball, Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
    • 89:20 David Healy crosses the ball, Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.
    • 88:23 Andy Reid sends in a cross.
    • 86:50 Jermain Defoe delivers the ball, save by Marton Fulop.
    • 86:27 The ball is delivered by Vedran Corluka, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
    • 84:31 Andy Reid crosses the ball, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 83:36 Fraizer Campbell sends in a cross, clearance made by Vedran Corluka.
    • 83:00 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Reid, Vedran Corluka manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:38 The ball is swung over by Fraizer Campbell, Michael Turner takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 82:28 The ball is delivered by Fraizer Campbell, clearance made by Vedran Corluka.
    • 82:05 Corner taken by Andy Reid from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 81:23 The referee blows for offside. Paulo Da Silva takes the indirect free kick.
    • 80:21 Effort from just outside the box by Niko Kranjcar goes over the bar.
    • 79:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Reid on Peter Crouch. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
    • 78:32 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Turner.
    • 75:54 Substitution Anton Ferdinand replaces Phillip Bardsley.
    • 75:54 Substitution David Healy on for Steed Malbranque.
    • 75:54 Tom Huddlestone takes the outswinging corner, Jonathan Woodgate challenges Michael Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marton Fulop restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:05 Outswinging corner taken by Tom Huddlestone from the right by-line, Michael Dawson takes a shot. Andy Reid makes a clearance.
    • 74:53 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
    • 74:35 Andy Reid delivers the ball, clearance by Wilson Palacios.
    • 74:01 The ball is delivered by Tom Huddlestone, clearance by Michael Turner.
    • 71:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Richardson by Niko Kranjcar. Jordan Henderson takes the direct free kick.
    • 70:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Steed Malbranque. Tom Huddlestone delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
    • 69:27 Unfair challenge on Niko Kranjcar by Phillip Bardsley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Woodgate.
    • 69:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Kieran Richardson. Kieran Richardson takes the free kick.
    • 67:56 The assist for the goal came from Jermain Defoe.
    • 67:56 GOAL - Tom HuddlestoneTottenham 2 - 0 Sunderland Goal scored by Tom Huddlestone from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland.
    • 64:58 Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot.
    • 64:58 Substitution Marton Fulop on for Craig Gordon.
    • 64:58 Michael Turner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe.
    • 63:53 The ball is sent over by Niko Kranjcar, clearance by Paulo Da Silva.
    • 62:06 Substitution Niko Kranjcar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robbie Keane.
    • 62:06 Phillip Bardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermain Defoe. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
    • 61:39 The ball is swung over by Jordan Henderson, Darren Bent takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 61:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Jenas on Phillip Bardsley. Andy Reid takes the free kick.
    • 60:56 Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 59:54 Corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 58:48 Substitution Michael Dawson replaces Ledley King.
    • 57:22 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Paulo Da Silva makes a clearance.
    • 56:35 Corner taken by Tom Huddlestone, clearance made by Michael Turner.
    • 55:08 The referee blows for offside against George McCartney. Vedran Corluka restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:31 Phillip Bardsley produces a cross, clearance made by Ledley King.
    • 53:26 Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 53:03 Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the right by-line to the near post, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:38 Centre by Jordan Henderson, Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Fraizer Campbell. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 51:05 A save by Heurelho Gomes from penalty by Darren Bent. Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland.
    • 51:05 Booking Heurelho Gomes is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 50:35 Penalty awarded for a foul by Heurelho Gomes on Darren Bent.
    • 49:46 Shot from just outside the area by Kieran Richardson misses to the right of the target.
    • 48:44 Steed Malbranque sends in a cross.
    • 47:39 Booking Michael Turner is booked.
    • 47:31 Michael Turner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:24 The ball is swung over by George McCartney, Benoit Assou-Ekotto makes a clearance.
    • 47:02 The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, clearance by Jonathan Woodgate.
    • 45:13 Foul by Michael Turner on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:10 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+1:05 Corner taken by Andy Reid from the right by-line, Close range header by Phillip Bardsley goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 45:00+0:21 A cross is delivered by Fraizer Campbell, clearance by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 44:58 The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson.
    • 44:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Wilson Palacios. Andy Reid takes the free kick.
    • 43:28 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jermain Defoe goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 42:18 Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vedran Corluka. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
    • 41:00 Steed Malbranque challenges Jermaine Jenas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Woodgate takes the free kick.
    • 40:16 George McCartney fouled by Jermain Defoe, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
    • 39:39 Andy Reid produces a left-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the target.
    • 39:10 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermain Defoe. Paulo Da Silva restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:57 Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 37:45 Booking Jordan Henderson is given a yellow card.
    • 37:35 Wilson Palacios fouled by Jordan Henderson, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
    • 37:14 Left-footed shot by Andy Reid bounced off the post.
    • 36:38 The referee blows for offside against Jermain Defoe. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermain Defoe on Paulo Da Silva. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
    • 33:00 Vedran Corluka crosses the ball, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
    • 32:47 Fraizer Campbell delivers the ball, Heurelho Gomes makes a clearance.
    • 28:48 Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Blocked by Ledley King.
    • 27:15 The referee blows for offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
    • 25:04 Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paulo Da Silva. Free kick taken by George McCartney.
    • 24:31 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Paulo Da Silva gets a block in.
    • 23:57 Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 23:22 Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
    • 22:24 Right-footed shot by Phillip Bardsley missed to the left of the target.
    • 21:28 Jermain Defoe fouled by Darren Bent, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Woodgate.
    • 20:52 Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, Paulo Da Silva manages to make a clearance.
    • 20:27 Michael Turner challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
    • 18:42 Peter Crouch is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
    • 17:56 Effort from the edge of the area by Kieran Richardson goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 15:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steed Malbranque on Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
    • 14:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Reid on Jermaine Jenas. Jermaine Jenas takes the direct free kick.
    • 11:18 The assist for the goal came from Peter Crouch.
    • 11:18 GOAL - Robbie KeaneTottenham 1 - 0 Sunderland A goal is scored by Robbie Keane from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland.
    • 11:16 Robbie Keane has an effort at goal from 6 yards. Craig Gordon makes a save. The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto,
    • 8:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Keane by Phillip Bardsley. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 7:58 The referee blows for offside. Craig Gordon takes the indirect free kick.
    • 6:48 Jordan Henderson challenges Ledley King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ledley King restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:56 The ball is swung over by Darren Bent, Effort from deep inside the area by Jordan Henderson misses to the left of the target.
    • 5:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by Steed Malbranque. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 1:59 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steed Malbranque. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:19 Centre by George McCartney, comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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