Tuesday November 9, 2010 Day 12 Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 Sunderland

  • van der Vaart 64’
  • Gyan 67’

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  1. Sunderland frustrate Spurs

    Sunderland frustrate Spurs

    Tottenham Hotspur were left to rue the defensive calamity which gifted Sunderland a 1-1 draw in the Premier League at White Hart Lane. More

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    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Sunderland
    • 90+4' It's headed clear and Sunderland can break! No they can't, Howard Webb blows his whistle for full time and boos ring out around White Hart Lane
    • 90+3' Bale has a deep thow for Spurs on the left wing
    • 90+1' Spurs in possession and playing the ball around. It's lacklustre though, and time is ticking by
    • 90' We'll have four minutes of stoppages, and there's only one side in this at the moment!
    • 89' The freekick flies straight into the wall, and it's a Sunderland corner.
    • 88' Assou-Ekotto leaves a long ball for Gomes on the edge of the area, but Gyan is closing in. Gomes blocks the ball but Malbranque picks up the rebound and Gomes brings him down! Yellow card, and a freekick right on the edge of the area. A yard further back, and that'd be a red card and a penalty!
    • 87' Spurs attack, but the move breaks down and Sunderland can break
    • 86' So, a pretty attacking change from Brucey! Does he fancy nicking this one?
    • 85' Sunderland sub: Kieran Richardson off for Steed Malbranque
    • 84' Poor crossfield ball from Zenden, which falls to Bentley. The winger cuts inside, does a step-over, and lashes the ball a long way over the bar with his left boot. Rubbish, quite frankly! Sunderland are about to make a change
    • 83' Huddlestone tries to clip a left-foot ball over the top to Assou-Ekotto, but Onuoha muscles the Spurs fullback off the ball quite easily
    • 82' Kaboul plays back to Gomes, and Spurs look to build from the back.
    • 81' Ooof. Gyan goes up for a header with Gallas, and falls awkwardly onto his back. There's a pause in play for the Ghanaian to receive treatment
    • 80' Whipped high over the bar! Not what the home fans were looking for, and they let Bentley know it.
    • 79' Bentley to take...
    • 79' Freekick to Spurs, 22 yards out centre-left
    • 78' Richardson jumps with Bentley to challenge for the deflected ball, but Howard Webb sees a foul and Spurs have a freekick
    • 77' Brilliant diagonal ball from Turner to Richardson on the left, but the winger's ball in is deflected back.
    • 76' You guessed it, Spurs have got another corner! That's 16 for the Lillywhites, but Bentley's delivery flies out of play for a goalkick
    • 75' Spurs have a throw wide on the right, Bentley to take
    • 74' Sunderland are looking confident now, buouyed by that pefectly-timed goal. Spurs are stuttering slightly
    • 72' That was Sunderland's 11th foul of the match, compared to Tottenham's four. Steve Bruce won't care though, the important statistic is this: Spurs 1-1 Sunderland!
    • 71' The replays show he got the ball, but he also got plenty of the man high on the shin with the studs up. Controversial decision!
    • 70' It's a yellow card. Will have to see that again, but that looks like a let-off for Cattermole
    • 69' Van der Vaart is furious with Cattermole, and grabs then Sunderland captain's throat! There's plenty of handbags, what's Howard Webb going to do?
    • 68' Crunch! Modric moves forwards with the ball fro mthe centre, and Cattermole clatters through him with his studs up! Shocking tackle
    • 67' Spurs' lead lasted all of two minutes there, what a game we've got now!
    • 66' GOAL! SUNDERLAND EQUALISE! Welbeck cuts in from the left wing, shows flashy footwork and stabs the ball towards Gyan on the edge of the area. Both of Tottenham's centre-backs hesitate, and Gyan slams the ball into the bottom corner!
    • 65' Sunderland have got to do something now, will Steve Bruce make a change?
    • 64' GOAL! GAME ON! Crouch risest highest (naturally) at the far post to head Bale's deep cross back across goal to Van der Vaart. The Dutchman takes a touch with his back to goal, and slams the ball in on the turn! 1-0 Spurs
    • 63' Spurs on the ball, building patiently
    • 61' Nice passing from Tottenham to get out of the defence, but the move breaks down on the halfway line. Sunderland try to free Richardson on the left wing, but the former Manchester United winger totally miscontrols the ball and it's Spurs throw
    • 60' Crouch plays Bale into acres of space on the left wing, and the Welshman can run here! He reaches the edge of the area on the left, but his attempt to square the ball is well cut out by Turner
    • 59' Kaboul reels the Ghanaian in though, and plays the ball back to Gomes. Solid defending.
    • 59' Sunderland clear, and Gyan can run down the right wing!
    • 58' This time the ball does beat the first man, and Van der Vaart gets a head on it! Gordon bats the ball uncomfortably away for another corner
    • 57' Bale plays in Assou-Ekotto on the left, and Onuoha slides in for another Spurs corner
    • 56' Zenden swings it in low with the left boot, and Gomes gathers. Quality freekick, just needed a touch!
    • 55' Kaboul is all over Gyan on the left wing, 35 yards out from goal. Silly foul, chance for Sunderland
    • 54' Bale tries to hare down the wing again, but can't make his 20-odd yard first touch as Onuoha blocks his run. The Welshman isn't happy, but I'm not sure he'd've got on the end of it anyway. Big questions being asked of Howard Webb at the moment!
    • 53' Good decision by Webb, that, Bentley was falling long before Zenden touched him. Well done referee
    • 52' Bentley back on the ball again on the right, and cuts inside to enter the area. Zenden goes in for a challenge and BENTLEY GOES DOWN! The Sunderland players are furious, and Howard Webb agrees, booking Bentley for diving
    • 51' Bentley has the ball in an advanced position on the right, and plays back to Hutton. Hutton swings in a cross to VAN DER VAART! HEADED WIDE! Gordon thought that was going in as he scrambled to his right, but it shaves the post and goes out for a goal kick
    • 50' Sunderland clear at the first man, again! You get the feeling that Spurs aren't going to get much luck at corners today, Sunderland have been solid as a rock from set-pieces
    • 49' Spurs win another corner on the right, which Bentley will take.
    • 48' Gomes hesitates to come for a long ball aimed at Wellbeck, and Kaboul has to muscle the Manchester United loanee off the ball
    • 47' And Spurs: Roman Pavlyuchenko off for Peter Crouch
    • 46' A couple of changes to get you up to date with. Sunderland: Cristian Riveros off for Danny Welbeck
    • 45' We're back underway at White Hart Lane!
    • - To anyone wondering where the 85/15% figures are coming from, it was a quote from the comments section, not an actual stat! Spurs have dominated the action so far, hence the fact that they've been mentioned more. Sunderland have had one chance, one half chance, and one nice series of passes. And that's it... Honestly...
    • - Vinny: 'reckon bale is going for the record number of corners­ won by a player'. His deliveries haven't been spectacular so far though, to be honest. The outswinging corner from the left is being pretty comfortably dealt with by Turner and Bramble
    • - Steve Bruce will be a happy man going back down the tunnel as, for all Tottenham's possession and attacking football, his defence has held strong throughout the opening 45 minutes.
    • 45+1' Bale sends a long throw into the box, which Huddlestone fails to meet under pressure from Turner. Howard Webb blows his whistle and that's it for the first half!
    • 45' There's going to be one minute of stoppage time at White Hart Lane
    • 45' The corner fails to breach the first man, and the ball is promptly hoofed upfield
    • 44' Spurs break from deep left to top right, and Bentley has a pop from range, forcing a smart save at the near post! 10th corner for Spurs
    • 42' Riveros passes to Zenden on the halfway line, who plays a one-two with Gyan. Henderson plays back to Zenden, who plays left to Richardson. This is absolutely wonderful passing from Sunderland, with the whole midfield exchanging swift, accurate passes. Henderson runs the ball wide right, where Bale finally gets a foot on the ball for Spurs, and draws a foul from Henderson.
    • 41' It goes long, and Kaboul meets it on the volley at the far post! Well wide. An ambitious effort, to say the least
    • 40' Spurs are enjoying the space on the right wing, with Sunderland obviously gearing their defence towards dealing with Gareth Bale on the other side. Eighth corner for Spurs, on the right
    • 39' The ball is hoofed upfield, and Zenden picks it up on the left wing, right on the sideline. He swings a left-foot cross in to Gyan WHO CONNECTS WITH A HEADER 10 YARDS OUT! Held by Gomes, good chance for Sunderland against the run of play
    • 38' Gordon gathers, and holds onto the ball to give his team a rare moment in possession
    • 37' Bentley swings it towards the far post, and Gordon palms it over the bar for another corner from the right
    • 36' It goes all the way back to Gallas, and Spurs are attacking in floods now! Bale skips menacingly through a tackle on the left wing and wins a Spurs free kick on the left wing
    • 35' Huddlestone receives the ball 30 yards out, and slips Van der Vaart through on the right. The Dutchman fires the ball at the near post, BATTED AWAY BY GORDON! Another corner for Spurs!
    • 34' Gordon comes for the cross, but flaps at it. Sunderland just about get it clear, but only at the expense of another corner
    • 33' Bale swings in another teasing cross from the left, and Bardsley does well to head clear of Bentley for another Spurs corner
    • 32' Huddlestone plays back to Gomes from the right wing, and Spurs play across their defence (again). Sunderland retreat.
    • 31' Cattermole wins the ball on the half-way line for Sunderland, but Michael Turner's attempted long-ball goes over everyone and out for a goal kick
    • 30' Kit: "According to the commentator Spurs have had the ball­ 85% of the time and Sunderland only 15% of the­ time... Do you get the feeling that he may be a little­ biased?" Nope, that's a pretty fair description of the opening half hour so far!
    • 29' He plays left to Bale, who beats two men but fails to pick out a white shirt with his final ball
    • 28' Patient football from Spurs, with Huddlestone ambling around the middle of the park
    • 27' Gordan punches the delivery clear, and Gyan draws a foul under the high ball
    • 26' Bale takes on three defenders, and loses out. Assou-Ekotto switches the ball right to Bentley, who goes down under Bardsley's challenge. Freekick wide right for Spurs
    • 25' Spurs have a throw in on the half-way line
    • 24' Howard Webb forces it to be retaken, deciding that the wall is too close. Van der Vaart squares the ball to Modric on the edge of the area, but Bramble makes a solid challenge to cannon the ball back off the Croatian for a goal kick
    • 23' Van der Vaart collects a long diagonal ball to the right wing, and Bardsley fouls him. Freekick Spurs
    • 22' Modric's first touch is stunning with his back to goal, but his shot is closed down by two red and white striped shirts. Sudnerland clear
    • 21' Hutton and Bentley exchange passes, and the Scot finds Modric in the area...
    • 20' Spurs with the ball on the right wing
    • 19' Sunderland substitution: Anton Ferdinand off for Phil Bardsley
    • 19' Fourth corner for Spurs... Van der Vaart swings it in from the right, and Gordon claims it well at the far post
    • 18' Headed clear to Huddlestone now, who strikes it beautifully on the half-volley... OFF THE BAR! The big midfielder hits the ball so cleanly, and it screams onto the corner of the goal frame
    • 18' Bale with the outswinging corner again...
    • 17' Cleared to Assou-Ekotto, whose long-range shot is deflected out for another corner
    • 17' Another corner for Spurs...
    • 16' Bentley hugs the right touchline, as Zenden watches him scamper away. The ball in isn't good enough though, and Onuoha clears easily.
    • 16' Sunderland counter, but the final ball flies behind Zenden and Spurs regain possession
    • 15' Bentley has the ball in space on the right, and plays Hutton clear. The Scot crosses deep towards Bale, but Onuoha rises highest to head clear. Solid defending.
    • 14' Modric picks up the ball deep, and sends an early long pass over the top to Pavlyuchenko, who is a yard offside
    • 13' Pavlyuchenko and Bale combine on the right, and the Welshman swings the ball in again. Sunderland struggle to get it clear, and the ball pinballs around the box! It eventually cannons off Van der Vaart and out for a goal kick, but that could have gone anywhere!
    • 12' He swings it in with the left, and Sunderland clear
    • 12' The hosts break up the other end, and Bale wins a corner on the left
    • 11' Bale heads the corner clear, Spurs back in possession
    • 10' Richardson and Zenden play a lovely one-two on the left wing, and Richardson fires a shot in on goal which Kaboul knocks behind for a corner! Sunderland starting to look more dangerous now...
    • 9' Hutton hoofs long to the halfway line, and Ferdinand heads it back. Cattermole runs 20-odd yards arm in arm with Huddlestone, and somehow manages to squeeze off a shot! Well saved by Gomes
    • 8' The signs aren't good for Sunderland at the moment, there's no way Pavlyuchenko should have been allowed to run so freely through their half. Spurs on the ball in their own half
    • 7' Sunderland move the ball forwards but Spurs are closing energetically in their own half. The ball is humped long to Pavlyuchenko in the centre-circle. He turns under pressure, runs 20 yards unchallenged and fires a swerving right-foot effort just beyond the right post!
    • 6' HOOF! It's wild and wide of the right post, but a fizzing drive nonetheless
    • 6' Spurs have a freekick 30 yards out, Younes Kaboul standing over it...
    • 5' Sunderland's midfield is ridiculously deep, with Gyan looking pretty lonely up top on his own! Surely Sunderland aren't just going to defend for 90 minutes, are they?
    • 4' It's half cleared by Ferdinand, but Zenden heads the second ball straight to Modric who SHOOTS! Saved by Gordon, low to his right! Strong start for Spurs, but that'll boost Gordon's confidence no end
    • 3' Pavlyuchenko receives the ball wide left, and wins an early corner off Onuoha
    • 2' Slow start from Spurs, passing across the defence from left to right and back again
    • 1' Here we go! Spurs are playing from left to right, and both sides are wearing their home strips
    • 20:00 The players are out, we're moments away from kick-off at White Hart Lane!
    • 19:55 Sunderland have won just one of their last 23 Premier League away matches: having won none and lost seven of their last nine Premier League trips to London since their last victory which came in August 2008 at White Hart Lane
    • 19:50 A Monkey: "Modric is my favourite hairbanded player." Sorry, but my vote has to go to Lille/Ivory Coast's Gervinho. The widest parting in professional football?
    • 19:45 Right then, time for some quality chat from you lot! Keep the comments coming at the bottom of the page and I'll publish any that keep me amused/intrigued/informed
    • 19:40 And for Sunderland, Scottish keeper Craig Gordan returns between the sticks, replacing Simon Mignolet, and John Mensah, Phil Bardsley, Ahmed Al-Muhamadi, Steed Malbranque, and Danny Welbeck all lose their places in the starting line-up as Steve Bruce fields an almost unrecogniseable side after Saturday's victory over Stoke. Titus Brambel, Anton Ferdinand, Cristian Riveros, Keiran Richardson, and Boudewijn Zenden all come into the starting XI.
    • 19:40 So, Harry Redknapp makes a fair few changes from the unsuccessful outing in Bolton. Wilson Palacios, Sandro, Nico Krnajcar, and Peter Crouch all drop out of the starting XI, with David Bently, Tom Huddlestone, Rafael Van der Vaart, and Roman Pavlyuchenko replacing them.
    • 19:35 Here's the teams! TOTTENHAM: Gomes, Hutton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Palacios, Crouch, Bassong, Kranjcar, Corluka //// SUNDERLAND: Gordon, Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Ferdinand, Henderson, Cattermole, Riveros, Richardson, Zenden, Gyan. Subs: Mignolet, Bardsley, Malbranque, Angeleri, Da Silva, Welbeck, Elmohamady
    • 19:30 Only Stoke (10 times) and West Brom (nine times) have conceded first in more Premier League matches than Spurs this season (eight).
    • 19:26 The really bad news for Sunderland then, in relation to OptaJoe's snazzy factoid, is that Darren Bent isn't fit to play his former club, having picked up a grade one hamstring injury on Friday.
    • 19:25 Thanks go to OptaJoe for this doozy: "2 - Only two players have scored for Sunderland in all competitions this season (Bent and Gyan). Dependency."
    • 19:20 It's the moment you've all been waiting for... STAT TIME! Huzzah. Tottenham conceded four penalties in the two matches against Sunderland last season, all taken by Darren Bent, with Heurelho Gomes saving three of those spot-kicks.
    • 19:15 Meanwhile, Steve Bruce's Black Cats enjoyed a rather more successful time at home to Stoke. Don't mention it to Tony Pulis though...
    • 19:10 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland! Spurs suffered the mother of European hangovers on Saturday (a 4-2 tonking at Bolton)
  • Summary

    • 66' GOAL! SUNDERLAND EQUALISE! Welbeck cuts in from the left wing, shows flashy footwork and stabs the ball towards Gyan on the edge of the area. Both of Tottenham's centre-backs hesitate, and Gyan slams the ball into the bottom corner!
    • 64' GOAL! GAME ON! Crouch risest highest (naturally) at the far post to head Bale's deep cross back across goal to Van der Vaart. The Dutchman takes a touch with his back to goal, and slams the ball in on the turn! 1-0 Spurs
    • 51' Bentley has the ball in an advanced position on the right, and plays back to Hutton. Hutton swings in a cross to VAN DER VAART! HEADED WIDE! Gordon thought that was going in as he scrambled to his right, but it shaves the post and goes out for a goal kick
    • 35' Huddlestone receives the ball 30 yards out, and slips Van der Vaart through on the right. The Dutchman fires the ball at the near post, BATTED AWAY BY GORDON! Another corner for Spurs!
    • 18' Headed clear to Huddlestone now, who strikes it beautifully on the half-volley... OFF THE BAR! The big midfielder hits the ball so cleanly, and it screams onto the corner of the goal frame
    • 9' Hutton hoofs long to the halfway line, and Ferdinand heads it back. Cattermole runs 20-odd yards arm in arm with Huddlestone, and somehow manages to squeeze off a shot! Well saved by Gomes
    • 7' Sunderland move the ball forwards but Spurs are closing energetically in their own half. The ball is humped long to Pavlyuchenko in the centre-circle. He turns under pressure, runs 20 yards unchallenged and fires a swerving right-foot effort just beyond the right post!
    • 4' It's half cleared by Ferdinand, but Zenden heads the second ball straight to Modric who SHOOTS! Saved by Gordon, low to his right! Strong start for Spurs, but that'll boost Gordon's confidence no end
    • 19:35 Here's the teams! TOTTENHAM: Gomes, Hutton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Cudicini, Jenas, Palacios, Crouch, Bassong, Kranjcar, Corluka //// SUNDERLAND: Gordon, Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Ferdinand, Henderson, Cattermole, Riveros, Richardson, Zenden, Gyan. Subs: Mignolet, Bardsley, Malbranque, Angeleri, Da Silva, Welbeck, Elmohamady

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • Gomes Yellow Card
      • A. Hutton
      • W. Gallas
      • Y. Kaboul
      • B. Assou-Ekotto
      • T. Huddlestone
      • L. Modric
      • D. Bentley Yellow Card
      • R. van der Vaart Goal
      • G. Bale
      • R. Pavlyuchenko Substitution Out (45′)

      Subs

      • C. Cudicini
      • P. Crouch Substitution In45′
      • J. Jenas
      • N. Kranjcar
      • S. Bassong
      • V. Corluka
      • W. Palacios
    • Starting line-up

      • C. Gordon
      • N. Onuoha
      • M. Turner
      • T. Bramble
      • A. Ferdinand Substitution Out (18′)
      • L. Cattermole Yellow Card
      • C. Riveros Substitution Out (45′)
      • J. Henderson
      • K. Richardson Substitution Out (86′)
      • B. Zenden
      • A. Gyan Goal

      Subs

      • S. Malbranque Substitution In86′
      • P. Bardsley Substitution In18′
      • M. Angeleri
      • D. Welbeck Substitution In45′
      • P. da Silva
      • S. Mignolet
      • A. Al-Muhamadi
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