Full-time at the Lane and it finishes Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland. A fine night and a fine performance from a Spurs' side who gave everything for their soon-to-be-sacked manager Tim Sherwood.
Another corner for Spurs as Townsend's shot is deflected. Adebayor tries a curler for the hat-trick which sails wide.
Poyet looks lost and devastated - this will be the heaviest defeat of the Poyet era.
GOAL: And it is cruel, as Sigurdsson pokes home from close range in a crowded area after Mannone had flapped at Eriksen's corner. That is now 5-1. Sherwood for England!
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Five minutes of additional time - that seems cruel on Sunderland.
Brown makes a brave challenge to deny Adebayor. Vergini then goes down by the corner flag under a challenge from Eriksen.
Townsend shows some skill to win a corner down the right - the Sunderland fans are still making quite a noise.
Tottenham Hotspur Substitution
A debut for 18-year-old Serb Milos Veljkovic, who comes on for Paulinho.
GOAL: Adebayor pokes home into an empty net after Kane's shot slips under Mannone's body and rolls towards the goalline. The chance came from a poor header from Brown, allowing Kane to slip in, beat Vergini and shoot.
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This game is meandering now, with Sunderland reconciled to a fourth straight defeat.
Tottenham Hotspur Substitution
Andros Townsend replaces Lennon on the Tottenham right.
Kane has an effort charged down, then Johnson again misplaces a pass, this time to Bardsley on the right.
Tottenham Hotspur Substitution
Kaboul clears Scocco's header down from Alonso's deep cross - Tottenham are well on top and Sunderland really have very little bite up front now.
Adebayor sees a weak sidefooted effort saved by Mannone. Chadli is to be replaced by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
That is five goals in five games at White Hart Lane for Eriksen. Kane then sees a weak effort saved by Mannone.
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GOAL: Eriksen makes it Tottenham 3-1 Sunderland. Adebayor feeds Chadli, who in turn finds the Dane to shoot past Mannone via a slight deflection off Bardsley.
Gardner's stepover in the box from Johnson's pass is intercepted, and Tottenham clear.
Johnson's free-kick is overhit and rolls out for a throw-in at the opposite touchline...
Rose concedes a free-kick by the right corner flag after fouling Johnson.
Lennon takes a hack at Alonso and Sunderland win a free-kick. Scocco has a snapshot from a Borini knock-down that whistles wide of Lloris' near post.
Sunderland go 4-3-3, as Craig Gardner replaces Cuellar and Ignacio Scocco comes on for Cattermole.
Sunderland Substitution
Sunderland Substitution
Eriksen puts in Lennon down the right, who outpaces Brown but Cuellar does well to block Kane's effort.
Adebayor outpaces Bardsley down the left and plays the ball back to Eriksen. It starts a period of 20-odd passes before Alonso outmuscles Kane.
Lennon cuts inside Bardsley down the left but Cuellar blocks the shot bravely.
Paulinho's optimistic effort clips off Cattermole and goes out for a corner. Eriksen's corner is cleared though.
Rose attacks down the left but Vergini intercepts as the full-back tries to find Paulinho in the area.
Borini gets the ball 25 yards out on the right channel but his low shot is easy for Lloris.
One player who has been off his game is Ki. The Korean has done nothing tonight for Sunderland.
Brown has gone back to the dressing-room for repairs. Naughton finds Eriksen down the left but Vergini makes a great tackle in the box.
Play starts again, ten versus ten.
Brown is off the pitch and getting treatment - Kane has a nasty cut but is OK.
Sherwood is very happy - but there is a moment of concern now as Kane and Brown accidentally clash heads and both fall down to the ground.
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GOAL: Kane scores his first goal for Tottenham to make it Spurs 2-1 Sunderland. Eriksen curls a cross into the corridor of uncertainty between Brown and Mannone, and the 20-year-old pokes home from close range.
Cuellar clears down the right - this is all Tottenham now.
Chadli is hurt after a tackle by Cattermole. Lennon breaks down the right and Bardsley does so well to clear under pressure from Eriksen while facing his own goal.
Alonso at full-stretch clears as Lennon's flick drops close to Adebayor.
Bardley needs treatment after picking up a knock. Adebayor looks on with a sympathetic expression. Sherwood has just seen the Kane incident on TV and has told fourth official Mike Dean what he thinks!
Kane runs down the left channel and Cuellar seems to pull down the young striker, but ref Mason points for a corner.
Ki dinks a pass to Borini but the Italian is adjudged offside even though Chiriches was playing him on.
Ref Mason waves play on as Bridcutt upheaves Adebayor. Johnson then wins the foul when he draws a foul from Chiriches.
Bardsley miscontrols down the right and Rose makes a thumping tackle to clear.
Johnson shoots wide, then Cattermole is unable to get on the end of a pass down the right. A bright start by Sunderland in the second half though.
Ki runs at the Tottenham defence but Johnson tarries when passing to Alonso and the Spaniard is caught offside.
Tottenham kick off the second half - big smiles from Sherwood and Les Ferdinand on the Tottenham bench.
Paulinho is unable to control a pinged Eriksen pass into the box, and that is that. Half-time and it is Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland.
Borini fouls Chadli in midfield, and the Italian is furious with referee Lee Mason, even though it was quite an obvious infringement.
Borini optimistically goes for goal, but the shot deflects for a corner, which is headed clear by Kaboul. Two minutes of additional time.
Rose trips Bardsley on the right, a good angle for a swinging set-piece from Johnson. Sunderland have scored a league-high 46.4% of their Premier League goals from set pieces this season.
Eriksen's free-kick whistles just wide of the Sunderland goal with Mannone again scrambling.
Eriksen is bossing midfield and sets up Naughton down the right. The ball reaches Kane, who is taken out of it by Cattermole. A yellow for Cattermole. Or Mata-mole as I was going to call him for his earlier forward play.
Sunderland Yellow card



He crashes his shot against the wall though and Sunderland clear.
Bridcutt makes a silly tackle to bring down Paulinho 30 yards out. Eriksen is teeing up....
Adebayor is Togolese, I am informed by reader Giwa Olumide, not Togan. Or Togoan. Or any variation I may have come up with.
Adebayor cuts in from the left but his shot from 30 yards is easy for Mannone. Rose is annoyed as he had made a good run on the outside.
Kane strays offside, just, as he runs on to an Aaron Lennon scoop into the box.
Bardsley is very lucky at the back post as he falls over the ball under pressure from Adebayor, following a fine low Eriksen cross from the right. Sunderland hack clear.
Tottenham have 40% possession in the Sunderland third of the pitch, with the Black Cats in the Spurs' third just 10% of the match.
Ki heads clear Eriksen's corner from the left, then Paulinho overhits a wall pass to Adebayor and Sunderland are grateful for the goal-kick.
Cuellar is at full stretch to cut out Rose's threaded pass to Kane, and he concedes the corner.
Rose shoots just wide with a curling effort after dropping the shoulder and cutting inside.
Kane's shot from the right channel is easy for Mannone. That came about from a mistake by Brown, who gave the ball away easily.
Adebayor concedes a foul in midfield. The striker always seems up for it after getting on the scoresheet - though his goal tonight won't make his showreel in truth.
That is the ninth Premier League goal of the season for Tottenham's top scorer Adebayor.
GOAL: It is Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland, as Adebayor bundles home at the far post after getting in front of Brown. But Eriksen was allowed too much space down the left by Bridcutt.
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Kane and Adebayor link well in midfield but Brown comes across to clear.
Lee Cattermole's last goal before today came for Wigan v Blackburn in 2008 in Paul Ince's last game as Rovers manager....
Cattermole sets up Borini on the edge of the area to force a save from Lloris at the near post. Cattermole is playing in the Juan Mata/Wayne Rooney position tonight! A tactical masterstroke from Poyet?
Adebayor is just over with a shot from the second phase after the ball had dropped to the Togan after Kane's initial effort was blocked.
Johnson is well offside from Cattermole's pass through the centre. Sunderland are good value for their lead so far.
Eriksen cuts the free-kick back to Naughton, who sidefoots a shot inches wide of the sprawling Mannone's goal.
Sunderland Yellow card



Eriksen skips across the edge of the area and sets up Lennon, but Cuellar blocks the poor cross. Alonso is booked for his challenge on the Dane.
That is Cattermole's first goal for Sunderland in his 113th appearance, by the way!
The ball drops to Kane on the edge of the six-yard box, but the 20-year-old shoots straight at Mannone. A great chance for an early equaliser for Spurs.
GOAL: Lee Cattermole scores his first goal for Sunderland. Vlad Chiriches plays the ball across goal with Lloris out of his area, and Cattermole side foots home into the empty net.
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There is plenty of rain at White Hart Lane so there is a bit of zip in the pitch. It is fairly even so far.
Chadli is robbed 30 yards from goal when surrounded by three Sunderland players, then Liam Bridcutt is fouled in the centre circle.
CHANCE: Wes Brown rises at the far post to meet Adam Johnson's deep free-kick from the right, but the defender's header arcs just wide of Lloris' post.
Lennon takes on Alonso down the right but the Spaniard makes a perfect tackle and comes away with the ball.
Cuellar manages to clear Eriksen's corner - Paulinho is then unable to get a lovely backheel through to Lennon on the edge of the area.
Brown concedes a corner after Kane keeps alive a Kyle Naughton cross from the right.
A tracking-back Borini pulls down Chadli 30 yards from goal - but Eriksen's free-kick deflects off Borini and the danger passes.
Rose gets down the left after good work by Eriksen and Adebayor but the full-back's cross is dreadful. Bardsley was out of position after a forward foray.
It is noticeable that Bardsley and Alonso are looking to get forward down the flanks when Sunderland have the ball.
Eriksen's cross from the right clips Alonso and almost drops under Vito Mannone's crossbar. The Italian does well to tip over. Ki then boots away Eriksen's low corner from the left.
Marcos Alonso makes a good tackle on Aaron Lennon down the right channel following Chadli's pass into the box.
Santiago Vergini commits an early foul on Eriksen as the Dane skins him on the inside. The Argentine defender is not great dealing with pace.
Plenty of early ball for the visitors, and Johnson picks out a pass wide but the cross from the left is poor and Lloris deals with it easily.
An early free-kick for Sunderland on the halfway line. The Black Cats, as always, looking to pass the ball around at the back. Chadli then fouls Ki.
Tottenham are in white shirts and black shorts and socks. Sunderland are in their reflective bicycle vest yellow away kit. Sunderland kick off from left to right.
Poyet is hugging half the Tottenham backroom staff - the Uruguayan was assistant boss to Juande Ramos at White Hart Lane, of course, and made 82 league appearances and scored 18 goals in two spells at the club.
First Sky Sports' mention of the 'managerial merry-go-round' for those playing cliche bingo.
More from Sherwood: "We've still got points to fight for - six cup finals in my eyes. If we get positive results then who knows where it might take us. It'll be a tough, tough game for us tonight."
Gus Poyet on the decision to drop John O'Shea and select Carlos Cuellar: "It is a tactical decision to win the game in a certain way - that is what I am paid for. If not I will use the bench - this is a must-win game."
I'm pretty sure the manager has to show up pre-match as part of the Sky Sports contract, but that was a very dignified mini-interview with Sherwood. Maybe he has eyes on a job at his former club Norwich now!
Tim Sherwood pre-match: "The focus is on the football.. It is business as usual, and not a distraction for me - the players are professional and won't be affected."
Tottenham have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League matches - they are also without Roberto Soldado up front against the Black Cats, which does not bode well for them. The Spaniard may not score too often, but five of the six goals that he's netted have been the winner.
So a little context to the game. Seventh-placed Tottenham are eight points off the final Champions League place with six games of the season remaining. Sunderland are bottom, seven points from safety.
And here is the team-sheet, courtesy of Henry Winter of the Telegraph.
Harry Kane will be suffering from nerves tonight - but the 20-year-old will be relieved that all the focus will be on his manager tonight.
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is back in the side for Tottenham, with Sherwood also bringing Vlad Chiriches, in for the first time in two months, Paulinho and the young, just googled, Kane.
So Sunderland will possibly play a 5-3-2 formation, with Adam Johnson and Fabio Borini up front. Interestingly, Gus Poyet has dropped skipper John O'Shea to the bench.
A hundred journalists hurriedly start googling young Harry Kane....
TOTTENHAM: Lloris; Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane. Subs: Friedel, Fryers, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Townsend.///SUNDERLAND: Mannone, Bardsley, Brown, Cuellar, Vergini, Alonso; Bridcutt, Cattermole; Ki; Johnson, Borini...Subs: Ustari, Larsson, Gardner, Wickham, Colback, O'Shea, Scocco.
Mind you, there must be a temptation for Tim to get all last-day-at-the-office and start messing...

Hope Tim Sherwood doesn't go total ass in his final 6 games by playing Vertonghen up front, Walker in net, Ade at CB #SherwoodFormations

Can't disagree with this - Sherwood has been dead-man-walking since the 4-0 defeat at Chelsea.

At least Tim Sherwood is free from the torment of that 'deafening silence' from the boardroom he complained about a few weeks ago.

A dignified Sherwood said ahead of the match: “I’m setting this team up to win a football match for the benefit of the club and the 35,000 Spurs fans who will come and watch. I’ll speak at a later stage.”
The big news is the rumour that Spurs have reportedly decided to dispense with manager Tim Sherwood at the end of the season. Sherwood is keeping his own counsel and insisting that he is only worried about tonight's match.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's coverage of the Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane. The match kicks off at 20.00 BST and Nick Royle (@nickaroyle) is here to guide you through the pre-match build-up.

Starting Line-ups

Tottenham Hotspur
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    • 6
    • Naughton
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    • Lennon
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    • 18
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Team Manager:  Mauricio Pochettino
    • Borini
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      Adam Johnson
    • Phil Bardsley
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    • 4
    • Ki Sung-yueng
    • Alonso
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    • Cuéllar
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    • 25
Team Manager:  Gus Poyet
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