Premier League - O'Shea own goal gifts Spurs victory at Sunderland

Premier League, Stadium of Light - Sunderland 1 (Johnson 37') Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Paulinho 43' O'Shea o.g. 50')

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Premier League - O'Shea own goal gifts Spurs victory at Sunderland
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Sunderland's Jozy Altidore (R) is challenged by Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho during their English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, December 7, 2013 (Reuters)

Tottenham came away with a 2-1 victory against Sunderland at The Stadium Of Light that further eases the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Spurs and Sunderland both started poorly, and it was Adam Johnson who scored the first goal of the match on 37 minutes. Ondrej Celustka put in a deep cross from the right wing that Hugo Lloris flapped at. The ball dropped to Johnson, who took one touch to control it, and fired into the goal as the ‘keeper struggled to recover.

Six minutes later, Spurs were level. A free kick was sent deep for Nacer Chadli, who headed back across goal. Paulinho was first to react, beating John O’Shea to the ball to poke past Vito Mannone.

In the second half, Spurs took the lead on 50 minutes. Moussa Dembele drove towards the byline, and his cross took a deflection first off O’Shea, then Mannone, and ended up in the back of the net, with O'Shea ultimately credited with the goal.

Lee Mason failed to award Sunderland a penalty when a corner hit Sandro’s outstretched arm, and then went close when Emanuele Giaccherini shot straight at Lloris from 10 yards out, but they created little else. Spurs had other chances - Jermain Defoe twice hit the woodwork - and deserved their victory.

KEY EVENTS

Pre-match - Roberto Soldado is on the bench and Jermain Defoe starts as a lone striker as Spurs look for a cutting edge.

37’ - JOHNSON GOAL - Lloris fails to claim a Celustka cross and Johnson is on hand to fire Sunderland into the lead.

43’ - PAULINHO EQUALISES - The Brazilian reacts to Chadli’s knockdown quickest and toes the ball past Mannone to bring Spurs level.

50’ - O’SHEA OWN GOAL- O’Shea deflects Dembele’s cross, but the ball heads goalwards and Mannone can’t keep it out.

66’ - DEFOE CHANCE - A brilliant Holtby through-ball finds Defoe in space in the box, but he drags his shot inexcusably wide.

79’ - DEFOE HITS THE POST - Andros Townsend’s cross from the left is flicked against the post by Defoe, with yet another miss.

82’ - BORINI CHANCE - Spurs fail to clear a Sebastian Larsson cross, and Borini shoots straight at Lloris.

KEY STATS

Sunderland have lost 11 points from winning positions this season, more than any other Premier League team.

Spurs have won five and lost none of the last seven Premier League meetings with Sunderland.

Jermain Defoe has never scored against Sunderland in 11 Premier League appearances for Spurs

TALKING POINT: Will Spurs look for another striker in the transfer window? With Soldado struggling and Defoe remaining Defoe, Spurs are desperately in need of someone to make the most of limited chances. It might be that another purchase is necessary.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND STATS

MAN OF THE MATCH

Kyle Walker (Spurs): Displaying incredible pace, Walker was an attacking threat throughout, but was also solid in defence and helped Spurs as they held on under late Sunderland pressure.

PLAYER RATINGS

Sunderland: Mannone 6, Bardsley 6, Celustka 6, O'Shea 6, Brown 6, Ki 5, Colback 6, Larsson 5, Johnson 5, Fletcher 6, Altidore 6. Subs: Giaccherini 6, Borini 6, Cattermole 6.

Tottenham: Lloris 6, Walker 7, Capoue 7, Dawson 6, Naughton 6, Dembele 6, Paulinho 7, Lennon 6, Holtby 6, Chadli 6, Defoe 6. Subs: Sandro 6, Sigurdsson 6, Townsend 7.

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