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Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur Match Review

safcSunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Barclays Premier League
Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 40,303
Goals: Mason 82’

Premier League football returns after the international break and Sunderland have lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur. Normally I would be pissed off about it, but I’m not. Pretty strange to feel positive about losing, isn’t it?

Judging from the starting line-up, there appears to be a lot of attacking minded players on the pitch. Dick clearly thinks that attack is the best form of defence from this line up. The danger of this will be leaving our back four exposed and under constant pressure throughout. Jack Rodwell and Lee Cattermole were relegated to the subs bench, seeing Catts on the bench doesn’t surprise me considering that he’s gave away two penalties in five games, but I am surprised about Steven Fletcher not making it into the squad. Is he injured? I don’t know. I’ve been vocal about Fletcher in the past but are you telling me that Danny Graham is better than him and deserves a run in the team? I don’t think so.

First half, we dominated. Absolutely dominated the first half and had at least five clear cut chances. Excellent football throughout, Spurs didn’t have a clue, not a bloody clue. They couldn’t handle us, yet we couldn’t but the ball into the back of the net.

Remember the good old days when Tottenham were a joy to watch under the stewardship of Harry Redknapp? When they had a frightening attacking unit in Emmanuel Adebayor, Luka Modric, Aaron Lennon and that Gareth Bale kid (what happened to him)? It’s far less intimidating under Mauricio Pochettino. I’ve always said sacking Harry was a mistake; I still live by that opinion.

Spurs came into the game only scoring three goals in the league. Yes, three goals. They were dire in the final third of the pitch with Harry Kane putting in a terrible shift in front of goal.

I like the look of Son, the South Korean forward who was signed for £22m. He set up some good chances with his set pieces efforts and could very well be a massive asset for Tottenham this season and beyond. Have Spurs just stumbled upon a hidden gem? I certainly think so.

Former Tottenham hero Jermaine Defoe had the best chance when his shot hit the post. I remember turning to my mate saying, ‘we’ll never get another chance as good as that’.

That proved to be the case as fatigue kicked in around the 70th minute and Spurs took full advantage of that.

All in all I can’t be too disappointed with the result. Kaboul, for all the times I’ve criticised the guy, had a great game. I can’t fault him at all. I can’t fault the entire team in fact. We just ran out of steam in the second half and Tottenham pounced on the opportunity.

Not the result I wanted, but it was the performance I expect to see week in week out. It’s the sort of performance to give loads of encouragement to the fans and to themselves. We didn’t look like a bottom of the table side, not at all, and if we continue with that level of commitment, the results will come our way.

It’s natural to drop your head when results aren’t going your way. The hard part is keeping our heads up through the tough times.

Excellent performance. Onwards and upwards from here.

Current league position (out of 20): 20th
Rif’s Man of the Match: Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur): Was the game changer for Spurs, turned the game in their favour once he came on. Looked dangerous whenever he was on the ball.
Next game: AFC Bournemouth @ Dean Court (Barclays Premier League)

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This entry was posted on September 13, 2015 by in Sunderland AFC News & Reviews and tagged , , , , .
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