Full-time: Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland

  • Tottenham extend unbeaten Premier League start to five matches for the first time since 2004 and bounce back from their disappointing Champions League defeat to Monaco in midweek
  • The hosts, led by Son Heung-min, dominated at White Hart Lane and were rewarded for their persistence just shy of the hour mark when a mistake from Papy Djilobodji allowed Harry Kane to beat the otherwise impressive Jordan Pickford from close range
  • Sunderland, who saw loanee Adnan Januzaj sent off late on for a second bookable offence, did not impress but could have taken the lead on the stroke of half-time when Steven Pienaar had an effort cleared off the line by Kyle Walker
  • Mauricio Pochettino was handed multiple injury worries, with the returning Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Harry Kane all taken off
  • The Black Cats are still searching for their first top-flight win under new manager David Moyes
  • Tottenham are now unbeaten against Sunderland in 13 matches stretching back to 2010
  • Other results: Watford 3-1 Manchester United, Crystal Palace 4-1 Stoke, Southampton 1-0 Swansea
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So Tottenham claim a thoroughly deserved win that was far more comfortable than the final scoreline suggested. Pochettino will be satisfied with the character of his team following that disappointment at Wembley, but will be concerned by those injuries sustained by Dier and particularly Kane.

As for Sunderland, who are still winless in the Premier League under Moyes, they were second best throughout and had Pickford to thank for keeping the score respectable. It could possibly have been a different story if Pienaar had taken advantage of his golden opportunity just before half-time.



Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland


Son shows good feet once again and produces a powerful shot that is beaten away by Pickford at his front post. There won't be time for the corner as Mike Dean sounds the final whistle.


Lamela goes close again and Janssen fires over after Defoe sees a shot blocked. Moyes makes one final change, replacing Denayer with Paddy McNair.


Six minutes of added time for Sunderland to get back on level terms. Djilobodji is booked for bringing down Janssen on the edge of the penalty area. The home fans wanted another red...


Sunderland's chances of finding an unlikely equaliser are dealt a sizable blow as Januzaj is shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Davies. The visitors will finish this match with 10 men.


Red card: Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland)


Kane becomes Tottenham's latest injury victim as he stays down holding his ankle. Pochettino summons Janssen in a like-for-like change.

Harry Kane


Davies into the book for preventing a Sunderland counter. A pass towards Defoe is then overhit before Alli sets up Lamela for another curling effort that flies agonisingly wide of the post.


Januzaj is the fifth Sunderland player to be booked after arguing too vociferously that he should have been awarded a free-kick just outside the Tottenham box for a foul by Davies.

Lamela goes close to doubling the lead after Kane seizes on a needlessly risky pass from Khazri back to Manquillo, but his shot is deflected behind.


Moyes rolls the dice with an attacking change. Wahbi Khazri is on for Kirchhoff.


The hamstring issues are mounting for Tottenham in this second half. With Walker clearly suffering and Dembele already off, Dier sinks to the turf clutching the back of his leg.

Pochettino immediately decides to send on Davies in his place. Just under 15 minutes plus stoppage time remaining.


Dembele goes down with an apparent hamstring complaint and is swiftly replaced by Lamela. It's been an impressive Premier League return for the Belgian this afternoon.


Djilobodji backs off Alli and the England midfielder's low shot, which may have been heading narrowly wide, is helped on its way by Pickford.

Dier then shoots narrowly wide after Son's corner is kept alive by Alderweireld.



Sunderland launch a rare counter attack as Ndong releases Watmore. The substitute then tries to set up Defoe but his cross drifts across the face of goal and wide.

Kone heads over from the corner.


Son continues to cause problems and referee Dean pulls play back to caution Ndong for a foul on the South Korean. Sunderland are racking up the yellow cards now.


The combative Cattermole has his name taken for knocking down Dembele. Moyes then makes his first substitution of the afternoon, bringing on Watmore for Pienaar.


Just under an hour on the clock and Tottenham finally break through. Walker's searching cross from the right is nodded down by Alli and Djilobodji makes a complete hash of his attempted clearance.

That error allows Kane to take a touch and shoot beyond the helpless Pickford from close range. The sense of relief is palpable around White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane
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Harry Kane
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Goal: Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland (Harry Kane)


Denayer joins Manquillo in the referee's notebook for bringing down Son. Both Sunderland full-backs are now sporting yellow cards.


Son is at the heart of every single Tottenham attack at the moment. He beats the unimpressive Denayer all ends up before producing a wonderful low cross into the six-yard box and through that 'corridor of uncertainty' between Pickford and his backline.

Unfortunately for Spurs, Kane does not read the delivery and another chance goes begging.


Dembele does well to pick out Son, who can only fire into the side netting. He is then prevented from connecting with Sissoko's pull back by a fine intervention from Kirchhoff.