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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

That is it for this particular live blog, thanks for joining us. IBTimes UK will be back on Tuesday and Wednesday night to bring you live coverage of the second round of the EFL Cup, which features ties such as Leicester vs Chelsea, Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal, Derby vs Liverpool, Northampton vs Manchester United and Tottenham vs Gillingham.

Until then, goodbye.

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.


Sissoko looks to threaten with a cross from the right that is cut out by the head of Djilobodji. Centre-back partner Kone is then lucky not to give away a penalty as he wraps his arms around Alli just inside the Sunderland box.

Son's latest shot is deflected wide for a corner and he is unable to keep the ball in play after Sissoko's deep cross towards Alli is pushed away by Pickford.

The second half is underway. No changes from either Pochettino or Moyes.

David Moyes and Mauricio Pochettino
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Goalless at half-time, but not for a want of trying on Tottenham's part. They have peppered the impressive Pickford's goal with multiple attempts from the off but are yet to find a way through. Son went closest with a shot that hit the post.

Sunderland were thoroughly second best for the majority of that opening 45 minutes, but arguably should be ahead. Pienaar will be frustrated that he was unable to convert that late chance.

Steven Pienaar


Tottenham 0-0 Sunderland

The first yellow card of the afternoon is awarded to Manquillo for pulling back Sissoko.

One minute of additional time to be played at the end of this first half.

For all of Tottenham's unrelenting pressure, it is Sunderland that come closest to taking the lead. Ndong's low cross deflects off Vertonghen, who can only stand and watch as he is beaten by a fleet-footed Adnan Januzaj.

The Manchester United loanee gets to the byline and tees up Pienaar, whose effort is cleared off the line by Walker.

Kyle Walker
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Sunderland are clinging on by their fingernails at the moment. Son's corner trickles narrowly wide off an unsuspecting Djilobodji at the back post and Dembele sees an effort deflected over.

Sissoko also has a header blocked and the visitors survive. Just.

Woodwork! Son is given the freedom of White Hart Lane to cut inside Denayer, who opts to keep an eye on overlapping runner Vertonghen despite the presence of Kirchhoff.

The South Korean international bends a lot shot that hits the base of the post and veers wide. So close.

Solid defending from Djilobodji under pressure to head clear Son's inviting free-kick. You get the feeling that Tottenham are beginning to run out of ideas here. Sunderland would surely be delighted to get to half-time with the score still goalless.

Some concern for Sissoko as he writhes on the ground in pain after a meaty 50/50 challenge with Djilobodji. Kane helps him back to his feet.

No doubting who has been the dominant side in this opening half hour...


Pienaar wins a free-kick for Sunderland that is headed well over by Jan Kirchhoff.

Tottenham then pour forward again as an initial shot from Son looks to strike Kane. Cattermole produces a superb block to thwart Sissoko before Wanyama fires wide.

Still goalless after 25 minutes.

Dier slams a free-kick over after Sissoko was unfairly stopped in his tracks by Papy Djilobodji.

At the other end, Sunderland make their first foray forward as Hugo Lloris saves from ex-Spurs favourite Defoe, who did well to fend off Walker. Pickford's long ball forward created that opportunity.

Cattermole is caught in possession by Kane, who proceeds to race forward with purpose. He eventually picks out Son with a low pass, but his wild shot sails into row z.

Tottenham apply yet more pressure from the corner and Pickford is called into action once again to deal with Alderweireld's goal-bound header. Sloppy marking from Lamine Kone there.

Alderweireld looks to have hurt himself and will require a bit of treatment.

Toby Alderweireld
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Walker feeds Sissoko down the right and his pull back takes a huge deflection off Cattermole. Kane looks to outmuscle his marker but is once again denied from close range by the busy Pickford.

Spurs have already experienced a lot of joy down that left-hand side through Son, but now they switch the play right to Kyle Walker and the latest attack ends with a speculative low drive from Dembele that is saved by Pickford.

Wanyama also tries his luck with a powerful shot that is held by the 22-year-old.

Tottenham are utilising their width very well indeed here. Dele Alli is back operating as a no. 10 behind Kane.

Tottenham are dominating these opening exchanges and Pickford has to react well to deny Harry Kane from close range after Denayer and Ndong failed to stop Son from supplying another dangerous cross.

The rebound from the resulting corner falls for Wanyama, who hooks the ball harmlessly over.

Tottenham, as you might expect, start on the front foot. Denayer, lining up at right-back with Atletico Madrid loanee Javier Manquillo on the opposite flank, is beaten too easily by early crosses from Vertonghen and Son.

Son Heung-min
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Sissoko then flashes a low warning shot just wide of Jordan Pickford's right-hand post.


Referee Mike Dean gets us underway. Tottenham, in their traditional home strips, are kicking from right to left in this first half. Sunderland are sporting a rather monstrous pink and purple hooped number.

It isn't pretty.

News of a late pre-match change for Sunderland. Moyes has withdrawn left-back Patrick van Aanholt and brought in Manchester City loanee Jason Denayer, who makes the first Premier League start of his career. Donald Love is promoted to the bench.


It sounds like Van Aanholt is injured, although television pictures appear to show that he looked as surprised as anyone by that decision. Bizarre.


Those hoping to see Sunderland end their winless top-flight run under Moyes will not be encouraged by the statistics today. As per the BBC, the Black Cats have lost 13 of their 15 Premier League visits to Tottenham with only one win and a draw.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against Sunderland - a run that dates back to the reign of Steve Bruce in April 2010. On that occasion, ex-Spurs striker Darren Bent scored twice and incredibly also saw two of three penalties saved by Heurelho Gomes.

Bolo Zenden also netted a superb volley to clinch a 3-1 victory for the hosts at the Stadium of Light after Anton Ferdinand had a goal ruled out and Peter Crouch headed home for Tottenham.

The full-time whistle has sounded in south London, where Crystal Palace have beaten Stoke 4-1. Marko Arnautovic grabbed a stoppage-time consolation goal for the downtrodden visitors.

At St Mary's, Austin's second-half goal was enough to hand Southampton all three points against Swansea.

15 minutes until kick-off at White Hart Lane...

Moyes believes that Tottenham's collection of talented English players makes them a neutrals' favourite and he expects Pochettino's side to challenge for the title once again in 2016/17.

We've all been impressed by Tottenham and I think they've become a club that people want to watch, particularly because of the England situation – they have two of three good English players – and I think the media in this country want England to do well and have good players.

Tottenham have got that and I think that's what's made them a side that a lot of people want to do well, and having watched quite a lot of them, the manager, the team and the club has done very well.

I might be going against the grain but I think they were a little unlucky against Monaco on Wednesday night. I thought it could have gone the other way for them during the early stages of the game but it didn't and the goal from Monaco was definitely against the run of play.

I think they are title challengers and I think they will be close with the players and squad they have.

Pochettino stood by the post-Monaco criticism of his players in a pre-match press conference held on Friday and knows that Tottenham must bounce back quickly.

Both teams need a reaction and we need to show more of our qualities. I'm focused on our team and we need to show more. We expect a very tough game because the Premier League always demands a lot and it's difficult to know exactly what shape they will play, maybe they will change players from their last game against Everton.

The most important thing is how we take the game and we need to be energetic, aggressive and play in the way we know how to play. We have to do what we know we have to do.

Meanwhile, in northern Italy...


Crystal Palace are 4-0 up against rock-bottom Stoke at Selhurst Park thanks to second-half efforts from James McArthur and Andros Townsend.

The Potters, who have now conceded four goals in six of their last 11 Premier League outings, are heading for their fourth defeat of the season already. Mark Hughes could find himself in a spot of bother if such an alarming run of form is not halted quickly.

Southampton lead Swansea by a goal to nil on the south coast with around 10 minutes left to play. Charlie Austin put the hosts in front after converting a cross from Dusan Tadic.

Moyes also changes three, with both Cattermole and Pienaar inserted into the startling lineup along with first-time starter Didier Ndong. Jack Rodwell, Lynden Gooch and Duncan Watmore all make way.

Lee Cattermole
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Tottenham make three changes from Monaco, with Dembele, who came on for Son Heung-min at half-time in midweek, partnering the returning Victor Wanyama in midfield. £30m deadline day signing Moussa Sissoko makes his full debut as Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen both drop to the bench.

Moussa Sissoko
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In defence, Pochettino opts to rest Ben Davies and, in the absence of Rose, shifts Jan Vertonghen to left-back and drops Eric Dier into the centre of defence. Vincent Janssen remains a substitute, while Harry Winks takes the place of fellow youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Interesting calls.

Sunderland: Pickford, Manquillo, Van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Kone, Cattermole, Kirchhoff, Ndong, Pienaar, Januzaj, Defoe

Subs: Mika, Denayer, O'Shea, McNair, Gooch, Khazri, Watmore

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Dembele, Wanyama, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Kane

Subs: Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Eriksen, Lamela, Winks, Janssen

The teams are in....

Sunderland, meanwhile, could welcome back Lee Cattermole and Steven Pienaar. The experienced midfield duo both returned to training last week after hernia and hamstring problems respectively, while right-back Billy Jones is also fit again.

However, free agent signing Victor Anichebe is unlikely to be risked due to a minor thigh strain. Goalkeeper Vito Mannone, striker Fabio Borini and long-serving midfielder Sebastian Larsson are all long-term injury casualties.

Official team news should reach us very shortly, but we know that Tottenham are likely to remain without first-choice left-back Danny Rose today as he continues to recover from a hamstring strain.

Mousa Dembele is available for selection again after completing his six-match ban for violent conduct handed down following his altercation with Diego Costa during last season's so-called 'Battle of Stamford Bridge', but Pochettino has said that new signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is not yet ready to make his debut.

Sunderland have endured a typically miserable start to the new campaign and are still searching for their first league win under Sam Allardyce successor David Moyes, who was clearly dissatisfied with a lacklustre end to a difficult transfer window that featured a number of questionable signings.

A relatively plucky opening day defeat to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and a narrow EFL Cup second-round win over League One outfit Shrewsbury Town aside, the Black Cats have shown preciously little to demonstrate that they will be anything other than relegation candidates once again this term.

David Moyes
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A home Wear-Tees derby defeat at the hands of rivals Middlesbrough was particularly painful, while they were denied three points at Southampton despite taking the lead through Jermain Defoe with just 10 minutes remaining.

Moyes faced former employers Everton on Monday night and suffered a demoralising 3-0 loss that came courtesy of an 11-minute second-half hat-trick from Romelu Lukaku.

Tottenham, who emerged as genuine title contenders last term before a late slump saw them finish third behind Leicester and Arsenal, are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League so far this season and have the opportunity to extend their unbeaten run to five matches for the first time since 2004 following draws against Everton/Liverpool, a slender win over Crystal Palace and an emphatic win at Stoke.

Despite that domestic form, however, Mauricio Pochettino did not hold back in his criticism of the squad on Wednesday after they marked their return to the Champions League after a five-year absence with a disappointing 2-1 Group E defeat to Monaco in front of an atmospheric record crowd of 85,011 at Wembley Stadium.

Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar both netted for the visitors, while Toby Alderweireld's header before the break sadly failed to spark a comeback.

Mauricio Pochettino
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"We cannot concede how we did and we need to be more aggressive when we have the chances to score," he said after the full-time whistle. "We showed a lack of passion because we cannot concede these goals. This is how we spoke in the changing room.

"It was difficult to accept, not only the first goal but the second, as well. At 2-0 it was really difficult. We were better than Monaco but they were more effective at both ends.

"To win, we need to show more and be more aggressive. I talk about passion and it's about feeling more. We need to improve and learn. We need to work and to show more hunger. We need to show a different image."

Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's final live coverage of a typically breathless and action-packed weekend of Premier League football.

Today has already seen a painfully mediocre Manchester United slump to their third defeat in a week - the first time Jose Mourinho has lost three matches in eight days since 2002 - and a first against Watford for 30 years, while Crystal Palace currently lead Stoke 2-0 and Southampton are being held to a goalless draw by Swansea with half-time quickly approaching.

White Hart Lane

We will endeavour to keep you abreast of developments in those latter two contests, but for now our attentions turn to north London where Tottenham Hotspur entertain perennial strugglers Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

Stay tuned for a full match preview, breaking team news and confirmed lineups as well as frequent live updates after kick-off at 16.30 BST.