Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2: Player ratings

Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2: Player ratings as Spurs secure victory at the Stadium of Light and move up to sixth

Sunderland
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Tottenham
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Sunderland

Vito Mannone With Poyet obviously undecided over his first-choice goalkeeper, Mannone added further weight to his case for the number one jersey with a solid display. Dealt with a barrage of long-range efforts with unflappable ease. Could do little about either goal. 7/10

Phil Bardsley Switched from the right to left-back berth for this game and adapted competently despite the perennial threat of Walker and Lennon. Pivotally blocked the latter’s goalbound effort early-on. 6

John O’Shea The Republic of Ireland international brings great leadership and experience to this Black Cats outfit but caught out by the pace and movement of Defoe et al throughout. Unlucky to divert Dembele’s cross into his own net. 5

Wes Brown Still finding his feet after a lengthy spell on the sidelines but has been Sunderland’s shining light during a period of fluctuating fortunes. The former Manchester United defender was rarely caught out but received very little support. 6

Ondrej Celustka Solid defensive display by the Czech international and on the few occasions he ventured into the opposition half, delivered some dangerous crosses including the centre for Johnson’s goal. 7

Sebastian Larsson Added very little going forward apart from a wicked set-piece delivery. However, his willingness to track back and assist his full-back is seen to merit his inclusion alone. 5

Ki Sung-Yueng The loanee has established himself as the cornerstone of Poyet’s remodelled formation and impressed again here. Sat on front of the defence with great effect as well as utilising possession productively. However, tired as the game wore on. 6

Jack Colback Deployed in the centre again but struggled to make an impact amongst a congested midfield area. Made some lung-bursting runs but spurned some promising opportunities. Withdrawn after the hour mark. 5

Adam Johnson Hugged the touchline all evening but was largely kept quiet by Walker’s adeptness, until he fired the hosts into a first-half lead with a composed finish. His withdrawal was a surprising decision given his ability to provide an moment of quality. 6

Steven Fletcher Continuously switched with strike-partner Altidore and the pair linked well but the Scot was off the pace. Hardly had a sight of goal and on the rare occasion when he did find space, the door was shut promptly. 5

Jozy Altidore Worked tirelessly for the cause and despite dropping off in an attempt to get into the game, got little change from Dawson. Did his best to provide the spark his side so desperately needed but was left frustrated. 6

Substitutes

Lee Cattermole Added steel and aggression to the midfield after his second-half introduction but wasn’t the trump card they needed in attack. 5

Fabio Borini Thrown on in an attempt to find a way back into the game but there was no repeat of his dramatic late strike against Newcastle despite a glorious chance falling his way. 5

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Having marshalled a rigid rearguard at the start of the campaign, the Frenchman’s form has dipped considerably in recent weeks as his latest error gifted the hosts the opener. Recovered well thereafter to deal with confidently deal with any danger. 4

Kyle Walker Used all his speed and agility to blunt the threat posed by Johnson down Sunderland’s left, as well as providing a decent attacking outlet at the other end with his endless energy. 7

Etienne Capoue With defensive options limited, Villas-Boas’ hand has been rather forced but the French defender has stepped up to the mark at the heart of Spurs’ back-four. Goes about his business in unspectacular fashion is growing to the task with every passing minute alongside Dawson. 7

Michael Dawson Dealt with the aerial threat of Altidore during a near-faultless game for the centre-back. It was a typical no-nonsense display by the English international as he organised the side resolutely to ensure three important points were safeguarded. 8

Kyle Naughton Not his preferred position but went about his job quietly and efficiently. Was hardly tested defensively and as the game wore on, he found himself further forward as the visitors began to dominate. 7

Moussa Dembele (Man of the match) Powerful display by the Belgian who dominated proceedings in midfield. His authoritative burst from deep led to O’Shea’s unfortunate own goal. 8

Paulinho Seems to be finally warming to life in England after a slow start and this display was further evidence of that. His tenacity and work-rate in midfield allowed others to get forward. Showed great perseverance to poke home the crucial equaliser before the interval. 7

Aaron Lennon On this showing, the tricky winger is getting back to his formidable best. An abundance of direct, pacy and skilful runs threatened to continually unlock the hosts’ defence and with a bit more luck, would have been rewarded on several occasions. 7

Lewis Holtby Rewarded for a stunning mid-week winner with a start here and justified his inclusion. Linked nicely with Defoe in his ‘no.10’ role behind the striker. 7

Nacer Chadli A largely tame outing for the winger, who failed to make a telling impact despite his best efforts to get involved. Although, did brilliantly to head back across goal for Paulinho to fire Spurs level. 5

Jermain Defoe Unlucky not to open his Premier League account for the season as he saw numerous efforts go close including two that cannoned off the post. Will be pleased with another 90 minutes under his belt but the absence of his usual composed touch on front of goal is worrying. 6

Substitutes

Sandro Fortunate not to give away a penalty moments after coming on for a handball. 4

Andros Townsend Provided Spurs with an outlet in the closing stages. 5

Gylfi Sigurdsson N/A

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