Tottenham produced a superb performance to increase the pressure on Sunderland.

The league's bottom side began well when Lee Cattermole punished a defensive error, but Spurs levelled soon after when Emmanuel Adebayor converted Christian Eriksen's cross.

Eriksen then supplied the ball for Harry Kane's tap-in before he got on the scoresheet with a low strike.

Making their mark

  • Emmanuel Adebayor's second goal for Tottenham was the 900th goal scored in the Premier League this season
  • With his goal and two assists Christian Eriksen has now been involved in the most league goals (13) for Spurs this season - overtaking Roberto Soldado

Adebayor poked in his second after Vito Mannone had saved Kane's shot before Gylfi Sigurdsson smashed in a fifth.

Although Spurs were not undeserving of the 5-1 scoreline, they owed their crushing win to poor Sunderland defending as much as a great attacking display.

A fourth successive defeat for the Black Cats means they remain seven points off safety with only two games in hand over Norwich and one over West Brom, who occupy 17th and 16th respectively.

They now face a huge struggle to survive and the way his side capitulated at White Hart Lane might have led Gus Poyet to doubt his side's chances.

The visitors made a great start on a very wet night in north London thanks to a horrible Spurs error.

Tim Sherwood hails 'fantastic' performance

Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches played a one-two with his keeper Hugo Lloris and then elected to play the ball to team-mate Younes Kaboul, unaware Cattermole was lurking.

The Black Cats midfielder, who had not scored in the previous 112 games, pounced on the loose pass and placed the ball just inside the post.

However, Tottenham were level 11 minutes later. Eriksen, arguably the best player on the pitch, delivered a teasing cross from the left that Wes Brown tried to clear only to see it ricochet in off Adebayor.

Kane scored his first Premier League goal after the break. Eriksen was again the supply line, finding the 20-year-old Englishman with an in-swinging ball that was tucked away from close range.

The Dane was pulling the strings in attack and moments later demonstrated his own ability in front of goal with well-placed sidefoot effort past Mannone.

Sunderland were then caught out again in defence, when Brown's attempt to head the ball clear found Kane, whose shot was saved by the Sunderland keeper only for Adebayor to touch in.

And deep into injury time, substitute Sigurdsson extended the advantage with a thumping finish.

Gus Poyet says Sunderland need 'miracle' to survive

This huge win will temper the pre-match speculation surrounding Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood's future. 

A run of three defeats in the last four league games, reports strongly linking Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal to the job and a club statement released earlier in the day helped intensify that speculation.

But Sherwood dismissed the hullabaloo, stating he was focused on the first of his "six cup finals". Five more similar performances would help his cause.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton
  • 03 Rose
  • 08 Paulinho (Veljkovic - 88' )
  • 06 Chiriches
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 07 Lennon (Townsend - 84' )
  • 21 Chadli (Sigurdsson - 82' )
  • 37 Kane
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 23 Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 17 Townsend
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 24 Friedel
  • 30 Sandro
  • 35 Fryers
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 51 Veljkovic

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 28 Alonso Booked
  • 05 Brown
  • 24 Cuéllar (Gardner - 72' )
  • 27 Vergini
  • 33 Cattermole Booked (Scocco - 72' )
  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng
  • 11 Johnson
  • 31 Borini
  • 26 Bridcutt

Substitutes

  • 07 Larsson
  • 08 Gardner
  • 10 Wickham
  • 14 Colback
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 30 Scocco
  • 32 Ustari
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 34,410

Match Stats

Shots

29 8

On target

11 4

Corners

8 2

Fouls

12 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Sunderland 1.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 5, Sunderland 1.

90:00 +4:03

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andros Townsend following a corner.

90:00 +3:47

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Craig Gardner.

90:00 +3:45

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

90:00 +1:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 5, Sunderland 1. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Younes Kaboul following a set piece situation.

90:00 +0:23

Hand ball by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

87:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Milos Veljkovic replaces Paulinho.

86:50

Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

85:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Sunderland 1. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

85:30

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

83:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Aaron Lennon.

82:58

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vlad Chiriches.

81:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Nacer Chadli.

80:47

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

79:29

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Rose.

77:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Sunderland 1. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

76:36

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

76:36

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:00

Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:00

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

74:29

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

74:29

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:05

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

74:05

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:55

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

73:17

Attempt missed. Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Fabio Borini with a headed pass.

72:49

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

72:49

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Craig Gardner replaces Carlos Cuéllar.

71:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Ignacio Scocco replaces Lee Cattermole.

68:25

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

67:18

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

67:16

Attempt blocked. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

65:13

Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

64:10

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

64:07

Attempt blocked. Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

62:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

60:03

Delay in match Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

59:58

Delay in match Wes Brown (Sunderland) because of an injury.

58:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Sunderland 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

53:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:44

Delay in match Phil Bardsley (Sunderland) because of an injury.

52:26

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

51:39

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

50:59

Offside, Sunderland. Ki Sung-Yueng tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.

50:10

Foul by Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur).

50:10

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:26

Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

46:00

Offside, Sunderland. Ki Sung-Yueng tries a through ball, but Adam Johnson is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 1, Sunderland 1.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Sunderland 1.

45:00 +1:20

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:20

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

45:00 +0:13

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

45:00 +0:09

Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:21

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

44:21

Phil Bardsley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:03

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

41:58 Booking

Booking Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:48

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:48

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

40:24

Offside, Sunderland. Adam Johnson tries a through ball, but Ki Sung-Yueng is caught offside.

40:02

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:02

Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:02

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).

37:20

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

37:20

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:59

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paulinho.

35:49

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Aaron Lennon tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

34:45

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

32:23

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Carlos Cuéllar.

31:03

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

30:55

Attempt blocked. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

30:16

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

29:38

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

29:38

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Sunderland 1. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

25:03

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

25:02

Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.

23:45

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

23:41

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

23:16

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

22:36

Offside, Sunderland. Lee Cattermole tries a through ball, but Adam Johnson is caught offside.

21:24

Attempt missed. Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen following a set piece situation.

20:46 Booking

Booking Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

20:30

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:30

Foul by Carlos Cuéllar (Sunderland).

18:15

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

18:13

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

16:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, Sunderland 1. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

15:25

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

15:25

Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:12

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

13:27

Attempt missed. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a set piece situation.

12:59

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

12:59

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:26

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Wes Brown.

9:24

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:24

Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

5:46

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

4:53

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

3:21

Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

3:21

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:19

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:19

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

0:46

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:46

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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