Premier League: Tottenham v Sunderland as it happened

Text and Radio 5 live commentary as Tottenham win 5-1 to leave a bedraggled Sunderland bottom of the Premier League.

7 April 2014 Last updated at 18:55

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  1. 22:40: 

    Right, that is all from us for today. Read up about all the action from Tottenham's thrilling 5-1 win against Sunderland in our match report and join us again tomorrow night as we switch our attention to Champions League football, with Chelsea v PSG and Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid.

    Join us again then but for now, goodnight.

  2. 22:35: 

    That was more artful dodging than a 1990s 2-step garage band from Tim Sherwood about his long term future.

  3. 22:33: 
    Manager reaction
    Tim Sherwood

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, speaking to BBC Sport: "I think the boys were fantastic. It was a setback gifting Sunderland the goal and it was a poor error to give them the goal but I think we bounced back well to score and we controlled the game and dominated.

    "It's five cup finals for me and who knows where that will take us. I look at my record here and it has been second-to-any manager that has been here under Daniel Levy.

    "Any decision or questions regarding my employment you need to ask my employers, it's an honour to manage this football club and I'm honoured to do so."

  4. 22:25: 
    Manager reaction
    Gus Poyet

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, speaking to BBC Sport: "I think the desire is there but we are missing a few things that are very important in football, the quality in certain moments be it scoring a goal or defending.

    "There are plenty of things we could improve but there is nowhere to hide, I am the manager and I take responsibility.

    "Sometimes the table doesn't lie. It would be a miracle to stay up, I am realistic if we did not win a game in the last seven and now we need to win four from seven."

  5. 22:20: 

    Gary Lineker: Give Tim Sherwood the job for life!

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    Chris Baldwin: I hate to say it but Sunderland look like a team that know they're going down.

    Vic Baldry: Sunderland deserve to go down this season if they are making Spurs look like world beaters.

    Real Stealth: Think Cardiff and Sunderland are gone, and i have feeling Norwich will follow them, with Fulham pulling off the great escape.

  7. 22:13:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane

    "Sunderland offered very little, they had the perfect start but never looked like they could hold on after that wonderful goal from Lee Cattermole and as soon as Spurs scored it was a case of how many they could score.

    "There isn't enough balance in the side, there are no runners in midfield breaking the line. All the midfielders are considered sitting midfielders, the balance of the side wasn't right and Adam Johnson had no responsibility defensively and none of it made sense tactically."

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  8. 22:10: 
    Player reaction

    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor speaking to Sky Sports: "I keep saying it and no matter what happens to the manager I respect him, I'm very happy to be back on the pitch scoring goals.

    "He has been a big part of my life, when everyone forgot me he brought me back in and gave me my life back. I hope he stays but I am not the chairman, I just need to keep focussed on the job in hand and scoring goals."

  9. 22:07: 
    Excellent Eriksen

    Christian Eriksen was undoubtedly the stand-out player for either side tonight. He scored a goal, had three shots in total, created seven chances and provided two assists. He can blow hot and cold but when on form, he is simply unstoppable.

  10. 22:04: 
    Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland
    Sunderland

    Sunderland fans, look away now. The defeat leaves the Black Cats bottom of the standings and, even if they win their two games in hand, it will still not be enough to lift them out of the bottom three.

    More concerning though was how easily Sunderland gave up against Tottenham, who were allowed to have 29 attempts on goal.

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    Tottenham till I die: I'm starting to think after today's performance, anything can happen right? We're only five points behind Arsenal....

    Sam Bourne: Spurs are great when it's going their way, but too many players go missing when our backs are against the wall. Frustrating!

  12. 21:58: 
    Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland
    Premier League

    After a couple of poor results, this win has made the Premier League table look considerably better for Tottenham. They are four points behind fifth-place Everton and, crucially, five off Arsenal in the final Champions League spot.

    With four of their five remaining games against sides in the bottom half of the table, could they sneak into the top four?

  13. 21:55:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart LaneTottenham 5-1 Sunderland

    "Awful defending that sums up Sunderland's night, Vergini just goes down play acting and it sums up their performance and their night. It's as though most of the Sunderland team have decided they're going down already. They're not even close to competing, if there is something you could take from the game you could make a case for them staying up but there is nothing there whatsoever."

  14. 21:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland
    Tottenham celebrate

    All over and it is a deserved win for Tottenham. Sunderland started brightly but once Tottenham took control they offered very little in reply. Credit, too, to Tim Sherwood. On a day that has been full of speculation about his long-term future he looked calm and relaxed on the touchline as he oversaw a comfortable victory.

  15. 21:48: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland - Gylfi Sigurdsson (90 mins)
    Gylfi Sigurdsson scores

    Oh dear. The knife has well and truly been turned as Tottenham wrap up the win with a deserved fifth. Sunderland fail to clear a free-kick into the area and Gylfi Sigurdsson takes full advantage to swat the ball in from close range. Even more damaging than the defeat itself is the Sunderland players' lack of fight. They have given up far too easily.

  16. 21:47:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane

    "I saw Cardiff on Saturday and I've seen Sunderland tonight and both clubs would be favourites to go down. I can't see on either showing that either side will have anything like enough to get out of it. As soon as Spurs scored there was only one winner and for 95% of the game they have been in complete control."

  17. 21:42: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 4-1 Sunderland - Emmanuel Adebayor (86 mins)
    Tottenham celebrate

    One of the easier goals Emmanuel Adebayor will have scored this season as Sunderland fall apart. Harry Kane capitalises on a poor Wes Brown header to race past Santiago Vergini, who subsequently gives up the chase far too easily and Kane passes to the unmarked Adebayor to tap in from close range.

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    Neil Knighton: Christian Eriksen, that man again! Let's wish him the best of luck at Madrid next season.

    Henry: Christian Eriksen, the saviour of Spurs. Without him, imagine how woeful this season would have been.

    Paul Mulligan: Christian Eriksen is a genius. One of the most talented footballers to grace WHL. Please build our team around him Mr Van Gaal

  19. 21:40: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 3-1 Sunderland

    With the points seemingly in the bag, Tim Sherwood makes a couple of changes as the game enters the last 10 minutes. First, Nacer Chadli goes off with Gylfi Sigurdsson given a run-out and then Andros Townsend comes on for Aaron Lennon.

  20. 21:38: 

    OptaJoe: Christian Eriksen has now been involved in six goals (three goals and three assists) in his last three league appearances.

  21. 21:34: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 3-1 Sunderland - Christian Eriksen (78 mins)
    Christian Eriksen

    Just as Gus Poyet's changes looked to have got Sunderland back into the game, the excellent Christian Eriksen puts the contest beyond them. This time he receives the ball outside the area from Nacer Chadli, looks up and then shoots low, with his effort taking a slight deflection off Phil Bardsley on its way into the net.

  22. 21:32: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland

    Gus Poyet does indeed decide to make changes as Craig Gardner and Ignacio Scocco come on with Carlos Cuellar and goalscorer Lee Cattermole making way.

  23. 21:30:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane
    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

    "Gus Poyet has got to change the shape and personnel. He needs to get someone on who can keep the ball and put some concerted pressure on that Spurs goal because at the moment they don't have anyone doing that and they're going to lose this game."

    Listen to commentary on the game on BBC Radio 5 live

  24. 21:29: 
    Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland

    The game no longer possesses the same level of intensity shown in the first half with Tottenham pretty comfortable at the moment. If there is to be another goal in this game Tottenham look the most likely to score it as Aaron Lennon dances his way into the area, leaving statuesque defenders in his wake, but his cutback is just behind Harry Kane and the chance passes.

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    Rob Stafford: Wes Brown at fault for both Spurs goals. Why play Brown instead of O'Shea amazes me.

    Benjamin Watts: Christian Eriksen is having an absolute blinder. Two delicious crosses. Two key assists. Creativity personified.

    Jordan Mundy-Gill: Christian Eriksen is singlehandedly keeping this Spurs season alive. Such a good value signing.

  26. 21:20: 
    Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland

    A break in play at the moment as Wes Brown is being treated after taking a heavy knock when he clashed with Harry Kane, who is sporting a nasty looking cut on his forehead as a result of the collision.

  27. 21:17:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane

    "That's a great ball in from Eriksen. He shows what great quality he's got and Kane does what all decent centre forwards do. Wes Brown has got his positioning all wrong for that chance, Sunderland and Brown should really be defending that."

  28. 21:15: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland - Harry Kane (59 mins)
    Harry Kane

    Harry Kane marks his full Spurs league debut with a goal and, unsurprisingly, it is Christian Eriksen who creates it. He curls a low ball into the area where Kane sticks out a boot to poke the ball beyond Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

  29. 21:10: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland
    Tim Sherwood

    Tim Sherwood is up and out of his seat as Harry Kane tumbles in the area with Carlos Cuellar appearing to stand on his foot. The Tottenham penalty appeals are waved away by the referee and Sherwood is fuming.

  30. 21:07: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland

    Nacer Chadli gifts possession to Adam Johnson and inexplicably does not try to rectify his error by harrying Johnson for the ball. Instead, the makeshift Sunderland forward takes great delight in being given space outside the area to have a crack at goal, but his curling effort is high, wide and no bother for Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

  31. 21:03: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland

    If there is any pressure on Tim Sherwood he is not showing it as he flashes his old friend Gus Poyet a cheeky smile as the Sunderland boss makes his way to the away team's dugout.

    Will Sherwood still be smiling in 45 minutes' time? Tottenham get us back under way.

  32. 21:00:  
    Italian Serie AEuropean football- Juventus 2-0 Livorno

    Over in Italy, the full-time whistle has just gone in a significant match in the Serie A title race - and it is great news for Juventus fans.

    The Old Lady have moved closer to a third straight Scudetto with an imperious display against relegation-threatened Livorno.

    Spain striker Fernando Llorente did his World Cup hopes no harm at all, bagging a quickfire first-half brace as Juve eased to a 2-0 win in Turin. That moves Antonio Conte's men eight points clear of Roma with six games left. Big uphill task for the capital side to overhaul Juve now.

  33. 20:55: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland
    Tottenham

    As the stats show, the first half belonged to Tottenham as they both dominated possession and created the most chances. Christian Eriksen has been the architect of their better moves, creating five chances and having two shots himself, and if Spurs are to get a second goal, you would not bet against the Dane being heavily involved in it.

  34. 20:50:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane

    "Spurs have done enough to be level in this game, they've got good players and this is a game they should win on paper.

    "They're at home and are showing a lot of fluency on the pitch, and I think there's more to come in the second half. They're very narrow and congested in central midfield but they should win this game if they put their minds to it."

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    David Williams: Once again Eriksen providing the spark and Ade the finish. The only real consistent performers in this Spurs side at current.

    James Tonkinson: As usual, Tottenham's attack is orbiting around Eriksen's brilliance. Love his work.

    Kanayo Umeogu: I just wonder where Spurs would've have been without Adebayor's goals. The man is a goal machine.

  36. 20:48: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland
    Adebayor scores

    All square at the break and it is a scoreline that is perhaps a fair reflection of the first half, with Emmanuel Adebayor's goal cancelling out Lee Cattermole's opener. You can't fault the desire and determination of both sets of players so far.

  37. 20:45: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland

    A spell of possession for Sunderland now as half-time approaches. Fabio Borini's side-footed free-kick is nodded behind for a corner, which Adam Johnson swings in but Younes Kaboul clears.

  38. 20:43: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland

    Lee Cattermole goes into the book for a cynical foul on Harry Kane. He gives away the free-kick in a similar position to Tottenham's last set-piece and Christian Eriksen fancies another bite of the cherry. This time, though, he curls it round the wall and wide.

  39. 20:41: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland

    ...no danger for Sunderland this time though as Christian Eriksen's free-kick hits the wall and Ki Sung-Yueng clears.

  40. 20:40: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland

    Tottenham win a free-kick 25 yards from goal, pretty much dead centre. It has Christian Eriksen's name written all over it...

  41. 20:39:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane

    "Sunderland are better suited to games like this one where they're not expected to win and they're expected to lose, the question is whether they can go on and win the games that they're expected to."

    Listen to commentary on the game on BBC Radio 5 live

  42. 20:36: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland
    Christian Eriksen of Tottenham is tackled

    Christian Eriksen is absolutely everywhere tonight and he almost creates a second goal for Tottenham as his low ball into the area gets stuck under the feet of Phil Bardsley. There is a brief hearts-in-mouths moment for Sunderland fans as no-one picks up the loose ball but Vito Mannone takes the initiative to dive on it just as Tottenham players were closing in.

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    Matt: The highs and lows of being a Sunderland supporter. Elation for about 10 minutes and then depression for the rest of the match.

  44. 20:33: 
    Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland

    Lovely stuff from Danny Rose as he jinks left then jinks right before hitting a shot from distance that curls just over the goal. I can't help but feel there will be plenty of goals in this game. Both sides are up for it, it is just a case of who runs out of steam first.

  45. 20:32:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane

    "When you look at Emanuel Adebayor you may have to give him a bit of time and caress him with a different brush but when you look at the goals he's scored and the results he's got he's worth persevering with. Not all players are easy to deal with but he brings a lot to Tottenham."

    Listen to commentary on the game on BBC Radio 5 live

  46. 20:27: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland - Emmanuel Adebayor (28 mins)
    Adebayor scores

    It is a goal for Emmanuel Adebayor but I'm not sure how much he actually knew about it. Christian Eriksen drills the ball across the face of goal, Wes Brown sticks out a boot but fails to get a touch and instead the ball smacks Adebayor somewhere around the chest area to deflect into the goal. Game on!

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    Paul Thompson: Another horror show defensively for Spurs. But what a finish from Cattermole! Norwich looking further over their shoulders.

    Pieter Troffaes: That has to be the most embarrassing goal we've conceded all season. And if you've been watching, that's saying something.

    Ruz: If any one is still thinking Tim Sherwood should get more time, Spurs defending should explain why not.

  48. 20:24: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Sunderland

    Plenty of action to keep the rain-soaked fans entertained and it is Tottenham who are pressing at the moment. Kyle Naughton is inches away from equalising as he bends a shot from 25 yards or so just wide of the upright, before Emmanuel Adebayor then curls an effort over the bar.

  49. 20:19:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane

    "The keeper has made an absolute hash of this; it's a wonderful first-time finish from Cattermole. He's only got a couple of feet when the keeper has made the ground up and it's a wonderful finish from Cattermole but the mistake is all of Spurs' own making."

    Listen to commentary on the game on BBC Radio 5 live.

  50. 20:17: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-1 Sunderland - Lee Cattermole (17 mins)
    Sunderland celebrate

    Disastrous defending from Tottenham sees them fall behind as Lee Cattermole's neat finish gives Sunderland the lead. After picking up a pass from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Vlad Chiriches plays a horrendous square ball to no-one and Cattermole can't believe his luck as he intercepts the pass with no-one around him and finishes from outside the area with Lloris stranded. That's Cattermole's first-ever Sunderland goal.

  51. 20:14: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-0 Sunderland

    It has been all Tottenham in these early stages but a Sunderland set-piece nearly catches out Spurs. Adam Johnson sends a free-kick towards the far post where Wes Brown rises to meet the ball, directing his header just wide.

  52. 20:12: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sunderland
    Tim Sherwood

    Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has opted not to take a seat up in the stands like he did for the Liverpool game last time out and is back in the dugout, although he is still seated at the moment. Probably wise as it is absolutely chucking it down.

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    Andy, Manchester: As a complete neutral, I am looking forward to Adam Johnson being given freedom to roam behind the front man. I thought he looked excellent in that position when he came on in their last game.

    Andrew, Belfast: Sunderland face a tough challenge against Tottenham tonight, but their next three fixtures don't look too appealing either; Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea. I think we're safe in saying that 3 points are desperately needed.

    Michael, Lancaster: For Sunderland it appears they have genuine belief whenever Adam Johnson is on the field.

  54. 20:09: 
    CLOSE!

    Vito Mannone is almost caught out as Christian Eriksen's cross loops off Marcos Alonso and needs the Sunderland goalkeeper to paw the ball over his own goal. Eriksen drills in the subsequent corner but Sunderland clear. The home side are taking control of the game now.

  55. 20:05: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Sunderland

    Adam Johnson is looking very much like a winger shoehorned into a central role as he is playing very wide of strike partner Fabio Borini. He does, however, display his passing range with a searching ball to Marcos Alonso, who then runs into a Tottenham player and the chance passes.

  56. 20:01:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane

    "In the situation Sunderland are in you have to believe that you can win games and believe you can score goals to win games. When you're in that situation you have to win enough games, you can't draw your way out of this situation.

    "They do have enough games to get out of it but it's about yourself and whether you believe you can do that. Watching them I'm not sure that they do have that belief. Gus will be disappointed that they are in the situation they are after the amount of time he has spent there but if he stays with the club next season in the Championship he'll be ok as he knows that league well."

  57. 19:59: 
    KICK-OFF

    Big 90 minutes ahead for Tottenham and Sunderland as they chase three points for two very different goals. Can Spurs win and keep themselves in the hunt for finish in the European places? Will Sunderland pick up three important points to move closer to safety?

    Fabio Borini knocks the ball to Adam Johnson and we are under way.

  58. 19:57: 
    Who needs Di Canio?
    Paolo Di Canio

    The situation is all too familiar for Sunderland fans, with their side having also been embroiled in a battle against the drop last season.

    Incidentally, it is a year to the date since Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet's predecessor, took his place in the Sunderland dugout for the first time as the Black Cats were edged out 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    Di Canio went on to pick up seven points from the remaining six games to keep Sunderland in the Premier League. Would there be many Sunderland fans who think this season could have turned out differently if the controversial Italian had remained in charge?

  59. 19:55: 

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "We need to wait to see how the Spurs team reacts to the news from their club. It can go both ways. How it goes depends on how the game starts which could set the pattern for the rest of the game.

    "We are on a bad run in terms of results. It's a day today to go and battle. We have a team out there that will give 100%. It's a game we have to win somehow."

  60. 19:51: 

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's not about me tonight, it's about this game. We're trying to come back after a disappointing result against Liverpool.

    "The rumours haven't been a distraction for me - I've set up the team for this week and we've worked for this game. We've still got points to fight for - six cup finals in my eyes. If we get positive results then who knows where it might take us. It'll be a tough, tough game for us tonight."

    Six cup finals. The Premier League would be a darker place without a healthy dose of Sherwoodisms.

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    Mik, Lancaster: The job at spurs was always too big of an ask for Sherwood, not only because of the size of the club but more so the state of the squad.

    Maggie, Lowestoft: I think Tim Sherwood's inexperience has been exposed plus playing players out of position and not having any kind of structure. I've loved his passion but that is not enough. Van Gaal has the experience and will get the best out of the players.

    Eddie, Norfolk: Spurs problems are not related to choice of manager, until the whole club philosophy changes no manager on earth can make them successful.

  62. 19:43: 
    Rodriguez blow

    Just away from tonight's game briefly and there is some hugely disappointing news for Southampton and England with confirmation that forward Jay Rodriguez has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, meaning he will miss the remainder of the season and this summer's World Cup.

    The 24-year-old injured his knee during Saturday's defeat at Manchester City.

    A big blow for England undoubtedly, but a chance for Adam Johnson to force his way into the reckoning perhaps?

  63. 19:40: 
    Sunderland

    An experimental forward line for Sunderland, too, with winger Adam Johnson playing alongside Fabio Borini as a striker. The more advanced role might not take advantage of his passing ability but the fact he is arguably one of Sunderland's more creative players means he could provide an inventive spark that has been missing from the Black Cats' forward line.

    Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng boasts over 90% successfully completed passes this season - the highest of any Sunderland player - and just how much influence he can exert on the game will be key to the visitors' chances of taking something from this game.

  64. 19:37: 
    Line-ups

    Tim Sherwood goes for a mixture of youth and experience with a new-look strike force for Tottenham tonight as Emmanuel Adebayor returns to the side after recovering from a gashed heel. He partners Harry Kane, who makes his first Premier League start for Spurs. Meanwhile Paulinho is back in for his first league start since early March.

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    Stuart Andrews: Sherwood's had his chance, and hasn't succeeded where AVB failed. Has to go.

    Chris Denton: Sherwood needs time to build a team. Doubt he'll get it. Levy hasn't put a foot right since the day he sacked Redknapp.

    Fahad Anwar: Tim Sherwood has shown nothing to warrant a long term deal. Clearly out of his depth, the way forward is Louis Van Gaal

  66. 19:30: 
    Friends reunited
    Gus Poyet

    Tonight's game also marks the first time Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, who played for Tottenham between 2001 and 2003, has returned to White Hart Lane as a manager.

    Poyet and Tim Sherwood were team-mates for a time, playing alongside each other in the 2002 League Cup final, but there will be little time to catch up on old times with picking up points very much at the top of the agenda.

    "I want to see us giving everything," said Poyet in the build-up to the game. "In most games we have always done our best and have been very close to making a big impact. We still believe and that's the most important thing."

  67. 19:26:  
    Steve Claridge, BBC Radio 5 live, White Hart Lane

    Speaking ahead of Tottenham v Sunderland on the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Sherwood knew if there were any bad performances or bad results it would be painted in the press that he would be replaced. The pressure is on him as he has made one or two wrong decisions and played certain players out of position. It won't be too different from the conditions he has managed under during most of his time in charge."

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    Right then, kick-off is fast approaching so time to call upon your input. Would it be the correct choice for Tottenham to dispense with Tim Sherwood at the end of the season, or should he be given more time? Do Spurs need another period of transition?

    Sherwood is also one of just six English managers in the Premier League. Are they not getting the opportunities or are they simply just not good enough compared to candidates of other nationalities?

    Have your say via the usual methods, tweet us #bbcfootball, text us 81111 (UK only) or have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  69. 19:21: 
    Tim Guardiola?

    Back to Tottenham and while there is no official word on the future of Tim Sherwood, there is increasing speculation that he will not be in charge of the club beyond this summer.

    Despite overseeing little improvement since replacing Andre Villas-Boas in December, the former England midfielder still believes he is the right man for the club long term, even going so far as to compare his situation to that of Pep Guardiola when he became Barcelona manager.

    "Guardiola came out of managing the B team and youth team at Barcelona and was given the opportunity to build something and show what he could do," he said recently.

    I think the fact Pep lead Barca to league, cup and Champions League success in his first season might have played a part in him being given time...

  70. 19:16: 
    LINE-UPS

    Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen, Adebayor, Kane. Subs: Townsend, Sigurdsson, Friedel, Sandro, Fryers, Bentaleb, Veljkovic.

    Sunderland: Mannone, Brown, Cuellar, Vergini, Bardsley, Cattermole, Ki, Bridcutt, Alonso, Johnson, Borini. Subs: Larsson, Gardner, Wickham, Colback, O'Shea, Scocco, Ustari.

    Referee: Lee Mason

  71. 19:13: 
    The importance of Adam Johnson

    It is of little surprise to see Adam Johnson back in the Sunderland side tonight, with the winger's performance against West Ham last week the one bright spot in the 2-1 defeat.

    Despite having started on the bench and playing less than half the game, he scored one goal and had the highest percentage of successful passes of any Sunderland player in the opposition half with 88.9%. Four of his 27 passes also lead to goalscoring opportunities.

    Sunderland are likely to try and stifle Tottenham but when they do attack, getting the ball to Johnson, who interestingly appears to be playing as a lone striker tonight, will be key.

  72. 19:10: 
    Tottenham v Sunderland (20:00 BST)

    Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is back in the side for Tottenham, with Tim Sherwood also bringing Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho and Harry Kane into his starting XI.

    Meanwhile, winger Adam Johnson returns to the Sunderland side, replacing Connor Wickham. Defender Carlos Cuellar replaces John O'Shea.

  73. 19:06:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mark Chapman is on air with the day's sports news and football debate in the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live. His guests are Jonathan Pearce and former Leicester striker Steve Claridge with build-up to Tottenham v Sunderland, it is followed by live commentary of the game from White Hart Lane.

  74. 19:04: 
    Sunderland

    The clock is also ticking for Sunderland, with Gus Poyet's side battling to stay in the Premier League.

    Fulham's victory at Aston Villa on Saturday meant the Black Cats dropped to the foot of the table.

    Win tonight and Poyet's side will move up to 18th, four points from safety with two games in hand. Lose, though, and Sunderland fans may well have to start contemplating trips to the likes of Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday next season for the first time since 2007.

  75. 19:00: 
    Tick, tock
    Tim Sherwood

    It seems like only yesterday when Tim Sherwood held his first news conference as the new permanent Tottenham manager, presenting himself as the lovable cockney rogue clutching a bag of managerial cliches and preaching his intent to play 'the Tottenham way'.

    The image and idea he presented sparked a love affair with the Spurs fans, but one that has proven to be all too brief. Four defeats from their last six games, including a hefty 4-0 loss at Liverpool, leaves Tottenham's hopes of playing Champions League football next season increasingly bleak.

    While it may not be enough to save his own position at White Hart Lane if reports are to be believed, Sherwood has six games left to save Tottenham's season and, most likely, his reputation as a Premier League manager. This mini-season of salvation starts tonight as Tottenham entertain bottom-of-the-table Sunderland...

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 07 Apr 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Liverpool 33 50 74
No movement 2 Chelsea 33 41 72
No movement 3 Man City 31 55 70
No movement 4 Arsenal 33 16 64
No movement 5 Everton 32 21 63
Moving up 6 Tottenham 33 0 59
Moving down 7 Man Utd 33 18 57
No movement 8 Southampton 33 6 48
No movement 9 Newcastle 33 -13 46
No movement 10 Stoke 33 -11 40
No movement 11 West Ham 33 -7 37
No movement 12 Hull 33 -6 36
No movement 13 Aston Villa 32 -13 34
No movement 14 Crystal Palace 32 -16 34
No movement 15 Swansea 33 -4 33
No movement 16 West Brom 32 -11 32
No movement 17 Norwich 33 -26 32
No movement 18 Fulham 33 -41 27
No movement 19 Cardiff 33 -35 26
No movement 20 Sunderland 31 -24 25

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