Premier League

Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs had won six and drawn two of their last eight Premier League matches against Sunderland
  • Substitute Kane scores past his own keeper
  • Spurs were set for win through Chadli and Eriksen
  • Johnson had equalised for Black Cats in crazy opening
  • Sunderland still searching for first Premier League win

An own goal from Harry Kane rescued an unlikely point for Sunderland in a feisty Premier League match Tottenham dominated.

The visitors took the lead when Nacer Chadli fired home a rebound after two minutes.

In an electrifying opening Black Cats' winger Adam Johnson equalised moments later with a fine solo effort.

But after Christian Eriksen had prodded Spurs ahead, Kane unwittingly denied them a deserved three points.

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Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham: Gus Poyet hails 'incredible' draw

Mauricio Pochettino will find the result hard to take after his men, inspired by impressive midfield duo Eriksen and Erik Lamela, dominated proceedings.

The home side, however, could have snatched an undeserved victory when substitute Will Buckley sidefooted over late on.

Gus Poyet, who played 98 times for Spurs, is still searching for his first league victory of the season.

But he will be happy with a point after Sunderland spent long periods on the back foot.

Spurs were looking to bounce back from a 3-0 home defeat at the hand of Liverpool

New signing Ricky Alvarez, who signed on a season-long loan from Inter Milan, failed to make an impact and the Argentina international struggled with the pace of a match the visitors controlled.

Tottenham, searching for two wins in three Premier League matches, struck first when Chadli tucked away a rebound after Vito Mannone had parried Emmanuel Adebayor's drive.

It was the Belgium international's third goal of the season but his side's lead was wiped out moments later before some fans had taken their seats.

Ex-Manchester City man Johnson dropped a shoulder and cut in from the left flank before nipping inside two defenders and sidefooting past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson is searching for an England recall and played well here

At times, in an often one-sided affair, Tottenham threatened to overrun the Black Cats in midfield.

Mousa Dembele came closest to giving them the lead their efforts deserved when he fired a swerving effort against the post from 25 yards out that had Mannone rooted to the spot.

After the break, Eriksen pounced when Sunderland failed to clear Chadli's cross.

With Spurs still in the ascendency, Lamela, at times unplayable, hit the bar from distance.

Tottenham thumped the Black Cats 5-1 in April and could have had a similar scoreline here had they taken their chances.

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Spurs need to improve - Mauricio Pochettino

But they were left to rue their wastefulness when Kane deflected fellow substitute Jordi Gomez's cross past a disbelieving Lloris.

Sunderland will go to Burnley next Saturday buoyed by this result.

Spurs will dust themselves down before heading to Partizan Belgrade on Thursday in the Europa League. West Brom then await at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "It was an incredible game. Without a doubt the most difficult we have had. I thought we played better but the opposition was the best we have played so far.

"We had to work very hard for this point. Sometimes it's not about tactics it's about the will to get something. We nearly nicked it at the end. That would have not been fair on Spurs.

"I can tell you we are very realistic here and we know who we are playing against. We will get the three points in the next couple of weeks. My message to Ricky Alvarez as soon as game finished was 'Welcome to England'. This is what you are going to get week-in-week-out and you have to be ready. It was a proper English game."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I am very disappointed. When you create a lot of chances it is difficult to accept the draw. We need to improve. We need to be more aggressive and more focused.

"It's difficult to accept. You need to have luck and it's true Sunderland had luck. I think there's a gap in the stats but you need to kill the game. We did not do that and this happens in football.

"We need to show collectively more calm, more security. We need to win games like this."

Christian Eriksen had a fine game in midfield for the visitors
Sunderland fans
Sunderland's supporters applauded Tottenham defender Danny Rose who had spent a season on loan with the club
Emmanuel Adebayor had a frustrating day for the visitors and was eventually substituted

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  • 25Mannone
  • 27VerginiBooked at 88mins
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 3van AanholtBooked at 86mins
  • 6Cattermole
  • 20ÁlvarezSubstituted forBuckleyat 65'minutes
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forGiaccheriniat 65'minutes
  • 8RodwellSubstituted forGomez Garcia-Pencheat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Johnson
  • 10WickhamBooked at 90mins


  • 1Pantilimon
  • 2Jones
  • 4Bridcutt
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 17Altidore
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 30Buckley


  • 1Lloris
  • 15DierBooked at 61mins
  • 4Kaboul
  • 6Chiriches
  • 3Rose
  • 19Dembélé
  • 29Capoue
  • 11Lamela
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forLennonat 86'minutes
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forStambouliat 70'minutes
  • 10AdebayorSubstituted forKaneat 79'minutes


  • 7Lennon
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Naughton
  • 17Townsend
  • 18Kane
  • 21Fazio
  • 25Stambouli
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Match Stats

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Match ends, Sunderland 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Aaron Lennon replaces Christian Eriksen.


Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).


Own Goal by Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur. Sunderland 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Eric Dier.


Substitution, Sunderland. Jordi Gómez replaces Jack Rodwell.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane replaces Emmanuel Adebayor.

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by John O'Shea.

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Benjamin Stambouli replaces Nacer Chadli.

Foul by Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur).

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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


Substitution, Sunderland. William Buckley replaces Ricardo Álvarez.


Substitution, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Sebastian Larsson.

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Johnson.


Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Ricardo Álvarez (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

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

Attempt blocked. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Eric Dier.

Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Hand ball by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).


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