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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Sunderland

By Matt DavisBBC Sport
Harry Kane
Kane's strike against Sunderland was his 51st Premier League goal in 91 appearances

Tottenham maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a comfortable victory against winless Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

Spurs dominated but did not make the breakthrough until Harry Kane scored with their 22nd attempt on goal.

Papy Djilobodji failed to clear a Dele Alli header allowing Kane to poke home from point-blank range on 59 minutes.

Late on, Kane suffered a nasty ankle injury and Sunderland's Adnan Januzaj was sent off for a second booking.

Relive Spurs's dominant display

A fourth defeat in five games means Sunderland are yet to win in the league under David Moyes.

The scoreline could have been worse for them but for outstanding goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 22, who made a string of saves to keep his side in the game.

England striker Kane, who scored his second goal of the season, limped off the field after injuring his ankle with three minutes remaining and eventually left on a stretcher.

Aside from losing Kane, there was further injury worry for Spurs as England's Eric Dier and Belgium's Mousa Dembele were both substituted in the second half with what appeared to be hamstring injuries.

Dominant Spurs

Spurs attempts
Spurs had 31 shots in the match. They are all shown here with the green lines representing nine attempts on target, the red lines 15 shots off target and the yellow lines seven blocked shots

Moussa Sissoko was given his first start for Spurs since his £30m move on transfer deadline day and he joined Dembele and Victor Wanyama in a powerful midfield as Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen dropped to the bench.

Tottenham completely dominated the game with 31 shots and 73.8% possession.

In the first half alone, they mustered 19 efforts with Kane, Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld going close.

Impressive South Korea winger Son was Spurs' best attacking force with five key passes and seven shots, though only two were on target.

The win was the perfect response after the disappointing midweek Champions League defeat by Monaco at Wembley and moves Spurs up to third in the table.

Blunt Black Cats

In contrast to the home side's dominance, Sunderland had just three shots in the first half.

The first came after 22 minutes as Jermain Defoe latched onto a long ball from Pickford but was unable to get his shot past Hugo Lloris.

Steven Pienaar had the best chance of the half just before the break as he met Januzaj's cross but his shot from six yards was cleared off the line by Kyle Walker.

The worry for the Black Cats is that striker Defoe managed just 13 touches in the match and only one of those came in Spurs' area.

Pickford had the most touches and his eight saves were vital in keeping the score respectable.

Moyes will have to do without Januzaj for the next match as the on-loan Manchester United winger was dismissed for a second booking in the space of 10 minutes. Having been cautioned for dissent, he saw red after fouling Ben Davies.

Man of the match - Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Son Heung-min
A hugely impressive display from the South Korean, who was unlucky not to cap it with a goal. Seven shots, five key passes and 15 crosses, he excelled on the left behind Kane

What they said

Sunderland manager David Moyes: "Steven Pienaar had a great chance and we probably need to score any chance we get.

"Jordan Pickford is going to be a very good keeper. He has a lot of work to do at the moment, more than I'd like him to get. He will get better, he has a real good future ahead of him.

"We had a chance to clear the ball for the goal. That was a mistake and, of all the chances Tottenham got, that was a soft one and we gifted them that.

"It is a big job. I know how much is going to get better. All we can do is keep getting on the training field and making it better and I enjoy doing that."

Moyes frustrated after 'soft' Spurs goal

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "Sometimes it's difficult. In the end it was fair.

"We fought a lot and tried to score. I'm happy with the three points and it takes away the feeling from losing against Monaco.

"I want to create chances and play well - sometimes you need a lot of chances to score. Today we always tried to go forward. We feel disappointed because we created a lot of chances in the first half."

Stats you need to know

  • The Black Cats are without a clean sheet at White Hart Lane in any of their last 21 league visits there since a goalless draw in September 1980.
  • Kane has scored in three of his four home Premier League appearances against Sunderland.
  • The England striker has also scored in back-to-back Premier League games after having gone five games without a goal.
  • Sunderland have not won any of their last 24 Premier League matches contested in either August or September (drawn nine, lost 15).
  • Spurs are unbeaten in their opening five Premier League games for only the second time (also 2004-05).
  • This is the fourth consecutive season that Sunderland have failed to win any of their opening five Premier League games.
  • Spurs had 19 shots in the first half, the most of any Premier League side since Liverpool's 20 against Leicester in December 2015.

What next?

Tottenham host League One side Gillingham in the EFL Cup on Wednesday before travelling to Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday.

Sunderland are at Championship side QPR in the EFL Cup on Wednesday before entertaining Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 15DierSubstituted forDaviesat 77'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 12Wanyama
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forLamelaat 74'minutes
  • 17Sissoko
  • 20Alli
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10KaneSubstituted forJanssenat 87'minutes


  • 9Janssen
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 23Eriksen
  • 29Winks
  • 33Davies


Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Pickford
  • 4DenayerBooked at 57minsSubstituted forMcNairat 90+4'minutes
  • 23Koné
  • 5DjilobodjiBooked at 90mins
  • 21ManquilloBooked at 44mins
  • 17NdongBooked at 65mins
  • 27KirchhoffSubstituted forKhazriat 79'minutes
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 62mins
  • 44JanuzajBooked at 90mins
  • 18Defoe
  • 20PienaarSubstituted forWatmoreat 63'minutes


  • 10Khazri
  • 12Simões Domingues
  • 14Watmore
  • 16O'Shea
  • 19McNair
  • 22Love
  • 46Gooch
Mike Dean

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamSunderland
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Sunderland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Sunderland 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lamine Koné.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Paddy McNair replaces Jason Denayer.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  10. Booking

    Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland).

  13. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland) for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Javier Manquillo with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Vincent Janssen replaces Harry Kane because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dele Alli.

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