John O’Shea own goal seals gritty Spurs win

Andre Villas-Boas’s side came from behind to claim all three points at the Stadium of Light

Tottenham Hotspur came from behind for the second time in four days to record an impressive win against Sunderland.

Adam Johnson put the hosts ahead following an error from Hugo Lloris, but a John O-Shea own goal and Paulinho’s strike further eased the pressure on Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Both sides created openings in a lively start to the match. Steven Fletcher drilled an effort wide after a fine ball from Phil Bardsley, before Vito Mannone was forced into a flying save to deny Lewis Holtby.

Jack Colback and Jermain Defoe also chanced their arm before the Black Cats got their noses in front. Johnson benefited from a poor Lloris punch, controlling and slamming an emphatic finish into the roof of the net.

Villas-Boas’s men would go into half-time on level terms, however. Just before the interval, Nacer Chadli’s nod-down was met by Paulinho, whose improvised finish snuck between Mannone’s legs and into the net.

Mannone was forced to pluck the ball from his net once more minutes after the interval. Mousa Dembele’s hit the leg of O’Shea and ballooned over the line at the near post.

Defoe came close to extending the lead, twice hitting the woodwork, while Paulinho sent a header just wide.

But Spurs held on for a result that will no doubt please their Portuguese boss.

 

 

Source : Mirror

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