Premier League

Saturday 7th March 2009


Didn't have time to put together a match preview, but I think the team might get a point ...

PREDICTION : -  Sunderland  1     Tottenham Hotspur   1

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SUNDERLAND :  - (-); - (-); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -   Jermain Defoe (foot); Alan Hutton (foot); Ledley King (knee); - (-); - (-); - (-); 


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Sunderland   1   Tottenham Hotspur    1      (Half-time score : 1-0)

Premier League
Venue : -  Stadium of Light
Saturday 7th March 2009
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   37,894
Referee :  Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Spurs kick off playing towards the away end.
Weather :  -
Teams : - 
Sunderland :

32  Fulop

  2  Bardsley     
12  Ben-Haim
15  Collins
  3  McCartney     

  8  Malbranque
  6  Whitehead
10  Richardson        (18  Leadbitter 83)
20  Reid (  7  Edwards 82)

17  Jones
  9  Cisse (14  Murphy 73)

Unused subs: 
21  Davenport
23  Healy
30  McShane

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

22  Corluka      (10 Pavlyuchenko 83)
29  Woodgate     
26  King
21  Chimbonda

  7  Lennon
  8  Jenas  (  6  Huddlestone 63)
12  Palacios  (  5  Bentley 72)
14  Modric

10  Bent
15  Keane (c)  

Unused subs: 
  4  Zokora
20  Dawson
24  O'Hara

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Richardson 3

Tottenham Hotspur

Keane 89

Cards : -  

Richardson (foul)  34
McCartney (foul)   36
Bardsley (foul) 45


Tottenham Hotspur 

Corluka (foul)  22
Woodgate (foul)  37


Match Report : -  
With goals at each end of this match, the middle part of the action was as disjointed as the scoring, thanks to a swirling wind, which made play of any skill difficult.  Perhaps this is why Sunderland employed the long high ball to Kenwyne Jones, but with Ledley King back in the side, Spurs were better equipped to deal with such tactics and earned a late draw.

Barely had Tottenham had time to get used to the windy conditions when King went it to a challenge with Steed Malbranque, who got in the way and the ball popped up kindly to Kieran Richardson to go through on the right side of the box and round Heurelho Gomes before slipping the ball into the net to give the home side an early lead.  Conceding within three minutes is not a great way to start a game, but Spurs like doing things the hard way.

The goal really got the crowd on the Black Cats' side and the large Tottenham contingent tried to gee the Lilywhites up to get back in the game.  The first sign of this was in the tenth minute, when Aaron Lennon got away on the right wing and fizzed a ball across the face of goal, but just too far ahead of Darren Bent's head.  A minute later and Aaron was at it again, this time picking out a Tottenham head, but Keane couldn't get enough on his header to trouble former Spur Marton Fulop in the Sunderland goal.

With the inability to play as Spurs might have liked, Luka Modric had little influence on the game in the first half.  Moves kept breaking up and control of the ball was tricky as the wind sometimes held the ball up and other times blew it away from the players, just as it was coming to them.  Tottenham were awarded a free-kick outside the penalty area and Darren Bent wanted to take it, striking it cleanly, but without enough power behind it to prevent Fulop diving and holding the shot to his chest as he landed.

Richardson had already had a bad challenge on Lennon before he twice made tackles from behind within a short time and referee Phil Dowd had had enough, showing him a yellow card.  George McCartney soon followed for a cynical foul on Lennon and then Woodgate for an equally knowing offence, when he tripped Jones.  While all this disciplining was going on, another Spurs free-kick was blasted at goal by Jenas, but it hit Andy Reid and dropped invitingly for Ledley, who was about four yards out from goal.  As he struck it, Fulop spread himself and the effort hit him and he kept it out.  It was a big chance to level things, but the keeper did well.

At our end, Gomes gave fans one of those moments he has become noted for.  Coming for a cross that he then looked to be underneath, dropping the ball as he over-stretched and getting the bounce of the ball for a change, when it came off Wilson Palacios and he gratefully grabbed it.  Jones was proving a handful and he was doing well holding up the long balls to him, with King and Woodgate having trouble getting to him, but as the game went on that tactic bore less fruit.

The half-time interval gave the manager a chance to speak to his players, who had done well after falling behind so early on.  He probably said keep playing the same way, but get Lennon into the game more.  Even though he was double marked, he was proving to be the key man.

However, straight after the re-start, Sunderland had a chance, when Cisse was released down the right hand side of the box and with players available for a cross, he chose to shoot and could only hit the side netting.  At the other end, a free kick floated into the box by Modric was about to be claimed by Fulop until Jones headed the ball away and luckily r him, it dropped for Malbranque to clear it away to safety.

Lennon's importance as an attacking force was shown as he was freed down the right by Robbie Keane and only his final ball was lacking, as it hit Ben Haim with players breaking into the box.  Spurs were starting to apply some pressure to the Sunderland defence, who could not get the ball clear.  A couple of minutes before the hour, Darren Bent was through on goal after Dean Whitehead had missed the ball and with only Fulop to beat, the Spurs forward slashed wildly at the ball and it flew way over the Sunderland goal.  Then within a minute, Keane played him in again and he hit his shot too hard and too far wide of the target.  Two great chances to get back on par, but Bent's lack of confidence showed with his finishing not up to the standard he usually demonstrates.

The other side of the hour mark and Sunderland could have gone two up.  Andy Reid, yet another ex-Tottenham player, got away and played a low ball across the six yard line and it is amazing that Cisse couldn't get anything on the cross, as a contact of any sort would have produced a goal for the home team.

Harry brought off Jermaine Jenas, who had been working very hard and replaced him with Tom Huddlestone.  A different kind of midfielder and within a minute, Hud was showing what he is all about with some sprayed passes over long distance.  However, it took the presence of King to avoid Spurs going a further goal behind, as his touch on Jones' header from another Reid cross took the ball away from goal.

When Harry brought on Bentley for Palacios, you might have thought Spurs would lose something in midfield, with the Honduran's energy removed from the engine room.  But there was a reshuffle with Bentley not playing too wide and tucking inside.  With fifteen minutes gone, the Spurs players and officials all went up for a penalty when Aaron crossed the ball and Bardsley appeared to control the ball with his hand, but it didn't appear that way to the match officials, but as play unfolded and the ball was cleared out of the area, Modric struck a shot from outside the box that dipped a little too late and landed on the roof of the net. It was all Spurs, with Huddlestone's 60 yard pass picked out the run of Robbie Keane and the Spurs captain got to it as Fulop came out, but could not control the lob, which dropped over the top.

A brief flurry from Sunderland saw Murphy drill a shot at goal, but it went wide from 25 yards out and Huddlestone almost drew Spurs level at the other end with a header from Chimbonda's cross, but he put the chance straight at the Sunderland goalie.  The last throw of the dice came with eight minutes left and Redknapp chose to put on Roman Pavyluchenko.  not for Darren Bent, but for Vedran Corluka, as he went flat out for a goal. 

It paid off a few minutes later, when Sunderland were left claiming a penalty at the end where Spurs were defending, as Kenwyne Jones went over Ledley King's leg inside the area.  Mr. Dowd was not impressed and as play swiftly changed ends, David Bentley played Bent away down the right wing.  Putting in a low cross, it was met by Robbie Keane as he ran in and the ball was tucked away into the net with Fulop helpless to stop it.

It was sweet to score at the end, with so many goals having been scored against us in that period of the game and also, with the penalty claims equalling out the penalty Spurs appealed for but were turned down for.  The board with the information from the fourth official went up straight away.  Four minutes to be played.

Would there be another twist in the tail ?  Could Spurs grab defeat from the jaws of victory ?  Well, not this time, as Sunderland tried to push onto the Tottenham goal, but the only threat was from Whitehead's free-kick, which Tom headed clear.

All said, it was a very good performance and Spurs always tried to play their football, while they had to be robust enough to withstand the Sunderland charge to send their fans home happy.

As it was, they all left with boos on their breath and were no doubt off to get booze on their breath.

gary sampson




Reaction : -



With three minutes left, I was thinking s**t, Bent's blaze over the bar could be costly again (remembering his miss against Portsmouth), but we again rode our luck; got away with a penalty appeal and went up the other end to score very late thanks to Robbie. 

Vital point gives us a five point cushion over Blackburn, but it's so tight as I can't see us getting much against Villa or Chelsea, then we have to play Blackburn.  Two more home wins - maybe against Man City and WBA - should just push us over the finishing line, but this is a topsy-turvy season and if I was a betting man I wouldn't like to say who is going down.

It's not over by a long chalk, but a good point today - only when you think it could have been worse.






Other League scores during mid-week :
Fulham 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 Wednesday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 27 20 5 2 48 12 65 +36
2 Chelsea 28 17 7 4 48 16 58 +32
3 Liverpool 28 16 10 2 45 20 58 +25
4 Aston Villa 28 15 7 6 42 29 52 +13
5 Arsenal 28 13 10 5 41 27 49 +15
6 Everton 28 12 9 7 36 28 45 +8
7 West Ham United 28 11 6 11 34 34 39 0
8 Manchester City 27 10 5 12 45 34 35 +11
9 Wigan Athletic 28 9 8 11 27 27 35 0
10 Fulham 28 8 10 10 25 25 34 0
11 Bolton Wanderers 28 10 3 15 30 40 33 -10
12 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 28 8 8 12 33 33 32 0
13 Sunderland 28 8 8 12 28 36 32 -8
14 Hull City 28 8 8 12 34 50 32 -16
15 Blackburn Rovers 28 7 9 12 32 44 30 -12
16 Stoke City 28 7 8 13 27 44 29 -17
17 Newcastle United 28 6 10 12 34 45 28 -11
18 Portsmouth 27 7 7 13 29 44 28 -15
19 Middlesbrough 27 6 8 13 20 36 26 -16
20 West Bromwich Albion 28 6 4 18 25 54 22 -29


Position before the match :  13th
Position after the match :  12th
Position after the weekend : 12th

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