MATCH SPY: Cisse puts sad Spurs to the sword
PUBLISHED: 12:26 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 07 September 2010
TOTTENHAM H 1 Jenas 73 SUNDERLAND 2 Richardson 55, Cisse 83 Att: 36,064 SPURS crashed to a second straight Premier League defeat, losing to Roy Keane s Sunderland on Saturday. And if Tottenham fail to take a point from their vis
TOTTENHAM H 1
Richardson 55, Cisse 83
SPURS crashed to a second straight Premier League defeat, losing to Roy Keane's Sunderland on Saturday.
And if Tottenham fail to take a point from their visit to Chelsea on Sunday it will be the club's worst start to a season for 29 years.
Juande Ramos decided to drop wantaway forward Dimitar Berbatov from his squad and played Darren Bent as a lone striker.
The Black Cats included just one of their three ex-Spurs - Steed Malbranque - and it was the midfielder who came closest to opening the scoring when he hit a post in a surprisingly subdued first half.
The second half improved marginally and Gareth Bale, playing on the left of a five-man midfield, should have done better with a free header from close range.
Sunderland took the lead with a long range shot out of the blue from Kieran Richardson. Ramos responded by bringing on Tom Huddlestone and Giovani dos Santos. Soon after Jonathan Woodgate should have equalised when Scott Gordon could only parry David Bentley's free kick.
Spurs finally levelled 17 minutes from time when Jenas tapped home after Gordon beat out Luka Modric's shot. But Spurs' fraility at the back was again exposed when Djibril Cisse headed home the winner.
SPURS PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jermaine Jenas. Scored and did not hide when the going got tough.
Team: Gomes 6, Assou-Ekotto 6 (Huddlestone 6, 56), Woodgate 7, King 6, Zokora 6, Bentley 6, Modric 7, Jenas 7, Bale 6, Lennon 5 (Giovani 6 56,) Bent 6. Not used: Cesar, Gilberto, Gunter, Dawson, O'Hara. Booked: Bale.