Harry Kane delivered the goods for Tottenham once more with his second-half goal securing a narrow 1-0 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
- Tottenham 1 Sunderland 0
- Spurs dominate in the capital
- Pickford pulls off numerous saves
- Kane fires hosts in front on 59 mins
- Januzaj sent off late on for visitors
Spurs bossed the game from start to finish, although they only had Kane’s 60th-minute strike to show for their efforts, with Jordan Pickford making a whole host of saves to keep the Black Cats in it.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the final minute when Adnan Januzaj was sent off after picking up his second yellow card of the match – a needless challenge on Davies compounding the on-loan Manchester United winger’s frustrations.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were looking to bounce back from their Champions League defeat to Monaco in midweek and they threatened after just four minutes when Moussa Sissoko flashed a shot narrowly wide of the far post from inside the box.
Kane then forced Pickford into his first save of the game with a header at the near post from Son Heung-Min’s cross before the keeper denied both Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama from range within the space of a minute.
Pickford was in the thick of the action as Spurs went in search of the opener, keeping out a shot from Kane on the quarter-hour mark and saving Toby Alderweireld’s bullet header moments later.
Hugo Lloris was called on for the first time on 22 minutes as he denied Jermain Defoe from an acute angle after the striker had latched onto Pickford’s long ball, before Jan Kirchhoff steered Januzaj’s free-kick wide two minutes later.
Back up at the other end, Wanyama volleyed wide of the target from outside the box after Son’s effort struck Kane before Sissoko was blocked on the follow-up.
The north Londoners continued to take the game to David Moyes’ men as Son collected the ball on the left and cut inside before unleashing a shot that struck the foot of the post on 39 minutes.
But they almost went behind in the final minute of the first half when Januzaj cut the ball back for Steven Pienaar, who saw his effort cleared off the line by Kyle Walker.
Spurs were still asking all the questions after the break and Son could only find the side-netting after being played in by Dembele on 55 minutes, before they finally broke the deadlock.
The Wearsiders failed to deal with a deep cross and Kane was on hand to score from close range and give the home team a deserved lead on 59 minutes.
Sunderland’s first corner of the match on 68 minutes produced a rare chance for the visitors, but Lamine Kone couldn’t direct Januzaj’s delivery on target.
Dele Alli then produced a fine save out of Pickford after running at the defence and attempting to pick out the bottom right corner, before Eric Dier dragged a low shot wide from inside the area.
Erik Lamela had two opportunities in the closing stages following his introduction from bench, the Argentine seeing his first effort deflected inches wide before racing onto Alli’s through-ball and seeing Pickford make a brilliant save at full stretch to keep out his curler.
The Black Cats finished the match with 10 men when Januzaj received his marching orders at the death for a silly challenge on Ben Davies, having already been booked a few minutes earlier for dissent.