Tottenham Hotspur were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by the Premier League's bottom-side Sunderland in a tepid encounter at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening.
- Sunderland 0 Spurs 0
- Wanyama forces a super save from Mannone
- Wanyama heads wide
- Sunderland settle for a point
There was no way through a stoic Sunderland defence for Spurs who were frustrated on a wet night in the North East. Victor Wanyama enjoyed the best openings of the evening but was unable to capatalise.
Tottenham adopted a route-one approach in the opening minutes as they looked to put pressure on a usualy error-prone Sunderland defence.
And the Black Cats just about avoided an early disaster after just seven minutes as Jason Denayer gifted Harry Kane the ball with a poor clearance. The striker looked to feed Heung-Min Son but Lamine Kone got back just in time to clear for a corner.
Jermain Defoe then drilled a ninth minute shot wide after racing on to a good ball over the top of the Spurs defence after they had conceded possession far too cheaply in the final third.
The visitors started to control the tempo of the game while Denayer was on hand to clear as Kyle Walker and Deli Alli combined on the right flank.
Fabio Borini should have done a lot better though on 21 minutes when he failed to get any real contact to a Defoe delivery into the box. The former Tottenham striker had done brilliantly to win the ball high up the field before turning Toby Alderweireld and setting up his teammate.
Borini then contrived to hit a 15 yard effort into Michel Vorm's arms after a poor Eric Dier header landed at the feet of the Italian frontman.
Vincent Wanyama forced Vito Mannone into an excellent diving save ahead of a good spell of possession for the home side and pressure on the Spurs goal, as Didier Ndong just overhit his cross after a powerful run down the right flank before a disappointing set-piece from Defoe to end off the first half.
Mauricio: "I'm disappointed. We were poor in the first half. We were better in the second half but it wasn't enough to win the game." pic.twitter.com/wFE0IbsMM4
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2017
Jack Rodwell did well to close out a Kane shot at the start of the second half before Mannone was able to gather a low, driven Christian Eriksen free-kick on 56 minutes.
A wet surface after heavy rains started to impact the game as Eriksen slipped when he attempted to unlock a stingy Sunderland defence, before Wanyama horribly missed his header at the back post from a 64th minute corner.
Borini then flashed a cross across goal on 68 minutes before Billy Jones deflected an Alli shot over the bar after Mannone had smothered a Kane delivery across his six-yard area.
Spurs continued to struggle to break down the Sunderland backline who appeared content to settle for a point.
Ben Davies gave the home fans some late enjoyment as he blasted an 89th minute effort well over the target before Dier headed an Eriksen corner wide for the last effort of the night.