Tottenham lost their second 08/09 Premiership game by the same scoreline of their first Premiership game- 2-1. Spurs were poor and lethargic for most of the game and, despite enjoying the majority of the possesion, failed to create chances to threaten Sunderland ‘keeper Craig Gordon.
The first half ended at 0-0, with Sunderland unlucky not to be in the lead. Former Spur Steed Malbranque had hit the post, whilst Sunderland striker Diouf looked dangerous. Spurs failed to create any notable chances, defender Nosworthy gobbling up any Spurs attacks.
Spurs started the second half a little brighter. Left back Gareth Bale wasted a glorius chance but still the side found attacking difficult for the lack of a top class striker-Darren Bent was poor throughout.
Sunderland first sruck in the 56th minute. Former Manchester United player Kieran Richardson rifled in a 25 yard drive to put the home side under even more pressure.
Ramos responded by putting on both Giovani Dos Santos and Tom Huddlestone, and the home side nearly found a equaliser through a Jonathan Woodgate header. Darren Bent also went close.
Spurs eventually broke the deadlock through Jermaine Jenas, who tapped in from Luka Modric’s rebounded shot.
After Spurs netted their 1st, it seemed that Tottenham could push on and get the winner, but once again Spurs wnt behind, this time from new Sunderland signing Djibril Cisse, who headed home in the 83rd minute. Once again Tottenham stormed forward but a second equaliser was not to be and the 3 points went to Roy Keane’s men.
Tottenham assistant manager Gus Poyet; “With only one striker 90 minutes is difficult and it is not the kind of game we want to play.
“We are used to playing with two strikers. Now we’ve got only one in the squad and it is very difficult.”
Sunderland manager Roy Keane; “Tottenham had a right go at us, as you’d expect in the second half, but we maybe just about edged it. The good sign is I think there’s a lot more to come from this team.”
Gus Poyet was, of course, referring to Dimitar Berbatov who was left out of the squad by Juande Ramos, who claimed that he “was not in the right frame of mind to play”. However many sources have claimed that the Bulgarian went on strike. I personally wouldn’t pay him if he’s not prepared to play for the team. Why should we?
Attendance: 36, 064
Man of the Match: Nosworthy
Villain of the Match: Despite, the fact he didn’t even play, Dimitar Berbatov ( who else could it have been? )
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