• Date: Sat 03 April 2010
  • Venue: Stadium of Light
  • Ref: Mason, L
  • Attendance: 43,184


Bent (1)

Bent (29) P

Zenden (86)

3 - 1

Sunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur

Team Lineups


Craig Gordon
Michael Turner
Anton Ferdinand
Kieran Richardson
Paulo Da Silva
Steed Malbranque (Boudewijn Zenden, 78)
Jordan Henderson
David Meyler
Lee Cattermole
Fraizer Campbell (Phil Bardsley, 89)
Darren Bent (Kenwyne Jones, 78)

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Younes Kaboul
Sebastien Bassong
Kyle Walker
Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Niko Kranjcar, 46)
Gareth Bale
David Bentley (Jermain Defoe, 46)
Wilson Palacios
Luka Modric
Roman Pavlyuchenko (Peter Crouch, 71)
Eidur Gudjohnsen

Match Report
Tottenham's hopes of securing a Champions League slot suffered a blow as Darren Bent came back to haunt his former club after taking centre stage in a 3-1 win for Sunderland. Bent fired in a first-half double - the opener coming after just 36 seconds for the fastest goal in the Premier League this season. But the striker could possibly have had four if he hadn't been denied twice by Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes from the penalty spot. Bent did beat the Brazilian from the spot for his second but, when referee Lee Mason awarded to further penalties, the keeper was up to the test, pulling off two great saves to deny his former team-mate. The Black Cats got off to a rapid start, taking the game to the visitors and winning a corner within seconds of the kick-off. Fraizer Campbell met the resulting centre with a diving header only to see Gomes push it away. However, the Spurs keeper only managed to play the ball towards Bent, who fired home clinically. Tottenham's first real chance of any real merit came on 25 minutes but David Bentley's header was calmly gathered by Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon. Just before the half-hour mark, Sunderland were two goals to the good. Steed Malbranque cut inside to fire at goal and Gomes saved, but the bouncing ball struck Kyle Walker, who appeared to raise his hand and referee Lee Mason pointed to the spot. Bent stepped up to confidently drill the ball past Gomes, who guessed the right way but didn't get anything on the strike. The Black Cats frontman could have had another just before half-time as Campbell went over the trailing leg of Luka Modric in the area and the hosts were awarded their second spot-kick of the afternoon. Bent stepped up again and again Gomes guessed the right way, but this time he pulled off a great save. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp brought on Jermain Defoe and Niko Kranjcar at the restart to try to kick-start his side and it almost had the desired effect. Defoe raced through on to the ball on 49 minutes but Gordon was quick off the line to make a great stop. And five minutes later the diminutive striker broke through again but fired wide of the mark. Sunderland could have had the game killed off on the hour mark. David Meyler chased on to ball over the top and cut into the area before going down under a challenge from Wilson Palacios. That made penalty number three for the Black Cats and Bent was called to the spot once more. Gomes again guessed right and pushed the effort on to the post before gathering at the second attempt. The Wearsiders thought it was game over on 64 minutes as Anton Ferdinand fired past Gomes and into the net, but Mr Mason had already blown for a foul after Campbell had collided with the Spurs keeper. Spurs stepped things up a gear and forced Sunderland onto the defensive with Gordon pulling off saves from Bentley and substitute Peter Crouch. But the hosts made sure on 85 minutes as Jordan Henderson's deep cross was met by a bicycle-kick from Bolo Zenden with the ball rocketing into the net to seal the win.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

FULL TIME: SUNDERLAND 3 - 1 TOTTENHAM: An action packed tie at the Stadium of Light sees the hosts overcome a disappointing Spurs side to take three well-earned points.


Gudjohnson sees a bending shot comfortably saved by Gordon as Spurs throw everything forward.


The fourth official indicates there will be five minutes of added time, much to the anger of Steve Bruce!


Phil Bardsley comes on in place of Fraizer Campbell.


Modric is picked out at the far post and the ball flicks off the end of his boot before he can get the ball under control.


That was a breathtaking goal from Zenden and the Dutch winger has surely put the game beyond doubt now.


SUNDERLAND 3 - 1 TOTTENHAM: Henderson's looping cross to the far post finds ZENDEN who acrobatically fires a volley past a helpless Gomes.


Zenden's inviting free-kick is flicked on by Ferdinand towards the far post but it is just too far ahead of Jones.


That was a golden opportunity for Jones to put the game beyond doubt but as it stands Spurs are still in with a shout.


Campbell puts the ball on a plate for Jones who hits a complete air shot from 8-yards. It runs through to Zenden whose low shot is hacked off the line by Kaboul.


It has been a mixed afternoon for Darren Bent who is replaced by Kenwyne Jones.


Steed Malbranque makes way for Boudewijn Zenden.


The penalty misses and disallowed goal could come back to haunt Sunderland now as anxiety sweeps around the Stadium of Light.


SUNDERLAND 2 - 1 TOTTENHAM: A great introduction as CROUCH nods a Kranjcar cross home from six-yards to put the visitors right back in this game.


Peter Crouch is on for Roman Pavlyuchenko.


Bale fizzes the ball across the face of goal and Gordon does brilliantly to smother the cross.

Yellow Card

Malbranque has his name taken following a mistimed challenge on Walker.


Steve Bruce is furious on the touchline and his anger is justified as it did seem to be a very soft decision from the referee.


Campbell challenges Gomes for a cross and the ball drops to Anton Ferdinand who slots the ball into an empty net. The defender is celebrating in the corner and does not realise that Lee Mason has ruled the goal out.


Spurs are still in with a shout in this tie but Sunderland know that they should be dead and buried by now.


A Bent hat-trick is just not meant to be as Gomes tips his low penalty onto the post.


Yet another penalty for Sunderland as Palacios brings down Henderson on the far end of the box.


A close range Modric effort is hit straight at Gordon as Spurs mount pressure on the hosts.


The forward is back on the pitch now after having his left ankle strapped up and he may just be able to run off the knock.


Defoe has gone down inside the centre circle now. It seems to be his ankle rather than hamstring and it looks as though Redknapp's gamble will not pay off.


Defoe does not look comfortable after that shot and may have tweaked his hamstring.


Defoe is inches away from putting his side back in the game as he latches onto a Pavlyuchenko flick-on and fires a half-volley wide of the post.


Worrying signs for Spurs as Palacios stays down following a coming together with Bent.


Palacios fails to trouble the keeper with a long range effort but it is better stuff from the visitors.


Gordon is on hand again for Sunderland, acrobatically tipping a Bale header over the bar.


Defoe comes to life and has a one-on-one opportunity denied by the legs of Gordon.


Campbell runs at goal but Bassong recovers well and puts the challenge in. Sunderland appeal for another penalty but this time the ref is having none of it.


Neat football from Sunderland and Henderson drags a cross back into the box but his team-mates fail to respond.


Niko Kranjcar is on in place of Assou-Ekotto.


Jermain Defoe is introduced in place of David Bentley.

Second half

The sides re-emerge for the second-half with Spurs having made a double change.

Half time

HALF TIME: SUNDERLAND 2 - 0 TOTTENHAM. A very disappointing first-half from Spurs' point of view and Harry Redknapp will surely make changes over the interval.


It is one way traffic at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland will not want this first-half to end!


Yet another quality passage of play from Sunderland and Malbranque has a stinging 25-yard strike saved by Gomes.


Some will say justice has been served following the penalty save as Campbell seemed to make the most of a light challenge from Modric who was pulling his leg away.


Bent has the chance to grab a first-half hat-trick but is denied by Gomes who turns the penalty behind for a corner.


Campbell goes down under the challenge of Modric inside the box and Lee Mason awards the penalty.


Bentley swings a cross into the box and finds Gudjohnson whose close range shot is superbly saved by Gordon.


A Pavlyuchenko effort sails harmlessly over the bar as Spurs try to give the travelling fans something to shout about.

Yellow Card

Cattermole picks up the first booking of the game following a late challenge on former Wigan team-mate Palacios.


Malbranque fizzes a cross into the box and the deftest of touches from Campbell sees the ball flash past Gomes' left-hand post.


This result could really damage Spurs' grip on fourth place and Harry Redknapp will be furious with his side, though he may also have something to say on the debatable penalty decision.


SUNDERLAND 2 - 0 TOTTENHAM: BENT slots the spot-kick in the bottom corner to double his side's lead.


A penalty is awarded with Kyle Walker adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.


Gordon is tested for the first time in the game as David Bentley gets his head on a Gareth Bale cross.


The hosts are playing very aggressively here and are right in the faces of the Spurs players.


Lee Cattermole receives a talking to from the ref after several rash challenges, this time on Wilson Palacios.


Steed Malbranque hits a low drive straight down the throat of Gomes. Finally we have another shot at goal!


More frustration for Spurs as a counter attack ends with Pavlyuchenko losing his footing and possession on the edge of the Sunderland box.


The Russian forward tries to make room for a shot on the edge of the box but is closed down by a crowd of red and white shirts.


Pavlyuchenko is forward and disappointingly sends his cross straight behind for a goal-kick.


Jordan Henderson turns Assou-Ekotto inside out and bursts into the box before going down looking for a penalty, The ref waves play on with Henderson deemed to have gone down too easily.


The game has quietened down since the frantic start with neither side managing to find much joy in the final third.


The visitors are easing their way back into this tie with Luka Modric seeing a bit more of the ball in the centre of the park.


Roman Pavlyuchenko is clean through on goal but makes a mess of his first touch and the ball slips under his foot and into the grateful arms of Craig Gordon.


The hosts have started very brightly here and Spurs are yet to get going.


It's a dream start for Steve Bruce and his side and Bent will have enjoyed that one against his former club.


SUNDERLAND 1 - 0 TOTTENHAM: Kieran Richardson's in-swinging corner finds the head of Fraizer Campbell. His effort is palmed away by Heurelho Gomes but only as far as DARREN BENT who smashes the ball home from close range.


Referee Lee Mason gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Younes Kaboul replaces Michael Dawson at the back while Niko Kranjcar drops to the bench with Gareth Bale pushing up to left wing and Benoit Assou-Ekotto filling in at full-back.

Awaiting Kickoff

Jermain Defoe is only fit enough for the bench for Spurs as Roman Pavlyuchenko starts alongside Eidur Gudjohnsen. Wilson Palacios is fully recovered however as he comes in for the injured Tom Huddlestone.

Awaiting Kickoff

Steve Bruce makes two changes to the Sunderland side that were beat 3-0 by Liverpool. David Meyler returns from an ankle problem while Paulo Da Silva also earns a recall with Phil Bardsley and Lorik Cana dropping to the bench.