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The offside flag is raised against Danny Welbeck. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden played to the near post, Header by Danny Welbeck from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Booking for Heurelho Gomes. Free kick awarded for a foul by Heurelho Gomes on Steed Malbranque. Strike on goal comes in from Boudewijn Zenden from the free kick, blocked by Younes Kaboul.
The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Michael Turner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan by William Gallas. Michael Turner restarts play with the free kick.
Steed Malbranque replaces Kieran Richardson.
Effort on goal by David Bentley from long distance goes over the crossbar.
Foul by Michael Turner on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. David Bentley fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Kieran Richardson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.
Foul by Phillip Bardsley on David Bentley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
Danny Welbeck concedes a free kick for a foul on Younes Kaboul. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bentley.
Corner taken by David Bentley, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.
David Bentley takes a shot. Blocked by Phillip Bardsley.
The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Michael Turner gets a block in.
The official flags Rafael Van der Vaart offside. Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
Corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line played to the near post, Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Lee Cattermole receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gareth Bale, Phillip Bardsley manages to make a clearance.
Asamoah Gyan fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland.Danny Welbeck provided the assist for the goal.
Rafael Van der Vaart grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from Peter Crouch.
Kieran Richardson is caught offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Boudewijn Zenden. Direct free kick taken by Nedum Onuoha.
The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
Gareth Bale sends in a cross, clearance by Michael Turner.
Short corner taken by David Bentley.
David Bentley takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save made by Craig Gordon.
Younes Kaboul concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Boudewijn Zenden crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Heurelho Gomes.
Danny Welbeck produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
David Bentley receives a yellow card.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Rafael Van der Vaart misses to the left of the goal.
Kieran Richardson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line.
The ball is crossed by David Bentley, clearance by Jordan Henderson.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, clearance made by Phillip Bardsley.
Boudewijn Zenden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul. Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.
The ball is delivered by Alan Hutton, clearance by Michael Turner.
Roman Pavlyuchenko leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Crouch.
Danny Welbeck on for Cristian Riveros.
Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley to the near post, clearance by Asamoah Gyan.
David Bentley takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto by Jordan Henderson. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
Cristian Riveros gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Bentley. Direct free kick taken by David Bentley.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line, save made by Craig Gordon.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nedum Onuoha on Gareth Bale. Strike comes in from David Bentley from the free kick, save by Craig Gordon.
The ball is sent over by Alan Hutton, Michael Turner makes a clearance.
Asamoah Gyan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Younes Kaboul restarts play with the free kick.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a short corner.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Short corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line.
Gareth Bale takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Titus Bramble.
The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Shot from just outside the box by Rafael Van der Vaart goes over the bar.
Alan Hutton sends in a cross, clearance made by Lee Cattermole.
The ball is sent over by Alan Hutton, clearance by Michael Turner.
Unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan by Alan Hutton results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Bentley by Phillip Bardsley. Free kick crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Craig Gordon makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phillip Bardsley on Rafael Van der Vaart. Rafael Van der Vaart restarts play with the free kick.
Rafael Van der Vaart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole. Lee Cattermole restarts play with the free kick.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
Alan Hutton delivers the ball, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, save made by Craig Gordon.
Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance made by Phillip Bardsley.
Phillip Bardsley is brought on as a substitute for Anton Ferdinand.
Tom Huddlestone takes a shot.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Lee Cattermole gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
David Bentley sends in a cross, Lee Cattermole manages to make a clearance.
Alan Hutton produces a cross, Nedum Onuoha manages to make a clearance.
Roman Pavlyuchenko is ruled offside. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
David Bentley takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
Foul by Cristian Riveros on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Blocked by William Gallas.
Lee Cattermole produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
Luka Modric fouled by Kieran Richardson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Richardson on David Bentley. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.
Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Titus Bramble challenges Rafael Van der Vaart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick, Effort from a long way out by Tom Huddlestone goes wide right of the goal.
Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Craig Gordon.
David Bentley produces a cross, clearance by Titus Bramble.
Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take a short corner.
The game gets underway.
The referee starts the second half.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee ends the match.
Van der Vaart still doubtful
Rafael van der Vaart remains a major doubt for Tottenham's Barclays Premier League game against Sunderland with a hamstring injury.
Midfielder Van der Vaart is still nursing the problem that kept him out of Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Bolton, while defender William Gallas also picked up a knock at the Reebok Stadium and was due to be assessed.
Aaron Lennon and Robbie Keane are struggling with respective hamstring and ankle injuries, while captain Ledley King (groin) is still out, and Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson (both ligament damage), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are long-term absentees.
Boss Harry Redknapp admitted Chelsea's defeat at Liverpool was bad news for his side's hopes of finishing fourth for a second straight season.
The result moved Liverpool level on 15 points with Spurs, who are now five adrift of the top four having taken just one point from their last three league games.
Redknapp said: "If we're all realistic, a top-four finish is what you're looking for and, if you're doing that, you want Liverpool out the way.
"I'd be a liar if I sat here and said I thought it was a great result for the rest of us."
He added: "It's going to be even harder this year to get a top-four place.
"Man City are definitely stronger than last year; they've improved, bought some big players.
"People wrote Liverpool off a few weeks ago; I thought that was nonsense because they were always going to come good.
"To keep them out of the top four is going to be difficult again this year."
Sunderland striker Darren Bent could be sidelined for several weeks by the hamstring injury which kept him out of Saturday's 2-0 victory over Stoke.
The England international was due to have another scan on the problem, which he picked up in training on Friday, and is extremely unlikely to be involved.
Central defender John Mensah is also a major doubt as a result of the shoulder injury he suffered at the weekend, although Titus Bramble is available after serving a one-match ban.
The Black Cats desperately needed a victory in the wake of the derby drubbing at Newcastle, and they travel to London determined to address a poor away record which is hampering their efforts to establish themselves in the top half of the table.
Bruce said: "We keep talking about it, but we are not alone in it, you know.
"Stoke, Fulham, Blackburn, Wigan - I can give you umpteen where people find it difficult to win in this league.
"That's why it is as tough a league as it is. This Barclays Premier League is as tough as I have ever known it.
"Every team is competitive - as we have seen again, from Blackpool (drawing with Everton) to Wolves losing (to Manchester United) in the last minute - it's a great league we are in and to be up sitting where we are at the moment, I am very, very pleased."
Spurs held by Black Cats
They may be taking the Champions League by storm, but Tottenham face a real battle to qualify for next year's competition after extending their winless run in the Barclays Premier League to four games following a 1-1 draw with Sunderland.
Rafael van der Vaart looked to have come to Spurs' rescue when he kept up his remarkable record of scoring in every home appearance since joining the club.
But a horrible mix-up between William Gallas and Younes Kaboul gifted the visitors an immediate equaliser, Asamoah Gyan taking full advantage with his third goal in two games.
Tottenham have now taken just two points from a possible 12 and are four adrift of the top four, all of whom have a game in hand.
This game kicked off a week after Spurs' historic Champions League win over Inter Milan.
But the home side's European exploits had taken a toll on their league form and they started the match only separated from Sunderland in the table by goals scored.
They started in determined fashion with Luka Modric's low strike forcing a fingertip save in the third minute from Craig Gordon, who was making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a broken arm.
Other long-range efforts from both sides were less successful before the recalled Kieran Richardson almost saw his shot deflect in off Kaboul.
There was a lack of a cutting edge at each end until Tom Huddlestone hit the crossbar with a nonchalant 30-yard effort.
That came in the 18th minute and was immediately followed by Anton Ferdinand, one of six changes for the visitors, limping off to be replaced by Phil Bardsley.
The crossing continued to disappoint, with even Gareth Bale failing to deliver anywhere near the kind of quality that saw him shoot to worldwide fame against Inter Milan.
Van der Vaart, who had recovered from a hamstring strain to start, did his best to provide it, playing a one-two with Huddlestone and firing a near-post shot which was easily saved by Gordon.
The goalkeeper then tipped over an ambitious David Bentley free-kick from wide on the left, while Gyan did well to direct a header on target from Boudewijn Zenden's cross.
A disappointing half looked destined to end goalless as Bentley, starting a league game for the first time in more than six months, unleashed a brilliant left-foot strike which Gordon did well to turn behind.
Half-time saw both sides make changes, Spurs withdrawing Roman Pavlyuchenko for Peter Crouch and Sunderland bringing off Cristian Riveros for Danny Welbeck.
But it was Van der Vaart who should have broken the deadlock in the 52nd minute, the unmarked midfielder nodding Alan Hutton's cross wide.
That was immediately followed by the game's first real talking point, with Bentley going down in the box under a challenge from Zenden.
Referee Howard Webb booked Bentley for diving, and although television replays proved inconclusive, the home fans were furious.
They almost had something to cheer about when Van der Vaart found the target with his latest header, only to see Gordon claw it behind.
Bale blew a great chance to play Van der Vaart clean through just past the hour mark but made amends in the 64th minute by helping set up what has become a trademark goal from the Dutchman.
The winger's cross found Crouch at the back post and the substitute's header landed at the feet of Van der Vaart to turn and fire home.
Spurs had not kept a clean sheet in the league since the opening day and they gifted the visitors an equaliser three minutes later, Gallas and Kaboul getting in each other's way and allowing Gyan all the time he needed to slide the ball beyond Heurelho Gomes.
There was a major flashpoint moments later when Lee Cattermole left Modric on the floor with a studs-first challenge that did connect with the ball before catching the Croatian.
A mass shoving match ensued before Webb produced the game's second yellow card.
The visitors ran down the clock by replacing Richardson with Steed Malbranque and the new man made an instant impact, with Gomes booked for tripping the midfielder just outside the box when a red card might have been shown.
The visitors finished the stronger and only more desperate defending prevented them snatching a surprise win.
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