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Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, brilliant save by Brad Friedel.
A cross is delivered by Craig Gardner, Brad Friedel makes a fantastic save.
A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.
James McClean delivers the ball, clearance by William Gallas.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by David Vaughan. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by James McClean, clearance made by William Gallas.
Danny Rose replaces Rafael Van der Vaart.
Shot by Nicklas Bendtner from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Sebastian Larsson produces a cross.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Roman Pavlyuchenko misses to the left of the target.
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a brilliant save.
Jake Livermore replaces Raniere Sandro. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
Titus Bramble concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Van der Vaart. Strike on goal comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart from the free kick.
The ball is sent over by John O'Shea, save by Brad Friedel.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Centre by Kyle Walker.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, clearance by Scott Parker.
A cross is delivered by James McClean, clearance made by William Gallas.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Craig Gardner coming on for Jack Colback.
James McClean has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Blocked by Titus Bramble.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, Jack Colback manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line.
Kyle Walker takes a shot. Blocked by David Vaughan.
Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Titus Bramble.
Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor by Jack Colback results in a free kick. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, clearance by John O'Shea.
Sebastian Larsson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Phillip Bardsley goes off and James McClean comes on.
Effort on goal by Luka Modric from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.
Foul by David Vaughan on Roman Pavlyuchenko, free kick awarded. The referee books David Vaughan for unsporting behaviour. Rafael Van der Vaart has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Ledley King.
Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
Roman Pavlyuchenko finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland.Assist on the goal came from Rafael Van der Vaart.
The referee blows for offside against Roman Pavlyuchenko. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
The ball is sent over by Kyle Walker, clearance by Titus Bramble.
The ball is sent over by Scott Parker.
Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take the corner short.
The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line to the near post.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Brown.
The ball is crossed by Raniere Sandro, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Emmanuel Adebayor, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Kieran Richardson results in a free kick. Kieran Richardson is booked. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto concedes a free kick for a foul on David Vaughan. Benoit Assou-Ekotto is given a yellow card. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Kieran Richardson, clearance by Raniere Sandro.
Kyle Walker challenges Phillip Bardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Emmanuel Adebayor manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Walker on Nicklas Bendtner. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing.
Roman Pavlyuchenko is adjudged to have handled the ball. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.
David Vaughan takes a shot. Comfortable save by Brad Friedel.
Nicklas Bendtner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Connor Wickham.
Roman Pavlyuchenko has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
Scott Parker sends in a cross.
Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, save by Brad Friedel.
Stephane Sessegnon fouled by Scott Parker, the ref awards a free kick. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Ledley King concedes a free kick for a foul on Connor Wickham. Kieran Richardson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
The official flags Connor Wickham offside. William Gallas takes the indirect free kick.
Connor Wickham fouled by William Gallas, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sebastian Larsson, Brad Friedel makes a save.
Handball decision goes against Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Roman Pavlyuchenko is ruled offside. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, save made by Keiren Westwood.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.
Roman Pavlyuchenko replaces Aaron Lennon.
Luka Modric takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Wes Brown makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Centre by Luka Modric.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Connor Wickham. Indirect free kick taken by Ledley King.
John O'Shea produces a cross, clearance by Ledley King.
Centre by John O'Shea.
Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line to the near post.
Raniere Sandro has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Shot from just outside the area by Stephane Sessegnon goes over the bar.
Aaron Lennon delivers the ball, Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Rafael Van der Vaart gets a block in.
Raniere Sandro takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Richardson.
Foul by Connor Wickham on William Gallas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Aaron Lennon handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Price tag put Redknapp off Wickham
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he would have signed Connor Wickham this summer had it not been for the hefty price tag Ipswich placed on him.
Wickham was linked with Liverpool and Tottenham last season, but ended up moving to the Stadium of Light for a fee of #8million that could rise to #12million.
The England Under-21 international struggled to break in to Steve Bruce's first team following his move to the north east, but was chosen to lead the line in Martin O'Neill's first game in charge last week and impressed, helping the Wearsiders come from behind to beat Blackburn 2-1.
The 18-year-old could start up front for Sunderland in Sunday's visit to north London, but had it not been for the large sum Ipswich demanded for the striker, Wickham may well have found himself turning out for the home side at White Hart Lane instead.
"We kept looking at him. We watched him dozens of times and we liked him but we felt it was a lot of money for him," Redknapp said.
"We have young players here like Harry Kane. He is a bit younger, we like him and we didn't feel we wanted to pay that money for Wickham."
O'Neill ended his 16-month absence from the game two weeks ago when he took over at Sunderland following the departure of Bruce.
The former Leicester boss cut an excited figure on the touchline last weekend as his team came from behind to beat Steve Kean's strugglers and Redknapp thinks O'Neill has the foundations in place to make the club a force again.
"This is a real opportunity for him to have a go at something," Redknapp said.
"Martin will be jumping up and down on the touchline in front of us on Sunday. He has been out for a while. I am sure he is pleased to be back.
"He has had a few opportunities but didn't take them. Sunderland is a great club. For those of us who have been around a long time, we all know what a big club Sunderland is, they have great support there."
Redknapp made nine changes from the team that lost to Stoke for the 4-0 victory at Shamrock in the Europa League in midweek, but will revert to his first-choice line-up against the Black Cats.
Ledley King could miss his third consecutive game after struggling to recover from a knock he took to his problematic knee in training a fortnight ago.
Meanwhile, Sunderland boss O'Neill has backed calls for English football to introduce a winter break.
As snow fell on Wearside, with the 59-year-old and his players finalising their preparations for trip to Spurs, he extolled the benefits of the system he encountered during his time in Scotland.
O'Neill said: "My personal view is that I would love to see it happen, even for a week or two because psychologically, I believe when you start off the season, it's pretty long and it gives you something to think about during that time.
"Even if it was only for a fortnight, I think psychologically, it would help everyone, that's my view.
"When we were in Scotland, I experienced it twice in the five years I was there and one of those years, Celtic reached the UEFA Cup final. I didn't think it was a coincidence myself.
"That's my own view. I have always felt that - still play your new year games, still have that, still have the old tradition of playing Christmas and new year, but after the third round of the FA Cup, maybe take a break then.
"Psychologically, it would be brilliant for Premier League players, and also as Sir Alex Ferguson says, players get tired at the end of the season and are then expected to play in either the big European Championships or the World Cup.
"I think it would help."
Russian sub sinks Black Cats
Tottenham moved up to third place in the Barclays Premier League after returning to winning ways with a 1-0 victory against Sunderland at White Hart Lane.
Harry Redknapp's men failed to test Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood in a dull first half, but they sprung to life on the hour and took the lead through substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko's fierce drive.
Sunderland would have taken something from the game had it not been for Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who saved well from Sebastian Larsson and Kieran Richardson, while Luka Modric missed a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-0 at the other end, blazing over an open goal deep inside the second period.
The victory, which came a week after Spurs' 11-match unbeaten run ended at Stoke, means they are now two points ahead of Chelsea ahead of the London derby between the two sides on Thursday.
Sir Alex Ferguson began the day by claiming that Spurs were genuine title contenders, but Spurs looked anything but after a drab opening half.
Shorn of Gareth Bale, missing through injury, Spurs lacked a cutting edge and began sluggishly.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto fired a blistering shot from 16 yards that could have gone in had it not hit Rafael van der Vaart and deflected wide, but other than that, Spurs were poor in the opening half hour.
Sandro, keen to impress on a rare start, broke Sunderland's play up well, but scuffed a shot wide from Rafael van der Vaart's pass on a rare foray forward.
Without Bale's marauding and pace down the left, Spurs were struggling to penetrate the Black Cats defence, although the visitors rarely threatened.
Tottenham's attack was adjusted in the 26th minute when a hamstring injury to Aaron Lennon forced the winger off and Pavlyuchenko came on in his place.
Sunderland piled the pressure on and ended the first half the stronger side.
A clever backheel from Connor Wickham gave Kieran Richardson some space on the edge of the box but his low drive was saved well by Friedel.
Larsson then sent a wicked ball across the Spurs box, but Richardson somehow failed to convert from eight yards despite having an empty goal in front of him.
William Gallas' foul on Wickham gave Sunderland a free-kick in a dangerous area but Friedel pulled off a good diving save to deny Larsson's brilliant curling shot.
Pavlyuchenko wasted a glorious chance in the last minute of the half when he volleyed wide from Scott Parker's cross while unmarked in the box.
David Vaughan tested Friedel with a 25-yard drive as Sunderland continued to impress at the start of the second half, while Nicklas Bendtner, on loan from Spurs' bitter rivals Arsenal, was booed when he came on for Wickham.
Assou-Ekotto entered the book for hacking David Vaughan down deep inside the Spurs half before Richardson also saw yellow for kicking the ball away after a foul had been given against him.
Westwood scampered across his line desperately after Van der Vaart fired at goal but the deflected effort flew inches wide.
Sunderland were still proving to be more than a match for their hosts, however, and Richardson played in Jack Colback with a clever pass but William Gallas and Sandro muscled the youngster off the ball before he could get his shot away.
Angered by their team's poor performance, the home crowd urged their side on and they responded by taking the lead on the hour.
Van der Vaart held off his marker and laid on a delicate reverse pass for Pavlyuchenko, who paused before firing a powerful low shot past Westwood for his first league strike of the season.
Buoyed by hitting the opener, Pavlyuchenko confidently strode towards goal before Vaughan tripped him on the edge of the penalty area and the Sunderland midfielder went into the book.
Van der Vaart drilled the free-kick against the wall, but he soon made amends by playing Adebayor through with a wonderful pass.
Westwood parried the striker's effort and the ball fell straight to Modric but he blazed over an open goal from eight yards - a contender for miss of the season.
Kyle Walker hammered a long-range effort just wide as Spurs upped the pressure in search of a second goal to kill the game off.
Van der Vaart got in the way of Modric's goal-bound effort and Assou-Ekotto embarrassed John O'Shea with his trickery but could only cross into a vacant penalty area.
Bramble's clumsy trip on Pavlyuchenko gave Spurs a free-kick on the edge of the Sunderland box but Van der Vaart rifled another effort at the wall. Westwood showed good reflexes to deny Adebayor before Pavlyuchenko went agonisingly close to adding a second with a sweet drive that flew just wide.
Stephane Sessegnon played a clever one-two with Bendtner but the Dane miscued his volley horribly, much to the delight of the home fans.
A dangerous cross from Larsson in the dying minutes caused a few gasps among the home crowd as Sunderland looked for a late equaliser which never came.
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