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Spurs benefit from Bent blunder
Published : 07 Nov 2009 18:23:00
Sunderland striker Darren Bent missed a penalty on his return to White Hart Lane as Tottenham secured a 2-0 victory through goals from Robbie Keane and Tom Huddlestone. Bent caused his former side problems as early as the sixth minute when he carried the ball down the right flank and crossed - but Jordan Henderson stabbed wide. The home side, however, were ahead in the 12th minute. Craig Gordon saved from Keane but the ball squirmed through the Sunderland goalkeeper and was tapped in by the striker. Andy Reid struck the post before the break with a 35-yard dipping drive, before Bent won a dubious penalty. Referee Kevin Friend only gave the Spurs stopper a yellow card when he was the last man, with Gomes parrying Bent's placed spot-kick. Gomes saved twice more, both times from Steed Malbranque, before Huddlestone had a powerful drive cleared off the line by Paulo da Silva, with Gordon taking a knock to his wrist in the build-up. Gordon's injury saw him replaced by former Spurs goalkeeper Marton Fulop - but the first thing he had to do was pick Huddlestone's thunderbolt out of the net as the midfielder crashed home from distance.