Tottenham 1-1 Sunderland
Van der Vaart 64 Gyan 67
Tottenham dropped two EPL points at home, despite dominating for long spells against a Black Cats side whose last away game ended in 5-1 humiliation at north-east rivals Newcastle.
Spurs led after another goal for in-form Dutchman Rafael Van der Vaart. But the lead lasted just three minutes before Sunderland’s record-signing Asamoah Gyan grabbed his third goal in two games to steal a point.
Midfielder Tom Huddlestone came closest to scoring for Spurs in the first half when his vv minute right-foot strike from fully 25 yards crashed against Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon’s right-hand post.
David Bentley, in a rare Tottenham start, forced two fine saves from Gordon, himself returning after a long injury lay-off, with two 20-yard left-foot shots, the first a free-kick, the second from open play.
Gordon was eventually beaten on 64 minutes by a trademark Spurs move, Gareth Bale crossing from the left for Peter Crouch to nod the ball down to Van der Vaart, who swivelled and fired home left-footed from seven yards.
But Sunderland levelled when the ball evaded Spurs defenders Younes Kaboul and William Gallas and fell to Gyan, who drilled his shot past Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes’s left hand from 15 yards.
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