Tottenham player ratings vs Sunderland

Kyle Walker

Andre Villas-Boas’ men made it two wins in a week with a 2-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday.

Tottenham are two points adrift of the top four after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday at the Stadium of Light.

Spurs came from behind after Adam Johnson had scored in the first-half, with a Paulinho strike and a John O’Shea own goal resulting in victory.

Here is how the Tottenham players faired in the game.

Hugo Lloris – 6/10

Made a disastrous error for Sunderland’s goal, and does not appear as confident since his head knock against Everton. Made up for it with a number of solid saves and collects from crosses in the second-half.

Kyle Walker – 8/10 – Man of the Match

Got the better of Phil Bardsley repeatedly and looked comfortable at the back, with his pace a key attribute in breaking up Sunderland attacks. Worked well with Lennon in getting forward also.

Etienne Capoue – 7/10

Deputised at the back and put in a solid shift. He read the game well, put in a number of good interceptions and showed the Spurs faithful his versatility.

Michael Dawson – 7/10

Put in a captain’s performance with his leadership and courage on show, and made a number of important clearances. Was relatively dominant in the air also, but exposed for his lack of pace on occasion.

Kyle Naughton – 7/10

The young left-back was solid in defence, putting in a number of strong tackles to win the ball back. Misplaced a couple of passes and did not offer much getting forward but a solid performance nonetheless.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

Put in a good shift, and provided the inspiration for the winning goal. Looked comfortable on the ball and less wasteful than he has been in previous games.

Paulinho – 8/10

Initially started as the anchor in the team’s midfield, and Spurs struggled to break Sunderland down without the Brazilian getting forward. Had a licence to play higher up the pitch in the second-half and the team looked more dangerous as a result.

Lewis Holtby – 7/10

Looked tidy in possession and was hard-working off the ball. A delightful reverse pass for Defoe to shoot should have heralded a goal.

Nacer Chadli – 6/10

Provided an aerial threat from set pieces but not a huge amount else. Still adapting to the English game and looks one-dimensional due to playing on the left and being right-footed.

Aaron Lennon – 8/10

Has firmly consolidated his place in the Spurs starting XI once more, and looked very dangerous when running at opponents. Excellent movement off the ball and a threat on the counter made him Spurs’ most dangerous offensive player.

Jermain Defoe – 7/10

His movement off the ball was very good and offered a lot more than Roberto Soldado has been this season. Unlucky not to score by hitting the woodwork on two occasions, and should have done better after being released by Holtby. Could have had a hat-trick on another day, and deserves to continue in the side.

Substitutes

Sandro – 7/10

Fortunate not to give away a penalty after a moment of madness, but broke up Sunderland play and showed the required energy after coming on.

Andros Townsend – 7/10

Much more comfortable on the left than the right, Townsend put in two great crosses that could have resulted in the third goal.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Not given enough time to influence things, but worked hard when introduced.

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