Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon impressed by Jermain Defoe, Jeremain Lens and Fabio Borini

Sunderland were unable to beat Tottenham Hotspur in their most recent fixture, but still put in an encouraging display.

Costel Pantilimon has praised Jermain Defoe, Jeremain Lens and Fabio Borini for their performances against Tottenham Hotspur in the Northern Echo.

Sunderland fell to a 1-0 defeat against Spurs on Sunday, but their performance was arguably the most encouraging display that they have given so far this season. 

The Black Cats showed their attacking threat, even if they weren't able to score, and Pantilimon singled out three players for praise after the match. 

"We have good players, especially up front with Jermain, Jeremain Lens, Fabio Borini and other players," Pantilimon said. "We look solid and we look in good shape but we have to be like this for the rest of the season.

“It's good for the team that we've brought some players in. We're trying to improve and to work hard. We were expecting Spurs to be tough opponents but I would say we played well.

“Sometimes it can happen like that where you get hit on the counter-attack and you can concede a goal, especially in the last ten minutes. That's football. But we had good chances and I'm very happy about this team."

Lens, Defoe and Borini will be required to carry a lot of Sunderland's goalscoring responsibility this season, and they displayed signs of promise on Sunday. 

Lens set Defoe through on goal at one stage with a glorious pass, but the striker was unable to take the opportunity - rather summing up the side's struggles in the final third. 

Dick Advocaat's men found it hard to hit the back of the net last term, but they have spent to make sure that they don't have the same problems this time around.

Although Sunderland have made an inauspicious start to the season, their performance against Spurs still gave cause for optimism and they will be hoping to see the trio of attackers grow even stronger as they become more familiar with each other's games. 

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