Eriksen double helps Tottenham turnaround Sunderland
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | January 16, 2016
Tottenham 4-1 Sunderland
- Pickford makes first-half saves from Kane and Eriksen
- Black Cats take lead against run of play
- Van Aanholt strikes for second time this week
- Eriksen with immediate Spurs reply 90 seconds later
- Dembele strikes on hour mark to complete Tottenham turnaround
- Eriksen scores again with 25-yarder deflecting off Kirchhoff
- Sunderland debutant Kirchhoff then concedes penalty
- Kane converts from spot to seal victory
Spurs put four past Big Sam’s Black Cats
Premier League debuts to forget for Sunderland stopper Jordan Pickford and Jan Kirchoff saw Sam Allardyce’s side throw away a lead at Tottenham, with the hosts coming back to win comprehensively 4-1 at White Hart Lane.
Patrick van Aanholt gave the Black Cats a surprise lead, but Christian Eriksen swiftly cancelled that out. Mousa Dembele then struck on the hour, Eriksen scored a second deflecting in off giant German defender Kirchhoff, who then conceded a late penalty converted by Harry Kane.
Such a comprehensive defeat for Big Sam’s boys belied their brilliant midweek victory over fellow relegation battlers Swansea City. Sunderland have now slipped behind Northeast neighbours Newcastle United in the Premier League table on goal difference.
Early saves keep Sunderland in it
Spurs swiftly established themselves into the ascendancy, with Harry Kane forcing Black Cats goalie Pickford into an early fingertip save from Dembele’s lay-off.
Poor Sunderland defending from a corner allowed England striker Kane to tee-up club and country teammate Dele Alli, but he blazed over the bar.
Tottenham had muted penalty appeals twice against John O’Shea turned down with Kane and Alli going to ground in the Black Cats’ box. Erik Lamela later lashed a cross-shot wide.
Shock lead doesn’t last long
Van Aanholt’s opener came against the run of play five minutes before half-time, then. Adam Johnson’s perceptive through-ball found the Dutch full back, who survived a hint of offside to slot home from a tight angle past Hugo Lloris.
That Sunderland lead lasted little more than 90 seconds, however, as Spurs levelled after Pickford smothered from Kane. The loose ball fell to Eriksen and the Dane found the empty net, beating Lee Cattermole on the line who couldn’t clear the effort.
Eriksen almost scored again to bring about a Tottenham turnaround, but Pickford turned his latest effort behind at full-stretch. Jermain Defoe, facing his former club here, fired just wide on a rare Black Cats counter early in the second-half.
Second-half collapse costs Sunderland share of spoils
An Alli header back across goal from Lamela’s diagonal ball dropped wide before consistent pressure on the Sunderland net finally told on the hour mark.
Kane’s strike was palmed behind by Pickford, who then parried from Danny Rose when his defence failed to clear the resultant corner. The loose ball fell to Dembele and he worked an opening to fire Spurs ahead.
Eriksen struck again seven minutes later, increasing Tottenham’s lead courtesy of a big deflection off Kirchhoff when rifling in from 25 yards. The giant German then chopped Rose down in the area, leading to a stonewall penalty coolly converted by Kane into the far corner.
Spurs are now just four points off leaders Arsenal, and thus remain dark horses in the Premier League title race.