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Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
With Sunderland failing to even get into double figures in terms of shots on the opponent’s goal, Sunday proved to be a fairly quiet day for Hugo Lloris.
That said, the few chances that Danny Graham and Connor Wickham did manage to craft were met by Tottenham’s No. 1 with the necessary resistance.
Even easier did Lloris’ day become following the sending off of Sunderland’s David Vaughan, allowing the ‘keeper to spray balls to his midfielders with increasing confidence.
Right-Back: Kyle Walker
Linking up with Aaron Lennon down Spurs’ right flank, Kyle Walker once again formed a pacey tandem with his English compatriot that many Premier League defences have found difficult to tame this season.
The 22-year-old did well in quelling the threat of James McClean while also posing a considerable one himself, managing to even test Simon Mignolet’s reactions with a second-half sighter from outside the Black Cats’ box.
Centre-Back: Jan Vertonghen
The most involved Tottenham defender on the day, Jan Vertonghen really showed his value as a rounded Premier League player against Paulo Di Canio’s Sunderland, present both at the back and going forward.
Taking the most touches among his side while maintaining a pass accuracy of 91 percent, Vertonghen was a calm, key component of Andre Villas-Boas’ backline, just as he has been for long stretches of the campaign.
Centre-Back: Michael Dawson
Engaged in a match-long back and forth with Sunderland’s front two, Dawson could have fared better in dealing with the opposition’s aerial probes, winning only half of his headed duels.
Vertonghen was forced into covering up for his central partners mistakes at times, but Dawson himself was frequently covering for Kyle Walker at times, too.
Left-Back: Benoit Assou-Ekotto
One of Spurs’ less impressive performers on the day, Assou-Ekotto found himself coming up short against Sunderland at times, particularly in a defensive sense.
The Cameroonian international conceded three fouls to Adam Johnson & Company, finishing the game with the lowest pass completion of any player in his side in the process.