Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned

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Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned
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A despondent John O'Shea trudges back into position as Tottenham Hotspur celebrate the Irishman's own goal, which gave them a 2-1 lead over Sunderland.

Tottenham Hotspur came from a goal behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening.

Adam Johnson had given the Black Cats a first-half lead after Hugo Lloris flapped at an Ondrej Celustka cross.

Their lead lasted just six minutes before Nacer Chadli headed back in a Kyle Walker free-kick for Paulinho to score Tottenham's equaliser.

Spurs' bright start to the second half was embodied by a determined Mousa Dembele run down the left flank. The Belgian held off the challenge of Jack Colback and saw his cross deflected off John O'Shea into the empty net.

Jermain Defoe hit the post twice as Spurs attempted to seal their win, with the striker also firing narrowly wide after a superb reverse pass from Lewis Holtby.

The 2-1 lead was almost thrown away when Sandro handled a Sunderland corner in the penalty area. The action somehow escaped the attention of referee Lee Mason, much to the displeasure of the home side.

The result leaves Sunderland stuck on the bottom of the Premier League with sixth-place Spurs closing the gap on the teams above them.

Read on for some things we learned from this early December clash.

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