Tottenham Hotspur scored four times after the restart to post a resounding 5-1 win over visiting Sunderland on Monday.
Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson each scored in the second half to send Spurs back into sixth place in the Premier League.
Lee Cattermole had opened the scoring for Sunderland after just 17 minutes, but following Adebayor’s equaliser just prior to the half-hour mark it was mostly one-way traffic the rest of the night.
Following is analysis and ratings for both sets of players.
Half-Time analysis for Tottenham Hotspur
Lloris: Was involved in the mix-up with Chiriches that gifted Cattermole the opener.
Naughton: Quite nearly equalised straight away, but pulled his shot just wide of the target.
Chiriches: Had a decent first half, apart from that horrendous mistake.
Kaboul: Has so far won everything in the air.
Rose: Getting forward effectively down the left-hand side.
Lennon: Was anonymous for 30 minutes but ended the period well.
Chadli: Has so far completed 94% of his passes.
Paulinho: His best contribution was earning a free kick late on.
Eriksen: The best player on the pitch by a country mile.
Adebayor: Not only scoring goals, but tracking back as well.
Kane: He just doesn’t look like a serious threat of goal.
Full-Time analysis for Tottenham Hotspur
Lloris: Was mostly a spectator in the second half.
Naughton: Carried the ball out of his own half of the pitch on numerous occasions.
Chiriches: His mistake that set up the Cattermole goal marred an otherwise solid performance.
Kaboul: Didn’t lose a single aerial battle.
Rose: He touched the ball 71 times and provided a useful attacking option from the left.
Lennon: One of Tottenham’s poorer performers on the night.
Chadli: The Belgian completed 90% of his passes and earned an assist on Eriksen’s goal.
Paulinho: His distribution improved after the restart, and he also won a pair of tackles.
Eriksen: A goal and two assists for the in-form Dane.
Adebayor: The Togolese striker saluted beleaguered manager Tim Sherwood after scoring his second.
Kane: Was much improved after the restart, scoring once and having a hand in another.
Sigurdsson: Got in on the fun when he rounded out the scoring.
Townsend: Four touches in the six minutes he played.
Veljkovic: The 18-year-old made a brief cameo after replacing Paulinho.
Half-Time analysis for Sunderland
Mannone: No chance on the Adebayor equaliser.
Bardsley: Quite nearly put the ball into his own net midway through the first half.
Cuellar: Completed each and every one of his passes out of the defense.
Brown: Had a good chance to open the scoring from an early corner.
Vergini: Distribution has been abysmal—doesn’t look cut out for this level.
Alonso: Will play the second half on a booking.
Johnson: Only 13 touches in the first half.
Bridcutt: Did very, very little in the opening frame.
Cattermole: Made three tackles and also opened the scoring after curling a long-range shot into goal following Chiriches’ giveaway.
Ki: Only 14 touches so far.
Borini: Stretching the Spurs defense at times.
Full-Time analysis for Sunderland
Mannone: Should have done better in attempting to clear Eriksen’s cross ahead of the Sigurdsson goal.
Bardsley: On the back-foot much of the night.
Cuellar: Spurs should have had a penalty after he stood on Kane’s foot.
Brown: Was twice beaten for a Spurs goal at the far corner.
Vergini: Better in the second half, but that he started while O’Shea sat is astonishing.
Alonso: Had difficulty containing Naughton.
Johnson: Dire from set pieces.
Bridcutt: Started the second half well enough, but contributed little as the period wore on.
Cattermole: Sacrificed for Scocco in the 72nd minute.
Ki: Completed a remarkable 94% of his passes, although his touches were few and far between.
Borini: Took three shots—none of which troubled Lloris.
Gardner: Only seven touches in 18 minutes of football.
Scocco: Also touched the ball just seven times.