The win lifts Tottenham above Manchester United to sixth in the Premier League table, and optimists in North London will also note that Tim Sherwood's side are just five points behind Arsenal in the final Champions League place with five games to play. The Tottenham players put on a fine performance for manager Sherwood, who was reportedly told earlier today that he would be relieved of his duties at the end of the season.
Though Adebayor will have augmented his salary with a hefty goal bonus for his brace, the man-of-the match award went to Christian Eriksen, who set up the first two goals for Adebayor and Kane then netted the third himself on 78 minutes with a low shot.
Sunderland had taken the lead on 17 minutes through Lee Cattermole's first goal since 2008 following a Vlad Chiriches' mistake. Adebayor netted his second in the 88th minute then sub Gylfi Sigurdsson poked home a fifth in injury-time to cap a miserable night for Gus Poyet and his side.
Sunderland have now lost their last four matches, and are seven points from safety with seven games of their season remaining.
17’ GOAL! Spurs 0-1 Sunderland: Lee Cattermole scores his first goal for Sunderland, and his first goal for 113 games. Vlad Chiriches plays the ball across goal with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris out of his area, presumably trying to find Younes Kaboul, and Cattermole sidefoots home into the empty net. Cattermole's last goal before today came for Wigan v Blackburn in 2008 in Paul Ince's last game as Rovers’manager....
18’ The ball drops to Harry Kane on the edge of the six-yard box, but the 20-year-old shoots straight at Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone. A great chance for an early equaliser for Spurs.
28’ GOAL! Spurs 1-1 Sunderland: Adebayor bundles home at the far post after getting in front of Wes Brown. The cross was inch-perfect from Eriksen, although the Dane was allowed too much space down the left by Liam Bridcutt. Replays suggest the ball brushed the Togolese’s arm.
58’ GOAL! Spurs 2-1 Sunderland: Kane scores his first goal for Tottenham to make it Spurs 2-1 Sunderland. Eriksen curls a cross into the corridor of uncertainty between Brown and Mannone, and the 20-year-old pokes home from close range.
77’ GOAL! Spurs 3-1 Sunderland: Eriksen makes it Tottenham 3-1 Sunderland. Adebayor feeds Chadli, who in turn finds the Dane to shoot past Mannone via a slight deflection off Bardsley.
86’ GOAL! Spurs 4-1 Sunderland: Adebayor pokes home into an empty net after Kane's shot slips under Mannone's body and rolls towards the goalline. The chance came from a poor header from Brown, allowing Kane to slip in, beat Vergini and shoot.
90+2’ GOAL! Spurs 5-1 Sunderland: Sigurdsson pokes home from close range in a crowded area after Mannone had flapped at eriksen's corner. That is now 5-1. Sherwood for England!
Tottenham have now won six and lost none of the last eight Premier League games against Sunderland.
Lee Cattermole has had six birthdays and seven red cards since his last Premier League goal. That came for Wigan v Blackburn in 2008 in Paul Ince's last game as Rovers’manager.
Has Tim Sherwood really lost the dressing room? Sherwood will reportedly be relieved from his duties at the end of the season, but in the last two games at White Hart Lane his Tottenham side have really impressed. They came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Southampton two weeks ago, then thrashed Sunderland tonight. The players really looked as if they were playing for their manager too.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham): The Dane kept popping up all over the last third, completely discombobulating the Sunderland back five as he switched from centre to wing and back again. Adebayor’s first half goal came from a typically wicked Eriksen cross from the left. He set up the second for Kane, then scored the third himself. Adebayor in the post-match interviews jokingly refused to hand over the award, saying that he wanted more assists from the Dane!!
Tottenham: Lloris 7, Naughton 7, Chiriches 6, Kaboul 7, Rose 6, Lennon 7, Chadli 7, Paulinho 7, Eriksen 9, Adebayor 8, Kane 8. Subs: Townsend 7, Sigurdsson 7, Veljkovic 6.
Sunderland: Mannone 6, Brown 5, Cuellar 6, Vergini 5, Bardsley 6, Cattermole 7, Ki 6, Bridcutt 6, Alonso 7, Johnson 6, Borini 6. Subs: Gardner 6, Scocco 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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- Emmanuel Adebayor
- Christian Eriksen
- Lee Cattermole
- Tim Sherwood
- Harry Kane