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    Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Sunderland: Harry Kane goal sees Spurs rise to third

    By Alex Easley
    Harry Kane scored his second goal in a week, but was injured as Spurs saw Sunderland off 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
    Harry Kane’s second goal in two successive league games helped Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, however he was stretchered off late on due to injury.

    The hosts earned all three points thanks to Kane’s finish from close in after 59 minutes following a bad mistake by Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji.

    The win saw Spurs rise above north London rivals Arsenal in the table after not remaining unbeaten in their first five league games of the season so far for the first time in twelve years.

    Sunderland, however, had Adnan Januzaj sent off at the death after a second yellow card and remain in the relegation zone as they are still winless in the top-flight this campaign under David Moyes.
    Mauricio Pochettino’s afternoon ended on a sour note when Kane had to be carried off three minutes from time with what looks like a serious ankle injury.

    The Spurs boss revealed after the game that the forward was set to undergo a scan to determine the full extent of the problem.

    Pochettino made three changes from the side that lost 2-1 at Wembley in the Champions League to Monaco on Wednesday, with Mousa Dembele starting his first Premier League game after completing his domestic suspension.

    Moussa Sissoko made his first start for the club since joining from Newcastle on deadline day and there was movement in the defence, as Eric Dier partnered Toby Alderweireld in the centre and Jan Vertonghen moved to left back in place of Ben Davies.

    David Moyes also chose to make three changes from the side that lost 3-0 to Everton last Monday night, all in midfield, with captain Lee Cattermole, Didier Ndong and Steven Pienaar all being recalled.

    However, as kick-off neared, Sunderland made an unexpected late change, with Jason Denayor replacing Patrick Van Aanholt for his Premier League debut.

    The Belgian defender was given a tough baptism of fire by Heung-Min Son, as the midfielder tormented him down the Tottenham left time and time again.

    The South Korea international was a bundle of energy down the left flank in the opening exchanges, with Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford being forced into a brilliant reaction save at his near post to keep out Kane's close-range shot after nine minutes.

    Pickford was an increasingly busy figure as the first period wore on as shots rained down on the visitors' 'keeper, with one particular effort from Son Heung-min six minutes before half-time beating the England U21 international, only to strike the outside of the post.

    However, despite all Spurs' pressure, it was Sunderland who created the best chance of the first half after good play by Januzaj in the box saw the Belgian escape to the right-hand byline and pull the ball back for Steven Pienaar, whose close-range effort was cleared off the line by Kyle Walker.
    Kyle Walker denied ex-Spur Steven Pienaar as he the ball cleared off the line before half-time.
    The pattern of the second period was much the same as the first, with Spurs pressing for that opening goal, which finally came just before the hour-mark, although Sunderland will be very disappointed with their part in it.

    Walker swung in a cross from the right which Dele Alli headed back across goal, only for Djilobodji to make a hash of his clearance in the six-yard box and present Kane with a simple tap-in at the far post.

    The home side, who had a Premier League record so far this season of 31 shots on goal, had several chances to increase their lead in the final quarter of the game, with Pickford furthering his already growing reputation by denying Alli and substitute Erik Lamela with excellent stops, while Dier also flashed a shot that went inches past the far post.

    Pochettino may now have to make do without the likes of Kane, Dier, who suffered a hamstring injury, and Walker, who also appeared to be nursing a hamstring problem in the closing stages, over the course of the next few weeks.
    Spurs striker Harry Kane was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the remaining minutes of the game.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Dembele, Wanyama, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Kane

    Subs used: Janssen, Lamela, Davies

    Sunderland: Pickford, Manquillo, Kone, Djilobodji, Denayer, Januzaj, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, Ndong, Pienaar, Defoe

    Subs used: Khazri, Watmore, McNair

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Heung-Min Son
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