Pre-season is pre-season but anyone looking for any positives ahead of the 2013-14 Premiership campaign will be struggling after Tottenham’s disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sunderland. Heavy rain led to a difficult surface but while Spurs had chances to finish the game in the second period, defensive lapses let in the Black Cats who progress to Saturday’s final.
Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring on 25 minutes with a deflected effort before Tom Huddlestone gave the ball away in midfield to allow Cabral to equalise.
Our front two of Adebayor and Defoe went close around the hour mark with JD shooting straight at Mannone after Ade had forced a fine save from the former Arsenal stopper. At that point, Spurs looked the most likely to progress before a late goal from Wes Brown and a last minute effort from Karlsson sealed our 3-1 defeat.
Tottenham were without new signings Paulinho and Nacer Chadli while injury meant that Gareth Bale took no part in the match so once again, it’s hard to read too much into the scoreline. The loss means that we are likely to face South China in Saturday’s 3rd place play off.