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Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland: Player Ratings

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How did the lads get on in defeat at White Hart Lane?

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Costel Pantilimon - 7

Was never really called into heroics but was dependable and blameless on the goals.

Billy Jones - 6

One first half cross really should have resulted in a Steven Fletcher goal, but generally speaking he didn't really stand out.

Santiago Vergini - 6

Poor clearance that led to the first Spurs goal, but made plenty of good blocks second half to his credit.

John O'Shea - 7

Just steady and class as ever.

Wes Brown - 6

Did nowt wrong, did nowt that good.

Patrick van Aanholt - 6

Gave his usual balance and willingness to get forward, but struggled defensively without a winger in front to protect him, certainly more so than Jones did on the opposite flank.

Seb Larsson - 7

Bloody marvellous free kick. Produced in flashes today rather than his usual consistency.

Jack Rodwell - 8

Just about Sunderland's man of the match, I reckon.

Adam Johnson - 6

Seemed to enjoy the cut and thrust of the central position. Certainly could see a future there for him, but not a huge influence today.

Steven Fletcher - 5

He was poor, let's not mess about. Missed a glorious chance and didn't really hold it up as well as we know he can.

Jermain Defoe - 7

Well, he was a threat, you'd have to say that. Always in the shoulder of the last defender, always forward thinking. Didn't look brilliantly sharp, but should have had a penalty and was always involved.

Connor Wickham (Sub) - 6

Offered a bit more than Fletcher, but not much more.

Danny Graham (Sub) - 6

He should have scored. He might have even had two. There is something fresher about him at the moment though. He looks like a footballer again. Fingers crossed he can kick on.

Man Of The Match: Jack Rodwell

He looked, perhaps for the first time for Sunderland, a genuine physical force in the centre of midfield. Managed to strike a good balance between attack and defence. Hopefully we are starting to see the player we thought we were getting.