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Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Player Ratings & Man of the Match poll

Following the absolute horror show at West Bromwich Albion, the Lads put in a spirited performance to grind out a goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur. Canny, canny.

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Vito Mannone - 7

Only had a couple of saves to make but much improved on the calamities of the past few weeks. Commanded the area well and kept Tottenham at bay.

Billy Jones - 7

Like Manquillo managed to stop Tottenham's potent full backs and offered an attacking outlet during the first half.

Lamine Kone - 9 (Tom's MOTM)

This is what we have been missing this past month. An absolute colossus at the back, didn't put a foot wrong and breathed confidence into the back three. 

John O'Shea - 8

Looks a completely different player with Kone back in the side. The nervousness seemed to evaporate and ensured Harry Kane didn't get a sniff throughout.

Jason Denayer - 7

Recovered well from a very shaky start and seemed more at home in a back three. Could prove crucial with Djilobodji suspended.

Javier Manquillo - 7

Playing as a stand-in left back, struggled at times with Victor Wanyama but handled him to reasonably good effect.

Jack Rodwell - 8

That was one hell of a challenge, one hell of a challenge. One of Rodwell's better games, still chasing that elusive record but was a decent performance. And WHAT a challenge.

Didier Ndong - 8

Like Kone, we have missed Ndong more than we thought. Great energy in middle nullifying many Tottenham attacks, blocked a handful of efforts and will prove to be key in the coming months.

Sebastian Larsson - 7

A performance you come to expect from Larsson but one that have been getting less and less of recently. Proved a much more effective partnership alongside Ndong.

Fabio Borini - 5

It's becoming a hugely frustrating sight watching Fabio Borini. Spurned two golden opportunities and then widely hit crosses to no-one, again I'm struggling to see what he offers us. His work rate was much improved than previous weeks but his role as a striker is almost redundant.

Jermain Defoe - 6

Once again isolated but when the defence were performing so well it is understandable. Carved out an early chance but was relatively quiet during the second half.

Subs:

George Honeyman (for Fabio Borini) - 6

Gave the ball away a couple of times but contributed to the glorious goalless.