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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.


George Honeyman (for Fabio Borini) - 6

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

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