Player ratings - Sunderland 2 Spurs 2

Ricky Alvarez
Ricky Alvarez

SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young marks the Black Cats players after Gus Poyet’s men salvaged a 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

Mannone 6 - Made several good saves, but should have done better for the opener after pushing Adebayor’s shot straight into the path of Chadli.

Vergini 6 - Struggled to contain Tottenham’s dangerous left-hand side, albeit he needed more defensive support from Alvarez.

O’Shea 7 - Made several timely interceptions although needed to guide Sunderland’s defensive line further up the field.

Brown 7 - As with O’Shea, was guilty of sitting too deep, although scrambled well when Spurs were stretching Sunderland’s back four.

van Aanholt 6 - Should have cleared Chadli’s cross for Spurs’ second and struggled to get forwards, with Sunderland pegged back for long periods.

Cattermole 7 - Pick of the midfield three after frequently being left with too much ground to cover, as Spurs found space and moved the ball around at pace.

Larsson 5 - Desperately attempted to keep Spurs’ midfield dangermen under wraps, but was left chasing shadows and never established any sense of control over proceedings. (Giaccherini 7 - Unfortunate to be left out of the starting XI, but made a difference when he came on and almost carved out a late winner for Buckley.)

Rodwell 5 - Still looks off the pace and although he enjoyed his longest outing yet for Sunderland, like Larsson, he never got close enough to the opposition midfield. (Gomez 7 - Excellent ball whipped in for the second equaliser and like Giaccherini, finally exerted an element of control for Sunderland)

Alvarez 6 - Couple of piercing passes and nice runs showed glimpses of what he will bring after being handed a baptism of fire. But needs to work on his defensive duties. (Buckley 6 - Looked to be positive in running at the Spurs defence, but spurned a golden opportunity to secure what would have been a dramatic late victory).

JOHNSON 7 - Lovely first goal of the season, albeit he received a touch of help with the deflection. Almost added a second from long range and was Sunderland’s most dangerous player.

Wickham 7 - Far more threatening in a central role and worried Spurs’ defence with his physical might. Badly needed more service though.