English Premiership

Spurs claim vital away win

2012-12-29 16:58
Aaron Lennon (AFP)

London - In-form Tottenham Hotspur overturned a half-time deficit to win 2-1 at Sunderland on Saturday and provisionally move into third place in the English Premier League table.

Spurs bossed the first half at a rain-sodden Stadium of Light, hitting the bar through Emmanuel Adebayor, but fell behind in the 40th minute when John O'Shea scored after Hugo Lloris had saved superbly from Steven Fletcher.

However, a Carlos Cuellar own goal saw the visitors draw level three minutes into the second period, before man-of-the-match Aaron Lennon completed the comeback with a composed finish in the 51st minute.

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Andre Villas-Boas's side have taken 19 points from a possible 24 and are now a point above third-place Chelsea, who have two games in hand, while Sunderland -- 1-0 victors against champions Manchester City on Wednesday - remain 13th.

Leaders Manchester United will hope to stretch their seven-point advantage over second-place City later on Saturday when they host West Bromwich Albion, with City in action at Norwich City.

Arsenal, who began the day in seventh place, host Newcastle United in the evening game, while Chelsea visit Everton on Sunday.

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