Spurs come from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2012 at 8:59 am •  Published: December 29, 2012
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SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — Tottenham produced a second-half turnaround to beat Sunderland 2-1 on Saturday and climb provisionally into third place in the Premier League.

England winger Aaron Lennon scored a fine solo strike for Spurs' winner in the 52nd minute, soon after they had grabbed an equalizer when Carlos Cuellar headed a corner into his own net at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland, buoyant after beating Manchester City 1-0 on Wednesday, took the lead against the run of play in the 40th through John O'Shea's close-range strike but the hosts were outplayed throughout.

Spurs' sixth win in their last eight league matches lifted them a point above Chelsea into third place, although their London rivals have two games in hand — the first coming against Everton on Sunday.

Tottenham should never have been behind in the first place, after dominating a one-sided first half but failing to find a cutting edge.

After Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe wasted good early chances, Emmanuel Adebayor somehow managed to hit the bar from just two yards out on the half-hour mark after Defoe's shot was deflected into his path.

That explained Andre Villas-Boas' disgust when O'Shea, without a league goal in more than three years — when he played for Manchester United — sidefooted into an empty net from close range after Steven Fletcher's shot was parried by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.