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.