Date: 24th August 2008 at 12:43am
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Sunderland`s new signing Djibril Cisse scored his first goal for the club to secure all the points for his new club.

Sunderland had failed to win at White Hart Lane for 30 years before this two one victory.

Manager Roy Keane made two changes to the team that faced Liverpool at the Stadium of Light with Whitehead and Higginbotham coming in for Tainio and Chimbonda.

Both teams started brightly with some slick passing but no real chances. Spurs tended to waste some good corners put over from Bentley.

The only real chances in the first half went Sunderland`s way with Steed Malbranque almost coming back to haunt Spurs. His delightful shot from outside the area cannoned off the foot of the post, Diouf`s follow up went narrowly over for a goal kick.

After the break Spurs failed to capitalise from another dangerous corner as Bale`s unmarked header went well over the bar.

Sunderland managed to hit Spurs on the break when Diouf hanged a lovely ball up only for Murphy to volley straight at the keeper.

Sunderland then broke the dead lock when Richardson took advantage of spurs failure to clear.

On the edge of the area Richardson tussled with Jenas for the ball to break just in front of Richardson who clinically despatch`s a peach of a shot past the despairing keeper.

Spurs then had a couple of close chances as they looked for an equalizer.

Sunderland eventually succumbed to the pressure as Spurs replied back with a goal from Jenas, Modric`s shot was saved well but Jenas was on hand to tap in the rebound.

Sunderland then put themselves back in front when Djibril Cisse scored the winner seven minutes for time. Cisse met a good cross from Murphy to head home his first goal for Sunderland.



Sunderland Line Up 4-4-2

Gordon 7
Bardsley 7
Nosworthy 8
Collins 7
Higginbotham 7
Malbranque 8
Reid 8 (Miller 6)
Whitehead 7
Richardson 7 (Cisse 7)
Murphy 7
Diouf 7


Subs not used

Ward
Leadbitter
Healy
Stokes

Vital Sunderland Says
We deserved the victory it could have been more had Malbranque`s effort squeezed in.

Cisse is looking like the poacher we have been missing since Phillips left.

 

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