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Jack Rodwell should have been sent off

9:49 pm

Jack Rodwell was a lucky man staying on the pitch

Should it have been a red card for Rodwell instead of yellow?

I must say I agree with Harry Kane, Jack Rodwell should have been sent off for his deliberate hack at Mousa Dembele with the ball a yard away.

“You could say the other team were physical. I think there were some decisions on that pitch that were very surprising. 
“Mousa getting kicked knee-high… If you go up to anyone on the pitch and kick them knee-height on purpose, it doesn’t matter if it’s a ‘tactical foul’, let’s say - it’s a red card. 
“There’s another one. Sonny [Heung-Min Son] has got a big gash going down his shin where the guy’s kicked the ball and followed through onto his shin. 
“Yes it’s physical, but then I think we have to be protected as well, so obviously we’re disappointed from that side of it. It was a disappointing night. 
“The referee obviously just saw it as a tactical foul, but I think we all know a pull on the shirt or a trip on the foot or the shin even [is one thing]. Kicking someone knee-height on purpose like that is a dangerous tackle and, for me, I think it’s definitely a red card.”

There are ways to commit a tactical foul and there are hacks at a player that are red cards and Rodwell's challenge definitely fell into the latter category. The commentators on the night concluded it was a red card challenge and spent the rest of the game telling us he was lucky to still be on the pitch.

His contribution after that incident was huge for Sunderland so the decision of Lee Mason had a significant effect on the game. We can't be looking at a non-sending off as an excuse though, we have to look at our own game and ask what went wrong. Mauricio Pochettino said that post game.It is a question of looking at the things you can control, not the things you can't control.

We must also keep in mind the fact that Victor Wanyama could easily have been sent off this season but hasn't been so perhaps a case of things evening themselves out.

To see what else Harry Kane had to say to Ben Pearce visit the Ham & High website.

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Sunderland 0 Spurs 0

6:00 am



Hugo Lloris was ill so wasn't in the Tottenham squad for the visit to Sunderland. Michel Vorm had his first Premier League start since August and Danny Rose had to come off injured after 37 minutes.

Sunderland started with a back five at the Stadium of Light for Mauricio Pochettino's 99th game in charge of Tottenham Hotspur. The Spurs full-backs were very prominent for the first half an hour with Walker and Rose both getting into the opposition penalty area.

As is often the case with us, we looked like we might make a chance any minute but last-ditch defending denied us a shooting chance. Son Heung-min was getting into some good positions but his first touch let him down on a couple of occasions, firstly from a Toby Alderweireld long ball and secondly from a quick Harry Kane throw-in. On both occasions he was behind their defensive line.

Sunderland have had the better chances, particularly with the long ball up to short man Defoe causing us problems. Probably fortunate to go in 0-0, but then perhaps Sunderland were lucky to have 11 men still on the field after Rodwell simply hacked Mousa Dembele down as he was breaking in a counter-attack.

The second half was all Spurs, probing but never creating the clear-cut chance except for a Wanyama header that he put over the bar. Our final ball wasn't good enough in a packed penalty area and our shooting from outside the box was poor.

Fortunately for us Arsenal lost at home to Watford 2-1 and so we move back into second place on goal difference, ours is +3 better than theirs.

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32 points out of a potential 36

3:00 pm



Tottenham take on a depleted Sunderland. David Moyes has a huge task trying to turn them around and has brought in two former Everton players to assists his cause, 29-year-old (30 in October) Republic of Ireland international midfielder Darron Gibson and 26-year-old (27 in February) Costa Rican international left-back Bryan Oviedo.

Joleon Lescott, Jack Rodwell and Steven Piennar give the club a real Everton feel.


Kieran Trippier is out with the hip injury he picked up on Saturday against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup. Also missing will be Jan Vertonghen (ankle) and Erik Lamela (hip). 

As expected Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld have all recovered from their minor injuries and return to the squad for the match against Sunderland this evening.


Victor Anichebe will miss the rest of the season with knee ligament trouble. The same injury sees Sunderland miss goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Paddy McNair and Duncan Whatmore. 

Jan Kirchhoff will miss the Spurs game with a cartilage problem while Lee Cattermole is out until March with a hip injury. Jason Denayer (groin), Steven Pienaar (calf) and Javier Manquillo (calf) will need fitness tests. 

New signings Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo may be available. Lamina Kone and Didier Ndong have returned from the 2017 African Cup of Nations. Wahbi Kahzri is has only just returned and is the subject of a deadline day transfer story so may not be selected if he has recovered from jet lag. He will probably need a rest before playing again. Papy Djilobodji is serving a four match ban for his second sending off of the season.


The last 12 Premier League games Tottenham Hotspur have played against Sunderland: WWDWWWWDWWWW
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32 Points gained out of a potential 36

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Bullet point Spurs news

9:00 pm


  • Two former strikers have their birthdays today, Dimitar Berbatov and Peter Crouch, both are 36-years-old.
  • Harry Kane (groin), Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Danny Rose (knee) have all recover fitness and are available to play against Sunderland tomorrow.
  • Spurs Under-18's v Leicester City Under-18's game in the U18 Premier League will be played at Hotspur Way on Tuesday 7th February with a Noon kick off.
  • Spurs FA Youth Cup Fifth Round tie against Norwich City will now be played on Thursday 2nd February at Stevenage. kicking off at 19.00.
  • Live TV coverage has moved two Tottenham fixtures in March, Everton (home) will now be Sunday 5th March, 13.30 kick off (Sky Sports) and Southampton (home) will now kick off at 14.15 on Sunday 19th March (Sky Sports).
  • Spurs' home match with Stoke City, live on Sky Sports, has now been put back to 13.30 on Sunday 26th February after Manchester United qualified for the League Cup final.
  • Spurs 19-year-old (20 in February) midfielder Luke Amos has joined Southend United on loan until the end of the season while 19-year-old (20 in February) Anton Walkes has joined MLS side Atlanta United where former Spurs Club Secretary, Darren Eales is now President. 20-year-old (21 in February) defender Connor Ogilvie has joined Stevenage on loan until the end of the season.
  • The Tottenham Under-18 side lost 3-2 to Chelsea Under-18's at Cobham with Reo Griffiths and Tashan Oakley-Boothe scoring for Spurs.
  • Former Spurs academy striker Souleymane Coulibaly has left Kilmarnock to join Egyptian side Al Ahly for £800,000.


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Players to watch

7:00 pm


Kevin Ball selects his players to watch tomorrow night

Anyone who has watched football for the past 30 years will know the name of Kevin Ball whether they support Sunderland or not. Born in Hastings in Kent he was a Sunderland stalwart and is now their senior professional development coach.

He has run the rule over Spurs for the official Sunderland website ahead of our game tomorrow and has picked out four players to watch, Harry Lane, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld.


When I cast my eye over Tottenham Hotspur’s squad list, it’s great to see so many young British players they have coming through. Starting with Harry Kane in this week’s edition of my ones to watch, the striker has impressed me because he hasn’t had a straightforward development. I’ve mentioned that before, but I like the fact it hasn’t been plain sailing for him because that has served him well in the long run. A loan spell at Leicester City and a few other clubs saw him earn his stripes and for me that highlights his desire to develop. While chances were initially limited at Spurs, Kane took the one he had with both hands and is now one of the country’s leading strikers. He has excellent movement and can finish with both feet - you only have to look at his goalscoring record to see that with 13 goals in just 17 Premier League appearances.

You can find out what he has to say about Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld by following the link: Official Sunderland Website

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Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal

5:00 pm

An important night as Spurs travel to Sunderland

The fixtures are coming quickly, an FA Cup tie on Saturday and an important Premier League game tomorrow, understandable why we and most other teams mane nine changes to their starting line-ups.

Even Championship sides were making changes to concentrate on getting into the Premier League, it is everything in domestic football now, not that an FA Cup win would go amiss.

David Moyes is having to rebuild Sunderland in the same way that he built Everton. It will take time and he is fortunate enough to have Jermain Defoe, who made his Sunderland debut against Spurs on 17 January 2015.

He left Spurs for the £90,000-a-week that Toronto offered him but lasted only 11 months there scoring 11 goals in 19 MLS games before returning to the Premier league. Last season he notched 15 goals and signed a contract until 2019. This term he has 12 goals, one less than Harry Kane and is vital to Sunderland if they are to beat the drop again.

He could well cause us problems, a small nimble striker, we'll need to be putting in a solid performance and try to cut off the supply lines.


Having had a trip to Barcelona, a bit of sunshine and relaxation, the first team will be back out and three points are again crucial to us, aren't they every week!

Personally I think there is little chance of anyone catching Chelsea, they would have to drop too many points in addition to the points other teams will also drop. We would need Liverpool to beat them if we are after the title, but would a better result for us be that Chelsea win and Liverpool get no points?

We are one point ahead of Liverpool, one point behind Arsenal, a four point gap on Liverpool, six points on City and eight on United would be healthy, even if both Manchester clubs would have a game in hand. We need to beat Sunderland first and foremost, putting in another professional performance.

In the other games:
Arsenal play Watford
Bournemouth play Crystal Palace
Burnley play Leicester City
Middlesbrough play WBA
Swansea City play Southampton

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6Manchester United22118333214112
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9Stoke City22778283428-6
10West Ham United228410293628-7
15Leicester City225611243721-13
17Swansea City225314265118-25
18Crystal Palace224414304116-11
19Hull City224414204716-27

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