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Tottenham picks up narrow win over Sunderland

Tottenham Hotspur grabbed a 1-0 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Sunday after a goal by Harry Kane, who left the game on a stretcher.

Kane’s goal in the 59th minute was the lone goal of the game, but the English international had to leave the game on a stretcher in the 87th minute after injuring his ankle. Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele both had to leave the game after feeling cramps in their hamstrings. The win put the Spurs in third place with 11 points in five games, four points behind leaders Manchester City.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with the hard-fought win.

“Sometimes it’s difficult. In the end it was fair,” Pochettino said.

“We fought a lot and tried to score. I’m happy with the three points and it takes away the feeling from losing against Monaco.

“I want to create chances and play well – sometimes you need a lot of chances to score. Today we always tried to go forward. We feel disappointed because we created a lot of chances in the first half.”

Sunderland’s struggles continues, as the Black Cats sits in 19th place. They are still in search for the first win of the season, as they have suffered four defeats in five games and only picked up a single point with a draw against Southampton on Matchday 3. Manager David Moyes had some praise for young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who made several good saves to keep the game close.

“Jordan Pickford is going to be a very good keeper,” Moyes said. “He has a lot of work to do at the moment, more than I’d like him to get. He will get better, he has a real good future ahead of him.

“We had a chance to clear the ball for the goal. That was a mistake and, of all the chances Tottenham got, that was a soft one and we gifted them that.”

Tottenham picks up narrow win over Sunderland

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