Sunderland’s Turner wary of Spurs threat

MY BALL ... Sunderland's Michael Turner tussles with Liverpool's Luis Suarez.
MY BALL ... Sunderland's Michael Turner tussles with Liverpool's Luis Suarez.
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MICHAEL Turner knows Sunderland’s defence will have to be on their guard against Spurs, with only the top three scoring more goals this season than Harry Redknapp’s fourth-placed side.

Boyhood Spurs fan Turner watched tomorrow’s opponents end a five-game winless streak against Swansea last weekend and expects the visitors to fulfil their Champions League ambitions at the end of the season.

“I followed Spurs when I was younger and they’re obviously a team on the up now,” said the 28-year-old.

“It’s going to be a hugely tough game. They look a good bet for the top four. They had a few draws and lost a couple, but they’ve got good players and, from watching a bit of their game last Sunday, they performed well and they’ll be confident facing us.

“They’ve got good players all over the pitch. Up front, they can score goals and create chances.

“We know we’ll have to defend well to get anything out of the game.

“It should be an interesting contest and one that we’re all looking forward to.”