Gary Rowell Column - Late blow at Spurs frustrating for Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND came so close to getting a draw at Spurs, but were denied a precious point when Christian Eriksen scored with just two minutes of the game left.

It was a cruel blow to Sunderland, who didn’t help themselves by getting off to the worst possible start when they conceded right at the beginning of the game.

Gus Poyet went into the match with three centre-backs, sending out a signal that he wanted to keep things tight defensively and deny Spurs the time and space to do damage.

However, he must have felt his game-plan was out of the window when Spurs scored so early, with a goal that took a huge deflection off John O’Shea.

Sunderland didn’t capitulate though which was good to see and they should have had a penalty when Jermain Defoe was clearly fouled, before Seb Larsson’s superb set-piece equaliser.

I felt Sunderland also created three other really good chances, but Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham (twice) didn’t take the opportunities when they came along.

Conceding goals so early and so late in the same game can be a lack of concentration, and if you’re not switched on for the full 90 minutes at the top level, you pay the price.

Over the 90 minutes, Spurs edged it and they also had a perfectly good goal wrongly disallowed, but it’s incredibly frustrating when a valuable away point is snatched away so late.