Sebastian Larsson’s double and a Bendtner strike had set up the Black Cats to take all three points against title-chasing Manchester City before two late goals from City meant Sunderland had to be content with a draw
Bendtner’s goal was his fourth in five Premier League games for Sunderland and seventh overall this season
Bendtner has had 46 shots at goal this season with 67% on target
Larsson has also now hit seven goals this season, but from a more efficient 28 shots at goal with an impressive 71% on target. Larsson’s goals have lifted him in to the top twenty players in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for the season.
Spurs are now level with rivals Arsenal on points in the race for third place after two late goals saw them beat Swansea 3-1
Adebayor scored twice in the last twenty minutes while Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring
On loan Adebayor has got 13 goals and 12 assists so far this season, meaning he has had a hand in 25 goals for Spurs so far this season. Only Robin van Persie (37) and Wayne Rooney (28) have had a hand in more goals for their team this season
Adebayor’s goals have come from 76 shots at goal with 53% on target, giving him a conversion rate of 17% of shots hitting the back of the net
Van der Vaart’s goal was his ninth of the season from 73 efforts at goal with an impressive 71% on target
That places van der Vaart fifth in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for shots on target, behind team mate Gareth Bale who is in fourth with 60 shots on target, and ahead of Adebayor in 8th with 46 shots on target. That makes Spurs the only team to have three players in the top ten.
Jermain Defoe has had limited opportunities this season, but is third in minutes per shot, with 55 shots this season averaging one every 21 minutes 24 seconds
Behind his prolific attacking players, Scott Parker has had a fantastic season, and is third in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for tackles won with 73 tackles won.
Prediction: Well it’s all about Martin O’Neil. Steve Bruce was a very nice chap but revealed as a poor manager. If any one reading doesn’t understand what has happened at Sunderland I suggest they take a look at the Barclays Premier League table.
Harry Redknapp by contrast was charged with and found guilty of taking his eye off the ball and Tottenham threw away a 10 point lead while courting the press about the England job 2-2.
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