"The perfect response" - How the media reacted to Spurs 1-0 Sunderland

Harry Kane scored the only goal as Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0 to go third in the Premier League, but left the stadium on crutches following an ankle injury during the game.

The Englishman, who has two goals in two games, could now find himself out of action for a few weeks going into some big games for Spurs.

Here’s how the media reacted to the 1-0 win, Sunderland losing again and Harry Kane’s injury:

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Matt Davis, reporting for the BBC, wrote:

“Impressive South Korea winger Son was Spurs’ best attacking force with five key passes and seven shots, though only two were on target.

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The win was the perfect response after the disappointing midweek Champions League defeat by Monaco at Wembley and moves Spurs up to third in the table.”

Son was man-of-the-match on the day and received praise from Sky Sports Thierry Henry. The former Arsenal striker said:

“I think after what he has been doing, especially against Stoke the other week, now he is showing that he deserves to play.”

The South Korean put in 15 crosses into the Spurs box, half of the total the entire Tottenham team managed. His endless running at the struggling Jason Denayer left the Sunderland defence bruised and dizzy.

The match, in the end, was won by Kane however.

Paul Jiggins and Alec Shilton wrote in the Sun:

“Harry Kane finally penetrated Sunderland‘s pink and purple wall to send Tottenham up to third.

But he was then carried away on a stretcher with a nasty-looking ankle injury late in the game.”

Writing for the Daily Mail, Matt Barlow agreed the injury could be nasty, and went as far as to say Spurs weren’t that spectacular.

“Another win cleansed Wembley from the system and another goal by Harry Kane eased Tottenham into the Premier League top three.

But the image of Kane disappearing down the tunnel on a stretcher was the one haunting Mauricio Pochettino on Sunday night.

The England striker was one of three Spurs players forced off with injuries in the closing minutes of a solid if unspectacular win against Sunderland.”

Darren Lewis wrote in the Daily Mirror:

“Harry Kane answered his critics with the winner to increase the misery for David Moyes.

The Tottenham striker’s goal from close range, in the 58th minute, left the North Londoners unbeaten in their opening five league games for the first time in 12 years.”

While Spurs were impressive, there left no doubt that there are major problems at Sunderland. Regarding the Black Cats, the BBC’s Matt Davis wrote:

“A fourth defeat in five games means Sunderland are yet to win in the league under David Moyes.

The score line could have been worse for them but for outstanding goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 22, who made a string of saves to keep his side in the game.”

Pickford was very impressive on a day when he was bombarded with over 30 efforts on his goal. It is clear that there is still plenty of work to be done in order to change the tide at Sunderland, for David Moyes.

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The win was summed up by the Guardian’s Barney Ronay, who wrote:

“Harry Kane scored the only goal but was taken off on a stretcher just before the end with a nasty twist of the ankle, a moment that may prove more significant than three points gathered against muscular but cautious opponents who had only two shots on target all game.”

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