Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet felt his side were unlucky not to take something as they conceded late to lose 2-1 away to in-form Tottenham, Sky
The hosts took the lead early on when a poor clearance from Santiago Vergini fell at the feet of Jan Vertonghen, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area went in via a wicked deflection off John O’Shea.
But the Black Cats responded well and got the equaliser through a superbly-taken free-kick from Sebastian Larsson, and although Harry Kane hit a post just before half-time for Spurs, they looked to be heading towards a creditable draw until Christian Eriksen found space 20 yards out and shot low in off the upright with just two minutes remaining.
There was still time for Vertonghen to have a breakaway goal wrongly disallowed, but it dod not affect the result, one which leaves Sunderland just a point clear of danger. Afterwards, a disappointed Poyet said: “It’s difficult. I’m disappointed because I thought we were good enough to get something from the game. If we’re talking about chances, then I think we deserved a bit better.
“I think we need to learn – it’s a new way of playing. We’ve changed the system and it was a good try. There are things that we need to do every day. When you do the right things all the time, you have a great chance to win games. And today we only lost it because of a couple of incidents.”
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