After spending the entire 90 minutes on the bench in the Champions League game against Monaco in midweek, which Tottenham lost 1 – 2, Kenyan international Victor Wanyama marked his return to the first team on Sunday 18 September to help the team see off Sunderland 1 – 0 at the White Hart Lane.
It was not always an easy affair for the hosts, taking on a Sunderland side that has not managed a win so far in the season and they had to dig deep, the first half ending goalless but not because Spurs did not create chances, only the finishing and some good saves barred them from taking the lead.
The hosts had 19 shots on goal in the first half but were also lucky not to go behind in the opening 45 minutes as Kyle Walker made a telling clearance off the line.
In the second half Spurs were still unrelenting and duly got their reward on the hour mark with Harry Kane opening the scores with his second goal of the season in as many games as he capitalized on poor defending from Papy Djilobodji who failed to clear Dele Alli’sknock down.
It was to end worse for the visitors as Adnan Januzaj, who was on a yellow card, went in dangerously on Ben Davies to get his second yellow and was sent off in the dying minutes.
In the end, Sunderland picked their 14th loss at White Hart Lane to join Everton as the two teams that have lost most matches at the venue with Spur playing as the home team while Januzaj’s red card made him the fourth Sunderland player to pick a red card at White Hart Lane.