There were two exciting finishes to the Premier League games played on Sunday, with Sunderland landing a last gasp victory at home to Blackburn while Stoke beat a Tottenham side who were enjoying a fantastic winning run.
The victories were claimed in completely opposite fashions. Sunderland trailed to a Simon Vukcevic header for much of the game before David Vaughan produced a moment of brilliance in the 82nd minute when capitalising on a weak header to fire the ball home.
As the final whistle approached, the Black Cats received a free-kick on the edge of the area from which Sebastian Larsson made no mistake to give Martin O’Neill a winning start in charge of a Sunderland team that are now 16th in the table.
Meanwhile, a full house at the Britannia Stadium saw former Spurs winger Matthew Etherington torment his ex-employers by scoring two first-half goals that effectively sealed victory for the Potters.
Tottenham came storming back at their opponents in the second half although they were only able to reduce the deficit when Luka Modric was tripped in the area allowing Emmanuel Adebayor to fire home from the penalty spot.
Spurs were denied an equaliser when Adebayor was wrongly flagged offside and Younes Kaboul can consider himself to be harshly treated after receiving a red card following two bookable offences.
“Adebayor was a yard, two yards onside,” Spurs boss Redknapp told Sky Sports HD1. “Younes Kaboul got a yellow for saying to the referee he had handballed it and he didn’t deserve a yellow for the second”.