Tottenham Hotspurs came from a goal down to defeat Sunderland 5-1 in their Premier League encounter at White Hart Lane on Monday evening.
Lee Cattermole had given the Black Cats a dream start to the match, but a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor, and goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the victory.
Both teams arrived into the encounter desperate to grab a hold of all three points, but for different reasons. The hosts need to put an end to a run of poor form which saw them lose four of their last six matches, while the Black Cats sat at the bottom of the table looking to somehow secure survival.
Christian Eriksen delivered a free-kick into the box on 11 minutes, but it looped up off one of Sunderland’s first defender as Younnes Kaboul failed control a potential chance at the far post.
The Black Cats were putting Spurs under pressure and they took the lead six minutes later as the home side continued with their self-destruct mode in a comedy of errors.
Vlad Chiriches tried to play square to Kaboul but his pass was wayward and allowed for Lee Cattermole to side-foot home with a first-time touch from 30 yards to leave Hugo Lloris stranded.
Emmanuel Adebayor thankfully drew level for the hosts just before the half hour mark, when bundled a ball past Vito Mannone off Eriksen’s low delivery into the box.
The home side should have been awarded a penalty seven minutes after the restart for Carlos Cuellar's challenge on Harry Kane, but the referee believed a corner was sufficient.
But the scoreline was eventually reversed in favour of the Lilywhites as Kane netted his first goal for Spurs with a tap-in from close range.
Lloris then denied Fabio Borini from range on 66 minutes, while Ignacio Scocco’s first touch saw him direct his effort into the side-netting.
Eriksen then wrapped up the victory ten minutes from time when he smashed in Spurs’ third goal of the match to seal a 3-1 scoreline. The Dutchman struck a left-footed shot from outside the box to complete an impressive comeback.
Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson had the final bite of the cherry when the Togolese got his second goal of the evening in the 85th minute, before seeing the Icelandic midfielder add the final goal inside stoppage time.