Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said his relegation-threatened side were in "big trouble" despite producing their best performance of the season in Tuesday's 1-0 Premier League defeat by Manchester City.
Christian Eriksen's double helped earn Tottenham Hotspur a comfortable 4-1 win over Sunderland to reignite their Premier League title challenge and plunge their visitors into deeper trouble at the other end of the table.
Relieved Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce gave thanks for two-goal Jermain Defoe after his side ended a five-match losing streak with a 3-1 win over fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday.
Jermain Defoe made himself an instant Sunderland hero with a sensational volleyed goal to seal a vital 1-0 win over North East rivals Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday. Londoner Defoe, signed in January from ML