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Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur re­turned to win­ning ways in em­phatic fash­ion as they cruised to a 4-1 vic­tory over em­bat­tled Sun­der­land at White Hart Lane yes­ter­day.

The Black Cats drew first blood in the lat­ter stages of the first half through Pa­trick van Aan­holt, but Spurs hit back vir­tu­ally from the restart, with Chris­tian Erik­sen net­ting the equaliser.

The Lon­don out­fit stepped up their per­for­mance in front of goal af­ter the half-time break, as goals from Mousa Dem­bélé, Erik­sen and Harry Kane added gloss to the score­line.

Spurs started the first half on the front foot and threat­ened the Black Cats’ goal as early as the fourth minute, Jan Ver­tonghen head­ing straight into the arms of young goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford.

Pick­ford was again called into ac­tion just one minute later, get­ting down well to keep out Kane’s goal-bound ef­fort.

Another good chance ar­rived on nine min­utes when Sun­der­land failed to ad­e­quately clear their lines, and the ball fell to mid­fielder Dele Alli, who in­ex­pli­ca­bly skied his shot over the bar from in­side the area.

The hosts con­tin­ued to press for­ward in search of the opener and squan­dered an­other op­por­tu­nity on 17 min­utes, Kane drag­ging his shot wide of the mark un­der pres­sure from the de­fence.

Spurs were en­joy­ing the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion, but it was Sun­der­land who broke the dead­lock against the run of play on 40 min­utes. Van Aan­holt latched on to Adam John­son’s through ball be­fore cut­ting in­side and fir­ing into the side net­ting from a tight an­gle.

How­ever, Sun­der­land’s lead lasted for just one minute, as Spurs hit back al­most im­me­di­ately. The ini­tial ef­fort from Kane was blocked by the out­rush­ing Pick­ford, but the ball fell only as far as Erik­sen, who found the back of the net via a de­flec­tion off mid­fielder Lee Cat­ter­mole.

Erik­sen al­most added to his tally in the sec­ond minute of first-half in­jury time, but Pick­ford was alert to the dan­ger, tip­ping the mid­fielder’s shot round the post.

While Tot­ten­ham had failed to make the most of their chances in the first stanza, that was cer­tainly not the case af­ter the half-time break.

The break­through they were look­ing for even­tu­ally ar­rived on the hour mark. Pick­ford pulled off a dou­ble save to keep out ef­forts from Kane and Danny Rose, but the ball fell kindly to Dem­bele, whose shot on the

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