Sunderland win was Spurs' best

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Tottenham assistant manager Kevin Bond believes the win over Sunderland was their best of the season.


Harry Redknapp’s side struggled to a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Black Cats at White Hart Lane on Sunday.


Bond feels that Spurs were given one of their hardest home games of the season against a side re-energised under Martin O’Neill.


“Apart from the City defeat, it’s probably our hardest game at home so far this season, so in a way, it’s the most satisfying win we’ve had at home,” said Bond to the club’s official website.


“No disrespect, but people expected us to beat Sunderland at home and the Premier League is just not like that.


“We really had to work extremely hard and there were a lot of tired legs in the dressing room afterwards.


“There were a lot of excellent performances as well. It was a great win.”


The game was decided by a rare Roman Pavlyuchenko goal in the 61st minute after a clever through ball from Rafael van der Vaart.


It was an important win for Spurs, who were looking to get back to winning following the controversial defeat to Stoke City.


It was doubly important as they are set to face a rejuvenated Chelsea side in their next Barclays Premier League fixture on Thursday.


Defeat to Chelsea would see the Blues leapfrog their rivals from the north of London and seriously damage claims by many at Tottenham that they can be champions.

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