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Sunderland's Wes Brown says side have to start winning after stubborn start

Sunderland 2 - Tottenham 2

By Staff Reporter

Wes Brown is urging Sunderland to build upon a stubborn start to the season to ease themselves up the Barclays Premier League table.

The Black Cats remain winless this term but recorded their third draw in four outings when they fought back twice to hold Tottenham 2-2 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

It was perhaps their least convincing performance of the season to date, but Brown is confident the grit and determination they showed to drag themselves back into a game which looked to be beyond them can serve them well as they prepare for next weekend's trip to promoted Burnley and the home clashes with Swansea and Stoke which follow.

The former Manchester United defender said: "We know what's expected. We have got to try to start winning a couple of games.

"We are looking for our first win in any of the games, and hopefully that will start next week."

Sunderland had to show desire and more to emerge from the game with tangible reward. They fell behind with less than two minutes on the clock when Nacer Chadli followed up after goalkeeper Vito Mannone had beaten away Emmanuel Adebayor's shot, but were back on terms almost immediately as Adam Johnson embarked upon a scything run into the box and finished with aplomb.

However, with Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela proving impossible to shackle and Moussa Dembele prompting, the visitors dominated for long periods and Dembele was unfortunate to see a 38th-minute drive come back off the post with Mannone stranded.

They regained the lead within three minutes of the restart when Eriksen stabbed home from close range, but they failed to build upon it – although Lamela was denied a third goal by the crossbar – and Sunderland responded.

Gus Poyet's men were level with eight minutes remaining when substitute Harry Kane inadvertently turned Jordi Gomez's free-kick into his own net. They might have snatched victory at the death, but Will Buckley skied over from Patrick van Aanholt's pull-back.

Poyet was delighted to have come away with a point even if he might have had all three.

He said: "I thought they were better than us, but we nearly nicked it at the end."

If Poyet was a happy man, opposite number Mauricio Pochettino was understandably less so.

He said: "I am not worried because the most important thing is to create the chances. We have scored two goals away - maybe we had the facility to score more."

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