Sunderland managed to secure a vital point against a wasteful Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night at the Stadium of Light.

The draw was crucial for the Black Cats, following results from elsewhere going against the Wearsiders and their bid to escape relegation to the Championship for the fourth-successive season.

David Moyes’ side showed determination and spirit over a tough 90 minutes and were rewarded for their efforts, but one player who stood out in particular was Didier Ndong.

Sunderland have missed the Gabon international greatly since his departure for the African Cup of Nations in early January.

His ability to control possession is something Sunderland rely on, which is understandable when comparing his pass success rate of 28.6 per game on average to five which are misplaced.

That coupled with the youngsters ruthlessness possibly shows what has been missing during the Black Cats lacklustre performances of late.

The 22-year-old provides a calmness and composure to the Wearsiders, and allows the likes of Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe to apply their concentration further up the field.

The red and white army were somewhat sceptical when Ndong arrived in the north east, but since then support has grown for the Gabonese star.

That was no more evident than after the 0-0 draw against Spurs on Tuesday, when Sunderland fans flocked to Twitter to praise the return of the defensive midfielder.

Here are some of the best tweets:

 

 

  • Keith G

    And Rodwell should have got done for assault. Horror tackle. Referee bottled it big time. That tackle could have broken his leg. Let’s hope the asshole gets divine retribution.