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We gave it away, says O'Neill

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill admitted his team's recent performances may have caught up with them as they went down 2-1 at home to Tottenham.

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A third successive victory for the Black Cats - who had beaten Southampton and Manchester City in their previous two matches - appeared to be on the cards when John O'Shea put them ahead in the 40th minute.

But Spurs hit back with quickfire goals shortly after the break, Carlos Cuellar heading into his own net before Aaron Lennon struck.

O'Neill said: "It was a tough game and we knew it would be. We fought so hard to get in front and then gave it away in a two-minute spell just after half-time.

"We fought valiantly throughout the game I felt. There's been a big effort in the last couple of games and it has taken a lot out of the players.

"They still keep going right to the very end. We lack in certain things but in heart and soul we certainly don't. It is very seldom in terms of commitment that I would be unhappy with the team.

"I'm not so sure Tottenham created so many chances - I don't remember them causing us too many problems in the first half.

"In the second half they got the two goals in quick succession. They are a very fine side. That is why they are challenging for the Champions League."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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