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Andy Welsh believes his Sunderland side were ‘excellent’ following Monday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League 2.

Sunderland’s under-23 side threw away a two goal lead as bottom of the table Spurs left Wearside with a well-earned point.

Welsh told safc.com: “In the first half we played some good football and the two goals we scored were excellent.

“Adnan’s (Januzaj) goal was a terrific run and finish and he showed great pace and technique. The goal we scored from George (Honeyman) was excellent build up, a great switch then a great finish.

“We conceded a sloppy goal just before half time which we normally defend quite well and we let them straight back into the game”, added Welsh.

Welsh also praised Tottenham’s performance describing it as ‘quick’ and ‘fast’.

“Sometimes with the ball we defend resolutely and that’s a big plus we’ve had since I started with this team.”

“They don’t like to lose football matches and they always work their hardest to win football matches.”

Honeyman opened the scoring for Sunderland after 11 minutes before Januzaj doubled his side’s lead on 39 minutes.

Shilow Tracey got Tottenham back into the game just before the interval and then levelled up the scoring after 54 minutes.

Honeyman showed good composure on 10 minutes to beat his man, but his effort was comfortably saved by Pau López.

Honeyman did beat López a minute later following good play from Lynden Gooch.

Gooch beat his man with ease before teeing up Josh Maja, and the striker showed good awareness to find Honeyman, who made no mistake from close range.

Spurs responded well after going behind – Shayon Harrison and Tracey linking up well after a mistake in the home defence forcing Mika Domingues to make a decent save.

Despite the visitors’ positive reaction, it was the Black Cats who doubled their tally six minutes before the break.

Januzaj latched on to a long ball from Maja, which saw the Manchester United loanee then run 60 yards before firing beyond the helpless Lopez.

The London outfit pulled one back deep into first-half stoppage time with Tracey and Harrison – the same duo that had spurned the opportunity to level earlier – again involved.

The pair combined well, before the brilliant Tracey smartly slotted the ball underneath Mika, to put his side back in the game.

Spurs levelled up the scoring on 54 minutes with Tracey grabbing his second.

Kyle Walker-Peters found space down the right hand side and his cross was hammered home by Tracey on the edge of the six-yard box.

Maja wasted a glorious opportunity on the hour mark for the Wearsiders, but his header was straight at Lopez.

Sunderland visit Wolves in the Checkatrade Trophy next month, with Tottenham playing host to Derby County in Premier League 2.