Sheffield United (Away)
Premier League

Saturday 10th February 2007


Neil Warnock has done really well to take his team into the positions just outside the relegation area this season.  With limited finances and with it being hard to attract the top players to a newly promoted side, he has got his side battling for each other and has picked up points in a way some more established Premier League sides have failed to do.  

Although they sit 16th in the table, it should not be expected that we will go there and take the points with ease.  Michael Tonge can still pull the strings from midfield and Christian Nade is a raw, but useful striker who has strength to hold the ball up.  they will miss the experience of wide man Keith Gillespie, but Kazim-Richards up front has taken to the Premiership after joining from Brighton.

In defence Chris Morgan is entering the veteran stage of his career, but is a dogged defender and Phil Jagielka does good work at full-back or even in goal if he is called upon to put on the gloves ... let's hope not after last week's experience against Man U.

Warnock will have got his side drilled to give Tottenham no space nor time on the ball, as he knows if that happens, like it did in the early stages of the game at the Lane, Spurs will rip the United side apart.  They will try and move the ball quickly form the back to front and catch Tottenham up with the midfield pushing forward.

It will demand a hard-working performance from Tottenham to improve upon our shameful away record.  That is why the management are hoping that Tainio, Jenas and Lennon will be fit, so that there are some willing runners in the side and in Lennon, there is a weapon to hit back when the wing man can use his pace to push United back towards their own goal.

I think that an early goal for Tottenham might set them on the way to a rare away win ...

PREDICTION : -  Sheffield United  1   Tottenham Hotspur   3

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SHEFFIELD UNITED :  -  Keith GIllespie (suspended); Mikele Leighterwood (knee)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Ledley King (foot); Hossam Ghaly (suspended)


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Sheffield United   2   Tottenham Hotspur    1      (Half-time score : 1-1)

Premier League
Venue : -  Bramall Lane
Saturday 10th February 2007
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   32,144
Referee :  Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)
Weather :  -  Clear, chilly
Teams : - 
Sheffield United :



Kazim-Richards (Fathi 72)
S. Quinn

Hulse (Bromby 90)

Unused subs

Tottenham Hotspur :



Tainio (Defoe 63)
Malbranque (Mido 73)

Keane (c)

Unused subs

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Sheffield United

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Sheffield United

Hulse 27
Jagielka (p) 62

Tottenham Hotspur

Jenas 2

Cards : -  
Sheffield United

Montgomery (unsporting conduct) 65
Tonge (foul)  76
Bromby (kicking ball away) 90  



Tottenham Hotspur 

Rocha (foul) 52
Defoe (retaliation) 65
Chimbonda (dissent) 67
Jenas (foul) 77
Keane (foul) 89 


Match Report : -  
Even with the benefit of the early goal start, Tottenham could still not find it within themselves to battle with Sheffield United on a mud-heap of a pitch to stave off another away defeat in what is becoming an embarrassment for the club as soon as they leave N17.

Within two minutes, Spurs had the opening they could only have dreamed about.  Robbie Keane's flick on was seized on by Jermaine Jenas, who carefully lifted the ball over the advancing Paddy Kenny to see the ball bounce into the net for the early goal that Tottenham needed to build on.  But they didn't build on it and paid the price as a result.

Within a couple of minutes, free-kicks and corners were being conceded, which throughout the game gave United the opportunity to sling the ball into the box and for their players to launch themselves at.  Knowing that the blades are strong in the air, it seemed a reckless tactic and one which ensured the pressure grew and grew on the back four.  Chimbonda did well to block Stead's effort when the ball fell to him from Montgomery's mis-kick.

But it could have been two to Spurs before 10 minutes were up, as Robbie Keane got the opportunity from a narrow angle.  Just six yards out, he hit the ball across goal, perhaps with a touch of woodwork involved, but it was a presentable chance to put the game further out of Sheffield United's reach.

Rob Hulse had already headed a Colin Karim-Richards corner against the Tottenham post before the same combination worked in the 27th minute.  This time he headed the ball down and it took a wicked bounce off the muddy pitch and bounced over Robinson's arm and the defenders' attempts to stop it going in.  There was some debate about the use of an arm to climb to head the ball, but the ref from South Yorkshire failed to give anything.

From this point, it was all United.  Stead had two goes at beating Robinson and failed, Lucketti had two headers go wide and Hulse's optimistic 30-yarder went wide too.  For Spurs Malbranque should have hit the target with his shot from 20 yards after Jenas scuffed an effort into the ground from about 10 yards out when well placed.  The best chance came when Dimitar Berbatov knocked the ball into the path of Ricardo Rocha and he directed the ball into the net, but this time the official decided that the Bulgarian had used the back of a defender to rise to meet Jenas' free-kick.

A goal going into half-time would have made things interesting, but the second half was mainly one way traffic as Spurs failed to pick up the tempo of the game.  A scrappy start to the half saw a series of fouls and it was only a question of time before the ref produced a card.  it was Rocha for a foul on Hulse who went into the book first, to be joined by Jenas, Chimbonda, Defoe and Keane, while only three United players found their names taken, even though Kenny ran a considerable distance to get embroiled in a spat between Defoe and Montgomery.

Tonge shot over the top and Stead wide before Hulse once more worried the woodwork with a header.  Spurs were struggling to cope with the aerial attack and should have worked out how it was going to be dealt with in training, as it is not a secret weapon that the home side would go with that as their main tactic.

On the hour, it was a penalty that gave Sheffield the lead.  As Quinn burst into the area, Tainio closed in and the player went down under challenge.  There was some doubt as to how much contact had been made and where the incident took place, but it was another piece of poor defending by Tottenham and Jagielka made no mistake from the spot.

It was the Finn's last action in the match as Defoe came on for him to add weight to the forward line, but apart from a yellow card and a shot well over the bar, he was unable to impose himself on the United defence.  With 20 minutes left, Jol also threw on Mido to make it three strikers up front, with Keane playing just behind, but it was a case of too many cooks. 

Spurs had no answer to the honest endeavour of Montgomery, Tonge and Quinn in midfield.  For all the quality we had, they could not dig in on a muddy pitch to stick with them and win the battle there to establish a grip on the game.  From the time of the goal, it all slipped away, as our league season seems to be doing.

Still some way off the sixth spot and nearer the bottom four at the moment, things need to change to make sure safety is achieved and then work on what we are going to do next season in the Premiership.  Perhaps we will have to concentrate on the Cups !!





Reaction : -



With another capitulation to a lesser side, I am not sure where Tottenham go from here.

If we are unable to win against sides, who only have effort and strength to offer, then it is not an inviting thought to imagine what a skilful side will do to us.

We have twelve games left.  Six with teams above us and six with teams below.  It includes matches against the bottom four and four of the top six.

At the moment, it is not possible to see
- where our next point is coming from
- where our next clean sheet is coming from
- where our season will end up.

I think the answer to the last question is the lower/mid-table placement our form deserves and exits from the cups as soon as we come across someone who is half-decent.

Not much to show for all the dosh we have shelled out this season in cup games and the support we give the team.

Perhaps they need to take a good look at themselves before they go back to counting their money.

Sam Charles



Other scores this weekend :
Chelsea 3 Middlesbrough 0 Saturday
Everton 1 Blackburn Rovers 0 Saturday
Manchester United 2 Charlton Athletic 0 Saturday
Newcastle United 2 Liverpool 1 Saturday
Portsmouth 2 Manchester City 1 Saturday
Reading 2 Aston Villa 0 Saturday
West Ham United 0 Watford 1 Saturday
Arsenal 2 Wigan Athletic 1 Sunday
Bolton Wanderers 2 Fulham 1 Sunday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 27 21 3 3 63 18 66 +45
2 Chelsea 27 18 6 3 48 19 60 +29
3 Liverpool 26 15 5 7 40 19 50 +21
4 Arsenal 26 14 7 5 48 22 49 +26
5 Bolton Wanderers 27 14 5 8 32 28 47 +4
6 Reading 27 13 4 10 41 34 43 +7
7 Everton 26 10 9 7 32 23 39 +9
8 Portsmouth 26 11 8 8 37 26 41 +11
9 Newcastle United 27 10 6 11 34 36 36 -2
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 10 4 13 30 38 34 -8
11 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 26 9 6 11 30 38 33 -8
12 Middlesbrough 27 8 8 11 30 33 32 -3
13 Aston Villa 27 7 11 9 28 33 32 -5
14 Fulham 27 7 11 9 29 41 32 -12
15 Sheffield United 26 8 6 12 24 36 30 -12
16 Manchester City 26 8 6 12 20 32 30 -12
17 Wigan Athletic 26 7 4 15 27 43 25 -16
18 West Ham United 27 5 5 17 18 42 20 -24
19 Charlton Athletic 27 5 5 17 20 47 20 -27
20 Watford 26 3 9 14 15 37 18 -22


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