OPPONENTS Sheffield United
COMPETITION Premier League
DATE Wednesday 21st January 2015
VENUE White Hart Lane






Preview not compiled.
PREDICTION Tottenham Hotspur    3         Sheffield United    1
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Tottenham Hotspur  0 (1)                                                     Sheffield United  0 (0)
League Cup Semi-final 1st leg
Wednesday 21st January 2015                                                                                   Kick off 20:00 (scheduled for 19:45)
White Hart Lane
Townsend (p) 73m 19s None
Adebayor (arm in face of Reed)  17


McEveley (foul on Townsend)  55


Crowd :   35,323 Weather :  Chilly, dry
Referee :  Neil Swarbrick (Bolton) Assistant Referees :  Mr. D. Cann; Mr. S. Bennett
Fourth Official :  Roger East -
Spurs kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 4 minutes.
Tottenham Hotspur : kit Sheffield United : kit
13  Michel VORM

  2  Kyle WALKER
15  Eric DIER
33  Ben DAVIES

25  Benjamin STAMBOULI  (  8  PAULINHO 75)
38  Ryan MASON  (19  Mousa DEMBELE 65)

17  Andros TOWNSEND 
23  Christian ERIKSEN
18  Harry KANE

10  Emmanuel ADEBAYOR (c)        (  9  Roberto SOLDADO 65)

Unused subs: 
24  Brad FRIEDEL
  3  Danny ROSE

  4  Younes KABOUL
  7  Aaron LENNON

    1  Mark HOWARD

  7  Ryan FLYNN
  6  Chris BASHAM
19  Jay McEVELEY     
  3  Rob HARRIS

  8  Michael DOYLE
22  Louis REED
10  Stefan SCOUGALL  (33  Kieran WALLACE 87)

  9  Jamie MURPHY

12  Marc McNULTY  (11  Jose BAXTER 87)

Unused subs: 
24  Iain TURNER
  2  Craig ALCOCK
27  Terry KENNEDY
29  Che ADAMS
21  Michael HIGDON

Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino Manager :  Nigel Clough
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Kit Supplier :  Under Armour Kit Supplier :   adidas
Match report

They came (eventually - arriving late after being stuck in traffic and putting the kick off back), they saw and they were conquered. Sheffield United gave a lot and got a little, as mainly their efforts were involved in preventing Spurs playing and a 1-0 home win was a bit of a result for the Blades.

To give them their due, United did have a few early attacks, as they started the more fluent side with Tottenham's side trying to get used to each other again. Kane playing in midfield, with Adebayor getting a start as captain up front, while Davies replaced Rose, Mason partnering Stambouli in the defensive midfield two, with Townsend coming in on the right wing.

In the opening stages, the touch and distribution of the Tottenham players was not great. Too often the ball was given away by over-running the ball or giving it straight to a red and white striped shirt.  That gave Sheffield United the chance to keep the ball in our half. Doyle had the first shooting chance of the game, hitting a shot over the top from outside the area. For the first fifteen minutes, all their pressure failed to create a worrying moment for Spurs.

With just after a quarter of an hour gone, Reed went down holding his face after he tangled with Adebayor in midfield. United players gathered around and referee Neil Swarbrick took his time before pulling out a yellow card, much to the disgust of the Blades fans. Spurs were trying to find a way through the visitors' defence but there was usually a United foot in the way. Halfway through the half, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who was giving Davies a tough match, flashed a shot across the face of goal from their right, but nobody on the United side had taken a gamble on getting on the end of it.

Soon after, Eric Dier went forward for a free-kick and his glancing header had to be pushed wide of the goal by keeper Howard, diving to his left. Spurs then had a couple of corners, which went harmlessly enough for Sheffield, Eriksen then pulled a shot from 25 yards well wide, before a couple of crosses into the box were kicked away.

With five minutes to half-time, a piece of tight passing saw Tottenham closed down, with Davies' pass being picked off before it was played to Scougall, who shot powerfully, but wide. The same end came when Dier got on the end of another free-kick and his header went beyond the far post.

League Cup finals was the theme of the half-time guests, with Martin Chivers (1971), John Pratt (1973), Darren Anderton (1999) and Ledley King (2008) being interviewed by Paul Coyte with their memories of Wembley wins.

That looked a long way off after the first half, which resembled the first 45 minutes of the Burnley FA Cup tie at Turf Moor. Spurs looked like they were controlling the game more as the second half began, but once more they were finding it hard to carve out chances with United getting a lot of men behind the ball. Despite winning corners and free-kicks, there was little dangerous made of them.

When Pochettino decided to changes things, Adebayor and Mason made way as Dembele and Soldado came on. The departure of Adebayor had brought waves of boos from some of the Spurs fans and his stock at the club seems to have dwindled very quickly this season.

Spurs managed to break away and Eriksen played Townsend in, but his shot was deflected wide, but when Spurs worked a short corner to Kane, his low shot created a goalmouth scramble, with it ending with the ref giving a foul against Soldado. But a minute later, Vertonghen played a long diagonal ball to Soldado. Stretching out his right foot, he brought the ball down, and as he looked to get around Jay McEvely, the United defender inexplicably knocked the ball out of play with his forearm and after a brief consideration of what he had seen, Swarbrick pointed to the spot in the 73rd minute.

It was a nervy moment for Spurs. Soldado had been the usual penalty taker, with Townsend having scored against Chelsea on New Year's Day. Not quite in the Kevin Mirallis mould of wrestling the ball off the nominated taker, Andros picked up the bal and claimed the right to take the kick. As he stepped up to take it, the crowd held their breath and he dispatched it to the keeper's left, beating his dive with the ball nestling in the bottom corner of the net.

It wasn't the only way that Spurs were going to score, but it might have been the only way that United were going to crack.

Eriksen put a shot wide, McEveley headed a free-kick well wide and then United sub Baxter got a volley to a free-kick from the right, but his far post effort was blocked to take all the sting out of it. Walker did well to flick a cross away for a corner, with two Blades players behind him unmarked as the ninety minutes ticked down. In added time, there was one more chance for Sheffield and Murphy bent a shot wide, when he really should have made Vorm

work with a shot on target.

In the end, it was a narrow victory, but a win nonetheless. Not too many seasons ago, we would have not come out of this with an advantage to take to Bramall Lane. Losses to the likes of Leeds, West Ham and Norwich City over the last few years have meant being knocked out when the team should have progressed further. Perhaps Poch is instilling the winning mentality which we need to move forward.

It was only a goal's difference, but it might be one giant leap when they are one step away from Wembley.

Sparky Marky




Sheffield United once were almost taken over by John Denver, the American country singer, whose song "You Fill Up My Senses" their supporters still sing until today.


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