|COMPETITION||League Cup Semi-final Second Leg|
|DATE||Wednesday 28th January 2015|
We are aware that Sheffield United will give it 100% for 90 minutes
and their players will try hard too. The fans will create a
heated atmosphere, which Spurs will need to dampen down, but the
passion of the crowd might spill over on the pitch, with an overly
physical approach perhaps being punished by the ref. For
Tottenham, they will need to concentrate, keep their shape and play
the ball at pace, but their own pace and not United's. If they
get carried away, they will be drawn into the Blades' tactics, as
they will no doubt press for an early goal to level the aggregate
score and then take the momentum to the Spurs end as they seek a
Although they did not get many effort son the Spurs goal, Sheffield United are capable of scoring with Marc McNulty being their prime target man, with Jamie Murphy and the twinkle-toed Jamal Campbell-Ryce also scorers for the home team. They don't have too many taller players, but from set-pieces will send the likes of Chris Basham and Jay McEveley forward to aim their free-kicks and corners at.
Tottenham's best hope is to ride the initial surge, but only if they can do it better than the late Leicester surge on Saturday and then settle down to pick apart the United defence with some good passing and sharp finishing. After the number of games they have played lately, they don't need extra time, so need to realise the importance of finishing their chances.
Spurs need to make the United keeper Howard work for his wages and they can't afford to take their foot off the pedal at any time, as the Blades will want to be in their faces the whole time. By playing our game with a bit of tempo, it might take the home team by surprise and the use of our passing on the break must be by making the right decisions to penetrate their defence. If there is a chance of passing the ball around after we get a goal ahead, it might tire the League One outfit, but this should not be to try and run down time at the expense of going for another goal. Don't go gung ho, but controlled play.
We do not seem at our best when we are ahead, but I would rather a "see it out" 1-0, then going behind, when things might get a bit jittery.
A strong side and a strong
performance should be enough to get through, albeit with a scare
along the way !!
|PREDICTION||Sheffield United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Nacer Chadli is back in training, but will not play after returning to Belgium on the death of his father, while Nabil Bentaleb is still in African Cup of Nations action with Algeria and DeAndre Yedlin is in Chile with the US National team.
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Sheffield United 2 (0) Tottenham Hotspur
(Tottenham win 3-2 on aggregate)
League Cup Semi-final Second Leg
Wednesday 28th January 2015 Kick off 19:45
Adams 76m 29s
Adams 78m 49s
Eriksen 27m 21s
Eriksen 87m 14s
Doyle (foul on Mason) 45+1m
Flynn (foul on Dembele) 58m
Basham (foul on Vorm) 90+4m
Walker (foul on Murphy) 37
Mason (foul on Scougall) 47
Dembele (foul on Murphy) 55
|Crowd : 30,236||Weather : Snowy throughout; cold|
|Referee : Mike Dean (Wirral)||Assistant Referees : - (-)|
|Fourth Official : Mike Jones||-|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Kennedy Kop end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90+7 minutes|
|Sheffield United :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
1 Mark HOWARD
7 Ryan FLYNN
8 Michael DOYLE (c)
Louis REED 65)
3 Danny ROSE
|Manager : Nigel Clough||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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|Kit Supplier : adidas||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
As always with Spurs, the
Tottenham Way is not the easy way and letting Sheffield United back
into the game after taking the lead, meant a reprise of Christian
Eriksen's speciality late goal to see them through to a Wembley
League Cup Final against Chelsea in a repeat of 2008 ... or let's
hope so !!
Bramall Lane was once the
site of the old County Cricket Ground, thus Cherry Road is named
after the colour of a new ball taken at the start of the day.
Another part of the ground was a former farmer's field. With
the huge piles of manure kept in an area towards the North of where
the stadium is, there being so much poo there ... thus John Street.
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|What you thought|
|Benny The Ball||
What a turnaround and then a turn-back !! Talk about never
making it easy for ourselves.
Christian Eriksen is some player, but how much longer can he go on scoring late winners for us ? Until 1st March, I hope !!
We must stop letting goals in, as we don't keep many clean sheets these days. With one of the best keepers in the league, it can only be down to the changes in defence, not allowing the back four not develop an understanding.
Chelsea await and we have a won one lost one record against them this season and at Wembley it has been the same in the two meetings in the last seven years.
I'll take a 5-3 win !!
Interesting that when United set up for Eriksen's free-kick, they
split the wall to allow the keeper a better view of the ball.
Unfortunately, he took two steps to his left before the kick was
taken (for no apparent reason) and that left him stranded as
Christian's free-kick arrowed into the top corner to the keeper's
While they hit back to go ahead on the night, it resembled the semi-final we had at Burnley in 2009.
I don't think enough has been
made of Kane's perfect pass to Eriksen for his second goal, which
gave him the space and the angle to simply pass the ball past
|Other semi-final score :|
|Chelsea (win 2-1 on aggregate)||1||Liverpool||0||Tuesday|
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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