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Tottenham 1-1 Sheffield United: Spurs' slump continues after being held to a draw by the Blades

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Tottenham 1-1 Sheffield United: Spurs continue their miserable season after being held to their second home draw in a row after George Baldock's goal sends the Blades up to fifth in the Premier LeagueSheffield United started the better side but Spurs took the lead after Heung-min Son's strike from close range The Blades thought they had equalised instantly through David McGoldrick but VAR ruled it out for offsideBut the away side got their goal when George Baldock's cross missed everyone and bounced into the net Spurs have not won in five games and are still hovering in mid-table after another disappointing home draw Advertisement

Sheffield United maintained their unbeaten away record against disappointing Spurs in an action-packed game overshadowed by VAR.

After Son had fired Spurs ahead 58 minutes with only his side’s second shot on target, the visitors thought they’d equalised when David McGoldrick turned in a cross by Enda Stevens – only for a three-minute VAR check to rule it out for John Lundstram being fractionally offside in the build-up.

Chris Wilder’s men finally got their rewards when an intended cross by George Baldock deflected off Ben Davies to leave Tottenham winless in five league games dating back to September.

George Baldock is mobbed by his Sheffield United team-mates after they finally secure a much-deserved equaliser at Spurs

There were boos from the home fans at full-time. Their only consolation is that Son, eligible to play after his red card rescinded against Everton, is in lively form with three goals in two games.

Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t kept an unchanged side for 94 matches so it was little surprise he rotated his full-backs again after the midweek win against Red Star Belgrade;

Serge Aurier and Ben Davies in for Juan Foyth and Danny Rose. It was Argentine playmaker Giovani Lo Celso first Premier League start. In contrast, Blades boss Chris Wilder stuck with the starting XI that beat Burnley.

Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United observe a minute silence of remembrance impeccably before the league game

MATCH FACTS AND PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE  Premier League Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Gazzaniga 7.5; Aurier 6 (Moura 86), Sanchez 5.5, Dier 5, Davies 7; Sissoko 6, Ndombele 6 (Winks 45 6.5); Son 7, Lo Celso 5.5, Alli 6.5 (Foyth 72); Kane 6

Subs not used: Vorm (GK), Alderweireld, Sessegnon, Eriksen

Goal: Son 58

Booked: Dier, Foyth

Sheffield United (5-3-2): Henderson 6; Baldock 7, Basham 7, Egan 6, O’Connell 6, Stevens 6; Lundstram 8, Norwood 7.5, Fleck 7; Mousset 7.5 (Robinson 87), McGoldrick 7 (Freeman 90)

Subs not used: Moore (Gk), Jagielka, Besic, Sharp, McBurnie

Goal: Baldock 78

Booked: Norwood, Basham

Attendance: 59,781

Referee: Graham Scott 6   

Heavy rain descended on White Hart Lane in the hour leading up to kick off and didn’t stop.

The elements seemed to suit Sheffield United best with Spurs rocked by a booking after only two minutes to Eric Dier.

The Blades were significantly better in the first half. The excellent John Lundstram hit the post from the edge of the penalty area with Ben Davies blocking the rebound shot from Lyss Mousset and Spurs ‘keeper Paulo Gazzaniga had to save from Lundstram, John Fleck and David McGoldrick.

Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is put under pressure by Sheffield United players Enda Stevens and Jack O'Connell

Striker Harry Kane goes close to taking the lead for Tottenham but he fails to connect with a cross sent into the area

Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga can only watch as John Lundstram's effort from outside the area strikes his right-hand post

Pochettino didn’t look happy and sent on Harry Winks at half-time. There were some marginal short-term gains. Son had the team’s first shot on target after 54 minutes and scored with the second – though it resulted from a misunderstanding in the visitor’s defence.

Alli’s ball to Kane in the penalty area was slightly over-hit and Enda Stevens, with his back to goal, should have turned and cleared. Instead he took a touch intended for John Egan that his team-mate wasn’t expecting. Son nipped in between them and put his finish between Henderson’s legs.

The ball fell kindly for Son in the box and the former Bayer Leverkusen forward made no mistake to fire past Henderson in goal

Tottenham striker Heung-min Son shows his delight after putting his struggling team 1-0 up against Sheffield United

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was looking for a response for his side in the league after a disappointing season so far

Stevens responded to the error in the best possible way – by setting up what he thought was the equaliser two minutes later.

His cross was converted by McGoldrick only for VAR to chalk it off for a fractional offside earlier in the move with Lundstram’s toe judged to have been ahead of Dier’s knee by millimetres, if that.

It took three minutes to come to the decision as the teams lined up to kick off again and the final verdict predictably had Blades fans singing: “F**k Var, F**k Var”.

David McGoldrick thought he had secured a quick-fire equaliser for Sheffield United after tapping home from a cross

But following a lengthy VAR check on the goal, it was determined that there was an marginal offside in the build-up play

The comfort for Chris Wilder is that Spurs still looked nervous holding onto a 1-0 lead. Pochettino hooked Dele Alli after 72 minutes for an extra defender, Juan Foyth but the cautious approach didn’t work.

After 78 minutes, McGoldrick released George Baldock down the right touchline and his intended cross with the outside of his boot took a nick off Ben Davies, bypassed Dier and into the corner.

Incredibly, there was another VAR check to assess whether Chris Basham in the penalty area was offside and had interfered with play, but the decision stood.

Spurs had only one genuine chance to win the game late on – Dean Henderson tipping over from substitute Lucas Moura but even video technology couldn’t deny the Blades another successful away-day.

There is relief among the Sheffield United players as George Baldock's cross finds its way into the back of the net

Chris Wilder's men started the game in a positive fashion and took control of the game, later deservedly drawing level




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