Blades Flounder At The Lane

Last updated : 24 August 2006 By @blades_mad1889

Dimitar Berbatov netted on his home debut before former Newcastle United Midfielder Jermaine Jenas scored his eight goal of his Tottenham career

United had gone into the game having drawn 1-1 at home to Liverpool - however goal hero Rob Hulse missed the clash in London to a groin strain. Meanwhile Spurs took there game to the Lane having previously recording a 2-0 defeat at Bolton.

As well as Hulse fill-back Derek Geary (shin) and Paul Ifill (ill) were absent for Sheffield United whilst Tottenham made two changes from their defeated side. Striker Robbie Keane returned and Teemu Tainio came back to Midfield with Jermain Defoe being sidelined on the substitutes bench.

United set their stalls out early on and made life difficult with deep defending; a low ball though almost broke the defence but the ball bounced wide after Berbatrov was unable to make contact after Keane's ball through.

England international Aaron Lennon then turned Chris Armstrong inside-out down the wing before delivering a death cross which BERBATOV finished off in style on seven minutes.

On 16 minutes the Blades were undone by some neat trickery and bad defending; Keane slotted in a high ball towards Berbatov who headed to JERMAINE JENAS who turned Paddy Kenny to slot home into an empty net.

New signing Berbatov was having a good game and made his presence known; Lennon was equally dramatic on the pitch and worked well on the wing; and it was the Bulgarian who almost made it 3-0 but Kenny managed to save after Keane spooned his effort.

Half-Time: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Sheffield United

The visitors produced a better performance than that of the first half; though after the interval the game took a while to get back into any form of shape and rhythm. It took the home side 10 minutes to create an opportunity; Keane and Berbatov combined once again and presented Lee Young Pyo with a chance but his short sailed over.

On the hour mark deadly striker Robbie Keane could have and should have marked off his first goal of the season when Aaron Lennon put the Irish forward in front of goal but somehow the captain sliced wide.

With Christian Nade now on for the ill-effected David Unsworth the Blades began to pile on pressure; Martin Jol (Tottenham manger) responded by brining on Zokora in place of Ivory Coast international Tainio.

Keane was offered another chance with 80 minutes on the clock; Jenas turning provider again with a cleaver cross in the box, Keane snuffed his shot as Kenny handled with ease before he was taken off in place of Jermaine Defoe.

The England international soon showed why he should be given a place; testing Kenny low on his left foot followed by a stunning 20 yard effort where again Kenny showed his strength. Near the end the striker put through Edgar Davids but to no prevail as the Dutchman smashed the crossbar.

Full-Time: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Sheffield United