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Kane scores as Tottenham beat Sheff Utd

Published on: 17 January 2021

Harry Kane's goal in the first half was his 12th of the season in the Premier League

Tottenham got their top-four challenge back on track with a comfortable victory against bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United.

A disappointing run of just one win in their six previous Premier League fixtures had seen Spurs slip down the table with their inability to kill off games proving damaging.

But they were back to their ruthless best against a Blades side that gone into the game buoyed by picking up their first league win of the season against Newcastle last time out.

Serge Aurier opened the scoring early on when he headed home Son Heung-min's corner.

Harry Kane got his 12th league goal of the season just before half-time, driving a superb low strike from outside the box beyond Aaron Ramsdale in the Sheffield United goal.

David McGoldrick halved the deficit with a glancing header in the second half but Tanguy Ndombele's stunning hooked finish made sure there would be no late drama.

Victory moved Tottenham up to fourth before the late Premier League games while Sheffield United remain bottom, 11 points from safety.

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No second-half slip-up for Spurs

Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Fulham in their previous outing highlighted a frustrating issue with this current Spurs side - they often start well, get ahead but then fail to kill off an opponent, leaving them susceptible to a late blow when their opponent ups the pressure.

No side has scored more first-half goals than Tottenham in the Premier League this season (21), while their tally of just four conceded in the opening 45 minutes is also the best in the league.

Aurier's early goal was also their ninth scored inside the opening quarter of an hour - another league high.

Conceding the late leveller against Fulham highlighted their need to make the most of their first-half dominance and they did that on this occasion with Kane making it 2-0 five minutes before half-time.

McGoldrick's header to halve the deficit may have concerned Mourinho that once again his side could come unstuck in the second half but Ndombele's clever strike ensured there would be no late drama on this occasion.

Prior to Sunday, Tottenham had struggled against sides towards the bottom of the table, drawing with Fulham and claiming narrow 1-0 wins against West Brom and Burnley, so the better performance and more comfortable scoreline will have been pleasing for Mourinho.

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1Lloris14Rodon15Dier33Davies24Aurier28Ndombele5Højbjerg3Reguilón23Bergwijn10Kane7Son Heung-Min

    1Lloris14Rodon15Dier33Davies24Aurier28Ndombele5Højbjerg3ReguilónSubstituted forD Sánchezat 90+4'minutes23BergwijnSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 87'minutes10Kane7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forAlves Moraisat 90+2'minutes


    4Alderweireld6D Sánchez9Bale11Lamela12Hart17Sissoko27Lucas Moura30Carvalho Fernandes45Alves Morais

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Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

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Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Tottenham Hotspur 3.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Davinson Sánchez replaces Sergio Reguilón.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Carlos Vinicius replaces Son Heung-Min.


Ethan Ampadu (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.


Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Steven Bergwijn.


John Egan (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).

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Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

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Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

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Offside, Sheffield United. John Fleck tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

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Attempt blocked. Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by John Lundstram.

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Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

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Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Kean Bryan.

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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

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