Full-time: Tottenham cruise to victory at Sheffield United, thanks to first half goals from Serge Aurier and Harry Kane, before a goal of the season contender from Tanguy Ndombele sealed victory after the restart following David McGoldrick's consolation.
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Sheffield United - Tottenham Hotspur
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Sanchez replaces Reguilon as Spurs make another late sub.
Close! Kane blasts over the bar from close range as Spurs miss the opportunity to make it four. Son, meanwhile, is replaced by Vinicius.
Only three minutes will be added on at the end of this one-sided contest. Tottenham are heading to fourth in the Premier League.
Moura drags his shot badly wide, but Son manages to keep it in to deny the throw-in!
Yellow card! Egan goes into the book for a foul on Kane which means he'll miss the trip to Old Trafford.
A sight of goal for Sharpe but the United forward slices his effort well wide. That just about sums up his side's day.
Spurs have dropped to almost a back-five as they edge closer to victory.
Sheffield United only have themselves to blame today. After the victory against Newcastle, you would have expected their tails to have been up. But they have lacked energy, motivation and application.
Son finds a pocket of space as he carves in from the left side, taking two defenders out of the game, but his whipped shot is deflected behind for a corner.
The excellent Bergwijn sees his shot blocked as Spurs search for a fourth.
Sheffield Utd sub: Rhian Brewster comes on for Burke.
McGoldrick shoots straight down the middle for Lloris to make an easy save.
- OffOliver NorwoodSheffield United
- OnKean BryanSheffield United
Sheffield Utd sub: Norwood's nightmare is over as he is replaced by Kean Bryan.
Spurs are surely out of sight now. I could watch Ndombele's goal over and over again.
- GoalTanguy N'DombeleTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Sheffield United 1-3 Tottenham (Tanguy Ndombele): That is magnificent from Ndombele! Norwood runs into trouble once again, Bergwijn clips it over the top for Ndombele, but from a tight angle and under pressure, he has so much still to do. He gets just enough on his lob and hooks the ball into the top corner, and you have to say that is spectacular!
- GoalDavid McGoldrickSheffield United
GOAL! Sheffield United 1-2 Tottenham (David McGoldrick): The Blades have a way back into the game! Spurs have been sitting back, inviting pressure, and how they have paid! McGoldrick gets in between Tottenham's centre-backs to meet Fleck's excellent cross and his glancing header nestles into the back of the net. Game on!
Norwood has had a nightmare today and again he's dispossessed all too easily in midfield. Bergwijn stands up a cross, Bogle doesn't get enough on his clearance but Kane fails to punish Sheffield United as he curls his shot from the edge of the box over the bar.
Ramsdale races off his line in an attempt to take the ball from Son's feet but comes away with nothing. Son goes to ground but the referee Andre Marriner isn't interested in Spurs' appeals for a penalty.
Close! Spurs take the free-kick quickly, with Kane trying his luck from distance. Ramsdale is caught unawares but gets a fingertip to the shot to push it over.
- Yellow cardJohn LundstramSheffield United
Yellow card! Lundstram takes one for the team and fouls Bergwijn to stop Spurs from breaking, going into the referee's book for his trouble.
Much better from the Blades in the opening stages of this second half. Lovely interchange from their forward players sets up Stevens for a strike at the top of the box, but Spurs make the block, and Lloris plucks the ball out of the air from the resultant corner.
Over! Sheffield United's finishing leaves a lot to be desired once again. Stevens leaves Bergwijn in his wake and digs out a cross to the middle. Bogle darts into the box late but gets far too much on his header.
Kick-off! Spurs get the second half underway. There were no changes made from either manager at the break.
- End of 1st Half
Half-time: Tottenham are cruising thanks to goals from Serge Aurier and Harry Kane. Sheffield United have much work to do.
There will be two minutes of added-time to play at the end of the first half.
A good response from Sheffield United but Spurs stand firm in defence. Basham sends a low ball across the face of goal, Davies makes the sliding intervention and Dier blocks the follow-up from Bogle.
- GoalHarry KaneTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Sheffield United 0-2 Tottenham (Harry Kane): The hosts try to play it out from the back but Hojbjerg is quickly onto the case and wins the ball back for Spurs, feeding Kane who finds the bottom corner with a lovely shot from the edge of the box.
Close! A scare for the hosts as Son's cross is deflected into the sky and almost creeps in under Ramsdale's crossbar. The Sheffield United goalkeeper swings and gets just enough on it to keep it out.
Chance! This is a good spell for the Blades, who are now playing much higher up the pitch. Aurier fails to clear his lines and the hosts come again. Norwood feeds McGoldrick, whose first touch is sublime and gets it out of his feet. But Dier has been excellent and makes the block to deny United an equaliser.
Lloris' kick is poor and lands straight at the feet of McGoldrick, who slips through Burke on the left flank. His direct running causes Spurs a problem, but there's hardly anyone in the box and his teasing cross goes uncontested.
Just over half an hour played and it's all Spurs. They have had 71 per cent of possession so far, registering five shots. Jose has got his tactics spot on so far.
Here come Sheffield United on the counter-attack. Norwood drives into the open space before feeding Burke. He gets the ball out of his feet and shoots from 20 yards, but it's comfortable for Lloris, who makes his first save of the match.
Spurs move the ball forward patiently for a good couple of minutes as they look to break down the home side's defence, but the attack collapses.
The delivery is too close to Ramsdale as the Sheffield United goalkeeper punches it clear for a throw-in.
Dier wins the header at the far post as the resultant free-kick is whipped in, but the hosts scramble it behind for a corner.
- Yellow cardOliver NorwoodSheffield United
Yellow card! Hojbjerg makes the block from Burke's shot, the loose ball is carried forward by Kane, he drives into space before he's cynically fouled by Norwood, who goes into the book.
Spurs should be targeting more goals: a couple more would take them above Liverpool, into third place.
Sheffield United have really given themselves a mountain to climb after conceding so early. The division's worst attack, scoring just three times from open play this season, now need to score at least twice against the second-best defence to take maximum points.
Spurs have been guilty all too often of sitting back after taking an early lead this season, but there's no indication that is Mourinho's gameplan today.
Spurs break, with Son leading the charge with a mazy run down the left flank. He tries to pick out Kane with the cross but Ampadu is alert to the danger and knocks it behind for a corner.
Close! Basham meets the deep corner delivery and heads it on, but Davies is well positioned to make an important headed intervention.
McGoldrick is the instigator as the Blades open up Spurs on the counter-attack. Burke is the willing runner to meet his pass, but Dier races back to make a recovery, blocking his shot at the expense of a corner.
Another lightning start.
Son goes close! The hosts aren't coping with Spurs at the moment, and Son should double the advantage! Kane drops deep and slips a precision pass through the lines for Son to run onto. He lifts it over the on-rushing Ramsdale but his shot crashes off the outside of the post!
GOAL! Sheffield Utd 0-1 Tottenham (Serge Aurier): Spurs are ahead with the easiest of goals! From the resultant corner, Son's whipped delivery to the near post is met by Aurier, who climbs above Bogle to head Tottenham in front.
Shot! No surprise that Sheffield United are sitting back and inviting pressure in the early stages. Kane involved as Spurs build an attack, linking up with Bergwijn, whose shot from the edge of the box is pushed over by Ramsdale.
The hosts make a nervy start as United goalkeeper Ramsdale fails to get a proper connection on his clearance. Kane and then Son both see shots blocked as Tottenham are repelled.
Kick-off! The players, officials and staff take the knee and Sheffield United then get us underway!
FIVE minutes until kick-off at Bramall Lane. It's Sheffield United versus Tottenham in the Premier League, it's LIVE and it's NEXT!
The Blades can close the gap on 17th-placed Burnley to eight points with victory today, while Spurs could leapfrog Liverpool into third ahead of the Reds' match against Manchester United later.
Goals - or a lack of - have been United's problem this season and it's difficult to see how they will break down a resilient Spurs defence that has conceded just 16 goals so far this season. Wilder's side has scored just THREE goals from open play in the league.
Pre-match stat: After scoring 13 goals and winning their first four away league games this season, Spurs are winless in their last four on the road (D3 L1), netting just three goals in that run.
The draw left Tottenham six points adrift of the leaders Manchester United.
Could there be yet more frustration for Spurs today? Sheffield United won and drew against Tottenham last season and have lost just two of the past 11 top-flight meetings.
Jose on Tottenham's inconsistency: "For some time it's looked obvious to everybody that it's proving difficult for every team to be consistent. You can, for example, look at [Manchester United] and say, yes they are leaders of the table, but they have already lost in two competitions, the Champions League and the Carabao Cup."
Wilder on Jose Mourinho: "He gets the game and understands the game. The times I have met him, he’s been a fabulous man to talk to. I met him in the hotel and you get nervous inside - I am 53 and still nervous talking to Jose - he was complimentary of how we played and hopefully he is complimentary on Sunday. "I am not embarrassed about my journey - the Premier League is full of characters and brilliant managers and for me, he is top of the tree."
After picking up their first victory of the season, Chris Wilder makes just one change to his Sheffield United side that defeated Newcastle, as Enda Stevens starts at left wingback. Ben Osborn and Lys Mousset are injured and miss out.
Joe Rodon comes into the Spurs defence as Mourinho makes three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Fulham last time out. Ben Davies returns and Steven Bergwijn, who hasn't featured since the 3-0 victory over Leeds earlier this month, also starts. Davinson Sanchez and Moussa Sissoko drop to the bench, while Harry Winks isn't in the matchday squad.
Sheffield Utd XI: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Ampadu, Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, Burke, McGoldrick.. subs: Foderingham, Baldock, Sharp, Lowe, Jagielka, Brewster, Bryan. /// Tottenham XI: Lloris, Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Davies, Bergwijn, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Reguilon, Son, Kane.. subs: Hart, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Bale, Lamela, Sissoko, Moura, Gedson, Vinicius.
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