Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham: Berge and Mousset sink Spurs
Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham: Sander Berge and Lys Mousset sink Spurs amid controversial VAR decision at Bramall Lane.
Harry Kane had what would have been an equalising effort chalked off for the harshest of handball calls after Sander Berge had opened the scoring for the hosts and Spurs never recovered, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie finding the net in the second half to earn Chris Wilder’s side a much-needed first three points since the restart.
Wilder, meanwhile, could only name seven substitutes because of his injury problems and handed a first Premier League start to Ben Osborn in midfield as one of two changes from the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.
The hosts took the lead just after the half-hour mark as Berge was allowed too much space to take a touch and drill Chris Basham’s low cut-back into the far corner.
Spurs thought they had responded just 83 seconds later as Kane squirmed a scuffed finish beyond Dean Henderson, only for VAR to rule the effort out, adjudging that Lucas had handled the ball as he fell to the ground after being fouled in the build-up.
It took until the hour mark for either side to fashion another clear opening, David McGoldrick missing the chance to finally open his Premier League account as he fired into the side-netting after Berge’s cross had fallen kindly to him.
That was the forward’s last act, but his replacement Mousset, soon gave the hosts a two-goal cushion when left in laughable amounts of space inside the six-yard box to tap home Enda Stevens’ square pass.
More comical defending saw McBurnie add a third late on, firing into the roof of the net from Berge’s ball before Kane got on the scoresheet with a late consolation.