Sunday 02 March 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Sheffield United produced a remarkable performance as they hammered Tottenham Hotspur to climb out of the relegation zone.
The Blades were unbeaten in their previous three home matches in all competitions but Spurs came into the fixture with six consecutive victories under their belt, so nobody could have foreseen what would happen.
Sheffield United manager Dave Bassett said: “We have shown we are capable of beating anybody in the Premier League. Now we need some consistency.”
United were in the bottom three at kick-off - behind Nottingham Forest on goal difference - while Spurs were eighth.
Glyn Hodges gave the hosts the perfect start when he fired them ahead in the 13th minute after playing a one-two with Franz Carr.
Eight minutes later it was 2-0 as Brian Deane’s effort deflected off Spurs defender Andy Gray on to the bar and into the net off the helpless Spurs goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt.
Ian Bryson then effectively finished the match with two goals in successive minutes. He evaded the Blades' offside trap to beat Thorstvedt and 60 seconds later, in the 29th minute, he scored again after an error by Spurs' Jason Cundy.
The north Londoners rallied at the start of the second half with Darren Anderton firing into the side-netting and Teddy Sheringham coming close before substitute John Hendry hit the post.
But they could not find a way back and two more Sheffield United goals completed the rout. Deane struck in the 73rd minute from a Bryson cross before Paul Rogers touched home a rebound after a Deane shot had been saved.
Tottenham Hotspur coach Ray Clemence said: “We have come back from defeats like this before and we can do it again.”
United moved three places up the Barclays Premier League table to 17th as a result of the match, which left Spurs in eighth - which also turned out to be their finishing position.
The Blades avoided the drop by just three points, despite finishing 14th in the table.