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Tottenham Hotspur set new Premier League record in Sheffield United win

Tottenham Hotspur set new Premier League record in Sheffield United win

Tottenham Hotspur set a new Premier League comeback record with their sensational 2-1 win over Sheffield United in North London.

Tottenham Hotspur earned a slice of Premier League history with their breathtaking 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.

Ange Postecoglou‘s side returned after the international break seeking to resume normal service in North London, having taken 10 points from their opening four Premier League contests.

Sitting second in the rankings owing to their strong start, Spurs boss Postecoglou collected the Premier League’s Manager of the Month prize, while playmaker James Maddison was crowned the Player of the Month for August.

Few problems were expected to arise for Spurs against a winless Sheffield United team, but the Lilywhites were denied time and time again by Blades number one Wes Foderingham, whose frequent time-wasting were also angering the home crowd.

The hosts’ wasted chances came back to bite them as Gustavo Hamer found the back of the net via the post in the 73rd minute, leaving Spurs’ unbeaten record hanging by the thinnest of threads in the capital.

Tottenham Hotspur's Dejan Kulusevski celebrates scoring their second goal on September 13, 2023© Reuters

However, owing to the visitors’ delaying tactics, Postecoglou’s side were blessed with 12 minutes of injury time, the eighth of which saw substitute Richarlison head home from an Ivan Perisic corner.

Spurs quickly dashed back to the centre circle in search of a last-gasp winner, which arrived with 100 minutes on the clock, as Richarlison turned assister for Dejan Kulusevski to fire home into the roof of the net.

By overturning a one-goal deficit to prevail in astonishing circumstances, Spurs have now set a new record for the latest winning comeback in Premier League history, breaking their own record in the category.

The Lilywhites had previously achieved the Premier League’s latest winning turnaround in January 2022, as 95th and 97th minute goals from Steven Bergwijn saw Spurs defeat Leicester City 3-2 at the King Power.

Sheffield United's Oli McBurnie looks dejected after Tottenham Hotspur's Dejan Kulusevski scores their second goal on September 16, 2023© Reuters

As well as leading to unrestrained celebrations in North London, Kulusevski’s winner also moved Tottenham onto 13 points from their opening five games of a Premier League season for the first time ever – a feat they last achieved in 1965-66.

In addition, Spurs kept up their hot streak of scoring at least twice in every game under Postecoglou, doing so in five matches in a row for only the third time following similar hauls in 1960-61 and 1965-66.

Earlier in the day, Postecoglou’s men had been bumped down the rankings by Liverpool thanks to the Reds’ victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but their dramatic success over the Blades has seen the Lilywhites regain second spot behind 15-point Manchester City.

With no European football on the agenda this year, Tottenham have a full week to gear up for next Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates.

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