George Baldock’s fortuitous equaliser saw Sheffield United stretch their unbeaten run to five games with a deserved draw at Tottenham, who remain without a win in the league since September.
Baldock’s mis-hit cross – which came moments after the Blades had a goal disallowed for offside by the video assistant referee – evaded everyone inside the Spurs penalty area before finding the bottom corner.
The visitors were by far the better side but fell behind when Son Heung-min capitalised on Enda Stevens’ failed clearance before slotting the ball through Dean Henderson’s legs.
McGoldrick thought he had equalised just two minutes after Son’s opener, but VAR replays showed that Lundstram’s toe had been marginally offside in the build-up – a decision that was so close it took almost four minutes to make.
Son and second-half substitute Lucas Moura both went close for the hosts late on but a Spurs winner would have been unjust on Chris Wilder’s team.
The points lifts the Blades up to fifth in the table, while Spurs drop to 12th.
Blades denied by VAR
Last weekend’s 3-0 win over Burnley lifted United up to sixth – their highest league position since the early 1970’s and five places above last season’s Champions League finalists in the standings.
Only third-placed Leicester had conceded fewer league goals than the Blades prior to this encounter – a record even more impressive when you consider Wilder’s side have already faced four of the Premier League’s current top-six this season.
Wilder, quite rightly, is keeping his players grounded with more than two-thirds of the campaign left to play, but if his team continue to display the qualities they showed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, they should be able to stay in the top half of the table this season.
Not only were the visitors defensively organised, they created several clear-cut openings from which they should have opened the scoring.
Lundstram scuffed a low Stevens cross wide from a good position before rifling John O’Connell’s cutback against the post with Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga beaten.
After the break Lys Mousset drilled a low shot inches wide of the far post before McGoldrick’s disallowed strike, which VAR eventually chalked off because Lundstram’s toe was adjudged to have been in front of a Spurs’ defender’s kneecap.
There was a lengthy delay as the video replay officials scrutinised the evidence, zooming in and drawing a multitude of lines on the screen, before informing the referee it was no goal, to the delight of the home fans.
Baldock’s equaliser may have been fortunate, but a draw was the least Wilder and his players deserved.
Plenty to ponder for Pochettino
Tottenham’s 4-0 Champions League victory at Red Star Belgrade in midweek served as the perfect antidote after a difficult few days for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and his players.
Son, who was involved in the incident that led to Everton midfielder Andre Gomes’ horrific ankle injury at Goodison Park, scored twice in a comfortable win which boosted Spurs’ hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the competition.
And once again Son was Spurs’ liveliest player on Saturday. He had his side’s first shot on target, nine minutes into the second half, but Henderson got down low to his right to palm the effort away.
He then capitalised on Stevens’ error and drilled home his eighth of the season, via the tiniest of deflections, under the Blades keeper.
However Pochettino’s side remain some way off the pace domestically. They are nine points behind fourth-placed Leicester City, who play Arsenal in Saturday’s late game, and their first-half display did nothing to enthuse the home supporters.
Spurs repeatedly gifted the visitors the ball inside their own half, but the Blades failed to capitalise on their hosts’ generosity, until Baldock’s equaliser with 12 minutes remaining.
The result means Pochettino’s side remain without a win in the league since beating Southampton at home on 28 September.