Tanguy Ndombele scored a wonder goal as Tottenham claimed their first away win in the Premier League since November by beating Sheffield United 3-1 to rise into the top four.
It has been a strong first half of the season for Spurs, but despite being six games unbeaten in all competitions, they had not won any of their last four league games on the road.
That soon changed when they visited Bramall Lane to deny Sheffield United the chance to build on their first league win of the season.
Tottenham started strongly, with Steven Bergwijn forcing a fingertip save from Aaron Ramsdale early on.
The resulting corner led to Spurs taking the lead inside five minutes. Son Heung-min whipped the ball in, with Serge Aurier rising to head it in.
It could have been two moments later. Harry Kane slid in Son with a through ball, with the South Korean trying to dink the ball over Ramsdale, only for it to clip the outside of the post.
The Blades began to grow into the game a little more, with Oliver Burke having an effort deflected behind.
Tottenham are clinical when they need to be, though, and made it 2-0 after punishing an error from the hosts.
Sheffield United were caught trying to play out from the back, and Tottenham pounced. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fed the ball to Kane, who curled the ball low into the bottom corner to double the advantage.
SPURS DOUBLE THEIR LEAD!
Sheffield United play themselves into trouble and Harry Kane punishes them with a clinical finish.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 17, 2021
That marked Kane’s 20th goal from outside the box in the Premier League – the same number that Cristiano Ronaldo managed for Manchester United during his time in England.
Tottenham respond after conceding
Spurs were given a wake-up call just before the hour-mark, as Sheffield United halved the deficit.
John Fleck curled a cross in with his left foot, and David McGoldrick made the most of it by heading it beyond Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham took virtually no time to get their two-goal cushion back, though – and did so in style.
Tanguy Ndombele made a forwards run into the box and the ball was chipped into his path. The midfielder then expertly chipped the ball goalwards with the outside of his right boot.
Tanguy Ndombele with a sensational goal for Tottenham 🤯pic.twitter.com/vwKqCdP8Gm
— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) January 17, 2021
It proved to be a hammer blow to Sheffield United’s hopes of getting back into the game. Tottenham went on to see out the win, which moves them into fourth place.
They could drop out of the Champions League places if other teams win their games in hand, but the important thing for Jose Mourinho is that they are keeping pace.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, are on just five points at the half-way stage of their campaign. They are 11 points from safety and have played more than some of the teams above them.