Live Pictures: Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker (right) and Sheffield United's Jamie Murphy battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London.
Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker (right) and Sheffield United's Jamie Murphy battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London.
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Sheffield United may have arrived late at the London stadium, but pressed Tottenham Hotspur in the early exchanges in this Capital One Cup semi fianal first leg.

The South Yorkshiremen side didn’t have any clear cut chances - and the first fell to Harry Kane who slipped and squandered the chance.

On 16 minutes, Emmanuel Adebayor was booked for sticking his hand across Stefan Scougall’s face - triggering some anger from the Blades’ bench.

A Sky TV pundit suggested players have been sent off for less...but a yellow card sufficed for the referee Neil Swarbrick.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce continued to look handy down the right wing, as United refused to be brow-beaten by the Premier League outfit.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Sheffield United's Louis Reed battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Sheffield United's Louis Reed battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

The flanker smashed a cross-cum-shot just wide of the far post on 22 minutes.

But a minute later, Eric Dier header had to be saved with some style by Mark Howard.

Adebayor smashed a half chance miles over for Spurs, but United almost got on the scoresheet when Stefan Scougall blasted a left footer from outside the box just wide.

Dier had a free header in the penalty area just before half time, but guided it wide.

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor (left) and Sheffield United's Chris Basham during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor (left) and Sheffield United's Chris Basham during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Half time stats: Possession: 65%-35%

Shots: 5-3

On target: 1-0

Corners: 4-1

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Sheffield United's Michael Doyle battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Sheffield United's Michael Doyle battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Fouls: 4-3.

Glenn Hoddle said he was baffled and disappointed by Spurs’ lack of urgency and adventure during the break. He said their build-up had been too predictable.

The second half started to the strains of “Greasy Chip butty” sung by the travelling fans.

A rash challenge by Jay McEveley led to a yellow card for the Blade on 54 minutes.

With Adabeyor dragged off by his manager, you could sense frustration growing in the home ranks.

But Blades’ centre half McEveley gave away a penalty by swinging his arm at the ball on 73 minutes, Andros Townsend’s low shot to the goalie’s left sending Spurs into an undeserved or at least flattering lead.

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (left) and Sheffield United's Louis Reed battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (left) and Sheffield United's Louis Reed battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Spurs couldn’t improve on that - so they have a battle ahead of them at the Lane a week tonight.

Attendance: Att: 35,323

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Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor (centre) takes on Sheffield United's Michael Doyle (left) and Chris Basham (right) during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor (centre) takes on Sheffield United's Michael Doyle (left) and Chris Basham (right) during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough (left) and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough (left) and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend (centre) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game alongside teammates Harry Kane (right) and Roberto Soldado (left) during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend (centre) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game alongside teammates Harry Kane (right) and Roberto Soldado (left) during the Capital One Cup Semi Final, First Leg at White Hart Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Tottenham. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.