Chris Basham leaps to defence of Sheffield United teammate Ollie Norwood after Tottenham Hotspur defeat

Chris Basham has defended his Sheffield United teammate Oliver Norwood after his performance in the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, insisting the midfielder deserves some credit for not "going under" after a difficult afternoon.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 5:23 pm

Norwood was robbed of possession in midfield in the lead up to two goals scored by Spurs in their 3-1 win at Bramall Lane, which left the Blades stranded on five points at the bottom of the table after watching two of their relegation rivals pick up valuable victories a day earlier.

Norwood was eventually substituted, for defender Kean Bryan, with manager Chris Wilder admitting afterwards that the manner of United's defeat was "self-inflicted".

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And Basham, speaking ahead of this weekend's FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Plymouth Argyle, admitted: "We were really disappointed with our start, coming off the back of the Newcastle game when we were brilliant from start to finish.

"We gave unbelievable, top class players a sniff and they took it.

"We're immensely disappointed to concede from a set-piece and we couldn't get a foothold in the game.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, is challenged by Sheffield United's Chris Basham and Oliver Norwood (Stu Forster/Pool via AP)

"That's the most disappointing thing, their third goal was a bit of magic but they've come from our mistakes.

"Sometimes Ollie gets left a lot in midfield and when you're up against players who can close you down as quick as they can, you can lose it in the blink of an eye and it's in the back of your net.

"That's the most disappointing thing, but he kept trying to be brave and getting on the ball as well. Fair play to him because some people go under in those situations."

Oliver Norwood of Sheffield Utd tussles with Son Heung-Min of Tottenham during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane Andrew Yates/Sportimage