7 of the greatest Premier League night games: Spurs spanked, Bergkamp blinds, Liverpool leave it late

Some of the finest tussles in top-flight history have taken place under the hue of floodlights, writes Thomas Hutchence...

1) Sheffield United 6-0 Tottenham (Mar 2, 1993)

Two decades before Tottenham were hit for six at the Etihad, they travelled to Bramall Lane in the Premier League’s maiden campaign.

Sheffield United were fighting to avoid relegation and to make matters worse their North London opponents were in fine form. They’d won their previous five league games, thanks largely to the scintillating form of Teddy Sheringham who'd netted nine times in that run.

This should have been a comfortable victory, then, and it was... but for the hosts. Franz Carr opened the scoring for the Blades with a brilliant finish after bamboozling two markers with a slick turn, before a comical headed own goal from defender Andy Gray set the tone for a Spurs collapse.

Ten minutes later they were 4-0 down via an Ian Bryson brace. Brian Deane and Paul Rogers completed the rout, but Spurs chairman Alan Sugar stopped short of firing Doug Livermore ... until the end of the season. 

Brian Deane, Sheffield United

Brian Deane celebrates one of Spurs' six

2) Liverpool 3-3 Man United (Jan 4, 1994)

Manchester United had just won their first title in 26 years, and Alex Ferguson’s quest to overcome Liverpool’s historical dominance was just beginning. But this game arguably demonstrated as big a difference in quality between these two teams as ever has existed in in the Premier League era.

Liverpool were languishing in seventh, some 21 points adrift of their rivals from down the East Lancs road, who were also on a 17-game unbeaten run. United looked like strolling to No.18 after storming into a 3-0 lead within 23 minutes. But it didn't last long. Nigel Clough – who it's fair to say didn't enjoy the biggest of impacts at Anfield – immediately chopped the deficit to two, before grabbing another before the break to give the Reds a fighting chance and help justify his £2.3 million price tag.

A Neil Ruddock header past Peter Schmeichel with 10 minutes left ensured Graeme Souness's side grabbed a point, and Schmeichel a place in the dog house: the keeper later revealed he was temporarily sacked by a finger-pointing Fergie after the game, to which the Dane responded with “a lot of abuse”.

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