Sherwood unhappy with Spurs performance despite 1-0 win over Everton
Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood was unhappy with his side’s performance, although Everton conceded a 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Sherwood saw his side make another slow start to the game.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez was visibly frustrated by the slow tempo of the game. Tottenham Hotspur were only partly responsible for the slow game as Everton were unable to break the midfield lock as well.
Martinez’s side flew out of the dressing rooms at White Hart Lane hoping to acquire a good result to keep them right behind Liverpool, who thrashed the Premier League leaders Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield on Saturday. However, Martinez’s men were unable to break Tottenham Hotspur’s resilient defense.
Everton launched attack after attack during the first half of the game, but Sherwood’s men managed to ride the storm. Most of the attacks from the Toffee’s were kept at bay and it wasn’t until the second half some goal-scoring attacks were seen at both ends.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored the winner and the lone goal of the game in the 65th minute. Little action was seen through the first half, but Sherwood was happy to see his side respond to the talk he had with them before the second half began.
“I keep finding myself coming in here and saying the same thing,” Sherwood said. “We started slow again and we have got to find out the reason why. Hugo Lloris has kept us in the game again early on and made some great saves, one especially.
“We have got to address it because we started slowly against Man City and we were out of the game. It could easily have happened again today. But we managed to sit them down, have a little chat and decided that we needed to put some more pressure on them higher up the field which was the gameplan originally.
“We were nice and compact in the middle of the park but we were far too deep and if you give them space, they have good players who will open you up and that is what they did in the first half.
Sherwood explained that he told his players how to quicken the pace of the game in the second half and that they needed to win back the ball more often. Tottenham were brilliant during the second half of the game, especially defensively. Sherwood’s side kept Everton from having a single shot on goal during second half.