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‘The game changed on the red card’ - Sherwood defends side after West Ham loss

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Tim Sherwood. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire Tottenham Hotspur Manager Tim Sherwood. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Saturday, May 3, 2014
5:34 PM

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood insisted his side were not outfought by West Ham.

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A Harry Kane own goal and Stewart Downing’s free-kick saw West Ham run out 2-0 victors against 10-man Spurs, who had Younes Kaboul sent off.

“I don’t think we were outfought,” Sherwood said. “The game changed on the red card.

“I thought before that we were comfortable and created the best chance of the game when Ade had a chance.

“It was always going to be a tough place to come, and when we go down to 10 men and they score a minute after it is going to be a difficult afternoon.

“Then, obviously, the free-kick goes straight through the middle of our wall, which isn’t ideal, and then you’ve got the mountain to climb.”

Sherwood had no complaints about Younes Kaboul’s sending off, nor was he particularly angry with Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor despite the pair leaving an embarrassingly large gap in the wall that Downing duly exploited.

“It wasn’t great but I spoke to them in there,” Sherwood said. “I have pointed it out to them and they don’t need me to point it out, really.

“They know it is an error and it obviously hurts a lot more when you see 2-0 rather than getting it in the stomach, when it hurts for 30 seconds.”

Not even the inspired display of Lloris could keep Downing’s free-kick out, although the France goalkeeper produced a string of wonderful saves to stop Spurs receiving an embarrassing thumping.

“Lloris was top drawer,” Sherwood said. “He has been top drawer whenever we have played this season.

“I heard people talking after the Everton game when he got a bang on the head that he is not the same goalie any more. That is a load of crap.

“People don’t know what they are talking about. The guy is a consistent performer - he has performed like that every single week.

“If he makes a mistake, it is an honest mistake and he doesn’t make many.”

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