Tottenham gave an improved performance in the second half, a point which was noted by Tim Sherwood and the players in their comments after the win over Crystal Palace.
Talking to BBC Sport, the manager commented,
Second half we picked that up. We were much better, so I have to give them credit for the character they showed. We took it to the opposition after the break.
In the first half, the Palace team had a much greater appetite for the game and played at a higher tempo than Spurs and should have been ahead. Sherwood remarked to @SpursOfficial on this, saying,
They came at us in the first half and caught us by surprise with their attacking options. In all honesty, they were unlucky not to go ahead…We had a few words at half-time and the players came back out and showed a lot of character.
In his remarks to the BBC he pointed out the need for desire and endeavour in the players, saying,
Christian Eriksen, speaking to @SpursOfficial, acknowledged that the players had to improve in the second half. He said,
We have a group of lads who are very talented but unless you marry that with desire, you won’t get the results. If you don’t show desire, your ability counts for nothing.
We had to look at each other at half time and we showed real character in the second half.
The Danish international was pleased to score again but is working hard to improve saying,
Adebayor gave me the service and you have to believe you’ll get the 2nd ball. I was lucky I was right there. I think I have a lot more to show. I’m happy with the goals but I’m working hard to show I can be better.
Nabil Bentaleb also commented on the difference in the display after half-time. He told @SpursOfficial,
It was really tough in the first half but we bounced back well and showed character and desire.
Commenting on the moment when he thought he had scored his first Tottenham goal, the young player said,
I thought I scored in the first half. I was wheeling away to celebrate but it didn’t quite go in.
On Toronto-bound Jermain DefoeTim Sherwood told BBC Sport,
I’ll be sorry to lose Jermain, and Toronto are getting a fine goalscorer. I don’t think there are many better goalscorers than him out there.
@HotspurRelated reported Danny Rose’s comments on Defoe saying,
It’s typical of Jermain Defoe (to score) and he will be a great asset to Toronto.
Rose (Defoe): "He will be sadly missed. Nine years great work to the club so will be dearly missed." #THFC
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) January 11, 2014
Love Eriksen, what a player, foreign country, out of position and still doing the business. Why can't they all be like that?
— Michael Mulkerrin (@mpmulkerrin) January 11, 2014