Tim Sherwood praised the players for their effort in the Europa League 1st leg defeat in Ukraine but thought the team could have played better.
Speaking to @SpursOfficial, the manager, in charge of his first European game said,
I can’t fault the endeavour and application from the lads, we just needed a little more quality at certain times.
The manager is hopeful that Tottenham will be able to improve on last night’s performance to progress to the last-16 of the competition.
Credit to Dnipro, they played well. We know we can do better and the positive thing is we’re still in the tie. We now bring them back to the Lane next Thursday and hopefully we’ll stay in the competition.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, the BBC Sport website reported that Sherwood gave an assurance that Spurs would score,
We will score at White Hart Lane, guaranteed, but it depends how many we will have to score.
Sherwood was critical of the state the pitch, which he said was partially responsible for Roberto Soldado’s second half miss,
The pitch was a disgrace, it is possibly the worst pitch I have experienced in a long time. He would expect to score. I am not using the pitch as an excuse, not for the chance, as both teams played on it. But I am sure that it must have played some part in Robbie missing that one.
Fans expressed their disappointment at the result afterwards on Twitter and there was mixed reaction to Roberto Soldado.
Lucky it was only 1-0 at the end. Poor decision making & another missed sitter. However with full team should win & go through next weekTHFC
— Miri D (@MiriDSpurs) February 20, 2014
On Roberto Soldado fans took differing views.
Paul Marshall tweeted:
Amazing how some fans still defend soldado. Right now he's pony let's face it. I hope this can be retweeted when I'm wrong but can't see it
— Paul Marshall (@pmarsh10) February 20, 2014
Sluce was more supportive in his thoughts tweeting,
soldado had amazing link up play tonight, although he still can't finish his dinner ATM! ability is there just a confidence thing
— Sluce (@Sluce23) February 20, 2014
Matt Boosey tweeted:
Roberto Soldado also went on to Instagram afterwards and thanked supporters for their encouragement. @HotspurRelated tweeted his remarks. Soldado said,
— Matt Boosey (@matt3oosey1982) February 20, 2014
Thank you very much for the encouragement. I am sure with my blocked time, we would have won the game. I know people expect a lot from me and I still have not seen, work for it and get it.
Steve English tweeted a desire held by many Tottenham supporters:
The one person I want to succeed at spurs is soldado, was so impressed watching him at valencia, will we ever see that form for us??
— Steve English (@englishn17) February 20, 2014
Nikhil Saglini was ippressed by Soldado’s attitude and called for fans to show their support:
Soldado will come good. His Instagram shows that he is accepting responsibility and wants to work at it! Back him. #HeCameFromSunnySpain
— Nikhil Saglani (@Nikhil_Saglani) February 20, 2014