It was an angry Tim Sherwood who spoke at the post-match press conferences after Tottenham had conceded four goals to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with mistakes by individual being the root cause of their defeat.
At the end of the game both Sherwood and Steffen Freund directed the Tottenham players to go to acknowledge the fans who had witnessed another heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to the club’s @SpursOfficial Twitter account, Sherwood was restrained in his comments, expressing his disappointment and trying to take some positives from the first half display. He said,
We were okay in the first half, solid, they didn’t create much and we were opening them up. We felt the longer the game went it would be in our hands because they would have to come out and we’d hit them on the counter.
He was disappointed with the response of the players after conceding the first goal early in the second half and how the match played out through the final thirty minutes.
Once we gave the first goal away, we seemed to lose our heads and then the red card, it’s unlucky. We’re not going to win the game at 2-0 and down to 10 men. I’m gutted.
Speaking to the press afterwards he was much more critical of the players performance. Speaking to the BBC Sport, Sherwood said,
It hurts me and I won’t forget about this when we hit the motorway, but some might. There’s a lack of character, too many of them are too nice to each other and you need to show a bit more guts. You can’t legislate for the capitulation – you can’t have that.
As Tottenham’s challenge for a top-4 finish falls away with another heavy defeat to a team above them, Sherwood said,
The club talks about fourth – wake up. You won’t finish in the top four if you don’t beat top teams. You’re miles away unless you beat the top teams.
With more big games coming up for Spurs during March in both the league and the Europa League, the manager said,
We owe the fans a performance. We let them down again on the big occasion.
A telling comment from Sherwood was tweeted by @TalkingTHFC
Sherwood: "There's a few I'd count on. There's a few I wouldn't."
— Talking THFC™ (@TalkingTHFC) March 8, 2014
It is unusual for a manager to make such a statement but suggests all is not well at White Hart Lane.
Glenn Hoddle was critical of Sherwood for speaking out as he did to the press. Tjhe former Tottenham manager’s remarks were reported by @HotspurRelated. Hoddle said,
He was very honest but that’s something you say in dressing room to players. You might come out, disguise what your feelings are. It’s not his fault that his players went and made those mistakes, they were individual mistakes.
This is a testing time for Sherwood as Hoddle acknowledges,
Hoddle (Sherwood): "He's being tested now. His testing time is coming now because of this result and other results like Norwich away."
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) March 8, 2014