Tottenham’s win at Stoke brought praise from manager, Tim Sherwood, for the performance of his defenders. Although reduced to 10-men early in the second half, Stoke made it very difficult for Spurs who were relieved to hear the final whistle.It was a hard-earned three points for Tottenham at the Britannia Stadium and Tim Sherwood acknowledged the part played by his defenders as Spurs secured their 10th away win of the season in the Premier League. Stoke had suffered only two home defeats this season and had won their last four home games in a good run of form and the manager was pleased with the result.
Speaking after the game, the club’s Twitter account reported Sherwood’s comments. He said,
This is a tough place to come and play, Stoke have only lost 3 times at home and taken some big scalps, so we’re delighted to win.
It was the Tottenham defenders who won praise from their manager who commented,
Hugo deserved that clean sheet, Younes and Michael put their bodies on the line and Kyle and Danny both played well.
Sherwood acknowledged that the Britannia stadium is a difficult place to win when he said,
In a difficult match for left-back Danny Rose, who having scored the only goal was subject to constant abuse from the home fans after he was involved in the incident that led to the dismissal of Ryan Shawcross. Sherwood said,
You have to work hard to get anything at Stoke and hopefully we’ve sent our great travelling support home happy with the 3 points.
Danny was excellent, our match winner. He’s still learning the game and will have learned a lot today.
In his post-match interview with BBC Sport, he commented further on Danny Rose, saying,
I’ve told Danny Rose he has to use this as a learning curve. I didn’t want to take him off but I had to diffuse the situation.
The manager thought the decisions of the referee in the bookings were correct and commented on how the reaction of the home supporters had spurred on their team. He said,
I thought it was two yellow cards. I haven’t heard that kind of support anywhere for a very long time. They really got behind their team.
Sherwood had praise for the way Stoke responded to being down to 10 men and as critical of his wn team when in possession.He said,
We didn’t play particularly well in possession. We let them have the initiative but at this stage of the season it is about getting the three points and digging in.