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Sherwood admits defeat at Norwich is ‘a real big blow’ to Spurs’ top four bid

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood on the touchline at Norwich. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood on the touchline at Norwich. Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Sunday, February 23, 2014
8:34 PM

Tim Sherwood admitted after a 1-0 defeat at Norwich that Spurs now face a battle to overhaul rivals Liverpool for a fourth-place finish to secure Champions League football next season.

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The Merseysiders’ 4-3 Anfield victory over Swansea leaves Tottenham six points behind the Reds in fifth place in the Premier League.

Admitting the gap between Spurs and Liverpool is now considerable, manager Sherwood said: “It looks big, it’s a real blow to us but we’ve got to bounce back.

“We’ve got the second leg of the Europa League match and then we’ve got Cardiff at home.

“We need characters in the dressing room to be able to do that.

“We can’t use Thursday’s game at Dnipro as an excuse, especially as we were stronger in the second-half.

“We created a few chances after going behind, but we just couldn’t take them.

“It’s the first major setback I’ve had as manager, and now the players must respond.”

Sherwood said his team were “not good enough”, as they only began to play after Norwich broke the deadlock through Robert Snodgrass.

“We weren’t brave enough on the football and didn’t take enough risks,” said Sherwood.

He added: “It was difficult but we had some clear-cut chances to score. If you don’t take those you can’t win football matches.

“It’s bitterly disappointing for us that we’re coming away with nothing and possibly never deserved it.”

Roberto Soldado missed two clear chances, and Sherwood said of the goal-shy striker: “He just needs one to go in. The chances are coming he just needs to take it and hopefully we can see the player that he is.”

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