Search

Tim Sherwood: Spurs must keep breathing down Liverpool’s necks in top four race

07:00 13 February 2014

Tottenham's Emmamual Adebayor celebrates his second goal against Newcastle. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Tottenham's Emmamual Adebayor celebrates his second goal against Newcastle. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is expecting the battle for the top four to go all the way down to the last month of the Premier League season.

Sherwood saw his fifth-placed side maintain the pressure on Liverpool in fourth with a thumping 4-0 victory at Newcastle on Wednesday night, their first win in the league at St James’ Park since August 2004.

Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Fulham kept them three points clear, but the Spurs manager is confident there will be twists and turns to come.

Sherwood said: “It’s very tight. I see it going down to the last month of the season, that’s for sure.

“It’s going to be tough for anyone to maintain the run we are all having. We seem to be not climbing above anyone at the moment, you are not letting yourself get free in that fourth spot.

“Liverpool are doing excellently and we have just got to make sure we keep breathing down their necks.

“Liverpool are up there at the moment and you would say that they are favourites [for a Champions League place], but we think we can put a charge together. We have got to believe in that.

“We know how difficult it is going to be. But it’s not only Liverpool, there are other teams in this race.”

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor fired the visitors ahead with 19 minutes gone after Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul could only parry Nabil Bentaleb’s left-wing cross into his path, and that was to prove something of a theme.

Krul could not hang on to the Togo striker’s stinging 53rd-minute shot either and Paulinho stabbed in the rebound, and although the Dutchman made a good stop to deny substitute Andros Townsend seven minutes from time, Adebayor scuffed the loose ball past him.

Krul’s misery was complete with two minutes left when substitute Nacer Chadli sent a long-range shot across him and inside the far post to wrap up a comprehensive win.

Asked if he could demand any more from Adebayor, who now has nine goals since being recalled to the fold, Sherwood said: “We are always asking for more, but I am not sure we are going to achieve that at the moment. He’s at the top of his game.

“He’s a real credit to the football club at this present moment in time. He’s an example for all our young players to look up to, someone who applies himself on and off the pitch and the training field.

“He never leaves anything on the training field, he works very, very hard and it mirrors that when he steps on to the field.”

Meanwhile, Sherwood confirmed that midfielder Erik Lamela could be out of action for a month.

He said: “It’s not good. He had a thigh strain and he over-compensated and now he’s got a back injury. We are hoping it won’t be months, but it may be a month or so.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

13:07

The Under-13 boys’ team from University College School took top honours at the Jack Petchey London Schools’ Team Finals on Saturday.

Draws are relatively rare in rugby so it is certainly unusual that Saracens have now had two in a row – but the character and resolve they have displayed in both matches has been entirely familiar.

Yesterday, 15:35

Highgate Harriers’ men are on course to equal the Metropolitan League record of five successive titles – and the club also have a chance of winning three other divisions.

Yesterday, 14:01

Dave Francis scored a second-half hat-trick as Hendon triumphed 29-15 away against mid-table rivals Saracens Amateurs, banking a bonus point and moving 11 points clear of the Herts/Middlesex Division One relegation zone.

Yesterday, 07:16

Midway through a hard-fought first half at the Liberty Stadium a rainbow appeared. Not just any rainbow, one of those glorious technicolour efforts which make you feel warm inside.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Arsene Wenger played down reports of a bust-up with Arsenal’s in-form forward Alexis Sanchez during his side’s impressive 4-0 win at Swansea City.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted in-form striker Olivier Giroud suffered an ankle injury during his team’s impressive 4-0 win over Swansea.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Arsenal eased to a 4-0 victory against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium with goals from Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi (2), and Alexis Sanchez.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now