Tottenham manager claims Spurs were unlucky against Arsenal
Tim Sherwood claims Gunners derby victory ‘papered over the cracks’
March 17th, 2014
Arsenal remained in the Premier League title hunt on Sunday after another 1-0 victory against their arch-rivals, with the Gunners keeping pace with Liverpool who were triumphant against Manchester United earlier that day.
Tomas Rosicky’s excellent early goal was enough to separate the north London rivals, with Tottenham missing several scoring opportunities after the break, with Nacer Chadli particularly culpable in front of goal.
However, the visitors stood firm thanks to some excellent defending from Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, with Tim Sherwood claiming that his Spurs team were unlucky not to get something from the game.
“I think we were better than them, we deserved to win,” Sherwood said. “It was a wonder strike and I’m willing him to shoot from that distance. But he sticks it in the top corner and there is nothing we can do about that.
“We showed character, absolutely. If you give me that between now and the end of the season, no problem. We will be where we are meant to be. The result for Arsenal will paper over a lot of cracks. They were outplayed today and they’re title contenders.”
Sherwood has now seen his team lose three consecutive matches, with Chelsea dishing out a 4-0 hammering that saw the Spurs manager hold a two-hour post-mortem in the Stamford Bridge dressing room.
Arsene Wenger admitted that the victory was something of a smash and grab raid for the visitors, with the early goal leading to his team defending more than he would have liked.
“We were under pressure to win and it was a huge result,” Wenger said. “We needed the three points after our recent defeat at Stoke. That was still on our minds. To stay in the title race we knew it was vital to win. The early goal influenced the way we played too much. We wanted to protect the lead. Tottenham were absolutely up for it and we needed some special resilience to get away with it.”