Spurs suffered their first defeat in this season’s Europa League after a late Yevhen Konoplyanka penalty secured a 1-0 win for Dnipro. The Ukrainians probably edged it on the night with Brad Friedel making important saves behind some last ditch blocks while Spurs had fewer chances at the other end.
The one notable exception was the gaping goal presented to Roberto Soldado but after the game, Tim Sherwood had a few words to say about the pitch which had admittedly played a small part in the Spaniard’s wayward effort.
“He would expect to score,” Sherwood said in regards to Soldado’s chance. “I haven’t seen it again but I’m not sure he will be too complimentary about the pitch.
“I am not using it as an excuse, not for the chance, as both teams played on it but I am sure that it must have played some part in Robbie missing that one.
“The pitch was a disgrace, it is no excuse as both teams had to play on it but it is possibly the worst pitch I have experienced in a long time.”
Meanwhile, the coach was also hopeful, if not supremely confident that the club could turn things around at White Hart Lane in a week’s time.
“The positive thing is we’re still in the tie, we’ll bring them back to the Lane next Thursday and hopefully we’ll stay in the competition,” Sherwood added.