A win is a win but while Spurs failed to dominate ten man Stoke on Saturday, the three points puts the pressure on Everton in fifth and keeps Manchester United behind us in the battle for the final European place.
After the game, Tim Sherwood praised the defensive side of his team as we ground out a result against a Stoke unit who are tough to beat at the Britannia.
“I thought we were comfortable in the first half and should have gone in at half-time having scored more goals, but when they went down to 10 men it seemed to galvanise them. It gave them a lift,” Sherwood said on the club’s official website.
“I’m delighted with the clean sheet and Hugo has deserved that over the last month or so. Younes and Michael were very good, put their bodies on the line and Kyle and Danny played well.
“This is a tough place to come, you have to work hard and hopefully we’ve sent our great travelling support home happy with the three points.”
Tim also praised Danny Rose but admitted that he thought the left back was about to be sent off after a push on Geoff Cameron.
“My heart was in my mouth,” he added.
“He’s the match-winner for us today. I thought he was performing really well and I didn’t really want to bring him off but I had to defuse the situation.
“I’ve never heard a crowd so hyped up. I thought I had to get him off and send him to the dressing room – out of sight, out of mind.”
The win keeps us in sixth and next up is a trip to Upton Park and West Ham in next Saturday’s early kick off.