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Tim Sherwood has hailed the character of his players as they gave their Champions League hopes a huge boost with a 1-0 win over top-four rivals Everton.
The victory lifted Tottenham above the Toffees into fifth place, just three points behind Liverpool in fourth, and Sherwood admits it was a huge win for his side.
“We’re delighted with the result,” he said. “Yeah, the performance can be better but it’s about character – grinding it out when you’re not playing well – and a lot of the games are going to be like that.
“It was chalk and cheese between the first and second halves, but in the end we’ve come out on top.
“I asked them to put some pressure on higher up the field. We were standing there admiring them – let’s get up and at them. I didn’t want too many gaps between the midfield, but we were too deep with them. We had to push them on, and work as units, and still have our threats on the counter.”
He added: “It was huge, it was a cup final. I don’t want to rubbish our performance – but sometimes people win cups when they haven’t played very well.”
Next up Tottenham travel to Newcastle on Wednesday night looking to put even more pressure on Liverpool and are 2.25 favourites to pick up another crucial three points.