Following his side’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal in a third round FA Cup tie on Saturday, Tottenham Hotspur coach Tim Sherwood does not feel his side were outplayed.
Sherwood defended his tactics as manager and said that he was proud of his boys who had begun to fatigue over the last 17 days.
“They outnumbered us in the middle of the park, but we outnumbered them out wide. They can't have it all ways. I think we were fine,” said Sherwood.
“We didn't lose the game because we were outnumbered in the middle of the pitch.
“A lot is made of systems - 4-4-2, 4-3-3 or whatever you want to call it... It's about passing the ball to your own team and keeping hold of it because when you lose the ball you are always going to be out of shape - otherwise you are going to be a rigid, boring team.
“It's about funnelling back in, shuffling across. I don't think we were overrun in the middle of the park. I think they did all right.”
“I am disappointed with the result, but we didn't disgrace ourselves.
“We showed we belong on the same field and in the same company as Arsenal.
“It has been six games in 17 days for us and we probably have the smallest squad in the league with the amount of injuries we have had.
“We were fatigued. A little bit of sharpness was missing, but it could have gone either way.
“They showed great character and I am proud of them.”
Sherwood also came to the defence of Danny Rose, whose mistake at the back led to Arsenal’s second goal.
“Danny is a good lad. He doesn't shirk any responsibility,” added Sherwood.
“I will never berate anyone for making a mistake.
“But he has got the character, he has got big enough shoulders to move on and I am sure he will be ready to play on Saturday.”