Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood insisted he and his players were disappointed with the outcome of their clash with West Brom – despite them having come back from three goals down to secure a dramatic 3-3 draw at The Hawthorns.
After finding themselves 3-0 behind just after the half-hour mark of the Barclays Premier League contest, Spurs rallied impressively and a Jonas Olsson own-goal (34) followed by a Harry Kane header (70) and a stoppage-time Christian Eriksen strike ensured they emerged with a point.
But Sherwood felt his side’s dominance after conceding for the third time was such that they should have won the match.
And he was left lamenting the way they had allowed their hosts to race ahead early on through goals from Matej Vydra in the first minute, Chris Brunt in the fourth and then, after Emmanuel Adebayor’s penalty was saved by Ben Foster, a 31st-minute effort by Stephane Sessegnon.
Sherwood said: “We keep doing it (conceding early goals). It is frustrating to say the least.
“Credit to West Brom, they started very well and we didn’t, and it is not good enough. We have to try to stop that somehow. They didn’t have to work very hard for their goals today.
“At 3-0 down we had a mountain to climb, but I always believed we would get back in the game.
“I think on the balance of play we deserved something out of the game. And I think we are disappointed to come away not having won it.
“They had caused us some problems with some direct play early on, but they stopped doing that and then we jumped all over them really. There was chance after chance.”
He added: “We are disappointed we haven’t come out of here with a win, but there was no shouting or screaming at half-time.
“I just said to them that they had let themselves down, that individuals had let them down or mistakes.
“But they know, they don’t have to be told – they are professional footballers, they know it, and you just have to try to stop it. And the only way to stop it is to leave these individuals out if they are not doing the job.
“We were 3-0 down and to be walking away now with a point, we have got to be happy. But we are not, to be honest, on the balance of play. We just think we should have nicked all three.”
In terms of the race for a Champions League berth, sixth-placed Tottenham – who have four more matches to go – are four points behind fifth-placed Arsenal and six behind fourth-placed Everton, with both those sides having a game in hand over them.
Asked for his assessment of that situation, Sherwood said: “After 38 games you finish where you deserve to be.
“People’s expectations might be that we should be Champions League or whatever. But wherever you end up after 38 games, that is where you deserve to be.
“It is as simple as that. We are going to try between now and the end of the season to get as many points as we can and see where it takes us, but that table never lies.”
When asked about the prospect of finishing above Arsenal, he said: “We would love to. It would be an achievement to do that.”
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