Date: 3rd February 2014 at 9:18am
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One thing I found interesting after the City game was Sherwood’s post match interview. I’ve been impressed by the amount of common sense Tim has come out with when speaking to the press, the post City interview had an element of psychology about it. Unlike most managers he didn’t make excuses.

Far from spending his time complaining about the unjustified sending off, as he could have legitimately done, he said it didn’t affect the result. While I think that’s going a bit far, I am fairly certain it at least affected the scoreline, there might be a touch of Ferguson in there. Michael Carrick once explained in an interview that at United you went out expecting to win every game. Every time you failed to do that, regardless of circumstances, you had failed. I wonder if Tim is trying to instil a similar attitude in the Spurs squad.

Changing the player’s mindset is not something you could do in a few weeks but if Sherwood could pull it of it could make a big difference. I’ve always argued that in the 30 odd years I’ve been going to White Hart Lane a lack of mental strength has always been our achilles heel, Ardiles once said that his team could beat anyone on their day but also lose to anyone on another day, so I’ll watch the rest of the season with interest.

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