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Arsenal 2-0 Spurs - Tim's verdict

Posted on 4 January 2014  - 21:00

Tim Sherwood was naturally disappointed with the result but felt we competed well in Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup third round loss at Arsenal.

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Christian Eriksen saw our best chance saved with only nine minutes on the clock at the Emirates and Santi Cazorla opened the scoring for the hosts just after the half-hour.

Roberto Soldado shot wide and Mousa Dembele tested Lukasz Fabianski again in the second half, but Tomas Rosicky’s breakaway goal from our corner made it 2-0 on the hour and left us with a mountain to climb.

We ended the match with 54-46 possession in our favour and 13-14 on the shot count, but didn’t seriously trouble Fabianski again.

“I thought the performance was okay but obviously the result is terrible for us,” said Tim.

“We want to win games, especially against our nearest rivals, and it’s always a massive game for everyone. It’s just unfortunate for the players and the fans that we couldn’t get a positive result.

“We’ve certainly showed that we belong on the same pitch as probably the best team in the league at the moment – and the league table shows that.

“We thought we could have opened them up a little bit more, we had a lot of possession, we could have been a little bit more incisive in and around their penalty area but we will improve on that. We’re not too despondent.

“I just think we looked a little bit sapped of energy. It’s always easy to say that after a negative result but it has been a tough programme - six games in 17 days has been a really tough schedule.”