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Tim Sherwood hails his Spurs players after comeback win

Tottenham 3 Southampton 2

Simon Peach

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood was full of admiration for his players after they staged a remarkable comeback victory against Southampton.

Without a win in four matches and with the vultures circling overhead, the last thing the under-fire Spurs boss needed was to be behind to Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana strikes after 28 minutes.

However, the north Londoners did not wilt under the pressure and drew parity at White Hart Lane thanks to Christian Eriksen goals either side of half-time.

There was more to come, though, as substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson lashed home from distance in stoppage time to make it 3-2, leading his manager to dash down the touchline in celebration.

"It was a massive, massive win for us," Sherwood said. "We know we have a tough period ahead.

"On paper, they look easier games after the Liverpool one, but they're the harder ones.

"When people come here with expectancy, let me tell you, it is harder to come from 2-0 down at home than 2-0 away from home. Unless you've played the game, you won't understand.

"There is an expectancy but it takes real guts, character and spirit to do that and we showed that today. Brilliant."

Eriksen revealed after the match that a half-time "speech" buoyed the players on and it sounds like Sherwood may have used a few expletives to gee his side up.

"I can't tell you everything – it wasn't pretty," Sherwood said.

"It wasn't ranting and raving, it was considered and it was measured what I had to say to them.

"I wanted to play a high-tempo game and press them high up the field and I didn't think we had the energy to do it.

"It was quite evident and I think the European midweek games take their toll. We always seem to finish very well but we don't start the games very well.

Kyle Naughton was guilty of gifting the visitors their two goals, yet left the field to high praise from Sherwood after providing the assist for Eriksen's first goal and the guts he showed in kicking on.

"I want to give credit to Kyle Naughton today. Too often, players want to come off. He didn't, he wanted to put things right and he did that in the second half. he will only grow from that."

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