Sherwood demands better at White Hart Lane

Tim Sherwood knows Tottenham's home form needs to improve quickly if they are to stand any chance of Champions League qualification.

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Spurs' last outing at White Hart Lane ended in a 5-1 trouncing by Manchester City, who were the fourth side to win in north London this term.

Tottenham's home record of just 18 points from a possible 36 makes for bleak reading, especially given their 26-point haul on the road is the joint-best in the Barclays Premier League.

Sherwood wants to replicate that away form at White Hart Lane and hopes to get back on track with victory against Everton on Sunday.

"The results haven't been great from the start of the season up to now at home," the Spurs head coach said.

"Funnily enough, in a very bad result against Man City, I thought the fans were magnificent, really stuck with us and we just hoped we could have made it a special evening.

"Unfortunately it didn't work for us but it is vitally important that you win your home games.

"Our away record has been excellent, but if you're going to be top four you've got to play very, very well and get the results both home and away."

To keep up with the chasing pack, Sherwood is all too aware of the importance of the clash with Everton.

The Toffees have impressed under Roberto Martinez this season, but Sherwood believes the recent 4-0 Merseyside derby defeat highlights their fallibility.

"Roberto has done very well," the Spurs boss said. "He has been a good manager for a period of time now.

"He had a fantastic period at Wigan and he has gone there and it has been a fantastic start. He has changed the way Everton play.

"They look to be a little more adventurous but we would have to say that David Moyes did an excellent job at Everton in the period of time he was there.

"It is good, it is attractive to watch and we know by playing that type of football you can occasionally leave yourself open to what we saw in the derby up there at Anfield.

"You've got me started on this formation thing, but it is all about individual players fortunately or unfortunately. Individual errors count for the goals.

"If you look at those goals they conceded against Liverpool, it was not because they were wide open it was to do with individual errors and unfortunately they couldn't turn it around a very good side.

"But I have seen Everton do that to a lot of teams this season, so we hope to catch them on a bad day."

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