Sherwood: Spurs can go on a charge

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is expecting the battle for the top four to go all the way down to the last month of the Barclays Premier League season.

Roberto Soldado of Spurs

Sherwood saw his fifth-placed side maintain the pressure on Liverpool in fourth with a thumping 4-0 victory at Newcastle on Wednesday night, their first win in the league at St James' Park since August 2004.

Liverpool's 3-2 win at Fulham kept them three points clear, but the Spurs manager is confident there will be twists and turns to come.

Sherwood said: "It's very tight. I see it going down to the last month of the season, that's for sure.

"It's going to be tough for anyone to maintain the run we are all having. We seem to be not climbing above anyone at the moment, you are not letting yourself get free in that fourth spot.

"Liverpool are doing excellently and we have just got to make sure we keep breathing down their necks.

"Liverpool are up there at the moment and you would say that they are favourites (for a Champions League place), but we think we can put a charge together. We have got to believe in that.

"We know how difficult it is going to be. But it's not only Liverpool, there are other teams in this race."

Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice for Spurs, with Paulinho and Nacer Chadli also finding the back of the net.

At Craven Cottage it had looked like Liverpool would be undone by defensive mistakes, with Kolo Toure's calamitous own goal handing Fulham an eighth-minute lead.

Daniel Sturridge levelled after meeting an exquisite first-time Gerrard through ball, only for another defensive mistake, this time by Martin Skrtel, to allow Kieran Richardson to restore the hosts' lead.

The Reds forced parity once more through Philippe Coutinho before Steven Gerrard struck home a stoppage-time penalty to earn a 3-2 win.

Swansea manager Garry Monk believes Chico Flores is revelling in the role of villain after watching him overcome the boo-boys to clinch a point from a 1-1 draw at Stoke.

Chico deftly flicked home a 52nd-minute equaliser at a windswept Britannia Stadium to cancel out Peter Crouch's 17th-minute opener.

It will at least guarantee him a few good headlines given the negativity he has attracted in the past month.

He was apparently involved in a training ground bust-up last month with Monk, who later insisted the incident had been blown out of all proportion.

Chico was then at the heart of the storm that led to West Ham's bid to overturn a three-game ban for striker Andy Carroll after the two clashed in a 2-0 defeat for the Swans, with the defender over-reacting to a collision.

Waxing lyrical about Chico now, Monk said: "He was my man of the match. I thought he was absolutely magnificent, a rock, solid.

"Everything you want from a defender he gave it, and the goal was a bonus on top. It was a great header.

"I thought he was everything, he really led well from the back.

"When you see someone like that it gives the team a lift, and the players at the back need someone like that next to them because it then elevates their game."

In Wednesday night's other game, Arsenal and Manchester United shared a goalless draw while the matches between Manchester City and Sunderland, and Everton and Crystal Palace were called off due to the stormy weather in the north west.



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