Every win is, of course, important, but I think Sunday’s win at Swansea was especially important for Tim Sherwood as he displayed that he’s not simply a 4-4-2 up and at ’em manager.
Unusually for Swansea they gave the ball away a lot on Sunday. Some of this was probably down to a slight lack of confidence, but some was definitely down to Spurs pressing high up the pitch.
The difference between AVB’s 4-3-3 and Sherwood’s from an attacking point of view was massive. Whereas Spurs simply didn’t get numbers into the box under AVB, we certainly did against Swansea.
The team also look a little sharper and as many commentators have mentioned, players don’t appear to be playing to rigid orders as much. But they are working hard to get behind the ball when needs be – a difference from pretty much always being behind the ball as previously.
We now have a bit of a break before our next game at home to Man City. Although it’s always disappointing to go out of the FA Cup, there is now the opportunity for the likes of Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Andros Townsend to get some good conditioning work in and perhaps for the likes of Paulinho and Jan Vertonghen to return.
Adding those five to the squad which has been picking up points of late should further increase our chances of a top-four finish. And if Sherwood manages to get a few more games tactically spot on, our chances will increase even further.
By Nik Wardle, FanZone’s Tottenham blogger. Don’t forget to follow @FanZone