Tottenham 3 Dnipro 1: Tim Sherwood wants Europa League comeback to inspire push for Champions League - 'we have to give everything'

Spurs currently lie fifth in the table

White Hart Lane

Tim Sherwood hopes that Tottenham's dramatic come-back against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will inspire his team over the final months of the season.

Spurs scored three second-half goals to reach the last-16 of the Europa League and Sherwood said that the fight-back would be a “big platform” for his team, who are trying to make up a six-point deficit to fourth-placed Liverpool.

“You can only learn from experiences and this will be a good example of that,” Sherwood said. “Many of you thought we were probably dead and buried but the lads really showed belief. It's about getting back on the horse straight away and we scored within five minutes. It was frantic out there. It is a good learning curve if we do go behind in the future.”

“We have to give everything. This club won't accept anything less and that's what I try and instil into them and it's fantastic we were able to turn this around tonight.”

Having questioned some of his players' character in mid-week, Sherwood said they had proved their mettle. “I was delighted with the character,” he said. “I've got a liberty to question their character when they play like that. Not question it so much, but ask for it. It was all based on character and desire.

Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with team mate Christian Eriksen after scoring a goal Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with team mate Christian Eriksen after scoring a goal (Getty Images)
”On the back of a poor result against Norwich we should be bouncing into that game against Cardiff,“ Sherwood looked ahead of Sunday. ”We've come out and done it, won the tie, and we're looking forward to the next game on Sunday. You're only as good as your last game. Today we were very good. Last Sunday we weren't very good.“

Tottenham face Benfica in the last-16, at home on 13 March then in Lisbon one week after. ”It's a great club with a great history,“ Sherwood said. ”I've never been to the new stadium. It's a trip we'll enjoy but we'll only enjoy it we win. We want to progress further in the competition so we're looking forward to it now.“

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence