It proved a telling weekend for clubs up and down the Premier League standings, while some managers on the wrong side of results couldn’t resist a few good old fashioned excuses in their post-match interviews.
Love him or dislike him immensely, Tottenham’s heart-on-sleeve boss Tim Sherwood is never shy of giving a few blinding quotes when the microphone is pointed his way.
A dramatic 3-3 draw at West Brom when coming from 3-0 down was a highly commendable effort from Sherwood’s side in the end, but in the context of possible Champions League qualification, a point was simply no good.
Sixth-place Spurs are now 66/1 for a top-four finish, while Everton in fourth are 11/10 shots with Ladbrokes.
After the game Timmy pulled out all the stops to suggest Spurs should have won it, despite giving the Baggies a 3-0 head start.
Sherwood: “It was crazy. We might as well put 1-0 up on the scoreboard before we start. At 3-0, I thought we were going to win the game. We totally dominated.”
Joining in the excuses party was despondent Sunderland chief Gus Poyet, who after yet another home loss, still clung on to the bad luck card. Can you believe there is anyone in the world who doesn’t watch Sunderland every week?
Poyet: “If you need to show somebody somewhere in the world where they don’t watch Sunderland every week, you show him this game and tell him this is the story of the season and that’s it.
“You don’t need to show anything else because that’s it. Something always happens and that something is always, or most of the time, against us.
Not content with just one excuse, Newcastle’s banished-to-the-stands boss Alan Pardew reeled off a couple to explain a fourth straight Premier League loss without scoring when they visited Stoke. Is that the job centre on the phone Alan?
“I thought we played ok today, it was a pretty even game. It was a fluke goal, I thought we should have perhaps had a penalty before then as well, but we’re just not getting the breaks.”
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