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Slow Tottenham start again baffles buoyant Sherwood

Tottenham again took some time to get going on Sunday as they eventually edged Everton 1-0 at White Hart Lane.

Tim Sherwood's Spurs were able to see off any danger from the visiting Toffees in the first half before Emmanuel Adebayor netted the only goal of the encounter with 25 minutes remaining.

Sherwood felt his side had begun tardily and although they did come away with a win, he said he would have to detect the reason why it takes his players a while to get into the swing of things.

"I keep finding myself coming in here and saying the same thing," he said. "We started slow again and we have got to find out the reason why.

"Hugo Lloris has kept us in the game again early on and made some great saves, one especially.

"We have got to address it because we started slowly against Man City and we were out of the game. It could easily have happened again today.

"But we managed to sit them down, have a little chat and decided that we needed to put some more pressure on them higher up the field which was the gameplan originally.

"We were nice and compact in the middle of the park but we were far too deep and if you give them space, they have good players who will open you up and that is what they did in the first half.

"So in the second half we stepped into them a little bit, made them play quicker and they gave us the ball back.

"They never had a shot at goal in the second half and we looked like we were going to score."

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