Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sherwood Determined to Take His Chance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sherwood Determined to Take His Chance

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TIM SHERWOOD lifted the Premiership trophy for Blackburn Rovers but confesses he enjoys his football more under the swaggering passing style created by Glenn Hoddle at Spurs. The midfielder will face his former club on Sunday after finally overcoming a cup semi-final jinx.

Seven times he had been on the threshold of a major final and seven times he was disappointed.

Having finally made it, the former Rovers captain knows he is, in some ways, fortunate to be there. Dogged by injury for much of the season, he made no secret of the fact he was unhappy with a place on the bench.

Indeed, talk of a move to Glasgow Rangers was only thwarted when midfielder Steffen Freund suffered cruciate ligament damage in the Worthington Cup semi-final, first leg at Chelsea. A series of impressive displays and an awesome goal against Chelsea in the 5-1 second-leg rout, have reminded Hoddle of his worth.

Sherwood had to watch from the Wembley stands the last time Spurs won the Worthington Cup under previous manager George Graham, but now he is ready for the battle against his old pals.

The changes have been many since Sherwood left the North West for London in 1999. Moneybags Jack Walker has since passed away and Graeme Souness is now in charge of the team Spurs will face on Sunday.

And though he still speaks with fondness about his time at Ewood Park, Sherwood is adamant there is no comparison between the Rovers side under Kenny Dalglish that won the title and Hoddle's collection of veterans and youngsters.

"This Spurs team plays much more attractive football than that side ever did," he said. "You can't compare the two sides in that respect really because we used to grind out results on our way to the title in 1995.

"The Rovers side I played in used to get results when we didn't play well and none of the big teams liked coming to Ewood Park because they knew how difficult and stubborn we would be. …

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