Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood is pleased his side still have a chance of progressing in the Europa League after conceding they did not do enough in their defeat to Dnipro on Thursday evening.
The round-of-32 first leg tie in Ukraine was won 1-0 by the hosts, courtesy of a Yevhen Konoplyanka penalty. Dnipro - managed by former Spurs boss Juande Ramos - were the more creative team on the evening and few would argue they deserved their lead, which could have been widened but for a number of good saves from Brad Friedel.
"The positive thing is we're still in the tie," Sherwood said. "We'll bring them back to the Lane next Thursday and hopefully we'll stay in the competition. You have to give Dnipro credit, they played well. We knew they were a good side with full internationals. We had to show them respect and we did that."
Spurs also had chances to get on the scoresheet, with Roberto Soldado missing an easy opportunity early in the second half as he lifted a close-range effort over the crossbar when it seemed easier to score. On a poor pitch in Dnipropetrovsk, Sherwood was pleased with his side's efforts - even if he admitted they could have performed to a higher standard.
"I can't fault the endeavour and application from the lads," he added. "We just needed a little more quality at certain times. I thought we could have played better, Brad made too many saves for my liking and that's what I told the lads. They know they can do better."
Soldado's miss came at a time when the expensive summer recruit is under close scrutiny, having not scored for Tottenham since the turn of the year. He has 10 goals to his name so far this season, half of which have come in the Premier League, and has seen questions raised about his ability to adapt to English football following his arrival from Valencia.
The 28-year-old issued a thank you to Spurs fans on social network site Instagram following the game and also paid tribute to Ukraine's ongoing problems. "Many thanks for the messages of support," it read.
"I am sure that if I had scored my chance we would have won the game. I know that the people expect a lot from me and they still haven't seen it yet. I will keep working hard for those people and I will get there. Best wishes to the people of Ukraine."