Shaw: We felt fit and deserved more
Luke feels we deserved more than a draw, but is encouraged by our performance against a good Spurs side...
Q: In the end do you think that was a decent point or are you frustrated thinking we might have won that game? “Both really. A point isn’t what we wanted but I think in the end a point isn’t what we deserved, but it’s a point towards qualifying for the Champions League and maybe we’ll look back at it as an important point. Spurs are a very good team and obviously it’s very different circumstances today playing without crowds and it’s something new to all of us, but I thought we played well, we controlled the game, but we didn’t get the three points that we wanted.” Q: What was the message at half time, because you were a goal down at that point? “Yeah, I think the goal was obviously unlucky, things like that happen, part and parcel of football and yeah I think in the second half we knew we were doing OK, but we knew there was much more from us, especially towards the end of the second half. We felt that we kept pushing but we didn’t manage to get the second goal that we needed.” Q: Were you beginning to worry that the goal wasn’t going to come, because everything that Anthony hit was either being saved and Lloris was saving everything and there was only 10 minutes to go. “We never gave up and we kept going. Like I said, we felt fit and we felt stronger than them. We could see they were suffering at times, so we carried on and a great bit of skill by Paul to win the penalty.” Q: And Paul comes on and that extra bit of quality that he has obviously drew the penalty. I suppose he showed what he can do in that position? “I said to him after how much of a difference he made and he didn’t obviously play that long and it’s great to have him and obviously Rashy back who are very important players to our side. So hopefully we can see Paul start from the start on Wednesday.” Q: Bruno slotted that one home and we thought we might get another one right at the very end as well. “We’re very confident with Bruno taking penalties. We’ve got many in the team that can step up under pressure and score. He changed his run up and it was a good pen.” Q: What was the whole experience like then? A magnificent stadium with nobody in it “Of course it’s one of the best stadiums that I’ve played at, but it’s hard without any fans. At times, I think Rashy said it the other day, when you’re tired the fans are there to give you that extra boost and help but it’s something we’re all learning from and it’s something we’ve got to get used to because we’ll be doing it for a while, so we need to put that behind us and just focus on solely football and see what happens.” Q: You were still bombing up that left-hand side towards the end. You must feel very fit after a long break? “I feel great. The break came at a difficult time as we were flying, but everyone’s worked really hard, kept in great shape over the period we had off and came back flying and we need to push on from here.” Q: Still unbeaten, the run keeps going. “The run keeps going, but we need to take away the draws and get the wins instead, because that’s the most important thing.”