Tim Sherwood hails ‘top-class’ Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood praises Hugo Lloris after a 2-0 loss to West Ham United at Upton Park

Tim Sherwood has heaped praise on Hugo Lloris after the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper shone in a disappointing 2-0 loss at West Ham United.

The France international made seven saves to prevent the Hammers from adding to their first-half goals in the London derby at Upton Park.

His performance was of the highest level

Tim Sherwood

And Sherwood, who is widely tipped to leave White Hart Lane in the summer, hailed Lloris as “top class” after his starring performance.

“Hugo was top class,” Sherwood told Tottenham’s website. “Whatever is happening he keeps his consistency and his level of professionalism. His performance was of the highest level.”

Sherwood pointed to Younes Kaboul’s 24th-minute dismissal as the turning point of the game after Harry Kane’s own goal and Stewart Downing’s strike proved the difference.

“They sat in deep after the break. We looked better, we received the ball in more advanced areas, had a few half-chances and if we’d have taken one, possibly they might have had an edgy finish.

“I’m sure it would have been a lot different if we’d kept 11 men on the field, but we owe it to the fans to perform well against Aston Villa next weekend and send them away with optimism.”

He added: “You can always look at ifs, buts and maybes, the game is full of them.

“Unfortunately we got a red card, but it was difficult when they then scored soon afterwards.

“We had to regroup and get on with it but the second goal killed us. It’s an error from the lads, they don’t need to be told. Then we had a mountain to climb.”

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