Paul Heckingbottom blasted the way Sheffield United lost the ball to Tottenham, saying “nothing has changed” regarding his own future.
A miserable campaign for the magazines continued with a 4-0 defeat against Tottenham. Gareth Bale scored a hat trick and Son Heung-min added the final goal to reinforce the disappointment. United may not have expected much from the game, but would have liked to make a better impression than they did.
Heckingbottom steered his side to a rare victory in their match against Brighton last weekend. But they were brought straight back to earth with defeat in London.
Spurs seemed to prefer attacking in the middle. Heckingbottom clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could.
He told BBC: “We were penalized for the second goal on the counter. The goals in the second half Spurs will think they are ruthless on the counter, but where we lose the ball and how we admit is bad.
“We changed staff, but a change of attitude was needed.”
There was clearly a big gap in quality between the staff on both sides. But Heckingbottom said that was no excuse.
He continued: “We put it to ourselves and how we perform. If we always put it on the opposition, then we will fight.
“It’s not a show we want to see. It was so passive and I can not wait until the fans are back, because in a stadium like this it is completely dead. We tried to create our own atmosphere in the second half, but the game ran away from us. ”
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One of the biggest talking points in the game was when John Fleck avoided a red card after standing on Giovani Lo Celso’s face. There was a VAR check, but no penalty followed.
Spurs interim manager Ryan Mason was angry at this call, but opposite number Heckingbottom had no comment.
He said: “I have not seen VAR or any repetitions, so I just have to trust VAR that they got it right. There is no more hiding place in football. ”
Nothing has changed for Heckingbottom
Heckingbottom is also in charge temporarily, but the club recently confirmed that he is one of the candidates for the permanent role.
He has since maintained that it will not affect his prospects and reiterated this position afterwards.
He said, “Things are no different. I know things have become public now, so in everyone else’s minds, things have changed. But for myself, the players and everyone in the club, nothing has changed. ”
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