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Spurs were humbled by Manuel Pellegrini's men in front of their own fans at White Hart Lane but the manager is still planning to play offensively against other main rivals.

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has rejected suggestions that he should play more defensively against the bigger teams after losing 5-1 to Manchester City on Wednesday.

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Spurs were heavily defeated by Manuel Pellegrini's men in front of their own fans at White Hart Lane, leaving some pundits to claim the north London side should play with more defensive cover in midfield against more dangerous opponents.

The suggestions also come after Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand indicated Sherwood is against the use of holding midfield players, while former boss Andre Villas-Boas often used two to protect the back four.

But the 45-year-old has once again defended his tactics, insisting an attacking mentality will usually pay off.

"I don't see that," he told reporters when asked if he should bulk up his midfield. "I've seen a lot of teams go with 10 behind the ball, as we saw with West Ham [against Chelsea] the other night. But, if you concede 35 shots, you're usually going to concede goals.

"One in every 10 games might come off for you but, if you're going to keep taking punches, then you're going to end up on the floor."

Sherwood also indicated that the defeat to City could be put down to individual errors instead of his side's tactical setup.

"What we learned from it – what we learned from them really – is don't make a lot of unforced errors, and keep the ball properly," he said. "Their goals came from human error."

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