Adebayor eyes trio of wins

Spurs play at Norwich on Tuesday before heading to Swansea on New

Year’s Day and then play West Brom on January 3 at White Hart Lane.

Despite failing to overcome Chelsea last week, Spurs are brimming

with confidence having lost just once in their last 14 matches to

move up to third in the Premier League. But with Tottenham just

three points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, Adebayor knows failure

to deliver against three teams they are expected to beat over the

coming week could cost the club dearly. “We have to do whatever it

takes to win those games if we are going to finish in the top four.

Otherwise, forget about it,” the striker said. Spurs’ season

started off poorly as they lost heavily to both Manchester sides

before recovering to go on an 11-match unbeaten run that propelled

them to third in the table. That run came to an end at Stoke, where

they were unlucky not to come away with at least a point after a

series of harsh refereeing decisions. They recovered by beating

Sunderland and earning a creditable draw against Chelsea, and

Adebayor said: “We want to go on another run. “We have to keep our

head up, keep doing our thing, keep enjoying ourselves. Now we are

going to play Norwich on Boxing Day. We have to do everything we

have to win that game. “Then we have Swansea away, I’m not saying

they are going to be easy games but if you want to be in the top

four those are the types of games that you have to win home or

away.” Adebayor was been on the end of two disputed refereeing

decisions recently. The striker had an effort against Stoke ruled

out for offside and a similar decision went against him against

Chelsea after turning the ball home in the second half. The Togo

striker has proved a controversial figure at times during his

eventful career, but he insists it is important to remain calm when

decisions go against him. “At the moment everything is going

against me from the point of view of referees, but that’s football

to be honest,” the 27-year-old said. “I just have to keep laughing

and enjoying myself. We are all human beings. We can’t start

jumping on referees. He got it wrong against Chelsea, but that’s

part of football.” Norwich have exceeded all expectations this

season, climbing to ninth in the table in their first season in the

top flight for six years. The Canaries are seven points clear of

the relegation zone, but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has warned that

they could easily slip in to the bottom three if they have a poor

second half. “Norwich have done fantastic. They have done really

well,” Redknapp said. “Them and Swansea have come up and are both

playing very well. “But I’m sure they know that there have been

lots of clubs come up and play very well first half of the season

and they know they’ve got to continue that second half, for sure.

“It’s going to be tight at the bottom.”