Adebayor eyes new year ‘cheer’

Spurs missed a golden opportunity to make serious inroads to

Manchester City and Manchester United’s grip on the Premier League

on Saturday when they drew 1-1 at Swansea. Had they won, they would

have headed in to the new year just four points behind both sides

with a match in hand. They still have a good chance to put the

pressure back on their rivals this month as they face West Brom,

Everton, Wolves and Wigan at home, and Adebayor thinks the home

crowd can play a big part in making sure Spurs start 2012 with a

bang against the Baggies at White Hart Lane. “If you want to finish

in top four these are the games you cannot lose or draw so it’s

going to be an important game for us,” Adebayor told Spurs TV

Online. “We need the noise, we need them to cheer up, we need the

voice, we need them to be our 12th man. “We have to do everything

it takes to take the three points from West Brom.” Spurs started

the new year as the top London club in the table for the first time

since 1995. While manager Harry Redknapp maintains a tilt at the

title is not beyond his team, Adebayor’s main focus is bringing

Champions League football back to White Hart Lane next season.

Spurs have lost just once in their last 16 league games but

Adebayor has warned that complacency in the second half of the

season will cost the team dearly. The striker said: “We have a big

chance to finish in the top four, or maybe even top two or three,

but the season will be very long and tough, we just have to keep

going, keep believing we can get in that top four, especially now

that we have four games at home. We have to focus on them and make

sure we get maximum points out of them.” Aside from a 1-0 defeat to

Everton on Sunday, West Brom have enjoyed a successful festive

period, beating Blackburn and Newcastle while also holding leaders

City to a draw on Boxing Day. Redknapp, who is likely to make

changes to his side after playing twice in four days, expects a

hard challenge from Roy Hodgson’s men. “It will be a tough game,

they have done really well recently,” Redknapp said. “Roy has made

them difficult to beat, and they are very dangerous up front.”