Adebayor gives Tottenham 3-2 win at Southampton

Emmanuel Adebayor continued his Tottenham renaissance on Sunday,

scoring twice to clinch a 3-2 victory at Southampton in Tim

Sherwood’s first Premier League match in temporary charge of the

London club.

Frozen out by Andre Villas-Boas, who was fired on Monday,

Adebayor has quickly repaid the faith Sherwood has shown in

him.

After scoring in Tottenham’s League Cup loss to West Ham on

Wednesday, Adebayor kept his place in the starting lineup and

secured the victory that puts his seventh-place team just six

points behind leader Liverpool.

After Adam Lallana put Southampton in front, Adebayor volleyed

Tottenham level in the 25th minute on his first league start of the

season.

Tottenham went in front through Jos Hooiveld’s own goal and,

after Rickie Lambert tapped in a Southampton equalizer, Adebayor

slotted in the winner.

”I want to thank all my teammates, they have been there for me,

they tell me to keep working hard and my chance will come,”

Adebayor said. ”To be here today I am very pleased, not just the

goals but for the team and I am very happy for the new manager, the

fans. They have been supporting me.”

The Togo striker has struggled since his brother died earlier

this year.

”It was emotionally difficult, he was my senior brother, for

me, it’s for him,” he said. ”He left a son behind. I want to take

care of him and his family. I went to the funeral and when I came

back I lost my place in the team.

”I kept doing my job and as my father told me `keep working

hard’. Today it paid off and I am very happy.”

Belying the sense of a club in crisis, Tottenham has the best

away record in the league this season.

But uncertainty over the manager’s position continues, with

Sherwood unsure if he will remain in charge for the next match, on

Thursday against West Bromwich Albion, which is also searching for

a new manager.

”I don’t want (the job) on a temporary basis – I want it for

the long term,” Sherwood said.

Just a week after a 5-0 rout by Liverpool heralded the end of

Villas-Boas’ reign, this was a transformed Tottenham side – in the

second half at least.

Mauricio Pochettino’s injury-hit Southampton side had been more

dangerous from the start.

A Lambert free-kick beat the wall but not goalkeeper Hugo

Lloris, but the next attempt on goal was too good for the Frenchman

to stop.

Danny Fox burst forward and fed Lallana, who turned Vlad

Chiriches on the edge of the box before firing a low strike into

the bottom corner.

Sherwood was somewhat fortunate not to see his side go further

behind as Southampton’s England trio linked up superbly.

Lambert was allowed time to cut the ball across for Lallana,

whose fine touch played through Jay Rodriguez, although he was

unable to direct his effort on target.

?It was a missed opportunity Southampton was made to rue in the

25th as a rejuvenated Adebayor struck home, with Roberto Soldado

keeping his wayward pass in and swinging over a cross that the

striker turned home with a superb hooked volley.

Tottenham ended the half in the ascendancy and continued in the

same manner when play resumed, although injury meant Mousa Dembele

soon had to be replaced by 19-year-old debutant Nabil Bentaleb.

Despite the enforced alteration, the visitors remained on top

and it was no surprise when they went ahead in the 54th.

Christian Eriksen played through Danny Rose, whose low cross

from the left was turned by Hooiveld into his own goal.

The lead only lasted five minutes.

Jack Cork played a defense-splitting pass through to Lallana

and, with Lloris having rushed off his line, the Southampton

captain squared for Lambert to send the ball into the empty

net.

After doing well to prevent Adebayor putting Tottenham back

ahead, Paulo Gazzaniga was soon beaten by the former Arsenal

striker after calamitous defending from a quick throw-in allowed

him to strike home.

Further chances followed for Tottenham as Soldado burst clear on

goal and somehow shot wide, before then meeting a fine cross from

the right but directing a six-yard strike into the ground and

over.

Southampton, though, couldn’t beat Lloris again, and remains

ninth in the league.