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
Frozen out by Andre Villas-Boas, who was fired on Monday,
Adebayor has quickly repaid the faith Sherwood has shown in
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
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
”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
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
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
Southampton, though, couldn’t beat Lloris again, and remains
ninth in the league.