Adebayor brace gives Sherwood first win as Spurs boss
Emmanuel Adebayor gave caretaker Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood a winning start to life as a Premier League manager in a 3-2 win at Southampton.
The unpredictable striker looked set to leave Spurs in January when he was not figuring into Andre Villas-Boas’ plans, but since the sacking of AVB the Togo international has had a point to prove.
Sherwood said before the game he felt the North London side needed changes, and the key shake-up came in the form of a 4-4-2 formation with Adebayor partnering Roberto Soldado. On the day, it paid off.
After scoring in spectacular fashion in the midweek League Cup defeat to West Ham, Adebayor made it three goals in a week with an acrobatic first-half volley to finish a fine Soldado cross, before netting the winner in the second half with a great turn and finish.
Adam Lallana had opened the scoring with a tidy low finish, and the Saints skipper continued to bolster his England credentials with a fantastic assist for Rickie Lambert to make it two apiece after an own goal from Jos Hooiveld put Tottenham ahead.
Skipper Lallana’s great performance was little consolation for the fact that Southampton, managed by rumoured Tottenham job candidate Mauricio Pochettino, are slipping down the table fast after their hot start to 2013/14.