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Tottenham beat Southampton after Adebayor brace

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Tottenham put in a top performance to take all three points (©GettyImages)
Tottenham put in a top performance to take all three points (©GettyImages).

Tim Sherwood's Tottenham pulled off a dramatic 3-2 victory at the St Mary's, with Emmanuel Adebayor putting in a man of the match performance.

Spurs fell behind after 13 minutes when weak defending allowed Lallana plenty of time to direct his shot into the bottom left-hand corner of Lloris' goal.

However Spurs replied well and in the 30th minute, Adebayor acrobatically flicked Soldado's cross past the Southampton 'keeper and 1-1 was the score at half time.

Tottenham took the lead shortly after the break when Hooiveld turned Rose's cross into his own net, after some good link-up play.

Their lead was short-lived however, as a ball around the back saw Lallana pass the ball back to Lambert who easily slotted the ball into the empty net, after Lloris had charged out off his line to close the ball down.

The scoring wasn't finished there, however; Adebayor grabbed the winner - and his second - with a perfectly executed left-footed finesse shot which wonderfully found the back of the net.

Both teams had a fair share of chances at 3-2, with Soldado wasting arguably three good chances, and Lambert smashing a volley into the ground in injury time.

Statistically, Southampton were the dominant force in this game, and problems seen against Liverpool and West Ham arose again as they wasted chances. However, for once, their hard work paid off and they scored three goals in a League game for the first time this season. Southampton had 57% of possession, but it doesn't tell the whole story as Spurs had more shots, albeit with only three on target.

There are positives to be taken from the game for both sides, for Southampton have put in a good shift and bossed possession, with Lallana their star man. Spurs have gotten back into winning ways and find themselves just 6 points from the top of the table, and three from fourth place.

Adebayor has found his form, scoring three in a week, and Spurs will hope to carry their momentum forward into their home games against West Brom and Stoke. Southampton now face two away trips to Cardiff and Everton, which will be no easy match up for Pochettino's side.

Man of the match Adebayor had this to say after the game: "I have been working very hard. I want to thank all my team-mates, they have been there for me.

"I am very happy for the new manager. First day he told me to 'get out there and play football, you know how to do it because of the clubs you have played for'.

"All 2013 has been very tough. My brother passed away, it was emotionally difficult.

"Everything I did today is for him and his son. My father told me to always work hard, and that paid off today."

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Southampton
Emmanuel Adebayor
Premier League
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