Emmanuel Adebayor's second-half strike was enough to earn Tottenham victory over Everton at White Hart Lane and leap into fifth place in the league. 

In a game that Everton had largely dominated, Adebayor's 65th minute strike came against the run of play, as the Togo international repaid the faith manager Tim Sherwood had placed in him. 

The game was seen as an important fixture in the battle for Champions League football, with both clubs having realistic chances of a fourth place finish. 

Everton, who were missing loan striker Romelu Lukaku through injury, wasted several chances to take the lead in the first half and were punished when Adebayor took his only opportunity of the game to strike the ball low and hard into the bottom corner past a helpless Tim Howard. 

Spurs were boosted by the return of England international Andros Townsend, who started the game on the bench, before appearing early in the second half. 

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez opted to bring on Aiden McGeady and Gerard Deulofeu, instead of 6ft 8inch forward Lacina Traoré, but neither could make an impact as Spurs held on to leapfrog their opponents in the table. 

Next up for Tottenham is a trip to St.James' Park to face a depleted Newcastle side, whilst Everton host an in-form Crystal Palace at Goodison. 

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