Feb 11, 2014

    Spurs look to Adebayor for berth in top 4


    TIM Sherwood believes Tottenham will qualify for the Champions League if Emmanuel Adebayor continues to produce the kind of lethal finishing that earned a crucial 1-0 win against Everton.

    Sherwood's side were below their best for long periods at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but still took the points, thanks to Togo striker Adebayor's seventh goal in his last 11 appearances.

    Adebayor's winner lifted Spurs above Everton into fifth place and the north Londoners are just three points behind Liverpool in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

    If Tottenham do land a lucrative place in Europe's elite club competition, Sherwood is convinced Adebayor, who was frozen out by former boss Andre Villas-Boas, will have a significant role to play.

    The manager said: "I know he did well over a whole season for Arsenal in the past and I'm hoping he will do that here.

    "It's all about how he is being managed."

    Sherwood acknowledged Tottenham had been out-played by Roberto Martinez's smooth-passing side in the first half, but he was delighted with the way his players responded to his half-time demand for a higher tempo.

    "We started slow against Manchester City and were out of the game and it could easily have happened this time," Sherwood said.

    "We sat the players down at half-time and had a little chat. We had to put more pressure on Everton and when we made them play quicker, they didn't have a shot in the second half."

    Martinez was frustrated his side had nothing to show for a strong performance, although he refused to blame referee Mark Clattenburg for failing to award a penalty after Etienne Capoue's challenge on Seamus Coleman in stoppage time.

    "Sometimes, in football, it is better to be lucky than good," he said. "If we play that game nine times, we are going to win eight.

    "The goal is as disappointing as you are going to get. A lapse of concentration cost us."