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Inside Lane: A Spurs fan’s view of the victory at Southampton

Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates his first goal at Southampton Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates his first goal at Southampton

By George Lacey
Monday, December 23, 2013
11:59 AM

Tottenham blogger George Lacey discusses recent events at Spurs and yesterday’s 3-2 triumph at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.

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Tim Sherwood’s first Premier League game as Tottenham’s interim manager resulted in a 3-2 victory away at Southampton after a treacherous week for Spurs.

Following the 5-0 thrashing that Liverpool handed to us last Sunday, Andre Villas-Boas was sacked on Monday morning with technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood surprisingly being promoted to handle first-team duties.

Sherwood’s first task was to somehow motivate a side that had been shot of confidence and instil some pride back into the team for Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final clash against West Ham at White Hart Lane.

Sherwood reverted back to the Harry Redknapp ages, opting for a 4-4-2 formation rather than the continental 4-2-3-1 system that AVB had persisted with this season.

And, despite another disappointing and unexpected 2-1 loss against the Hammers, the new-look Spurs side with an inexperienced Sherwood at the helm seemed to show more desire than they had displayed in recent weeks.

We dominated that game for 80 minutes, until two late goals sealed a 2-1 win for the visitors.

Subsequently, after drawing enough positives from the game despite the result, Sherwood went for the same formation again at St Mary’s yesterday as we came from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 in a thrilling encounter.

Emmanuel Adebayor has been brought back into the frame after he was frozen out under Villas-Boas in an attempt to resurrect the Togo international’s stuttering Spurs career.

Drastic times call for drastic measures and it was the forgotten man Adebayor who inspired Spurs on the south coast, his brace helping us to a huge win that will ease the pressure until West Brom visit White Hart Lane on Boxing Day.

In from the wilderness, could Adebayor - the man Spurs fans once disliked so much - prove to be Spurs’ saviour when we need him most? His three goals in two games over this past week certainly look encouraging.

It seems that anything can happen at Spurs right now after a dramatic turn of events that has turned the club upside down.

Then, when it looks like the club are on their knees, yesterday’s second-half performance at St Mary’s was reassuring and helped us to a surprising win. Maybe we have more resolve than I thought.

Whether Sherwood is given a crack at management at Spurs remains to be seen but I personally feel that, in the best interests of the club, we should confirm the vacant position as soon as possible to give us a much-needed sense of structure.

If we can ride out this storm and come out the other side, I believe Tottenham can certainly resurrect their Champions League qualification hopes.

However, any manager who is appointed to pick up the pieces will still face the challenge of unlocking the full potential from this undoubtedly talented squad, and get Spurs back on course for a successful campaign.

We have a big chance to take another couple of forward steps in the coming days as we host West Brom and Stoke on December 26 and 29 in what I feel are must-win fixtures.

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