The obvious candidate worthy of praise for his display at the St. Mary’s stadium as Spurs won their third consecutive away game, again coming from behind, was Emmanuel Adebayor. He maintained the effort and hard work he showed against West Ham on Wednesday and on this occasion scored two crucial goals. It was his first league start of the season and he displayed an appetite for hard work, dropping back into midfield in support.
The win was the first thing that Tim Sherwood needed from his first Premier League game as caretaker manager. At Southampton Spurs played with greater endeavour and attacking flair. Which players deserved credit for their performance?
Early in the game, Adebayor and Roberto Soldado played as two out-and-out strikers but with Southampton showing early threat, breaking from midfield and then going ahead, Adebayor dropped deeper and Spurs started to function more smoothly as the Togolese striker worked both wings and into midfield. He linked well with Soldado for his opening goal and later in the game they again combined on a number of occasions and especially after the third goal when the Spaniard should have added to the score. he was presented with three good scoring chances in four minutes, two of which came from work by Adebayor.
Nabil Bentaleb came on in midfield early in the second half to replace Mousa Dembele. The young French player displayed confidence and the team didn’t suffer for his introduction. He was involved in the early stages of the goal which gave Spurs the lead shortly after he came on and later didn’t shirk challenges and was constantly involved in midfield. His introduction showed the benefit of Sherwood having worked with the Development squad, he knows the young players and their capabilities.
Danny Rose had a very competent game at left back, Nacer Chadli played well when he came on late in the game and created one of the chances for Soldado. It was his best performance for Spurs and the first time we’ve seen him playing on the right, having replaced Erik Lamela. He showed a willingness to run at defenders and deliver crosses into the area. Christian Eriksen and Lamela showed a willingness to compete and worked hard for the team.
Tim Sherwood had the team playing with greater pace and flair, a style more pleasing on the eye and he was pleased with their ‘excellent’ second half performance.
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