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Tuesday 08 April 2014

Sherwood salutes Adebayor and eyes perfect run-in

Spurs head coach praises striker whose two goals helped to beat Sunderland 5-1 at White Hart Lane

Emmanuel Adebayor scores the first of his two goals against Sunderland

Tottenham Hotspur head coach praised Emmanuel Adebayor as his striker’s two goals helped his team beat Sunderland 5-1 at White Hart Lane on Monday night.

After going behind to Lee Cattermole’s first goal for Sunderland, which resulted from a defensive error, Adebayor equalised to send the teams level at the break.

In the second half goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson turned the match Spurs’ way and sent them up to sixth with still a chance of reaching the top four. While Eriksen was a star performer with a goal and two assists, Sherwood gave praise to Adebayor, whom he returned to the first team after enjoying little playing time under the previous head coach Andre Villas-Boas.

"I've always said about Ade that he is a top professional,” Sherwood said. “I hear all these stories and I see it myself, but he has never caused me a problem. He is a real credit to the football club, the way he conducts himself with the young players.

"That's why he scores so many goals. He is a fantastic trainer and just gets on with it. I would have been mad not to give him the opportunity to play, wouldn't I?”

Sherwood was pleased with his team’s response to the 4-0 defeat by Liverpool the previous weekend, although he was concerned that, not for the first time at White Hart Lane, his team had to come from behind to claim the points.

"It was a good end to a day where we needed to win the game," he said. "We came here and we knew we had to respond to the game against Liverpool and we did that today.

"After giving them a goal - we're making a habit of this and we have to stop it - we controlled the game from start to finish. We stayed patient with the football, moved it around, made the pitch very big and got our offensive players on the ball in the correct areas of the field.

"We created 29 attempts to score a goal - it was the most dominant football match you're ever going to see."

Sherwood’s team next travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and the head coach is targeting a perfect run-in to maintain the slim hopes of reaching Arsenal, who are in fourth, five points ahead.

“We've got five games left and we think we can win all five games,” Sherwood said.” We don't know where that might take us.”

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