Updated: Monday, 23 December 2013 02:36 | By Agence France-Presse

Spurs back on track, Everton go fourth

Tim Sherwood claimed his first victory as interim Tottenham Hotspur coach on Sunday as his side came from behind to win 3-2 at Southampton in the Premier League.


Spurs back on track, Everton go fourth

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Tottenham lost at home to West Ham United in the League Cup in mid-week, following the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas, and Sherwood saw his side fall behind against Southampton to an early goal from Adam Lallana.

Emmanuel Adebayor equalised for Spurs and a Jos Hooiveld own goal put the visitors in front, only for Rickie Lambert to draw Southampton level, but Adebayor struck again to seal the first win of the post-Villas-Boas era.

"In the second half they (the players) took it on. We showed we have real quality," Sherwood told Sky Sports.

On Adebayor, who made his first league start of the season, Sherwood added: "Emmanuel Adebayor has not been playing, so he did not require much motivating. You put him back in because of what he has done in history."

Beaten 5-0 at home by Liverpool in their last league outing, Spurs moved above Manchester United to seventh place in the table, four points below the top four, while Southampton remained ninth after a sixth successive game without victory.

As he had against West Ham, Sherwood named a bold starting XI, with Adebayor partnering Roberto Soldado up front and Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Erik Lamela playing in midfield.

Initially, Spurs struggled to get a foothold in the game, and the gaps in the visitors' midfield were much in evidence as Lallana broke the deadlock in the 13th minute.

Danny Fox's pass found the England international in a pocket of space between Spurs' defence and midfield, and he cleverly shifted the ball away from Vlad Chiriches before drilling home a low shot from outside the box.

Sherwood watched the opening exchanges from a directors' box high in the stands at St Mary's, but having raced down to the pitch after Southampton went ahead, he saw Spurs level in the 25th minute.

Adebayor's pass to the left sent strike partner Soldado wider than he would have preferred, but he curled in a superb cross that the Togolese striker converted with an agile airborne volley from close range.

Spurs went ahead nine minutes into the second half when Hooiveld inadvertently prodded Danny Rose's low cross past goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, but Southampton equalised just six minutes later.

Jack Cork's incisive through ball found the excellent Lallana and he showed magnificent awareness to square the ball for Lambert, who had the simple task of rolling it into an empty net.

Spurs needed only four minutes to restore their lead, however, with Adebayor sweeping home his second goal with his left foot after the hosts failed to clear Kyle Walker's long throw-in.

In the late game, England midfielder Ross Barkley scored a brilliant 84th-minute free-kick to earn Everton a 2-1 win at Swansea City that propelled his side into the Champions League places.

Everton right-back Seamus Coleman broke the deadlock in the 66th minute with a swerving 30-yard shot, but Swansea equalised four minutes later when Dwight Tiendalli's volley deflected in off Bryan Oviedo.

Barkley settled matters at the death, bending a sumptuous free-kick in off the crossbar from just outside the box to give Everton manager Roberto Martinez victory against his former club.

The victory left Everton in fourth place, a point above Chelsea, having played a game more, while Swansea remain 11th.

"It's such a pleasing win, because it was a difficult game today," Martinez told Sky Sports.

"When you see someone like Ross Barkley that is growing game by game, that is showing you different aspects of his game, he's a quite incredible diamond of English football and that free-kick gives you a real example of what he is as a player and the potential that he has."

Liverpool deposed Arsenal as league leaders on Saturday with a 3-1 win at home to Cardiff City, while Manchester City moved up to second place by winning 4-2 at Fulham.

Arsenal can return to the top of the table by beating Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, but Jose Mourinho's visitors will draw level on points with Liverpool if they prevail.

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