Adebayor buoyed by scoring return

first_img Marginalised under Andre Villas-Boas, Togo striker Adebayor was selected to start up front alongside Jermain Defoe by interim boss Tim Sherwood in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final with West Ham. A tiring Adebayor was substituted 13 minutes from the end after firing the hosts in front, but the visitors rallied with two goals in the final 10 minutes to earn a 2-1 victory and a place in the semi-finals. Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor insists he will carry confidence and belief into Sunday’s Premier League contest at Southampton after making a belated first start of the season. And midfielder Mousa Dembele agreed that the players must accept responsibility for performances and results such as last weekend’s 5-0 home loss to Liverpool which ultimately cost the Portuguese his job. Dembele told the London Evening Standard: “I think everyone feels guilty and that’s a normal thing. It’s a team sport, it’s not one guy who is responsible, everybody is. “We have talked among the team already and we said to each other ‘now let’s do it, it’s everybody’s fault’. We are one team, all together.” Sherwood, who was on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, was placed in interim control by chairman Daniel Levy on Monday morning, giving little time to prepare for the Hammers match. “It has been very tough,” Dembele added. “We’re used to another manager and now we have this one, but everybody is still positive. You could see that out on the pitch.” Sherwood insisted afterwards that he is uncertain if he will be in charge for the Southampton match, yet he is scheduled to address the media to preview the fixture on Friday. The former Spurs captain could be in charge for some time yet as Levy and the Tottenham board assess potential long-term successors to Villas-Boas. Frank De Boer was thought to be in contention, but the former Holland captain has insisted he is focused on Ajax, who he has led to three Eredivisie titles. It is not inconceivable that Sherwood could be appointed for the remainder of the season, despite not yet possessing the required UEFA pro licence. The qualification is something of a formality. Longer term there are a number of potential candidates being linked with the role, including Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, something which brings an added dimension to Sunday’s match. Spurs will be without Andros Townsend at St Mary’s Stadium after the England winger suffered a hamstring injury against the Hammers. Paulinho will serve the second match of a three-game ban for his sending off against Liverpool, but Dawson is available again in defence. Dembele insists Tottenham have a strong enough squad to cope and welcomed Adebayor in from his exile. “We have a very good squad and everyone is very hungry because we have a lot of competition for places,” the Belgium midfielder added. “Everybody is very sharp every day but now we need to show it on the pitch that everything is not finished. “Of course Adebayor’s hungry. You could see that in training for a long time. It was not just his goal, he played well in the game. “He was a target man and when you played it to him, he could return it and we would play off him. I think Defoe played perfect too so we know we have this option as well.” England right-back Kyle Walker, Tottenham’s captain against West Ham in the absence of Dawson, believes recent results are merely a “blip”. He said on tottenhamhotspur.com: “Every one of us has to dig in – the fans, the staff, the players – because we’re a great football team with great players, great fans and we all need to stick together and come through this patch. “We need to dig in and as I keep saying, it will be a good season, we’re just having a blip at the moment.” Although disappointed with the result, Adebayor was pleased with his personal performance on his first start since May. “I’ve been working on finishing since the start of the season,” he told Spurs TV. “I was hanging in there waiting for my chance. Tim gave me the chance to play football again. “I’ve still got my smile on my face. I got a chance, I took it well. I’m very happy. “Now the most important thing is me scoring goals, confidence is back. “We just have to keep working hard, put more heart into it and it will be better. “Hopefully this Sunday we’ll have a chance to win it. We have to get out there with confidence, with belief and take the three points.” Spurs captain Michael Dawson, suspended for the tie, admitted the players were culpable for Villas-Boas’ departure in his programme notes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Marshall may consult Lambert

first_imgAston Villa caretaker boss Scott Marshall has admitted he may consult former manager Paul Lambert ahead of his first game in charge. “He’s given me some good opportunities at Norwich and here. This is new to me. Maybe sometime in the future maybe I’ll be a better coach for it. “It’s a big job, the boss (Lambert) will tell you that. It’ll be a big challenge for somebody.” He has skipper Ron Vlaar available after a knee injury and may recall after he started the last two games on the bench. “I thought Christian looked better when he came off the bench against Hull, we had that conversation after the game and the determination is there. We’ll take it from there,” added Marshall. “We’re still a couple of days away. We’ve not really made any decisions yet. I’ve got a few ideas in my head and we’re going to pick a team to try to win the game.” Lambert was sacked on Wednesday after just two wins from 21 Barclays Premier League games left Villa third from bottom. The club are understood to favour a long-term appointment with ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood the bookies’ favourite. But Marshall, who is yet to speak to chairman Randy Lerner since taking over, said he would draw on contacts for advice ahead of the fifth round tie and one could be Lambert. He said: “If I had a conversation and asked him something I’m sure he’d be a positive help. “You can only explain so much to get advice back but you try and call upon all your experiences before and try to make the best decision going forward. That’s what I’m trying to do now. “I’m pretty sure we’ll have another conversation before the game.” Marshall believes Villa need an experienced manager to help them beat the drop, effectively ruling himself out, and admitted the situation of succeeding his friend Lambert, who he also worked with at Norwich, has been tough. “I wouldn’t say comfortable. It’s not something I wanted in any shape or form, my respect for the boss is there,” he said. The first-team coach, who has temporarily replaced the sacked Lambert, is set to be in control for Sunday’s FA Cup visit of Leicester. Former Arsenal defender Marshall has never managed before and is being assisted by goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall and under-21 boss Gordon Cowans. Press Associationlast_img read more