Saints 2-3 Spurs - Tim's verdict
22 December 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Tim Sherwood was delighted with the team’s second half performance at Southampton on Sunday.
Adam Lallana opened the scoring as the Saints started well at St Mary’s, but Emmanuel Adebayor’s fine strike took us into half-time on level terms.
We created many chances after the break and soon led as Jos Hooiveld turned Danny Rose’s cross into his own goal.
Southampton responded immediately through Rickie Lambert on the hour but there was no denying us the three points as Ade provided the finish from Nacer Chadli’s pass to make it 3-2.
Our third-successive away win moved us back up to seventh in the Premier League on Sunday evening.
“The second half performance pleased me most,” said Tim. “I thought we were excellent.
“The first half wasn’t great, we kept turning the ball over. That was frustrating because I know we’re better than that. It played into their hands because they put the press on and we kept giving the ball away. In the second half we got in behind that press and it opened up for us time and time again.
“We knew we had to get our top players on the ball in the correct areas as much as we could and we’d cause them problems and in the second half, we achieved that.
“I like attackers to attack, defenders to defend and midfielders to do a bit of both. In the second half, we did that perfectly.”
Ade’s equaliser was the pick of the goals as Erik Lamela played a clever pass out of defence to the striker, he went wide to Roberto Soldado and then charged into the box to meet Roberto’s cross with a flying boot.
Tim likened it to cartoon Inspector Gadget! “It was like a Go-Go Gadget leg! I saw it hit the net and it was a great feeling. He’s a top player.”