We know we have the quality to score - Ade
Emmanuel Adebayor insisted patience was key to Sunday’s huge win at Stoke.
The Togo striker was there to guide home Clint Dempsey’s low cross for the winning goal just seven minutes from time at the Britannia Stadium.
It was no less than we deserved after dominating for long periods and taking control after Charlie Adam was sent off for two bookable offences five minutes into the second half.
All that after a less an auspicious start saw us go 1-0 down to Steven Nzonzi’s header in the third minute, a goal levelled in style by Clint, who superbly took advantage of Asmir Begovic straying out of his goal when Marc Wilson cleared straight to him 35 yards out in the 20th minute. Clint drilled the ball back into the empty net.
"It was an important game and we all knew we had to come here and win," said Ade, who grabbed his second goal in as many games after his wonder strike at Chelsea last week.
"Stoke scored an early goal and it was important to keep our belief.
"We know we have the quality up front, we can score goals and Clint showed us the way.
"When they went down to 10 men we stayed patient, kept the ball and waited for the right time to score the second goal.
"If we kept passing the ball around we knew they would tire, that's what happened and we got our reward in the end."