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Southampton 2-3 Tottenham: Adebayor double gives Sherwood first Premier League win (video)

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Like a phoenix from the ashes, Emmanuel Adebayor rose from youth-team relegation to the first-team squad and he rewarded interim manager Tim Sherwood for the selection with a double.

The win gives Tottenham all three points in Sherwood’s Premier League debut at the helm of Spurs just days after stating his case for the permanent job to the press.

The match began with an equal sharing of possession, but some seriously poor passing by Southampton led to an early end to a few chances.

Sherwood’s lineup allowed the pair of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado some freedom to roam out onto the wings.  However, it was Southampton’s wing play that paid dividends early.

Danny Fox made a run through space on the left flank, and found Adam Lallana who opened the scoring with a low drive past Hugo Lloris in the 13th minute.

Lallana, having returned to the starting lineup after a week on the substitutes bench, used a brilliant first touch to spin around his defender, create space in the central defense, and drive down low.

The strike pair for Spurs would cash in 13 minutes later though, as Soldado received the ball on the left and sent in a deep, searching cross for Adebayor who connected with a high boot and stuck the ball past Paulo Gazzaniga from close range for an equalizer.

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Interim manager Tim Sherwood played a very attacking lineup and was rewarded by Adebayor’s brace.

The goal was Adebayor’s first of the season, and a benchmark for the Togo international having been forced to train with the youth squad earlier in the year under Andre Villas-Boas.

The halftime break came without many other serious chances, but Spurs pressed hard at the start of the second half and held much of the possession.  They were dealt a blow when Moussa Dembele was forced off injured just five minutes after the break, and Sherwood handed a debut to 19-year-old Naleb Bentaleb.

The goals then came crashing in.  First, Jas Hooiveld tried to cut out a Danny Rose cross but tapped it into his own net past Gazzaniga to give Spurs a lead on 54 minutes.  Rose and Christian Eriksen played a one-two, and the cross saw Gazzaniga and Hooiveld both look to stop it.

Southampton looked to counter, and that they did on a beautifully created fast break.  Jack Cork found a streaking Adam Lallana down the middle, and with the Spurs defense caught off guard, Lloris was forced to come out of net. Ricky Lambert trailed the play and Lallana found him for the tap-in equalizer.

With the score at 2-2, Adebayor would soon put Spurs on top again.  The ball came down the right flank this time for Spurs and after they worked it into the box, the ball squirted past a few defenders and fell to the Togo international who cut back towards the middle of the box and rifled home for his brace.

The game opened up, with chances on both sides, but Soldado thrice proved wasteful in front of goal, something that’s been a problem for him all season.

Southampton, though, proved frustrated as the game lagged on, and although five minutes of stoppage time gave them hope, nothing came of the frantic ending as Lambert came closest by heading over the bar.

The win will hugely boost a struggling Spurs side that was threatened with a drop to eighth in the table. Instead, they run level with Newcastle on 30 points.

Meanwhile, Southampton will lick their wounds after finding themselves winless in their last six, the longest such run under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

GOALS:

Southampton – Lallana 13′; Hooiveld (og) 54′; Lambert 59′
Tottenham – Adebayor 26′; 64′

LINEUPS:

Southampton – Gazzaniga; Chambers, Lovren, Hooiveld, Fox (Gallagher 78′); Cork (Ward-Prowse 63′), Schneiderlin, S Davis (Ramirez 69′), Lallana, Rodriguez; Lambert.

Tottenham – Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Chriches, Rose; Lamela (Chadli 61′), Dembele (Bentaleb 50′), Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Adebayor, Soldado (Defoe 85′).

Lallana bags the opener at St. Marys as Spurs trail

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Southampton have taken an early lead in the 13th minute against Tim Sherwood’s Tottenham Hotspur at St. Mary’s.

Adam Lallana ended a five-match goalless drought when he received a ball from Danny Fox, spun beautifully around to set himself up with his first touch, and unleashed a low drive into the bottom corner.

Fox did well to take advantage of space down the left wing, and Lallana exploited some space between Tottenham’s center backs to get the shot off.

It’s the 25-year-old’s fourth goal of the season, his first since early November against Hull City.

Fox picked up his first assist of the year in just his third Premier League start, deputizing for an ill Luke Shaw at left-back.

Sherwood now has a lot of work to do to pick up all three points on the road and support his case for the vacant managerial job at Spurs.

Watch Live: Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Lineups and Discuss)

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Tim Sherwood makes his Premier League managerial debut with Tottenham as they travel to Southampton live on NBCSN at 8:30am ET or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Sherwood has publicly stated he strongly desires to be the permanent Spurs manager, and could make a good case with a quality win over ninth-place Southampton on the road.

The 44-year-old interim manager has Danny Rose at his disposal at left-back, a player who has been missing since the fourth match of the season.

However, England international Andros Townsend misses out due to a hamstring injury, and will be out for at least a month.

Sherwood has also selected both big-name signings to man the wings, with Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen both earning starts for the temporary manager. He has also sacrificed a midfielder from Andre Villas-Boas’s typical lineup to place Emmanuel Adebayor in support of Roberto Soldado up front.

For Southampton, 18-year-old Calum Chambers continues to deputize at right-back with Nathaniel Clyne stuck on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Wing-back partner Luke Shaw is ill, so Danny Fox will take over on the left.

Chambers is joined by fellow Southampton academy graduates Harrison Reed and James Ward-Prowse in the squad, with the latter two on the bench today.  In the midst of a violent conduct charge from the FA, Daniel Osvaldo is not in the Saints squad.

LINEUPS:

Southampton – Gazzaniga; Chambers, Lovren, Hooiveld, Fox; Cork, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez; Lambert.
Bench – Cropper, Yoshida, Fonte, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Gallagher.

Tottenham – Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Chriches, Rose; Lamela, Dembele, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Adebayor, Soldado.
Bench – Friedel, Capoue, Fredericks, Bentaleb, Holtby, Chadli, Defoe.

Watch Live: Newcastle at Southampton (Lineups and Discuss)

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Southampton look to turn their fortunes around and stay in the top half of the table as they hit the road to St. James Park at 10am ET live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has gone very attacking on the road, picking both strikers Rickie Lambert and Daniel Osvaldo, with Adam Lallana sacrificed to the bench.

He is missing a number of options thanks to the injury bug, with Victor Wanyama, Danny Fox, and Nathaniel Clyne are all sidelined along with goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

The match has a bit of extra meaning for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who was sacked way back when by Saints quite unceremoniously, and he still publicly holds some hard feelings.

The Magpies are slowly crawling up the table rather under the radar, all the way up to seventh, three clear of Saints below them. Southampton could draw level with an away win and jump Newcastle on goal difference.

A big miss for Newcastle at home will be midfielder Yohan Cabaye, absent at home due to yellow card accumulation.

LINEUPS:

Newcastle – Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy.
Bench – Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse.

Southampton – Gazzaniga; Chambers, Lovren, Hooiveld, Shaw; Cork, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Rodriguez; Lambert, Osvaldo.
Bench – Cropper, Yoshida, Schneiderlin, Fonte, Ramírez, Lallana, Gallagher.

Watch Live: Manchester United vs. Southampton (lineups and discuss)

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Manchester United are hoping they don’t suffer successive home defeats for the first time since 2002 when high flying Southampton roll into Old Trafford.

Watch live at 10am ET,  on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports Live Extra

The Saints are currently fourth in the table, four points ahead of the Red Devils heading into this one. Can Mauricio Pochettino’s men pull of a huge upset against David Moyes’ United side?

United have struggled in their seven PL games so far, with three defeats leaving plenty of questions asked about Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie start up front together today, with Adnan Januzaj keeping his place in the lineup after his two-goal heroics against Sunderland last-time out.

More defensive changes for Moyes, as Phil Jones and Johnny Evans play in central defense, with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both out.

For Saints, they leave out England international Rickie Lambert and bring in Jay Rodriguez, while Luke Shaw replaces Danny Fox at left back.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Fellaini, Januzaj; Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Kagawa, Zaha.

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Osvaldo. Subs: K. Davis (GK), Lambert, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Guly, Chambers, Hooiveld.