London: Tim Sherwood’s hopes of becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s next permanent manager were boosted after his team came back to win 3-2 at stuttering Southampton in an enthralling Premier League encounter on Sunday.
Forgotten man Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as interim coach Sherwood played the Togo striker upfront with Roberto Soldado for the first time in a ploy, which helped Spurs move above Manchester United into seventh spot.
In another match, Everton edged past Swansea 2-1. Ross Barkley netted the winner after Seamus Coleman had put the visitors ahead. Everton’s Bryan Oviedo scored an own goal.
Sherwood, who took over for two games at least when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked after last weekend’s 0-5 home thumping by Liverpool, threw caution to the wind in his bid to get the job full-time by also playing without a defensive midfielder.
It looked to have backfired when unmarked midfielder Adam Lallana grabbed the opener for Southampton on 13 minutes with a fine turn and shot from 20 metres.
Adebayor, who scored on his return to the team in the midweek League Cup loss to West Ham United, then expertly volleyed in Soldado’s superb cross for a 25th-minute equaliser on his first league start of the season.