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December 22, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 31455‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Southampton 2-3 Tottenham

Emmanuel Adebayor proved the match-winner as Tim Sherwood enjoyed a victorious Premier League debut in charge of the north London club, while the Saints are now winless in six

By Liam Twomey at St Mary's Stadium

  • Paulo Gazzaniga
    0
    0
    3.00

    Paulo Gazzaniga

    His kicking was dodgy at times and he might have been quicker off his line on occasion, but he never disgraced himself and could do nothing about any of the goals he conceded.

  • Dejan Lovren
    0
    0
    3.00

    Dejan Lovren

    Organised a makeshift backline as well as he could, but in the absence of his regular defensive partners he could not stop Adebayor deciding the game in Tottenham's favour.

  • Daniel Fox
    0
    1
    2.00

    Daniel Fox

    Looked a bit out of his depth even as Lamela did his best to give him a problem-free afternoon, and only poor delivery prevented Walker from doing serious damage on the overlap.

  • Jos Hooiveld
    0
    0
    1.50

    Jos Hooiveld Flop of the Match

    Looks nowhere near as impressive alongside Lovren as Fonte has this season and did nothing to strengthen his claim by directing Rose's low centre past his own keeper after the break.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    0
    0
    3.00

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Made good interceptions early on to stop Tottenham finding any rhythm but his influence waned as the visitors found ways to pass around him. Perhaps missed Wanyama.

  • Steven Davis
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Davis

    His passing was less than reliable but he had good moments, worked hard and always looked to be progressive on the ball.

  • Jack Cork
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jack Cork

    Was solid in the opening 20 minutes but faded along with many of his team-mates. Replaced by Ward-Prowse just after the hour mark.

  • Adam Lallana
    1
    0
    4.00

    Adam Lallana

    The most creative player on the pitch. Consistently found space in between the lines, took his goal excellently and showed great vision to give Lambert a tap-in.

  • Calum Chambers
    0
    0
    2.50

    Calum Chambers

    Not his best game. Didn't get close enough to prevent Soldado crossing for Adebayor's opener and made more bad decisions than good ones over the course of the afternoon.

  • Rickie Lambert
    0
    0
    3.00

    Rickie Lambert

    A physical presence as always, brought his team-mates into play and linked well with the inspired Lallana. His lack of mobility was badly exposed at times though.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jay Rodriguez

    The least influential member of Southampton's attack, he rarely found himself in a position to trouble Lloris or create danger.

Substitutions

  • G. Ramírez
    0
    0
    2.50

    G. Ramírez

    Came on for the ineffective Davis with 20 minutes left but offered little more than fresh legs.

  • James Ward-Prowse
    0
    0
    2.50

    James Ward-Prowse

    Replaced Cork just after the hour mark but couldn't turn the tide.

  • Sam Gallagher
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sam Gallagher

    Came on for Fox with 15 minutes to go as his team chased the game.

  • Hugo Lloris
    0
    0
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Came off his line when needed - though he was bamboozled for Lambert's goal - and commanded his area well, aside from a few mysterious decisions to punch rather than catch. Powerless for the goals.

  • Kyle Walker
    0
    0
    3.50

    Kyle Walker

    Nullified Rodriguez and provided a good outlet for his team, even if his crossing was generally poor.

  • Danny Rose
    0
    0
    4.00

    Danny Rose

    Provided pace and energy Spurs have often lacked on the left flank and a trademark surging run to the byeline forced Hooiveld's own goal.

  • Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vlad Iulian Chiricheş

    Handled Lambert reasonably well but could not keep track of the lively Lallana.

  • Michael Dawson
    0
    1
    3.00

    Michael Dawson

    Looks more comfortable alongside the pacey Chiriches but Lallana gave him problems he couldn't quite work out how to solve. Not adequately protected by a very attack-minded Tottenham midfield.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Tried to anchor the midfield with mixed results before picking up an injury and being replaced by Bentaleb on 50 minutes.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Mostly resisted the temptation to cut inside on the left, but the majority of Tottenham's best chances came from Rose overlapping him.

  • Christian Eriksen
    0
    0
    3.50

    Christian Eriksen

    His passing was very wayward early on but his performance grew in quality and confidence as his team turned the tide.

  • Roberto Soldado
    0
    0
    3.00

    Roberto Soldado

    Held the ball up very well in the first half but his self-belief was eroded by a terrible miss in the second half. Looks to have serious confidence issues and was replaced by Defoe with not long left.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    1
    0
    4.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor Top of the Match

    Quite simply, he made the game his with the kind of performance which will infuriate every manager who has ever clashed with him. He was strong, ran the channels superbly and took his goals with imagination and killer instinct. Where has this player been?

  • Erik Lamela
    0
    0
    2.00

    Erik Lamela

    Never stopped trying - it's never good to have to begin with those words - but nothing happened for him. His passing went awry, his touch was wayward and he created nothing of note despite having only an out-of-sorts Chambers to deal with. Hauled off for Chadli on the hour.

Substitutions

  • Nacer Chadli
    0
    0
    2.50

    Nacer Chadli

    Replaced Lamela with 25 minutes to go and was no more convincing. Has a habit for finding blind alleys.

  • Nabil Bentaleb
    1
    0
    3.50

    Nabil Bentaleb

    Looked very impressive on his Premier League debut, anchoring an attack-minded Tottenham midfield with assurance and poise beyond his years.

  • Jermain Defoe
    0
    0

    Jermain Defoe

    Came on for Soldado with five minutes left.

Results
 
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18 6
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16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
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15 2