Sherwood: Adebayor playing at the top of his game

The Tottenham boss has hailed his in-form centre forward, who has now netted eight times under his stewardship, while Alan Pardew questioned Newcastle's commitment and desire
Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood has once again praised Emmanuel Adebayor and, after his goalscoring heroics at St James' Park, believes the Togo international is playing at the peak of his powers.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City striker, who was exiled under previous manager Andre Villas-Boas, has excelled under Sherwood, and struck twice on Wedesnday night to help Spurs claim a 4-0 win against Newcastle.

Sherwood has been thrilled with the 29-year-old's impact since returning to the first team and, unlike his predecessor at White Hart Lane, is delighted with Adebayor's attitude on and off the pitch.

Asked if he could extract even more from Adebayor, Sherwood said: "We’re always asking for more but I’m not sure we’re going to achieve that. At the moment he’s playing at the top of his game.

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"He’s a real credit to the football club at this present moment in time and he’s an example for all our young players to look up to.

"[He’s] someone who applies themselves on and off the pitch. He never leaves anything on the training field, works very, very hard and that's mirrored when he steps onto the field."

Tottenham, occupying fifth place, remain just three points behind Liverpool in the race for Champions League qualification and Sherwood believes the race for the top four will go down to the wire.

“It’s very tight, I see it going down to the last month of the season,” said the 45-year-old.

“Liverpool are doing excellent and we need to make sure we keep breathing down their necks.

“All we can do is look after ourselves. You would say Liverpool are favourites and we think we can put a charge together.”

Newcastle, meanwhile, have now lost four home league games in a row for the first time in the Premier League era and Alan Pardew was quick to question the commitment and desire of his players.

Asked about the absence of key players, the 52-year-old responded: "I think it was more than that tonight. I made my feelings clear in the dressing room and that’s where they’ll stay.

"Of course I’m not happy. This is a game where you, as a manger, expect life and limb on the football pitch.

"As a player that’s what I gave – that’s what I expect my players to give in every moment of every game. I don’t care what the scoreline is, I don’t care what the scenario is. That’s what I expect and that’s what these fans expect.

"If you drop down from that you’re going to suffer a result like that."