Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first two league goals of the season to help managerless Tottenham beat Southampton.

With Tim Sherwood in temporary charge after sacking Andre Villas-Boas on Monday, Spurs fell behind to Adam Lallana's early 25-yard strike.

Adebayor's close-range volley made it 1-1 and an unfortunate own goal from Jos Hooiveld put the visitors ahead.

'Excellent' Spurs delight Sherwood

But Saints striker Rickie Lambert levelled after fine play from Lallana, before Adebayor curled in the winner.

The Togo striker had only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League this season under Villas-Boas.

Defeat means Southampton, who were third at the start of November, have now failed to win in six games, their joint worst run since Mauricio Pochettino became manager in January.

Victory for Spurs boosted Sherwood's hopes of getting the manager's job on a long-term basis, after making clear his interest in replacing Villas-Boas earlier in the week.

If Sherwood does get the job, then on this evidence Spurs fans can expect a great deal of excitement and attacking play.

Tottenham made six changes to the side that lost 5-0 to Liverpool in their last Premier League game.

Analysis

"It was Tim Sherwood's first league match in caretaker charge and what a much-needed win that was for Tottenham after a troubled week.

"Emmanuel Adebayor, brought back in, rewarded Sherwood's faith with two goals, but Southampton are now without a win in six matches."

Sherwood, who took charge for the 2-1 League Cup defeat at home to West Ham on Wednesday, picked an attacking line-up that included no recognised defensive midfielder.

That lack of cover proved costly as his side fell behind after less than quarter of an hour.

Southampton's Danny Fox passed to Lallana, who was allowed time to turn, run at goal and shoot low past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

That setback prompted Sherwood to race down from his seat in the stands and take up a position on the touchline.

Before the match, the Spurs interim coach had said his side would face few problems if they kept hold of the ball, but the hosts nearly doubled their lead after Danny Rose lost possession to Lambert.

He passed to England international Lallana, who released Jay Rodriguez only for the striker's curler to drift narrowly over.

Two minutes later, Sherwood's side were level as Adebayor stretched to volley in Roberto Soldado's excellent cross from the left wing for his first league goal since 12 May.

Pochettino compares Saints to Santa

Spurs then went ahead in fortunate circumstances early in the second half when Saints centre-half Hooiveld scored an own goal.

Christian Eriksen played the ball to Rose, whose pull-back was prodded into the net by Dutchman Hooiveld, the ball squirming underneath goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

Tottenham's lead lasted only five minutes as they conceded the 18th goal in their last seven league matches. Lallana raced through and pulled the ball back to Lambert, who had the simple task of finding an empty net with Lloris stranded.

Before the game, only five teams had scored fewer league goals than Tottenham.

But they got their third of the afternoon when Adebayor capitalised on some indecisive Southampton defending from a throw-in to curl the ball past Gazzaniga.

Soldado then missed two further chances to increase the advantage.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino said:

"At 1-0, we had the game under control and we could've gone 2-0 ahead, but we conceded and practically gifted them a goal.

"In the second half, we dressed up as Santa Claus and gave them many presents. We made many mistakes and when you make these mistakes, you are punished. We are obviously very angry.

"At the beginning of the second half, we were controlling the game, but we conceded the second goal and it was hard to get back in the game. We were risking a lot.

"We just have to keep on working as a team. Before we had a run of seven games winning and were looking up. Now we are on the wrong side and the only thing we can do is keep working."

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 22 Chambers
  • 13 Fox (Gallagher - 78' )
  • 18 Cork (Ward-Prowse - 63' Booked )
  • 05 Lovren
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 08 Davis (Ramírez - 69' )
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 07 Lambert
  • 20 Lallana
  • 09 Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 03 Yoshida
  • 06 Fonte
  • 10 Ramírez
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 38 Reed
  • 40 Gallagher
  • 41 Cropper

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 02 Walker
  • 03 Rose
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 20 Dawson
  • 06 Chiriches
  • 11 Lamela (Chadli - 60' )
  • 19 Dembélé (Bentaleb - 50' )
  • 09 Soldado (Defoe - 85' )
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 22 Sigurdsson Booked

Substitutes

  • 14 Holtby
  • 15 Capoue
  • 18 Defoe
  • 21 Chadli
  • 24 Friedel
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 43 Fredericks
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 31,455

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

5 3

Corners

2 5

Fouls

10 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

90:00 +5:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

90:00 +2:01

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

90:00 +2:01

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:05

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

90:00 +0:39

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

86:52

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:52

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

84:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Jermain Defoe replaces Roberto Soldado.

83:42

Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

80:56

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a through ball.

79:26

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

78:58

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.

77:57

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Southampton).

77:57

Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Daniel Fox.

76:40

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:40

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

76:11

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez with a through ball.

75:05

Attempt missed. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

73:17

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:17

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

72:46

Attempt blocked. Daniel Fox (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a headed pass.

72:27

Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

71:04

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

70:27

Hand ball by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

69:52

Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

69:01

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.

68:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Steven Davis.

67:56

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a cross.

66:30 Booking

Booking James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:20

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

66:20

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:29

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

63:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

62:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Jack Cork.

61:30

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

61:07

Jos Hooiveld (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:07

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

60:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Erik Lamela.

60:03

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

60:03

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

57:41

Calum Chambers (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:41

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

57:10

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

57:10

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:26

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

53:54 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Jos Hooiveld, Southampton. Southampton 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

49:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb replaces Mousa Dembélé.

49:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:59

Delay in match Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

48:41

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

46:18

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:18

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

45:00 +3:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

45:00 +1:57

Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:57

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

44:37

Daniel Fox (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:37

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

44:18

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:18

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

42:22

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:22

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

41:20

Calum Chambers (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:20

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

39:55

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen tries a through ball, but Erik Lamela is caught offside.

38:30 Booking

Booking Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:27

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:27

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur).

38:20

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

38:11

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

37:32

Delay in match Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

36:54

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

36:54

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:19

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Michael Dawson tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

34:58

Offside, Southampton. Adam Lallana tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

33:55

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Steven Davis.

33:54

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

32:03

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

32:03

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:18

Dejan Lovren (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:18

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

30:45

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:45

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

29:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:15

Delay in match Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

27:19

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

27:19

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:22

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:22

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

24:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Soldado with a cross.

23:13

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

21:54

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Steven Davis.

21:16

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

21:16

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:19

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Michael Dawson tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

19:15

Foul by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

19:15

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:57

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

13:13

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Rose.

12:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

10:08

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

2:33

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:52

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

1:52

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:31

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

1:31

Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:40

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jos Hooiveld.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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