Soccer-Returning Adebayor hails Sherwood influence

By Kieran Barry SOUTHAMPTON, England, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Emmanuel Adebayor hailed the influence of stand-in Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood after he grabbed two goals in his side's 3-2 win at Southampton on Sunday. The Togo striker made his first league start of the season after being frozen out by former manager Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked on Monday following a 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool, and repaid Sherwood's faith by scoring in each half. Having netted a fine volley in Wednesday's League Cup loss to West Ham United, Sherwood's first match in charge, the controversial striker scored another impressive first-time effort following Roberto Soldado's accurate cross, and followed that up with the winner just after the hour mark. Sherwood named an adventurous line-up as he looked to shrug off Tottenham's attacking malaise this season, partnering former Arsenal and Manchester City man Adebayor with Spaniard Soldado up front for the first time.

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