London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Emmanuel Adebayor scored the lone goal of the game as Tottenham Hotspur escaped with a narrow 1-0 win over Everton in Sunday’s Premier League showdown at White Hart Lane.
The Togo striker produced his sixth Premier League goal in nine appearances with a fine second-half finish in the 65th minute that helped the Spurs overtake Everton for fifth place in the standings.
With the victory, Tim Sherwood’s side got back on track after an embarrassing 5-1 loss to Manchester City to move two points above Everton and three behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
“Emmanuel Adebayor took his goal well. We are delighted with the result. Yes the performance can be better but it’s about character and grinding it out. I thought we were chalk and cheese between the two halves,” Sherwood said after the game.
Despite dominating the majority of the game, Everton lacked a cutting edge in the absence of a recognized striker as its hopes of securing a top-four spot suffered a setback.
“Looking at the performance it’s disappointing because you don’t get a positive result, but if we can take this type of performance into the next 13 games we are going to get a lot of points,” said Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
Before the game, Sherwood inserted midfielder Moussa Dembele in the starting lineup, replacing Roberto Soldado.
For his part, Martinez fielded defender Seamus Coleman together with Steven Pienaar and Steven Naismith in place of Ross Barkley, John Stones and Aiden McGeady.
In the other Premier League game, Darren Bent’s added-time equalizer helped last-placed Fulham salvage a dramatic 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
Bent, a halftime substitute, scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to help Fulham snap an 11-game losing streak at Old Trafford.
Fulham grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute from a goal by Steve Sidwell but Manchester United took command after late goals from Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick.
“It’s been a bit like that this season. Today was as bad as it gets. We dominated the game. Being one down was bad enough. The amount of attempts, chances and play we had was unbelievable. How we didn’t win I have no idea,” United manager David Moyes said.