Adebayor stars with double for Tim Sherwood's Spurs
Tottenham, who remain unbeaten under new manager in the league, crack Swansea's frail defence
Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur level with fourth-placed Liverpool on points in the Premier League table after a 3-1 win away to struggling Swansea last night.
Adebayor's goals, separated by a Chico Flores own-goal, ensured Tottenham remained unbeaten in the league under manager Tim Sherwood, whose record now stands at five wins and a draw since the Englishman replaced sacked predecessor Andre Villas-Boas.
For Swansea, an eighth successive league match without a win left Michael Laudrup's men just three points above the relegation zone.
The Welsh club had early chances at the Liberty Stadium, with Hugo Lloris saving Jonjo Shelvey's long-range shot and striker Wilfried Bony hitting the crossbar when the France goalkeeper had been beaten by a powerful shot.
Swansea also had appeals for a penalty rejected by referee Martin Atkinson after Ivory Coast forward Bony was pushed in the back by Spurs defender Michael Dawson inside the box.
But, against the run of play, Togo international Adebayor gave Spurs a 35th minute lead when he powered in a header following an excellent first-time cross from Christian Eriksen.
The north London side made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute when Flores turned Kyle Walker's cross into his own net with Spurs' Nacer Chadli waiting behind him.
Spurs wasted a chance to make it 3-0 when Mousa Dembele shot wide with Adebayor unmarked just yards from goal.
But Adebayor's fury turned to joy when Spurs again opened up the frail Swansea defence.
Danny Rose did not repeat Dembele's mistake, but instead squared the ball to Adebayor who tapped from in from close range in the 71st minute.
Bony pulled a goal back seven minutes later with a shot from the edge of the box, but it was all too late for Swansea.
- Former England goalkeeper Bert Williams has died at 93, the website of his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers said. No cause was given.
Williams played against the United States in the 1950 World Cup, a 1-0 victory by the Americans in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, that is one of the greatest upsets in soccer history. Joe Gaetjens scored the lobne goal.
Agence France Presse, Associated Press