Tim Sherwood masterminds Tottenham Hotspur win, Everton fourth

Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor (2nd L) celebrates his second goal against Southampton with team mates during their English Premier League soccer match at St Mary's stadium in Southampton, southern England December 22, 2013. REUTERS

Tim Sherwood's hopes of becoming Tottenham Hotspur's permanent manager were boosted after his attacking team came back to win 3-2 at stuttering Southampton in an enthralling Premier League game on Sunday.

Forgotten man Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as caretaker boss Sherwood played the Togo striker up front with Roberto Soldado for the first time in a ploy which helped Spurs move above Manchester United into seventh spot.

Everton surged up to fourth, pending Chelsea's trip to Arsenal on Monday (2000 GMT), after England prospect Ross Barkley's perfect free kick six minutes from time secured a deserved 2-1 win at Swansea City.

Sherwood, who took over for two games at least when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Spurs after last weekend's 5-0 home thumping by Liverpool, threw caution to the wind in his bid to get the job full-time by also playing without a defensive midfielder.

It looked to have backfired when unmarked midfielder Adam Lallana grabbed the opener for Southampton on 13 minutes with a fine turn and shot from 20 metres.

Adebayor, who scored on his return to the team in the midweek League Cup loss to West Ham United, then expertly volleyed in Soldado's superb cross for a 25th-minute equaliser on his first league start of the season.

Spurs, who have now come from behind to win their last three away games, made a flying start to the second half and it was no surprise when Jos Hooiveld turned Danny Rose's low cross into his own goal on 54 minutes.

Southampton made it 2-2 when Rickie Lambert tapped in following more great work from England colleague Lallana but Adebayor sealed the win when he fired home after a ricochet on 64 minutes before Soldado missed three good chances.

"You enjoy it when you win. I did not enjoy the first half, I thought we were poor," Sherwood told Sky Sports.

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