Adebayor hails Tottenham’s ‘patience’ as AVB’s men go fourth

Emmanuel Adebayor praised Tottenham's patience after the striker's winner at Stoke fired Spurs into fourth place in the table

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Emmanuel Adebayor joined Spurs on a permanent deal last summer Photo: R Goraczniak/Wikimedia

Emmanuel Adebayor praised Tottenham’s patience after the striker’s late winner at Stoke fired Spurs into fourth place in the Premier League table.

Stoke took an early lead through Steven Nzonzi’s header from a free-kick before Clint Dempsey fired into an empty net after a mix-up in the Potters’ defence.

Charlie Adam was sent off for a second bookable offence in the second half, before Adebayor tapped home Dempsey’s cross in the 83rd minute to keep Tottenham’s Champions League qualification hopes alive.

“It was an important game and we all knew we had to come here and win,” Adebayor, whose strike was his fifth league goal of the season, told Tottenham’s website.

“Stoke scored an early goal and it was important to keep our belief. We know we have the quality up front, we can score goals and Clint [Dempsey] showed us the way.

“When they went down to 10 men we stayed patient, kept the ball and waited for the right time to score the second goal.

“If we kept passing the ball around we knew they would tire, that’s what happened and we got our reward in the end.”

Tottenham are currently fourth in the table and two points ahead of Arsenal, who can move back above their north London rivals with victory over Wigan at The Emirates on Tuesday.

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