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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.

Sher­wood, who took over for two games at least when An­dre Vil­lasBoas 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 me­ters.

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 equal­izer on his first league start of the sea­son.

Spurs, who have now come from be­hind to win their past 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.

“I need to speak to the chair­man about how they want to take the club for­ward. That will hap­pen sooner rather than later I hope, as these guys need a man­ager.

“I like to set teams up like that (in an at­tack­ing man­ner). There are no rules, there are dif­fer­ent ways to win a foot­ball match. You have to do what you be­lieve.”

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