Late Adebayor goal lifts Spurs into top four

STOKE CITY 1 vs TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2

TOTTENHAM boss Andre Villas-Boas was thrilled after his team came from behind to win at Stoke yesterday, ensuring their “dream” of achieving Champions League qualification will run until the final day of the season.

Steven Nzonzi opened the scoring with his first goal for the home side, but Clint Dempsey levelled before half-time. And, after Charlie Adam was sent off, Spurs took the points when Emmanuel Adebayor struck with seven minutes remaining.

A ninth away win of the season lifted Spurs into fourth place and two points clear of north London rivals Arsenal, who entertain relegation-threatened Wigan tomorrow.

Anything less than a win for the Gunners against the FA Cup winners would hand the advantage to Spurs and Villas-Boas is delighted his team remain well placed.

“It gives us the possibility of making the Champions League, so the important thing is the dream is still alive for us,” he said. “We wanted to take it to the last day when we are playing at home [against Sunderland], so it was an extremely important win and hopefully someone else will slip up.

“Arsenal are strong and experienced but it will go down to the wire.”

Nzonzi met Adam’s free-kick to head Stoke in front on three minutes, but Dempsey levelled from 35 yards after goalkeeper Asmir Begovic left his net vacant after a mix-up with defender Marc Wilson.

Adam was sent off against Spurs for the second successive season shortly after the interval, and Spurs made the breakthrough when Adebayor tapped in Dempsey’s low cross.