Spurs duo hail Terry's focus
Saturday 24 December 2011
Emmanuel Adebayor and Ledley King praised John Terry's mental resilience following Thursday's 1-1 draw between Tottenham and Chelsea.
Despite discovering the previous day that he was to be prosecuted for racism, Terry played with focus and commitment, and made a crucial last-minute block from a goal-bound Adebayor shot.
"I think John Terry showed good personality, great character, he played very well," said Adebayor afterwards.
The current case is not the first time that Terry's behaviour has made headlines and Adebayor believes that his experience has made him more resistant to distractions. "All those things you deal with through experience," Adebayor said. "John Terry, it's not his first problem in his life, or his career, he had a couple of problems already, so I think now he knows how to deal with them."
King, who played for the same club as Terry as a boy, also complimented the Chelsea captain on his focus. "He played well today, as did the rest of them. He's a top player. He's got himself in the right position and saved his team at the end," King said. "He's a strong character and let's his football do the talking out there."
Thursday night's draw keeps Tottenham in third, two points ahead of Chelsea. King added: "I don't remember going into Christmas in such a good position," he said. "We would definitely be disappointed if we did not finish in the top four from here."
Harry Redknapp's fear that he would be without Rafael van der Vaart until the new year is likely to prove unfounded. Van der Vaart was taken off at half-time against Chelsea because of a hamstring problem, but the Dutchman is confident of being able to return against Norwich on Tuesday.
As Voltaire once said, “Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal”
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Best memes as Twitter reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal joins Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Sami Khedira
Mario Balotelli takes 50 per cent pay cut to join Liverpool as Samuel as Eto’o waits in the wings if deal falls through
Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
Click here for the full story." title="When a youngster asked for an autograph outside Manchester City's training ground, Balotelli demanded to know why the boy was playing truant. After the child revealed he was being bullied, Balotelli drove the boy and his mother to the school in question so he could tackle the bully himself. He demanded to see the headmaster to make him aware of the issue and then mediated between the two boys to resolve the problem. A source said: 'Mario feels strongly about bullying.' Click here for the full story." width="88" height="52" />Mario Balotelli: The funniest stories
- 1 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for beauty pageant
- 2 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians