Tottenham 1 Cardiff 0: Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor tipped to click by manager Tim Sherwood

Soldado notched his first goal in nine games to earn victory over the Bluebirds and Sherwood believes his two strikers can form a formidable strike partnership

Roberto Soldado can forge a formidable strike partnership with Emmanuel Adebayor now he has broken his goal drought, according to Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood.

Misfiring striker Soldado blasted his first goal in nine games as Spurs edged past Cardiff 1-0 in the Barclays Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Spain forward's first goal in two months sealed a nervy Tottenham victory, the hosts never convincing against relegation-threatened Cardiff.

Spurs head coach Sherwood hailed Soldado's unshakable belief as he continues the battle to settle in English football, notching just his sixth goal in 29 appearances this term.

 

Sherwood has frequently deployed one solitary striker, and will continue to switch his formation to suit the opposition.

The former Blackburn midfielder paired Soldado and Togo striker Adebayor against Cardiff though, with the duo combining for the decisive goal.

"It was a good finish, he had a lot to do. Ade laid it into his path but he still had to take it on the run," said Sherwood.

"It was tight control and just to roll it past the goalie, instinctively, he didn't have a lot of time to think about it, which is probably great.

"I hope they can grow that partnership, it would be great for us if they did.

"We're looking forward to them building a bit of confidence now from that."

Tottenham 1 Cardiff 0 match report: Soldado ends goal drought

Backing £26million summer signing Soldado to rediscover the clinical finishing that saw him net 59 goals in 101 Valencia appearances, Sherwood hailed the likeable Spain forward's tenacity through his lean spell.

"I was delighted for Robbie, he's a great character around the place," said Sherwood.

"The boys love him and want him to do well.

"If I could have picked anyone to score that goal it would have been him.

"If he wasn't showing any desire in training, and belief he could turn it around I would leave him out.

"I have stuck by him, I believe he will come good and I maintain that.

"We're just hoping this is a platform for him to go on and score 20 goals between now and the end of the season.

"He's a great lad, he speaks enough English to have good banter, he's a very humorous guy around the place.

"He's never a moment's problem, a true professional and he gets on with his training, whatever anyone asks him to do, he does it.

"He knows he's been in a sticky spell, but I always looked him in the eye and knew that he had the belief."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Caroline Flack became the tenth winner of Strictly Come Dancing
tvReview: 'Absolutely phenomenal' Xtra Factor presenter wins Strictly Come Dancing final
Arts and Entertainment
The Apprentice finalists Mark Wright and Bianca Miller
tvBut who should win The Apprentice?
News
The monkey made several attempts to revive his friend before he regained consciousness
video
Extras
indybest
News
Elton John and David Furnish will marry on 21 December 2014
peopleSinger posts pictures of nuptials throughout the day
Sport
Brendan Rodgers looks on from the touchline
SPORT
Life and Style
A still from the 1939 film version of Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind'
life
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick