At the final whistle on Saturday the first, and for a long time the only Spurs player to make his way towards the away end to thank the travelling fans was Emmanuel Adebayor. (There’s a sentence I never expected to write.) Ben Foster stopped him to ask for his shirt and he obliged apparently without asking for the keeper’s in response, despite the cold.
As the two goal man walked towards us with raised (and probably still gloved) hands applauding he was greeted in kind by everyone grateful for his part in our first come from behind victory of the season. The applause wavered though. Not everyone is accepting of Adebayor, I was going to say ‘yet’ but there will be those whose stance dictates that they can never embrace an ex-Gooner who scored against us so many times. When it became clear that it was only he, for the moment, who had broken away from the handshakes and low fives going on in the middle and that he had thus become the sole focus of our attention you could see people stop or hesitate with their appreciation.
Scott Parker’s arrival alongside Adebayor on the edge of the centre circle was greeted with the unoriginal but apparently appreciated by him ‘super Scotty Parker’ song. No tunes have been sung lauding the big man from Togo, but he’s played a huge part in this run of ours and if he continues to play like he did at the Hawthorns then it may be that it is only a matter of time.
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