Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor happy to return to starting XI
Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is confident of building on his first start of the season.
Last Updated: 19/12/13 4:22pm
A tiring Adebayor was substituted 13 minutes from the end after firing Tottenham into the lead, but the visitors rallied with two goals in the final 10 minutes to earn a 2-1 victory and a place in the semi-finals.
Although disappointed with the result, Adebayor was pleased with his personal performance on his first start since May.
The former Arsenal player had dropped out of the picture under Andre Villas-Boas, but caretaker boss Tim Sherwood decided to partner the Togo international with Jermain Defoe on Wednesday.
And Adebayor believes Tottenham can go into their match at Southampton on Sunday with some belief despite the cup loss.
"I've been working on finishing since the start of the season," Adebayor said. "I was hanging in there waiting for my chance.
"Tim gave me the chance to play football again. I've still got my smile on my face. I got a chance, I took it well. I'm very happy.
"Now the most important thing is me scoring goals, confidence is back. We just have to keep working hard, put more heart into it and it will be better.
"Hopefully this Sunday we'll have a chance to win it. We have to get out there with confidence, with belief and take the three points."