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Loan watch: Adebayor the hit man for Spurs

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Emmanuel Adebayor led City's loan rangers with the first-half double against Aston Villa that hoisted Tottenham into third place in the Barclays Premier League.

A brilliant overhead kick and a scrappy second from Manu were enough for Spurs to claim all three points on a cold Monday night at White Hart Lane.

That came just two days after Dedryck Boyata’s Bolton missed the opportunity to leapfrog West Brom by losing 2-1, though the Belgian was absent for the Trotters.

Ryan McGivern’s Bristol City extended their unbeaten Championship streak to four games with a 2-1 win over relegation rivals Millwall.

While they now sit two points from safety, Ben Mee and Kieran Trippier look set to be dragged into that relegation scrap. Trippier was on hand to set up Burnley’s only goal, but the Clarets suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Leeds without missing defender Mee.

Greg Cunningham played a role in Nottingham Forest's last-minute winner as they came from behind to beat Reece Wabara’s Ipswich 3-2. Wabara remained unused on the bench.

Abdul Razak and Alex Nimely both came off the bench in their sides’ fixtures- the Ivorian’s Portsmouth lost 2-0 at Watford but Nimely’s Middlesbrough earned a point from Blackpool despite twice surrendered the lead.

Down in League Two, Harry Bunn put in a man-of-the-match performance for struggling Rochdale, who moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win at Preston.

Luca Scapuzzi continues to impress at Oldham, where his creative spark helped beat Chesterfield 5-2

 

The Italian forward played 63 minutes for Paul Dickov’s side, while David Gonzalez played the full 90 for Aberdeen as they slipped to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Motherwell.

Roque Santa Cruz (Real Betis) and Abdi Ibrahim (NEC) were both late substitutes for their sides – neither able to prevent their teams slumping to defeats in Spain and Holland respectively.

Vladimir Weiss, handed a rare start for Espanyol in La Liga, did his best to enliven a bore draw with relegation-threatened Sociedad.

But John Guidetti was in inspired form for Feyenoord and scored a brace as the Dutch side claimed their first win in five with the 4-0 rout of Vitesse.

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