Sam Clucas channels his inner Emmanuel Adebayor after goal in Stoke vs Swansea

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There's a good reason many footballers refuse to celebrate against their old clubs. 

As a sign of respect, some players simply head back toward their own half without so much as a smile once they've netted against their own employers. 

That can be extremely difficult though if they've received a particularly hostile reception. 

Kylian Mbappe recently scored a brace in PSG's 4-1 win over his first club Monaco and chose not to react after the first strike. 

However, responding to abuse from the crowd, he then produced his trademark 'folded-arms' celebration for the second. 

It must be a satisfying feeling silencing thousands of haters all at once and nobody epitomised it better than Emmanuel Adebayor against Arsenal. 

In 2009, the then-Manchester City striker scored past the Gunners in a 4-2 victory at the Etihad, springing the entire length of the pitch to rile the away end. 

The Togolese forward's extraordinary antics have gone down in Premier League history and are still inspiring similar celebrations to this day. 

In fact, we saw one from Sam Clucas in Stoke's 2-0 win over Swansea yesterday. 

The former Swans midfielder opened the scoring at the bet365 stadium before James McClean put the game beyond doubt in injury time. 

Clucas had heard the away fans taunting him before his goal and made sure he went right down their end before celebrating wildly - so much so that a video has now emerged combining his and Adebayor's wind-ups. 

“The most important thing for me is the three points," he said afterwards, per the Stoke Sentinel. 

“I never came into this game saying 'if I score I’m going to celebrate and go mad.’

“If you give it, then you’ve got to take it.

“That’s how life works. They’re giving me a bit of stick for missing in the first half, so if I score I’m, going to enjoy it a bit more.

“It’s nothing personal and the most important thing for us is the three points." 

The kind of pettiness we can all get behind it. 

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