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Wolverhampton Wanderers (Away)
Premier League

                     Wednesday 10th February 2010

 
 
Wolverhampton Wanderers are battling to survive in the Premier League and will use all of manager Mick McCarthy's guile to try to make sure they do not return to whence they came within the space of a year.

That may include changing the team to ensure they are fresh for "winnable" games, time-waste, dive and pack the last third with as many players they can.

Desperate ... yes.  Necessary ... no.  Wolves played good football in getting to the Premier League, so why stop when you get there ?  Lack of belief in the ability of the side or the ability of the manager to pit his wits with the top bosses ?  Lack of funding to bring in the quality needed to stay up ?  Or just an inferiority complex that leaves Wolves struggling after throwing away a one goal lead against Birmingham City with ten minutes to go last Sunday and end up losing 1-2.

From the radio phone-in shows, it appears that McCarthy is losing a little of the Molineux crowd with his manoeuvres this season.  There are good players there and while some have been injury hit, there is still enough there to get the odd point here and there.  Look at Burnley, they seem to be able to do it without stifling the life out of a game.

Kevin Doyle is a good striker, but without support or supply, he feeds on what scraps he gets, but it is not always enough.  It was at White Hart Lane earlier this season, but against the Bluenoses, it was not.  Had Michael Kightly's not been injured, it might have made the team operate differently, as his trickery might have made an impact on Premier League defenders.  Andy Keogh did well in the Championship, but it might be a step up too soon for him, but he too is injured.  The same might be said of the much hyped Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who has been injured and in an out of the side, but has failed ot make much of an impact since moving up to the Premier League.

The keeper Wayne Hennessey has been widely touted as a major star in the future and some of his performances have backed up these claims, but at the moment he has lost out to free summer signing, Marcus Hannhemann.  A solid enough keeper, he had an inspired game at WHL and the question will be is he can reproduce that form once more to deny Spurs.

Jody Craddock is a Premier League veteran from his time at Sunderland and leads the defence from centre-half, alongside Richard Stearman, a tall, rangy central defender who can also play at full back.  Started at Leicester and has done OK in the top flight, but his England credentials are being tested.  Stephen Ward looks like a player who might be a weak link, having had a torrid time at the Lane and getting sent off at Anfield, so whoever is playing right midfield for Tottenham might get some joy against him, while Stephane Berra is OK when up against a typical centre-forward, but might suffer with nippy forwards with good movement.  Among others how can play at the back are former Colchester United and Sunderland utility man Greg Halford, who lost his way a bit at the Stadium of Light, but is a useful member of the squad and Ronald Zubar, who has come in from Marseille.  Promising Chelsea and England Under-21 defender Michael Mancienne is also at the club, but does not start regularly.

The midfield is mainly made up of ball-winning tacklers, except for Matthew Jarvis, the ex-Gillingham winger, who has done well in the Premiership.  He is a talented player, who lots of bigger clubs looked at, although he needs to cut the diving out of his game.  I am reliably informed that he didn't learn that at Priestfield.  Nenad Milijas has come in and seems to have a bit about him, scoring a long range goal in one of his first games, but he is not a stand out player for them.  Karl Henry is more typical of the Wolves midfielder.  Snarling in referee's faces and putting everything into his tackles, he is a little rash and might find himself getting into a lot of trouble. 

It is another game that won't win a "pretty match of the year" award, but with Wolves' plight a little more advanced and the fact that they are at home making them a bit more reliant to get something from the game, Spurs might be able to break and catch them when they are a bit more vulnerable.  With the likes of Defoe and maybe Gudjohnsen, quickly changing defence into attack with Palacios or Jenas running the ball out or from Huddlestone's or Bentley's passing, Spurs should be able to create enough opportunities to take the points ...

PREDICTION : -  Wolverhampton Wanderers  1     Tottenham Hotspur   3

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.

 
 
TEAM NEWS

Wolverhampton Wanderers :  -   David Edwards (out - ankle); Michael Kightly (out - ankle); Matt Murray (out - knee); Andy Keogh (out - ankle); - (-); - (-);

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -   Benoit Assou-Ekotto (out - hip); Ledley King (out - knee); Aaron Lennon (out - groin); Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin);Carlo Cudicini (out - hip and wrists); - (-); - (-); - (-); 

 
 
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Internet :
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Wolverhampton Wanderers   1   Tottenham Hotspur    0      (Half-time score : 1-0)

Premier League
Venue : -  Molineux
Wednesday 10th February 2010
Kick Off :  7.45 p.m.
Crowd :   27,992
Referee :  Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Wolves kicked off and played towards the Stan Cullis end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Cold, snow before the game
Teams : - 
Wolverhampton Wanderers :

13  Hahnemann

23  Zubar (  )
  6
  Craddock  (c)
16  Berra
11  Wa
rd  (  3  Elokobi  60     )

  8  Henry
32  Foley
34  Guediora  (27  Mancienne  72)
14  Jones
17  Jarvis  (20  Milijas  80)

29  Doyle       

Unused subs: 
  1  Hennessey
25  Mujangi Bia
  9  Ebanks-Blake
18  Vokes

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

  4  Kaboul
19  Bassong
20  Dawson  (c)
  3  Bale

21  Kranjcar   (14  Modric  72)
  8
  Jenas  (12  Palacios 46
     )
  6
  Huddlestone
  5
  Bentley

18  Defoe
17  Gudjohnsen  (15  Crouch  63)

Unused subs: 
27  Alnwick
22  Corluka
  9
  Pavlyuchenko
28
  K. Walker

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Jones 27

Tottenham Hotspur

None
Cards : -  
Wolverhampton Wanderers

     
Doyle (dissent) 30
Elokobi (foul)  68

    

Tottenham Hotspur 

    
Palacios (foul)  75
 

     

Match Report : -  
In another insipid attacking display, Tottenham's chances of gaining a place in the top four almost evaporated like the snow which had been cleared form the pitch and piled behind the goal.  Another single goal win saw Wolves complete the double over Tottenham and with the  three points staying in the Black Country, Tottenham stay in sixth place with a tough run-in to come.

But it is not the run-in that is the problem; more the games which have deprived the team of a place in the Champions League finishing places.  The run of draws we have had of late and the absence from the team of Aaron Lennon are the reasons there will only be an outside hope of Europa League football now.  And is that what Spurs want ?  After all, last time, it was too much on top of the domestic programme.

The performance lacked any real will to win.  The side had a great opportunity to cement a claim for the all important fourth place berth, but, even with other results going their way, Tottenham failed to show the determination that is required to get anything form any game.  They had chances, but most finished wayward, with Kranjcar being the most culpable, having clearly left his shooting boots at home.  The best chance for Spurs in the whole game came in the 34th minute, when Defoe touched on a neat through ball for the Croatian from Gudjohnsen, but Niko could only hit the goalkeeper, when perhaps he should have taken his shot earlier.

Apart from that there was little until the dying embers of the game, when Palacios popped up on the edge of the box to fire a low shot on goal that Hahnnemann had to dive to stop.  Defoe didn't look likely to score tonight and Eidur Gudjohnsen looked alert, but not match fit.  It was strange that Redknapp left Corluka out to replace him with Kaboul, especially when two right backs have just gone out on loan in the recently closed transfer window. 

But the home side took the points with a single goal, much as they did at White Hart Lane, but this time they played much better and deserved their win.  Being the home side put the reliance on them to come out a bit more and while they still closed Tottenham down, they showed some attacking intent and some decent passing movements.  In the 22nd minute, Jermaine Jenas lost the ball and the move took the play up the Wanderers left wing, to Matthew Jarvis, who crossed low into the box and Jenas let Dave Jones run past him to turn the ball in past Gomes first time from about seven yards out.  

Jenas had a poor first half and was replaced by Palacios at the interval, but things did not fare much better in the second half.  Little was created and no impact could be made on the Wolves defence, even when Modric came on to take Kranjcar's place.

This was like our home game against Bolton years back, when we could have gone second if we had won, but we drew 2-2 and that was that.  So, some things have not changed since that date about 15 years ago.  Still Tottenham do not have the winning mentality and still we are losing to the bottom dwellers, as well as the old top four.

Are there any positives to take from the game ?  Well, Bale played well again and once more ended up on a losing Spurs team in the Premier League.  Dawson was fairly solid and Gomes did what was asked of him.

So, not a great night in Tottenham's history, but it could be one which has some resonance down the years to come.

pete stachio

 

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Fan Reaction : -

 
 

KNOCKING AT THE DOOR ?

 
 
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH losing to Wolves AGAIN really really poor , one of the worst results this year.  WOLVES !!  FOR GODS SAKE.

Forget the top four -  we can't score - we play to predictable, facts about last 13 Premier games  -- 13 goals scored; 1 every 90 minutes and that's with England duo Defoe and Couch.

We need top class strikers not good English strikers - 18pts out of a possible 39pts (less then 50%).

BANG, CRASH, KERPLONK ... that's the sound of the wheel coming off the top four bandwagon.  Now let's see, we are having trouble scoring so what shall we do ... I know let's loan out one of our international strikers to Celtic that will do the trick ... DOH !! 

adam

 
   
 
After our terrible showing last night against Wolves and old Harry "sack full of spanners" face Redknapp admitting we ran out of ideas  ... erm, well you're the manager Harry; get some ideas, that's what your paid for, not just to sit in the dugout looking like a lost dog, scratching your head thinking "What do I do now ?"

I don't understand why we haven't turned up tonight.  Simple tip to Levy with new stadium soon, get your cheque book out to tempt Josť Mourinho or Klinsmann as manager or someone that knows what real top level football is all about and I'm talking European football not just Premiership football ... and get rid of all the Portsmouth old boys or will we end up going round in circles playing like West Ham and Portsmouth for the next decade.  Pretty, but not winning enough games.

Harsh words, but I was livid last night.  Spurs not good enough and no commitment or fight will end up 7th or 8th.  Notice our pretty boys had gloves on and Wolves had short sleeves what does that tell you.

angry adam

   
 
Another pathetic performance against a team in lower part of table.

You have got to be kidding about playing in Europe, as you actually have to be able to score consistently and certainly defeat the lower teams in Premier League to be competitive in either section of European Cups.

Keep up pathetic performances and in a couple of years maybe we will be competitive in the Championship League.

 

sue - tasmania, australia
(a very disappointed supporter)

 
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Other League scores this weekend :
Fulham 3 Burnley 0 Tuesday
Manchester City 2 Bolton Wanderers 0 Tuesday
Portsmouth 1 Sunderland 1 Tuesday
Wigan Athletic 1 Stoke City 1 Tuesday
Arsenal 1 Liverpool 0 Wednesday
Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 1 Wednesday
Blackburn Rovers 1 Hull City 0 Wednesday
Everton 2 Chelsea 1 Wednesday
West Ham United 2 Birmingham City 0 Wednesday

   

 

League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 26 18 4 4 61 22 58 +39
2 Manchester United 25 18 3 5 62 21 57 +41
3 Arsenal 26 16 4 6 61 30 52 +31
4 Liverpool 26 13 5 8 43 27 44 +16
5 Manchester City 24 12 8 4 47 32 44 +15
6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 25 12 7 6 45 25 43 +20
7 Aston Villa 25 11 9 5 32 19 42 +13
8 Birmingham City 25 9 7 8 24 22 37 -2
9 Fulham 26 9 7 10 30 28 34 +2
10 Everton 24 8 8 8 33 36 32 -3
11 Blackburn Rovers 26 8 7 11 26 43 31 -17
12 Stoke City 24 7 9 8 23 27 30 -4
13 Sunderland 24 6 8 10 29 39 26 -10
14 West Ham United 25 5 9 11 32 40 24 -8
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 6 6 12 21 42 24 -21
16 Wigan Athletic 24 6 6 12 26 49 24 -23
17 Hull City 26 5 9 12 25 51 24 -26
18 Burnley 25 6 5 14 25 50 23 -25
19 Bolton Wanderers 24 5 7 12 29 46 22 -17
20 Portsmouth 25 4 4 17 20 42 16 -22

Position before the match :  6th
Position after the match :  6th
 

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