Wolverhampton Wanderers (Away)
Premier League

Sunday 06th March 2011

What might have seemed a more straightforward match at one stage of the season, now looks a daunting task, with Wolves having put in some decent performances of late and got good results against some decent sides.  A 2-1 home win against Manchester United after being 0-1 down and a 4-0 home win over Blackpool have buoyed the Old Gold fans and the players will be up for this one to seek revenge for the 3-1 Spurs win earlier this season.

Although the Midlands club have picked up some points lately, they are still in the bottom three, with all the other W's in the Premier League.  A draw against West Bromwich Albion with a late equaliser of the Baggies might have deflated the Wolves players, but they bounced back to beat Blackpool, who were reduced to ten men.

Apart from getting taken apart at home by Liverpool, a lot of their recent matches have been quite tight and they have beaten Chelsea at Molineux and Liverpool at Anfield.  How Tottenham will fare will be reliant on how the players approach the game with the second leg against AC Milan awaiting three days after the Wolves match.

Mick McCarthy will have Wolves ready to take an energetic approach to the match and try to hit Spurs early on, with the hope that they will have something to defend.  However, Tottenham's play away from the Lane this season has been good and the counter-attacking style might catch Wolves out.  With some astute passers and the ability to break from midfield, Spurs might be able to turn the table son Wolves very quickly.

The home side will be missing a vital midfield player, who has been instrumental in their renaissance of late.  On loan Jamie O'Hara will not be eligible to play against Tottenham - his parent club - and his dynamic play has been a major part of Wolves' change in fortune lately.  That and his ability to shoot from distance to net a couple of useful goals.  Alongside of him, Edwards, Henry, Hamill and Jarvis have given the five man midfield a solid look that has helped stop the flow of play through their engine room.

Hamill is a skilful player from the Liverpool youth tanks, who had to move on to Barnsley and then Wolves.  He has a good work-rate coupled with a good passing ability and also a keen eye for a shot from distance.  David Edwards is a Welsh wide-man, who likes to work the line and knows his defensive responsibilities and Karl Henry has come in for a lot of criticism for his physical approach and a couple of players have suffered at the foot of his tackles, but he is a whole-hearted player and likes to be the ball-winner.  Matt Jarvis is more of a ball-player, using the width of the pitch to draw full backs out and beat them with his tricky dribbling, so that he could swing in crosses for Kevin Doyle.

Doyle has ploughed a lone furrow for most of the season, with McCarthy persisting with one up front, but he doe sit well and although not the most prolific scorer, the Irishman grabs his share and makes as many as he does net.

Wayne Hennessey has had a bit of a stutter to his career, as he started as a highly promising teenager, but then went through a sticky patch, leading to him being dropped and he has only just returned to the first team ahead of Marcus Hahnemann.  A young Welsh international, Hennessey has the ability to go along way in the game, but his decision making on coming for crosses needs to be sharpened up and he is vulnerable one-on-one.  Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Steven Fletcher have both been used of late, primarily from the bench, but they are getting on the score-sheet and are good in and around the 18 yard box.  Ebanks-Blake is small and strong, while Fletcher has height and holds the ball well.

His defence has not given the greatest protection this season, with the goals against counting against them in tight matches.  Ronald Zubar has been more noted for his goals against Manchester United than for his defensive work and Richard Stearman has found it tough in the centre of the back four this season, being given a torrid time by a number of Premier League strikers.  George Elokobi is a no-nonsense defender who is good in the air, but suspect on the floor, while David Jones and Christophe Berra have been playing in the back four too, with Jones being a player who likes to get forward and he scored at Anfield and Berra a strong tackling centre or right back, who might be beaten for pace if Spurs can turn him.

Midfielders Guedioura and Milijas offer some attacking options, but are usually only used if the game is being chased, while Chelsea loanee defender Michael Mancienne can add some class to the defence, but he has been withdrawn from the firing line for the last few matches.  Annoying midfielder Stephen Hunt might be unavailable through injury, so Spurs might need to make sure they don't take the opposition lightly and ensure that they put in the effort to get the three points.

I think that some fringe players might start as Harry has one eye on the AC Milan tie, but with the right application, the away form shown at Sunderland could continue, but the team have to realise that with Wolves scrapping for every point they can get, this will be no means an easy game ...

PREDICTION : -    Wolverhampton Wanderers    1      Tottenham Hotspur    2

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WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS :  -  Jamie O'Hara (ineligible - on loan from Spurs); Michael Kightly (out - knee); David Jones (doubtful - leg); Guedioura (out - broken leg); Michael Mancienne (out - knee); Steven Mouyokolo (out - knee); Ronald Zubar (out - back); David Edwards (doubtful - leg); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Ledley King (out - groin); Younes Kaboul (out - knee); Gareth Bale (out - back); Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin); Tom Huddlestone (out - ankle); Vedran Corluka (out - ankle); Rafael van der Vaart (out - calf); - (-)


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Wolverhampton Wanderers   3    Tottenham Hotspur   3      (Half-time score : 2-2)

Premier League
Venue :  -  Molineux
Sunday 06th March 2011
Kick Off :  4.00 p.m.
Crowd :   28,669
Referee :  Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
Wolves kicked off and played towards the Jack Harris Stand in the first half.
Weather :  -  Dry, sunny, mild
Teams : - 
Wolverhampton Wanderers :

  -  Hennessey

  3  Elokobi
  5  Stearman
16  Berra
11  Ward (  9  Ebanks-Blake 60)

20  Milijas
32  Foley
Henry  (c)
19  Hamill (  9  Fletcher  78  )
17  Jarvis

29  Doyle   

Unused subs: 
  6  Craddock
22  Mouyokolo
46  Docherty 
28  Griffiths

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

  2  Hutton     
20  Dawson (c) 
13  Gallas 
32  Assou-Ekotto

14  Modric  (21  Kranjcar 85)
30  Sandro
  8  Jenas
40  Pienaar  (  3 Bale 69)

  9  Pavlyuchenko    (21  Lennon 74)

Unused subs: 
23  Cudicini
19  Bassong
12  Palacios

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Wolverhampton Wanderers

  Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Wolverhampton Wanderers

Doyle 20
Doyle (p) 40
Fletcher 87

Tottenham Hotspur

Defoe 30
Defoe 35
Pavlyuchenko 48

Cards : -  
Wolverhampton Wanderers




Tottenham Hotspur  

Hutton  40
Dawson  55
Gallas  77


Match Report : -  
Tottenham were hoist by their own petard in this thrilling 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, as they succumbed after leading twice after the shock of losing the opening goal.  But Tottenham were lucky and unlucky in turn as the game contained many twists and turns.

At the centre of the controversy, as is the case in many games lately, was the referee - Mark Halsey.  Spurs came out of the game with three yellow cards and Wolves none.  Two of the Spurs yellow cards were harsh, while the other should have been red and Wolves got away with some more than physical challenges that might have lead to the game deteriorating had it been between two other teams.

Not that that should have happened on this day, when both sets of fans and clubs came together to celebrate the short life of a player who graced both shirts and those of Bradford City and Southampton too.  Representatives of all four clubs, including our own Ledley King stood in the centre circle before kick-off to show their respect for Dean Richards, who died last weekend at the age of 36.  A player who made his first Spurs appearance in the 3-5 game against Manchester United at White Hart Lane in 2001 and today's game had echoes of that match as the sides threw everything into attack.

Tottenham began with Defoe and Pavlyuchenko up front, with a midfield of Modric, Jenas, Sandro and Pienaar, that gave Wolves quite a few nervous moments, with their hard work and creative passing.  In the early exchanges, neither side probed deeply enough into the other's defence and it left the goalkeepers relatively unemployed.  Hamill found Milijas' head when the Serbian was unmarked in the box, but he put his header over the bat from ten yards out and then Jarvis got onto the end of Hamill's ball into the right hand channel in the box and his early shot flicked off William Gallas' leg to go for a corner.

When Milijas struck it into the box, the ball was headed away, but it came back to the corner taker and this time, his ball in was to the near post, where Kevin Doyle got a free header on it and with Gomes coming unconvincingly for the ball, the glancing header flew past him to give Wolves the opener in the 20th minute.  It was sloppy work all round by the Spurs defence and once more they would have to come from behind to get anything out of a game.

Within a couple of minutes Spurs could have been on equal terms, as Luka Modric had provided Steven Pienaar with a good chance but he failed to seize it, as the ball got away from him and he was on the stretch to reach it, so ended up prodding it wide.  Then the little Croatian cold have levelled when Pienaar's effort was blocked and the ball rebounded back to Modric, who shot first time, but didn't get hold of it properly, leaving his effort a couple of yards wide. Jermaine Jenas picked up the ball in midfield and went on a typical run the length of half the pitch, but then finished in typical style, with a scuffed shot that left Hennessey picking the ball up with no effort required. 

Then, out of the blue, something happened that Spurs fans have been waiting a long time for.  The ball was worked left and then passed to Roman Pavlyuchenko on the edge of the box.  Pav was just to the right of the D and he touched the ball to JD on his left, who moved it back right and then struck a sweet bending shot that beat Hennessey all ends up to bulge the back of the net.  It had been a long time in coming, but a Premier League goal at last for the little Spurs striker almost visibly lifted the weight of the drought off his shoulders.  It came ten minutes after Doyle's goal and then five minutes later, Defoe had doubled his tally for the season, with a similarly emphatic hit.

This time, Defoe picked up along ball on the left and ran at Richard Stearman, who stopped his route to goal, but Jermain rolled inside and managed to prod the ball to Luka Modric on the edge of the box and tried to find Pienaar to his right hand side.  Instead a defender came in and knocked the ball back past him to Defoe, who took a first time shot that bent into the same spot as his first goal, with the keeper being unsighted by a defender in his way.  2-1 to Spurs and the game had been turned around, with two chances taken for the visitors, but Wolves had not made their pressure into goal-scoring chances.

The lead wasn't to last long, but the arguments about the game were just about to start.  A shot from outside the box by Jarvis bounced off a player in front f him and the ball skewed off to the left and Milijas ran in to try and make something of it.  Sensing the danger, Alan Hutton pulled him back just outside the six yard box and the Wolves midfielder got to the ball, but then, although Gomes saved the effort, Halsey pointed to the spot and we all waited for the worst to happen, but the card he pulled out for the Scottish full back was yellow not red.  The home fans were not happy, but that didn't last for too long either, as Doyle stepped up to send Heurelho the wrong way from the penalty spot to tie it up at 2-2.

A late corner in the last minute of the half saw Michael Dawson win a header, but he couldn't wrap his neck around it enough to get any power in it and Hennessey caught the ball comfortably. 

The half time break gave us time to catch our breath and there was plenty to talk about.  No changes at the interval meant that Spurs were going to keep Defoe looking for his 100th Spurs goal and keep Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon on the bench.

It was a good decision by Harry Redknapp, who saw his side take the lead once more, three minutes into the half.  A ball forward saw Jermaine Jenas reach it on the left corner of the box and stretch his leg to knock the ball to his right to Pav.  The Russian striker took the ball to his left and rifled a shot at goal that would have been the keeper even if it had not taken a deflection off the chest of a defender.  It was a powerful shot that took the ball past the keeper before he moved and it took Spurs into a 3-2 lead with a large portion of the second half left.

Almost immediately, Wolves nearly got back in it, with Jarvis picking out Ward's head at the near post, where he was free, but the defender could only put the ball across goal and off for a goal-kick.  The game saw Wolves gain a lot of possession, but not threaten the goal directly, although in the 65th minute, Milijas took a low bobbling shot from just outside the area and Gomes got down to his left well to get a touch on the ball that took it onto the post and out for a corner.  A long ball from Assou-Ekotto then put Defoe away and he got beyond the last defender to go one-on-one with Hennessey, but the keeper foiled his shot by closing him down.

Gareth Bale made his return to the side ahead of Wednesday's match with AC Milan and ran George Elokobi ragged on the right wing, out-pacing him and almost setting up Defoe and  Pavlyuchenko, before Jarvis did the same at the other end for Ebanks-Blake, only for the substitute striker to hit it well wide.  Milijas could have been on the score-sheet, but his effort from Doyle's low cross saw him slide in to fire the ball way too high.  Bale almost added to Tottenham's score when he raced into the Wolves penalty area to be baulked by Henry, who then lost possession to the Welshman and Gareth shot across the keeper trying to get it into the far corner, but it took a touch off Hennessey's thigh and went off, but a goal-kick was given.

Ten minutes from time, Wolves thought they had made it 3-3 and for a while confusion ruled.  A ball in from a dead ball taken by Milijas saw Gomes come for the ball and then it was dropped behind him and in the net, with Stearman tangling with the Spurs keeper.  in real time, it looked like a goal and it looked like Halsey had given it ... blowing his whistle and pointing to the centre circle.  However, on viewing the replay after the game, it looked as though Stearman had made contact with Gomes before the ball got there and then the Spurs keeper had hit the deck.

Spurs had another chance to wrap it up when Sandro chased down a throw-in down the pitch to the dead ball line and nicked it off Milijas.  He pulled it back to Defoe, who struck it well, but saw the ball come back off the post with no Spurs player nearby.  It proved costly, as three minutes from time, Jarvis picked out another cross from the left and Fletcher got to it with Dawson in front of him and Assou-Ekotto behind him, looping a header back across Gomes that drifted into the net to equalise.

It was gutting to lose such a late goal, but still Spurs went forward and Lennon got away on the left to pass inside for Bale, who tried to take it first time, but he could not beat his Welsh team-mate in the Wolves goal and the game was virtually over.

How this will affect Tottenham's quest for fourth place remains to be seen.  Letting in three goals in each of the last two games against teams form the bottom third of the table does not bode well and the lack of wins is also something that must be reversed.

For the moment, the important thing will be keeping a clean sheet on Wednesday.  Goals are not a problem, but at what end they arrive is.

Phillip Martin


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Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 Saturday
Birmingham City 1 West Bromwich Albion 3 Saturday
Bolton Wanderers 3 Aston Villa 2 Saturday
Fulham 3 Blackburn Rovers 2 Saturday
Manchester City 1 Wigan Athletic 0 Saturday
Newcastle United 1 Everton 2 Saturday
West Ham United 3 Stoke City 0 Saturday
Liverpool 3 Manchester United 1 Sunday
Blackpool 1 Chelsea 3 Monday




League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 29 17 9 3 63 30 60 +33
2 Arsenal 28 17 6 5 57 27 57 +30
3 Manchester City 29 15 8 6 45 25 53 +20
4 Chelsea 28 15 6 7 51 24 51 +27
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 28 13 9 6 42 35 48 +7
6 Bolton Wanderers 29 10 10 9 42 40 40 +2
7 Liverpool 29 12 6 12 39 36 42 +3
8 Sunderland 29 9 11 9 33 35 38 -2
9 Newcastle United 29 9 9 11 44 41 36 +3
10 Everton 28 8 12 8 37 37 36 0
11 Fulham 29 7 14 8 32 31 35 +1
12 Stoke City 29 10 4 15 32 38 34 -6
13 Aston Villa 29 9 9 12 37 50 33 -13
14 Blackburn Rovers 29 9 5 15 37 49 32 -12
15 West Bromwich Albion 29 8 8 13 39 54 32 -14
16 Blackpool 29 9 5 14 43 58 32 -15
17 West Ham United 29 7 10 12 36 49 31 -13
18 Birmingham City 26 6 12 8 25 35 30 -10
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 8 5 16 34 49 29 -15
20 Wigan Athletic 29 5 13 11 27 50 27 -23


Position before the match :  5th
Position after the match :  5th
Position after the weekend :  5th


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