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Wolverhampton   1 - 0   Tottenham

David Jones (second left) celebrates with team-mates
Jones is congratulated by team-mates after scoring for Wolves

By Phil Dawkes

Struggling Wolves completed a league double over Tottenham with a much-needed and deserved home win which lifts them out of the relegation zone.

Wolves' early endeavour was rewarded when Matt Jarvis's cross was side-footed home first time by David Jones.

Earlier, Niko Kranjcar had seen a glorious chance from 12 yards superbly saved by home keeper Marcus Hahnemann.

Wolves' lead was rarely troubled in the second half, with Wilson Palacios's late shot Spurs' only effort on target.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy testified to a shattered dressing room after Birmingham staged a late comeback to win last Sunday's West Midlands derby 2-1.

McCarthy hails Wolves teamwork

However, the spirit and determination McCarthy lauded in his struggling team during the defeat at St Andrews was again evident in abundance, justifying the manager's decision to make only one change to the side with debutant Adlene Guedioura replacing Michael Mancienne.

The French midfielder, on loan from Belgian club Charleroi, made a great start to his Wolves career, demonstrating grit and guile in equal measure: epitomising his side's performance.

In contrast, Tottenham were lacklustre and a shadow of the side that has spent much of this season aspiring to a top-four finish.

As a result of their draw with Aston Villa on Saturday, Spurs dropped out of the Champions League qualification places for the first time since Boxing Day, and after Manchester City's win over Bolton on Tuesday and the failure to earn points here they now find themselves sixth.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp made five changes to his side, including bringing in on-loan Eidur Gudjohnsen for his debut.

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The Icelandic forward almost made the perfect start, threading a fantastic pass to Jermain Defoe, whose flick found Kranjcar through on goal but the Croat's shot from 12 yards was saved by Hahnemann.

It was a miss Spurs would be left to rue as just over five minutes later Wolves took a lead they subsequently protected with ease.

Jones found Matt Jarvis wide on the left and from the resultant cross, the midfielder ghosted into the box to side-foot home a first-time finish.

Home fans' cheers became jeers moments later when Jarvis tumbled under a challenge from Michael Dawson in the Spurs box, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved away Wolves' penalty appeals and booked Kevin Doyle for protesting.

Their discontent could have been further heightened had Hahnemann not reacted smartly to palm away a deflected David Bentley free-kick soon after.

Redknapp labels loss 'worst of the season'

Anything other than a half-time lead would have flattered Spurs contribution and unjustly failed to reward the home side's first-half commitment.

Wilson Palacios's introduction for the second half, in place of the ineffectual Jermaine Jenas was unsurprising as Redknapp sought to inject some authority into his side's midfield.

The change did nothing to solve Spurs' most obvious problem: a lack of width; inflicted upon them because of the continued absence of Aaron Lennon.

Spurs' other natural attacking outlet - for very different reasons - Peter Crouch began the match on the bench but it was no surprise to see him brought on 15 minutes into a second half that had seen little deviation to the Wolves-dominated first.

As a testimony to the limited impact of both of Spurs' second-half substitutions, Redknapp effected his third change with 20 minutes to go, introducing Luka Modric in place of Kranjcar.

BBC commentator John Motson thanks Jones for breaking his goal drought

However, it took until injury time for them to produce their first on-target effort of the half - a 20-yard drive from Palacios - as Wolves were able to comfortably hold them at arms length to secure their first top-flight double since the 1980-81 season.

Having lifted themselves out of the relegation zone - albeit by only a point - to 15th place, Wolves can now look to successive home games with Chelsea and Manchester United with greater optimism.

It may be only Spurs' second defeat in 13 matches but they have scored only three goals in 2010 and must get back to winning ways if they are to achieve their ultimate goal of a top four finish.


Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"After the weekend we needed a performance and a victory and we got it.

"Teamwork was the key. We've got a terrific team of lads and they've worked hard and deserved that victory.

"It's been proved this season that teams like us can get points off the big teams. We've got Chelsea and Manchester United coming up, who's to say we won't take points off them?"

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:
"I'm very disappointed. It was probably our worst performance of the season.

"We had loads of the ball and were camped in their half second half but never really threatened enough to score.

"They worked hard and closed us down and made it difficult for us and we never overcame that tonight."

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 1-0 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Jones 27

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 27,992
    WOLVES
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • Wolves 50%
    • Tottenham 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Wolves 4
    • Tottenham 4

    Attempts off target

    • Wolves 4
    • Tottenham 6

    Corners

    • Wolves 5
    • Tottenham 7

    Fouls

    • Wolves 15
    • Tottenham 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:13 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+3:36 Corner taken short by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 90:00+3:05 Short corner worked by Nenad Milijas.
    • 90:00+2:35 Foul by Wilson Palacios on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. David Jones takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:26 Wilson Palacios has an effort at goal. Save made by Heurelho Gomes. The offside flag is raised against Kevin Doyle. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:46 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Bentley.
    • 88:27 David Jones fouled by Younes Kaboul, the ref awards a free kick. George Elokobi takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:11 Shot from outside the area by Tom Huddlestone misses to the left of the target.
    • 84:46 The assistant referee signals for offside against David Bentley. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
    • 79:10 Substitution Nenad Milijas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Jarvis.
    • 79:10 Jermain Defoe fouled by Jody Craddock, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wilson Palacios.
    • 77:51 David Bentley has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 74:18 Booking The referee books Wilson Palacios for unsporting behaviour.
    • 74:06 Foul by Wilson Palacios on Matthew Jarvis, free kick awarded. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:01 The ball is swung over by George Elokobi, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
    • 71:01 Substitution Michael Mancienne on for Adlene Guedioura.
    • 71:01 Substitution Luka Modric replaces Niko Kranjcar.
    • 71:01 Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle.
    • 69:27 Foul by Ronald Zubar on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. David Bentley crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Jody Craddock. Tom Huddlestone produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 67:29 Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jody Craddock. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
    • 67:29 Booking George Elokobi receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 67:20 Unfair challenge on David Bentley by George Elokobi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 64:33 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line played to the near post. Ronald Zubar is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
    • 63:29 Gareth Bale fouled by Kevin Foley, the ref awards a free kick. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:58 Substitution Peter Crouch is brought on as a substitute for Eidur Gudjohnsen.
    • 61:28 Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:14 Substitution George Elokobi on for Stephen Ward.
    • 58:34 Karl Henry produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
    • 57:22 Unfair challenge on David Bentley by David Jones results in a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
    • 55:29 Shot by Niko Kranjcar from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 53:21 Adlene Guedioura challenges Tom Huddlestone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
    • 52:04 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale.
    • 51:30 Kevin Doyle produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 50:40 Jermain Defoe is penalised for a handball. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
    • 47:59 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Jody Craddock gets a block in. Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, Michael Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Craddock. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann. Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Wilson Palacios. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:12 Shot by Adlene Guedioura from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 45:33 Foul by Wilson Palacios on David Jones, free kick awarded. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Wilson Palacios replaces Jermaine Jenas.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:05 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+1:14 Jermain Defoe challenges Christophe Berra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jody Craddock takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:00+0:08 Inswinging corner taken by David Bentley.
    • 39:30 Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Bassong. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone by David Jones. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
    • 34:44 Adlene Guedioura has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 34:14 Jermaine Jenas takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 33:40 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, clearance made by Jermaine Jenas.
    • 33:25 Matthew Jarvis takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 31:21 Jermain Defoe is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:28 Eidur Gudjohnsen challenges Jody Craddock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 29:05 Free kick crossed right-footed by David Bentley from left wing, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 29:05 Booking The referee shows Kevin Doyle a yellow card for dissent.
    • 28:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ronald Zubar on Gareth Bale.
    • 26:08 Assist on the goal came from Matthew Jarvis.
    • 26:08 GOAL - David JonesWolverhampton 1 - 0 Tottenham David Jones gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Tottenham.
    • 24:51 Shot from just outside the box by David Bentley goes over the bar.
    • 24:15 Unfair challenge on David Bentley by Stephen Ward results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
    • 20:27 Effort from 12 yards by Kevin Doyle. Blocked by Michael Dawson. Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Eidur Gudjohnsen makes a clearance.
    • 19:11 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Karl Henry manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:40 Stephen Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on David Bentley. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:31 Gareth Bale takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
    • 11:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by David Bentley.
    • 10:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adlene Guedioura by Tom Huddlestone. Free kick taken by Jody Craddock.
    • 5:02 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermain Defoe. Jody Craddock takes the indirect free kick.
    • 4:24 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 2:15 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastien Bassong.
    • 1:50 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Jones from the right by-line, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 0:41 Foul by Christophe Berra on David Bentley, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gareth Bale.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    As it stood on 10 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 26 39 58
    2 Man Utd 26 41 57
    3 Arsenal 26 31 52
    4 Liverpool 26 16 44
    5 Man City 24 15 44
    6 Tottenham 26 19 43
    7 Aston Villa 25 13 42
    8 Birmingham 25 -2 37
    9 Everton 25 -1 35
    10 Fulham 26 2 34
    11 Blackburn 26 -17 31
    12 Stoke 24 -4 30
    13 Sunderland 25 -10 26
    14 West Ham 25 -8 24
    15 Wolves 25 -21 24
    16 Wigan 24 -23 24
    17 Hull 26 -26 24
    18 Burnley 25 -25 23
    19 Bolton 24 -17 22
    20 Portsmouth 25 -22 16

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