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Tottenham   3 - 1   Wolverhampton

Rafael Van der Vaart scores from the spot
Van der Vaart scored his first Tottenham goal from the penalty spot

By Phil Dawkes

Tottenham avoided another European hangover as they came from behind to beat a spirited Wolves.

Steven Fletcher tapped in Kevin Foley's cross to give Wolves the lead at the end of a first half Spurs had bossed.

Wolves held firm until Stephen Ward's foul on Alan Hutton allowed Rafael van der Vaart to score a penalty.

With three minutes to go, substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko side-footed in to put Spurs ahead before Hutton scored a fortuitous third.

The result was hard on the visitors, who once again proved determined and stubborn opponents, but was reward for a home side who created the greater number of chances throughout.

Spurs were unable to match the heights of their display during the 2-2 Champions League draw with Werder Bremen on Tuesday, but they will be glad to have avoided suffering another post-Europe home defeat after their 1-0 loss to Wigan earlier in the season.

Tottenham showed character - Redknapp

However, it appeared as though this was to be Spurs' fate as Wolves - who have been accused of being overly physical of late after 13 bookings and a red card in their last two games - produced a performance of contained and efficient aggression.

The visitors frustrated Spurs for 25 minutes but as the first half wore on the home side began to assert themselves on the game.

The impressive Gareth Bale saw a shot saved by Marcus Hahnemann, with Robbie Keane's follow-up deflected wide by Foley.

The American goalkeeper continued to hold Tottenham at bay, producing two superb one-handed saves shortly after - the first from a rasping 15-yard drive from Van der Vaart and the second from a Peter Crouch back-post header.

Keane was starting his first game for Tottenham since 16 January, having spent the second half of last season on loan at Celtic, and while he proved a nuisance to the club where he began his career, he was also wasteful.

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He should have scored from another Bale cross, but glanced his close-range header from a central position past the far post.

Wolves' goal, a minute before half-time was a sucker punch, as Foley found his way to the byline and crossed low for Fletcher to tap into the net.

However, if the goal rattled Spurs it did little to alter the balance of the game as they continued to press after the break.

In the space of 10 minutes at the start of the second half, Keane and Van der Vaart (twice) put efforts past the far post with low drives.

Wolves threw away victory - McCarthy

Their positivity was finally rewarded with 15 minutes remaining as marauding substitute full-back Hutton drew a rash challenge from Ward in the box and gave Van der Vaart the chance to level from the spot, which he duly took to score his first Spurs goal.

With momentum on their side, Tottenham then edged ahead when Tom Huddlestone's shot was deflected fortuitously to the feet of Pavlyuchenko off Wolves' Karl Henry and the Russian made no mistake with a neat side-foot finish from 10 yards.

It was a hammer blow to the away side, who had briefly offered hope of restoring their lead through an angled shot from Jelle van Damme, which was blocked by Crouch.

The result was sealed in injury time by Hutton, who cut in from the right and was allowed to advance by the Wolves defence's reluctance to offer a tackle. When a challenge finally came it was from Richard Stearman, who deflected the ball onto Hutton's foot and watched in vain as the ball looped over Hahnemann and in.

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 3-1 Wolves FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Van der Vaart (pen) 77
  • Pavlyuchenko 87
  • Hutton 90+1
  • Fletcher 45

Tottenham

Substitutes

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Ref: JonesAtt: 35,940
TOTTENHAM
WOLVES

Possession

  • Tottenham 50%
  • Wolves 50%

Attempts on target

  • Tottenham 11
  • Wolves 2

Attempts off target

  • Tottenham 9
  • Wolves 3

Corners

  • Tottenham 5
  • Wolves 5

Fouls

  • Tottenham 7
  • Wolves 11
  • Final Result
  • 94:11 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:07 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
  • 90:00+0:57 GOAL - Alan HuttonTottenham 3 - 1 Wolverhampton Alan Hutton gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 3-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 90:00 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 89:02 Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 89:02 Substitution Michael Mancienne leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Bent.
  • 89:02 Tom Huddlestone challenges David Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 88:42 Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line.
  • 87:40 Booking Marcus Hahnemann receives a caution.
  • 87:34 Booking Roman Pavlyuchenko is given a yellow card.
  • Correction - 86:37 Peter Crouch provided the assist for the goal.
  • Correction - 86:37 GOAL - Roman PavlyuchenkoTottenham 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Roman Pavlyuchenko grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 86:37 Assist by Peter Crouch.
  • 86:37 GOAL - Roman PavlyuchenkoTottenham 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Roman Pavlyuchenko finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 86:36 The assist for the goal came from Peter Crouch.
  • 85:16 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Aaron Lennon coming on for Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 84:28 William Gallas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. David Jones shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 83:33 Roman Pavlyuchenko is ruled offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 83:10 Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:10 Booking Jelle Van Damme booked.
  • 82:58 Unfair challenge on Carlo Cudicini by Jelle Van Damme results in a free kick.
  • 82:42 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Jones from the right by-line, save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 82:21 Jelle Van Damme takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in.
  • 81:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jelle Van Damme by Alan Hutton. Direct free kick taken by David Jones.
  • 81:01 Effort from the edge of the area by Rafael Van der Vaart goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 79:48 Corner taken left-footed by David Jones from the left by-line, clearance by Peter Crouch.
  • 78:39 Roman Pavlyuchenko is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Richard Stearman takes the indirect free kick.
  • 78:04 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 76:08 Alan Hutton provided the assist for the goal.
  • 76:08 GOAL - Rafael Van der VaartTottenham 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Placed penalty scored by Rafael Van der Vaart. Tottenham 1-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 75:15 Stephen Ward concedes a Penalty for a foul on Alan Hutton.
  • 73:03 Corner taken short by David Jones.
  • 71:05 Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Kevin Foley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
  • 70:01 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.
  • 68:18 David Jones takes a outswinging corner.
  • 67:25 Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Ledley King misses to the right of the target.
  • 66:55 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.
  • 66:33 Substitution Robbie Keane leaves the field to be replaced by Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 65:10 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stephen Ward.
  • 65:10 Booking Caution for Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 64:45 Jelle Van Damme fouled by Rafael Van der Vaart, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 61:30 Kevin Doyle handles the ball and concedes a free kick. William Gallas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:38 Substitution David Edwards is brought on as a substitute for Steven Fletcher.
  • 57:24 Robbie Keane has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 56:01 Effort from the edge of the box by Rafael Van der Vaart goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 55:23 Shot by Jelle Van Damme from outside the box goes over the net.
  • 53:35 The offside flag is raised against Gareth Bale. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
  • 53:04 Substitution Jelle Van Damme is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Jarvis.
  • 48:39 Alan Hutton has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:35 Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:00+0:20 Substitution Alan Hutton on for Younes Kaboul.
  • 45:00 The first half comes to an end.
  • Correction - 44:32 Assist by Kevin Foley.
  • 44:32 Assist on the goal came from Matthew Jarvis.
  • 44:32 GOAL - Steven FletcherTottenham 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Steven Fletcher scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 0-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 44:00 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Doyle. Carlo Cudicini takes the indirect free kick.
  • 42:13 Corner taken by Gareth Bale, Matthew Jarvis manages to make a clearance.
  • 40:28 Free kick crossed by David Jones.
  • 40:28 Booking Booking for Tom Huddlestone for unsporting behaviour.
  • 40:20 Tom Huddlestone is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
  • 38:40 Header from close in by Robbie Keane misses to the right of the target.
  • 36:36 Richard Stearman challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Gareth Bale, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 36:10 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Fletcher. Indirect free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 33:20 Shot from just outside the area by Younes Kaboul misses to the right of the target.
  • 32:30 Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line played to the near post, Kevin Doyle manages to make a clearance.
  • 32:17 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 30:53 David Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Jenas. The ball is delivered by Tom Huddlestone, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Younes Kaboul misses to the right of the target.
  • 29:29 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 25:54 Jody Craddock concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Huddlestone. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Richard Stearman.
  • 24:13 Rafael Van der Vaart takes the outswinging corner, Kevin Doyle manages to make a clearance.
  • 23:56 Robbie Keane takes a shot. Michael Mancienne gets a block in.
  • 21:32 The official flags Steven Fletcher offside. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 20:09 William Gallas concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Free kick crossed right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:57 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Jody Craddock manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:57 Booking Kevin Foley booked.
  • 18:41 Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Kevin Foley results in a free kick.
  • 17:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by David Jones. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
  • 16:50 Header from deep inside the area by Steven Fletcher goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 16:19 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against William Gallas. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 14:25 Robbie Keane fouled by Jody Craddock, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 13:07 Robbie Keane takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
  • 7:49 Unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:18 Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by William Gallas results in a free kick. Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:37 Steven Fletcher challenges Younes Kaboul unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 0:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 16 12
2 Arsenal 5 10 11
3 Man Utd 4 6 8
4 Tottenham 5 2 8
5 Newcastle 5 2 7
6 Fulham 5 1 7
7 Blackpool 4 0 7
8 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
9 West Brom 5 -4 7
10 Sunderland 5 0 6
11 Birmingham 5 -1 6
12 Bolton 5 -1 6
13 Man City 4 2 5
14 Blackburn 5 -1 5
15 Wolves 5 -2 5
16 Liverpool 4 -2 5
17 Stoke 5 -3 4
18 Wigan 4 -9 4
19 Everton 5 -3 2
20 West Ham 5 -10 1

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