Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe curls in his side's second
By Saj Chowdhury
Substitute Steven Fletcher scored a late goal to earn struggling Wolves a valuable point against Tottenham.
Kevin Doyle gave the home side the lead with a flicked header from Nenad Milijas's cross before Jermain Defoe fired in the equaliser from 20 yards.
Defoe scored again from similar range but Doyle levelled matters from the spot after Alan Hutton fouled Milijas.
Roman Pavlyuchenko's venomous strike restored Spurs' lead only for Fletcher deny the visitors with a header.
The goals were half the story in one of the most entertaining matches of the season.
But once the magic dust has settled, the reality is that Wolves remain in the bottom three while Tottenham failed to overtake fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot.
For the first 20 minutes you could sense the cautious approach of both sides with so much at stake, and it was not until Doyle opened the scoring that the contest became the pulsating match we will remember it for.
McCarthy content with point after 'fantastic' game
It was a simple opener, although Doyle needed to adjust his position to head in a Milijas cross after the Serb's corner kick had been blocked.
Spurs went into this match on the back of a heavy defeat at Blackpool and with perhaps an eye on the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie against AC Milan at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
They also started with striker Defoe, who had yet to score a league goal this season. But that statistic was obliterated in stunning style in five first-half minutes.
His first was a brilliant whipped shot from 20 yards after Pavlyuchenko, who was one of Spurs' best performers, laid the ball at the feet of the England forward.
His second was as delicate as the first was fierce - an instinctive curled effort after the loose ball from Luka Modric's block shot came back to him.
Tottenham held the lead for only five minutes before Wolves were awarded a penalty. Doyle's strike from the edge of the box took a deflection and trickled into the six yard area where Milijas was judged to have had his shirt tugged back by Hutton.
The former Rangers defender escaped a straight red card and instead received a yellow before Doyle stepped up to slot in the equaliser.
There were fewer goals after the break, but the tempo and action did not relent.
Redknapp buoyed by Bale return
Three minutes after the restart Pavlyuchenko rivalled his colleague Defoe for the game's best goal.
On this occasion, Jermaine Jenas drove to the edge of the area and found the Russian who nudged to ball into the box before slamming in high into the net.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp introduced Gareth Bale with 20 minutes remaining and his jinking run into the area from the right resulted in a shot that crept past the Wolves upright.
And a few moments later, Defoe, who will be fancied to start against Milan, missed out on a hat-trick when his low shot struck the post.
By this stage Wolves had thrown everything at Spurs, with Stephen Ward heading wide while Heurelho Gomes produced a fabulous save to push Milijas's low shot on to the woodwork.
And referee Mark Halsey did Redknapp's men a favour when Richard Stearman appeared to head the ball into the back of the net only for the official to blow for a foul on Gomes.
Time and luck appeared to be out for Mick McCarthy's men until the 87th minute when Matt Jarvis dinked the ball into the area for Fletcher, who looped his header over the Spurs keeper.
Before play got under way, there was an emotional tribute to former Wolves and Tottenham player Dean Richards, who died last weekend aged 36 after a long battle with illness.
His widow and two children were joined on the pitch by four representatives of the clubs the defender played for prior to the minute's applause.
90:00+4:07 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
90:00+3:30 Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the left by-line, save by Wayne Hennessey.
90:00+1:18 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
88:02 Raniere Sandro fouled by Steven Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
86:49 Matthew Jarvis provided the assist for the goal.
86:49 GOAL - Steven Fletcher:Wolverhampton 3 - 3 Tottenham Steven Fletcher finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Wolverhampton 3-3 Tottenham.
85:57 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
85:18 Short corner taken by Gareth Bale.
85:09 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
83:59 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. William Gallas takes the free kick.
83:59 Substitution Luka Modric goes off and Niko Kranjcar comes on.
83:17 Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal from deep inside the box hitting the post.
82:02 Karl Henry takes a shot. Alan Hutton gets a block in.
79:46 Richard Stearman challenges Heurelho Gomes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
79:09 Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nenad Milijas,
save made by Heurelho Gomes.
78:30 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
77:41 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, save by Heurelho Gomes.
76:35 Foul by William Gallas on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, free kick awarded. Steven Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.
76:35 Booking William Gallas receives a caution.
75:15 Nenad Milijas has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
73:28 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko leaves the field to be replaced by Aaron Lennon.
72:57 Substitution Steven Fletcher on for Adam Hammill.
72:39 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
70:11 George Elokobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
69:19 Gareth Bale is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
68:13 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Gareth Bale coming on for Steven Pienaar.
66:57 Foul by Raniere Sandro on Nenad Milijas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
65:03 Short corner worked by Matthew Jarvis.
64:51 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
63:09 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas from the right by-line to the near post, Benoit Assou-Ekotto makes a
59:18 William Gallas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Shot comes in from Nenad Milijas from the free
59:18 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Ward.
58:51 Shot from outside the box by Roman Pavlyuchenko goes wide right of the target.
57:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
57:09 Matthew Jarvis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
55:20 Centre by Matthew Jarvis.
54:15 Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Michael Dawson results in a free kick. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball from the free kick
left-footed from right channel.
54:15 Booking Michael Dawson booked for unsporting behaviour.
53:11 Foul by Raniere Sandro on Nenad Milijas, free kick awarded. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.
49:34 The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Stephen Ward has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the
right of the goal.
47:42 Assist by Jermaine Jenas.
47:42 GOAL - Roman Pavlyuchenko:Wolverhampton 2 - 3 Tottenham Roman Pavlyuchenko finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area high into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton
46:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Doyle on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
45:36 Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Adam Hammill, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+2:28 The referee calls an end to the first half.
45:00+1:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Jermaine Jenas. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
45:00+0:31 Effort from the edge of the box by Nenad Milijas goes wide of the left-hand post.
43:47 Steven Pienaar takes the outswinging corner, Michael Dawson takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
41:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Karl Henry. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.
39:59 Nenad Milijas fouled by Alan Hutton, the ref awards a Penalty. Nenad Milijas provided the assist for the goal.
39:59 GOAL - Kevin Doyle:Wolverhampton 2 - 2 Tottenham Kevin Doyle scores a penalty. Wolverhampton 2-2 Tottenham.
39:18 Booking Alan Hutton goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
35:52 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
34:05 GOAL - Jermain Defoe:Wolverhampton 1 - 2 Tottenham Jermain Defoe fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-2 Tottenham.
29:44 Assist on the goal came from Roman Pavlyuchenko.
29:44 GOAL - Jermain Defoe:Wolverhampton 1 - 1 Tottenham Jermain Defoe fires in a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-1 Tottenham.
28:44 Jermaine Jenas takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
28:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Stephen Ward. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
26:22 Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line to the near post, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
26:01 Adam Hammill handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
24:52 Effort from the edge of the box by Luka Modric goes wide of the left-hand upright.
24:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Direct free kick taken by Raniere Sandro.
23:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Karl Henry. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
21:17 Shot by Steven Pienaar from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
19:29 The assist for the goal came from Nenad Milijas.
19:29 GOAL - Kevin Doyle:Wolverhampton 1 - 0 Tottenham Kevin Doyle grabs a headed goal from close in. Wolverhampton 1-0 Tottenham.
19:18 Inswinging corner taken by Nenad Milijas from the right by-line played to the near post, William Gallas manages to make a
18:55 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
18:09 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, save by Heurelho Gomes.
17:39 Karl Henry fouled by Jermain Defoe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nenad Milijas, William Gallas
makes a clearance.
17:08 Nenad Milijas takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
16:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Dawson on Kevin Doyle. Free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
15:53 Headed effort from inside the area by Nenad Milijas misses to the left of the goal.
13:02 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermain Defoe. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Stearman.
10:53 Matthew Jarvis produces a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
4:40 Nenad Milijas has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
4:14 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Hammill, save by Heurelho Gomes.
0:59 Effort on goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
0:00 The match begins.
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