Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers – Match Review

Tottenham missed the chance to move level on points with leaders Manchester City after being held by Wolves on a frustrating afternoon at White Hart Lane

Harry Redknapp’s men fell behind midway through the first half after Steven Fletcher poked home from close range in what was the visitors’ first attack of the game. The home faithful had to wait until after the break for their side to draw level with Luka Modric firing home from 20-yards but that was as good as it got for Spurs as they blew the opportunity to go joint top of the Premier League. It was a lacklustre 90 minutes from the North Londoner’s who were thwarted time and time again by Mick McCarthy’s struggling side who turned in a disciplined display to give their survival hopes a much needed boost. They also struck a huge blow to Tottenham’s title challenge as their hard work in the first half of the season was undone at the Lane.

A confident start from the hosts saw Modric try his luck from distance three times without success before Wolves took the lead against the run of play as Fletcher stabbed home after Brad Friedel had done well to keep out Roger Johnson’s header. Spurs were furious that the corner leading to the goal was given with replays later showing the last touch came off David Edwards. The home side required a swift response and Gareth Bale almost provided some instant relief but only fire straight at Wayne Hennessey and Emmanuel Adebayor had a goal ruled out for offside. It was a case of not being able to turn possession into goals for Redknapp’s men and they were almost punished for second time only for Edwards to fire wide from 12-yards after being played in by Matt Jarvis.

On-loan Emmanuel Frimpong then forced Friedel into smart save just after the break before Spurs regained control and Modric finally made the breakthrough fizzing the ball under Hennessey from Bales layoff with the Croatian seeing a similar effort clawed away by the Wolves keeper. Jermaine Defoe then came off the bench as the hosts searched for a winner and the striker almost had an instant impact seeing his low strike saved by the legs of Hennessey. However that was all Tottenham could muster as the visitors held on to keep their heads above water for another week.