• Date: Sat 12 December 2009
  • Venue: White Hart Lane
  • Ref: Attwell, S
  • Attendance: 36,012

Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Team Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Sebastien Bassong
Michael Dawson
Vedran Corluka
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Tom Huddlestone
Aaron Lennon
Wilson Palacios (Luka Modric, 59)
Niko Kranjcar (Dos Santos Giovani, 78)
Robbie Keane (Peter Crouch, 59)
Jermain Defoe

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Marcus Hahnemann
Richard Stearman (Chris Iwelumo, 80)
Jody Craddock
Christophe Berra
David Edwards (Kevin Foley, 60)
Karl Henry
Stephen Ward, S
Matt Jarvis
Nenad Milijas (Michael Mancienne, 70)
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Kevin Doyle

Match Report
Kevin Doyle scored the crucial winner to help Wolves move out of the bottom three and put a huge dent in Tottenham's Champions League aspirations. Doyle netted the only goal of the game after just three minutes with a close-range header and gave Wolves their first victory at White Hart Lane since 1973. It was only Wolves' second away victory of the season but will give them a major confidence boost as they look to steer clear of a relegation dogfight. Mick McCarthy's side got off to the perfect start when they opened the scoring after just three minutes. Nenad Milijas curled a free-kick into the box and Doyle rose the highest to flick a close-range header past Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes into the corner of the net. Jermain Defoe had a quiet start to the game but nearly got his name on the scoresheet on 21 minutes when he fired a 25-yard shot which produced a comfortable save from Marcus Hahnemann. Tottenham were dominating the proceedings and blew another chance to grab an equaliser on 43 minutes when Niko Kranjcar's ball into the box fell to Tom Huddlestone who dragged his shot inches past the post. Despite Tottenham creating all the best openings, it was Wolves who could have added a second just 60 seconds into the second half. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake broke free of the Tottenham defence and fired a low shot which produced a fine save from Gomes diving low to his right. Redknapp was desperate to turn things around and made a double substitution on 58 minutes by bringing on Peter Crouch and Luka Modric for the ineffective Robbie Keane and Wilson Palacios. The move almost paid off on 77 minutes when Vedran Corluka's cross into the box fell to his Croatian colleague Kranjcar, who was totally unmarked inside the box, but he fired his shot wide of the post. Wolves keeper Hahnemann then produced the save of the match on 81 minutes. Huddlestone fired a powerful shot which look destined for the top corner, but the American keeper produced a superb one-handed save diving away to his left to hand Wolves a priceless three points.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Wolves celebrate a famous win, their first at Spurs in 36 years. They defended superbly after taking an early lead, but the home side did not ask enough questions despite bossing possession.


Huddlestone shoots from the resulting free-kick, but the wall blocks it.

Yellow Card

Michael Mancienne is cautioned for hacking down Modric 25 yards out.


Spurs are playing it long as time runs out.


Six minutes of stoppage time will be played.

Yellow Card

Marcus Hahnemann is booked for time-wasting.


Crouch rises above Berra but heads wide with just the keeper to beat.


Crouch sets up Defoe, but the overhead kick is off-target.


Ebanks-Blake nearly seals the three points, firing a deflected shot just wide. The corner is cleared.


Another neat save by Hahnemann denies Huddlestone again. The pressure is building.


Huddlestone drives a powerful shot from the edge of the area, Hahnemann saving well to his right.


Wolves are sitting deeper and deeper. Can they hang on?


Lennon delivers for Defoe but the ball won't drop for Crouch to shoot.


The final substitution of the match is made - Richard Stearman makes way for Chris Iwelumo.


Dos Santos Giovani replaces Niko Kranjcar.


Kranjcar fires wide after good work by Corluka. Spurs' best chance of the half.


Modric has not got into the game yet as Spurs start to look desperate.

Yellow Card

Stephen Ward is booked for time-wasting.


Lennon beats Stearman to reach the byline and cross for Kranjcar, but the shot is blocked. Wolves are defending stubbornly.


Mick McCarthy makes a defensive move, bringing on Michael Mancienne for Nenad Milijas.


Jarvis crosses well from the left and Assou-Ekotto clears behind for a corner under pressure from Doyle.


Assou-Ekotto crosses for Crouch, who gets ahead of Craddock to head at Hahnemann. Another easy save for the Wolves keeper.


Wolves are defending bravely as Crouch is penalised for fouling Richard Stearman from another Spurs corner.


Spurs have suddenly slipped up a gear as they search for the equaliser. The much-awaited return of Modric has lifted the home fans.


Another Spurs corner is headed over by Sebastien Bassong.


Kevin Foley replaces the injured David Edwards.


Luka Modric replaces Wilson Palacios.


Harry Redknapp needs to change something as Wolves are defending their lead with some comfort. Peter Crouch is on for Robbie Keane.


Stephen Ward clears a Niko Kranjcar cross behind for a corner after David Edwards slipped nastily.


Luka Modric and Peter Crouch are ready to come on.


Milijas is fouled by Kranjcar in Tottenham's half and the free-kick is cleared behind for a corner. The danger is cleared but the hosts haven't got going in the second half.


Berra clatters into Keane on the halfway line and Henry risks a second yellow card by stopping Huddlestone taking the free kick early.


Wolves nearly start the second half as they did the first, Ebanks-Blake forcing a decent save from Gomes.

Second half

Spurs get the second half underway. Can Wolves hold out for a vital three points?

Half time

The half time whistle goes. Wolves have defended their lead well, but Spurs need to improve.

Yellow Card

Matt Jarvis leaps over a Corluka challenge and is booked for diving.


A Defoe shot is blocked by Berra as the interval looms.


Lennon cuts in from the left flank but his shot is weak and straight at Hahnemann.


Three minutes of first half injury time will be played.


Spurs are keeping a high tempo in search of an equaliser, but Wolves continue to defend stubbornly.


Kranjcar plays in Huddlestone who goes down in search of a penalty, but referee Attwell says play on.


Spurs continue to build the pressure, but the clear-cut chance still won't come.


There is a delay as Nenad Milijas is helped from the field with a head injury after an accidental collision with Wilson Palacios.


Vedran Corluka drives in an excellent cross but Defoe, under pressure from Christophe Berra, can't beat Hahnemann.


Kranjcar crosses for Keane but the header loops onto the top of Hahnemann's net.


The away team are already getting everyone behind the ball - they have a long time to hang on.


Spurs are still bossing possession but the first signs of frustration are showing - the men in white are perhaps too keen to deliver a killer ball.

Yellow Card

Karl Henry fouls Huddlestone twice in a minute and earns the first booking of the match.


Wolves enjoy a decent spell of possession but Doyle and Ebanks-Blake can't fashion a shooting chance.


Keane evades Jody Craddock but has his shot blocked by the big defender. For all their dominance the hosts are yet to seriously test Hahnemann.


Defoe drops deep to collect and shoots from 30 yards, but his effort is straight at Hahnemann.


Sylvan Ebanks-Blake breaks well but is crowded out by defenders with support lacking. Wolves need to make the most of their opportunities on the break.


Spurs win their first corner. Poor delivery by Niko Kranjcar allows Doyle to head clear.


Matt Jarvis wins the first corner of the match off Lennon; Milijas delivers and Doyle evades his marker but doesn't get proper contact.


Keane and Defoe combine to release Lennon down the Spurs right, but the cross is poor and Stephen Ward clears.


Keane nearly latches onto a Tom Huddlestone through ball, but Hahnemann is quickly out to nick the ball off the Irishman's toes.


Wolves can't keep hold of the ball as Spurs continue to dominate possession.


Aaron Lennon delivers a teasing cross into the Wolves box, but Marcus Hahnemann collects with an unmarked Jermain Defoe lurking.


Spurs have settled into their passing groove after that setback, pushing Wolves into their own half.


Former Wolves man Robbie Keane beats the visitors' offside trap, but his square ball is cleared.


Wolves take an early lead, Kevin Doyle nodding in a well-delivered Nenad Milijas free-kick.


Wolves need to contain the hosts early on if they are to record their first league win at Spurs in 36 years.


Referee Stuart Attwell gets play underway at White Hart Lane.

Awaiting Kickoff

Spurs have won seven and drawn one of their last eight meetings with Wolves in all competitions.

Awaiting Kickoff

Harry Redknapp brings in Robbie Keane for Peter Crouch as the only change from the team that threw away two points at Everton last Sunday. Wolves are unchanged from the team that beat Bolton.