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  • Date:14 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:36,194
  • Modric (50)
  • Fletcher (21)

Live Commentary

93:31 +3.31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on Scott Parker. Gareth Bale shoots direct from the free kick.

92:57 +2.57

Gareth Bale produces a cross, clearance made by Stephen Hunt.

92:05 +2.05

Emmanuel Adebayor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Karl Henry, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.


Roger Johnson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.


Kevin Foley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.


George Elokobi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Jarvis.


Shot from just outside the area by Luka Modric goes over the bar.


Foul by Karl Henry on Luka Modric, free kick awarded. Booking for Karl Henry. Scott Parker takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Younes Kaboul. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.


Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.


Kyle Walker takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.


Michael Kightly concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Danny Rose is brought on as a substitute for Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Nenad Milijas comes on in place of David Edwards. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.


Corner from the left by-line taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Effort from just outside the area by Benoit Assou-Ekotto goes over the target.


Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


The offside flag is raised against Emmanuel Adebayor. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.


Aaron Lennon leaves the field to be replaced by Jermain Defoe.


The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Stephen Ward.


Effort from just outside the area by Gareth Bale goes over the bar.


Corner from the right by-line taken by Luka Modric, Shot from deep inside the area by Michael Dawson clears the crossbar.


Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Michael Kightly, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto goes into the book. Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.


Rafael Van der Vaart fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Hunt is brought on as a substitute for Emmanuel Frimpong. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Emmanuel Frimpong. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart.


The ball is sent over by Michael Kightly, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.


Emmanuel Adebayor is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.


Gareth Bale produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.


The ball is sent over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, save by Wayne Hennessey.


The ball is delivered by Kyle Walker, Kevin Foley manages to make a clearance.


Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Steven Fletcher manages to make a clearance.


Luka Modric takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.


Luka Modric finds the net with a goal from just outside the box low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 1-1 Wolverhampton.Gareth Bale provided the assist for the goal.


Emmanuel Frimpong takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.


Gareth Bale fouled by Christophe Berra, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.

47:56 +2.56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Walker on Steven Fletcher. Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Emmanuel Adebayor.


Effort on goal by Gareth Bale from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

47:04 +2.04

Foul by Rafael Van der Vaart on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.


Emmanuel Frimpong challenges Luka Modric unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luka Modric takes the free kick.

45:14 +0.14

Stephen Ward challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart, save by Wayne Hennessey.


Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.


Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Shot from just outside the penalty area by Michael Kightly misses to the left of the target.


Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.


David Edwards has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.


Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, Kevin Foley makes a clearance.


The ball is sent over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance by Stephen Ward.


Luka Modric takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a comfortable save.


Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.


Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line to the near post.


Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.


Emmanuel Frimpong challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson. Emmanuel Frimpong is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.


Gareth Bale takes a shot. Emmanuel Frimpong gets a block in.


Shot from just outside the box by Rafael Van der Vaart goes over the crossbar.


Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric to the near post, clearance made by Steven Fletcher.


Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Steven Fletcher finds the back of the net with a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 0-1 Wolverhampton.Roger Johnson provided the assist for the goal.


Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.


Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line.


Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line.


Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.


The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon, clearance by Kevin Foley.


Scott Parker challenges Karl Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.


Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.


Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Kevin Foley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.


David Edwards is caught offside. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Redknapp accepts Tottenham limitations Tottenham's strict wage structure means the club will always struggle to hang on to their top players, according to manager Harry Redknapp. His comments come as Spurs are enjoying arguably their best season since they lifted the league title 51 years ago. The Londoners will go joint top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday if they beat Wolves at home after putting pressure on favourites Manchester City, and rivals United, with a 2-0 win over Everton on Wednesday. Roberto Mancini's men will have the chance to pull clear of the chasing pack again at Wigan on Monday but a run of one defeat in their last 18 matches has left few doubting that Redknapp's squad have a real chance of challenging the Manchester duo for their first title since 1961. But regardless of his team's ability to match the top clubs on the pitch, off it Redknapp concedes the likes of City, United and Chelsea are in a different league. Spurs had to fight hard to fend off Chelsea's interest in Luka Modric last summer - when the Blues reportedly offered to triple the Croatian's wages - and Redknapp admits money, and not glory, is the prime motivation behind any top-flight footballer's thinking nowadays. "Players play for a club and they enjoy being there but if someone comes along and offers them a contract that could blow their current one out of the water, then you've got a problem," Redknapp said. "I'd be talking rubbish if I said people wanted to stay at Tottenham just because we're playing good football. I'd be dreaming. If you want to keep the best players, we have to find a way of doing a deal that's near to what they can earn elsewhere, otherwise it will be a problem. "If you're a top player and someone wants to give you a fantastic contract, it's very hard to hang on to them." Spurs can breathe relatively easy for the rest of the season about Modric after Andre Villas-Boas confirmed he would not renew his interest in Modric this month. But with the Croatian, Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart all receiving rave reviews for their performances this term, the summer could prove the ultimate test of Spurs' ambitions of being regular title challengers. Despite accepting it is part of the modern game, Redknapp laments players' desire to prioritise money over loyalty and another aspect of the game which he dislikes is the role of agents. The Spurs boss has revealed a representative of Jermain Defoe, who is not first-choice despite being the club's top scorer, has been complaining about his client's lack of game time. He said: "Jermain Defoe changes his agent and the new one is ringing up saying `He's not playing... this club want him, that club want him'. "That's how they make their money. By getting them a new contract somewhere. They take their cut and that's how it all works." Midfielder Scott Parker (knee) remains a doubt for the clash with Wolves. Defender Ledley King (hamstring) is not fit, Aaron Lennon could be rested as part of his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury while defender William Gallas and midfielder Sandro are out with calf strains. Wolves manager Mick McCarthy believes Tottenham can end the Manchester United-Chelsea-Arsenal stranglehold on the title this season. Blackburn were the last side outside the Red Devils, Blues or Gunners to win the league in 1996. McCarthy said: "Spurs are genuine title contenders. People say it's all about 'can you believe you can win it' when you get to the last six games. "But they've got great players and I'm sure Harry Redknapp will be trying to add to that this window, also keeping everyone fit and making sure they all stay on the pitch. "If they do, then, yes, they are a genuine contender for the title and it would be refreshing for someone else to win it. "It would be a good thing and it does all get a bit boring when the Premier League is won by one, two or three teams and no-one else gets a sniff outside of those teams. "It might put a bit of pressure on Harry on whether he wants that England job or not if he wins the league! "But they are a fantastic side and as good as anyone in the top three or four." Midfielder Nenad Milijas is available after completing a three-match ban. Skipper Roger Johnson is expected to recover from the ankle knock which forced him to be substituted during the FA Cup third-round draw at Birmingham last weekend. Midfielder Dave Edwards should also be available again after recovering from tightness in his groin. Former captain Karl Henry will make his 200th league appearance for Wolves if selected.

Formation:442Manager: Harry Redknapp


Formation: 4411Manager: Mick McCarthy


  • Brad Friedel
  • Kyle Walker
  • Younes Kaboul
  • Michael Dawson
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Scott Parker
  • Luka Modric
  • Gareth Bale
  • Emmanuel Adebayor
  • Rafael Van der Vaart
  • SUBS
  • Carlo Cudicini
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Sebastien Bassong
  • Niko Kranjcar
  • Danny Rose
  • Jake Livermore



Match Report

Spurs miss chance to go top Tottenham blew their chance to claim a share of the Barclays Premier League`s top spot as they were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Wolves. Mick McCarthy's men stunned the home side by taking the lead in the 22nd minute when Steven Fletcher poked home. And Spurs struggled to give Wayne Hennessey a real test until the second half and it took a 20-yard strike from Luka Modric to ensure they left with a point on an underwhelming afternoon that will do little to convince their doubters that they are credible title contenders. Tottenham could have moved level with leaders Manchester City and neighbours United with a win, but they are now likely to head in to next weekend's showdown at the Etihad Stadium five points behind the leaders, who play at Wigan on Monday. For all the pre-match talk of Spurs being serious challengers, they played like anything but champions in the making, especially early on. McCarthy, whose Wolves team arrived in London without a win since December 4, cut an animated figure on touchline in opening 15 minutes, but he had little reason to worry. Modric squirted a shot wide and then had a powerful effort blocked by a posse of Wolves defenders, before he blazed over soon after. Then, in the 22nd minute, White Hart Lane was stunned in to silence by a controversial Fletcher opener. The visitors were awarded a dubious corner when Kyle Walker was adjudged to have touched the ball on its way out despite the full-back insisting he did not. Brad Friedel parried Roger Johnson's header from the corner in to the path of Fletcher and he made no mistake from eight yards. It was the first goal Spurs had conceded at home in 359 minutes. Gareth Bale stung Hennessey's hands with a low drive as Spurs looked for an immediate equaliser and Van der Vaart blazed over. Johnson blocked Van der Vaart's goal-bound effort and Modric volleyed at Hennessey as the Spurs onslaught continued, but Wolves' defending was resolute. Dave Edwards then found space in the Spurs box in a rare Wolves attack but he totally mis-cued his shot. Harry Redknapp's frustration got the better of him just before the break when he shouted angrily at a member of the Wolves bench for failing to return the ball to the field of play. The home crowd urged Spurs on and they thought they had equalised in first-half injury-time, but Adebayor's toe-poke from eight yards was ruled out for offside. Emmanuel Frimpong charged at the Spurs defence moments later and they backed off until Younes Kaboul got a block in. Already booked, the Ghanian was given his final warning after the break when he clattered in to Modric, but the midfielder almost put Wolves 2-0 up moments later but his fierce volley was parried by Friedel. The home supporters' frustration grew after Bale skied a shot from the edge of the area, but they were on their feet moments later thanks to Modric. Van der Vaart skilfully turned in the box to square to Bale, who laid the ball off to the Croatian and he hammered home from 20 yards through a sea of defenders. Aaron Lennon should have made it 2-1 moments later but he could only fire in to Hennessey's arms after the Wolves 'keeper had saved from Modric. Frimpong hauled down Lennon on the edge of the box but did not receive a second yellow card. McCarthy was willing to take no more chances on the youngster, however, and he came off for Stephen Hunt with just over 20 minutes left. Redknapp brought on Jermain Defoe for Lennon as he tried to find a way through. The England striker, reportedly unhappy at his lack of first-team action, almost made an immediate impact, latching on to a clearance before firing a fierce low drive which Hennessey saved with his feet. Walker ran 70 yards before seeing his deflected shot sail just wide as the game entered what promised to be a nervous final 10 minutes. Modric fired a shot just over Hennessey's bar from 25 yards and Scott Parker mis-hit an effort with the goal gaping with five minutes left. Christophe Berra's foul on Parker gave Spurs a free-kick 20 yards out with little over 30 seconds left but his curled effort went over and the game ended in disappointment as Redknapp's men had to settle for a point.

Form Guide

  • Tottenham
  • VS
  • Wolverhampton

Last Meetings

  • Wolverhampton
  • 0 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 10/09/2011
  • Wolverhampton
  • 3 - 3
  • Tottenham
  • 06/03/2011
  • Tottenham
  • 3 - 1
  • Wolverhampton
  • 18/09/2010
  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 0
  • Tottenham
  • 10/02/2010
  • Tottenham
  • 0 - 1
  • Wolverhampton
  • 12/12/2009
  • Wolverhampton
  • 0 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 15/05/2004

Top Scorers


  • E Adebayor 8
  • J Defoe 7
  • R Van der Vaart 6
  • G Bale 6
  • A Lennon 3
  • R Pavlyuchenko 1
  • L Modric 1
  • B Assou-Ekotto 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • K Walker 1


  • S Fletcher 8
  • S Ward 3
  • J O'Hara 2
  • K Doyle 2
  • R Zubar 1
  • S Ebanks-Blake 1
  • D Edwards 1
  • M Jarvis 1



    • Total goals 58
    • Goals per game 38
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 10 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 42
    • Goals per game 22
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins