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White Hart Lane (ATT 36,012) 12th December 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Attwell

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves


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K Doyle (3)

Heroic Wolves defy Spurs

Early Doyle goal enough for Mick McCarthy's men

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 13/12/09 11:18am

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Doyle: Scored winning goal

Doyle: Scored winning goal

Wolves pulled off a miraculous defensive display to defy the odds and hang on for a 1-0 win against Tottenham.

Man of the match: All the Wolves defenders deserve a medal for this performance. Pick of the bunch was probably Jody Craddock. Goal of the match: No-one thought Kevin Doyle's goal was going to be the match-winner when it went in, but credit must be given to a lovely cross from Nenad Milijas. Save of the match: Marcus Hahnemann produced a great stop in the second half to deny Tom Huddlestone who drove a shot towards the top corner from the edge of the box. Moment of the match: The early goal set the pattern of the game, with Wolves parking the bus in front of Hahnemann and defending stoutly. Talking point: How Spurs went from scoring nine goals in their last home game to firing a blank against a side near the bottom of the table.

With Spurs netting nine goals in their last game at White Hart Lane, few would have backed Mick McCarthy's men to keep a clean sheet after they went ahead in the third minute through Kevin Doyle.

The Republic of Ireland international got the faintest of touches on a superb Nenad Milijas free-kick from the right to head past Heurelho Gomes.

Spurs dominated the rest of the match but failed to carve out many clear-cut chances as the Wolves defence of Richard Stearman, Jody Craddock, Christophe Berra and Stephen Ward stood up to the challenge.

Harry Redknapp's side enjoyed nearly all the possession but could not breach the opposition goal and Wolves hung on for their second away win of the season.

Inevitably after such an early goal, Wolves had to withstand pressure, although

Spurs' chances straight after the opener were not of the clear-cut variety.

It was down to Craddock and Berra to throw themselves at everything Spurs could throw at them.


Robbie Keane, playing against the club he started his career at, attempted to get Spurs back in the game but when he had sight of goal from Niko Kranjcar's through ball, Craddock leant on him enough for Marcus Hahnemann to claim.

Jermain Defoe fired a long-range effort straight at Hahnemann, then Keane got even closer when his finish went just over after Wilson Palacios' pass slipped through the Wolves defence.

Wolves' hard-working display was epitomised by Henry, although he earned a booking for two fouls on Tom Huddlestone within a minute of each other.

Aaron Lennon had a quiet game by his standards and when he did have a shot Stephen Ward bravely got his body in the way.

Before the break Keane headed onto the roof of the net and Defoe failed to get purchase on his finish after Vedran Corluka found him in the penalty area.

Huddlestone also had a chance, going to ground after a Craddock challenge but managing to get a shot away from close range, which went wide.

Just like the first half, Wolves started well in the second. Doyle turned provider three minutes after the restart but Gomes was equal to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's angled shot.


Luka Modric, on his return from a fractured fibula suffered in August, was only meant to be given 20 minutes' action but he was introduced just before the hour mark, such was Spurs' urgency.

Redknapp did not have David Bentley to call upon as the midfielder was left out of the matchday squad following a training ground friendly in the week when he was accused of lacking effort.

Jermaine Jenas and Roman Pavlyuchenko were not included either but Peter Crouch was among the substitutes and came on with Modric, as Keane and Palacios made way.

Crouch headed over the crossbar from Kranjcar's corner in the move after he came off the bench.

Wolves were also forced into a change as David Edwards slipped awkwardly on the slick turf - and he returned from the dressing room with an ice-pack on his ankle.

Kranjcar stabbed wide before kicking the post in frustration, then he was replaced by Giovani dos Santos, who had recovered from a long-term ankle injury.

Huddlestone forced Hahnemann into a fine stop before the end but Wolves held on for their first victory on Spurs' turf since 1973.

Tottenham HotspurTeam StatisticsWolverhampton Wanderers
01st Half Goals1
7Shots on Target2
11Shots off Target2
8Blocked Shots1
0Yellow Cards5
0Red Cards0
84.2Passing Success60
85.7Tackles Success66.7
54Territorial Advantage46

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