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Match Report: Tottenham 1-1 Wolves (Wolves Fan's Perspective)

Tuesday 17th January 2012
As travelling supporters in the South West corner we exhaled a huge sigh of relief as the final whistle eventually blew this weekend. A point well deserved for our sheer defensive majesty (not a term I would use likely as a season ticket holder at Molineux).

Steven Fletcher's first half goal represented one of very few brief forays into the Spurs half for Wolves when it did seem only a matter of time before the home side took an inevitable lead.

Spurs were certainly rocked by the end of the first half – and they would be. They found themselves 1-0 down to a side at the wrong end of the league who they had beaten comfortable away from home earlier in the year.

To almost make matters worse, the referee who may as well have sported a white jersey himself for the most part of the afternoon disallowed an Adebayor goal for offside before the interval – a would be perfect time to equalise.

Wolves sat deep and showed little ambition particularly after taking the lead – and unfortunately it happens all too often with Spurs.
The frustration creeps in, and the predatory seeps out.

Bale travelled in search of gaps which just weren't appearing in the heart of Wolves defence, and had he joined Lennon in stretching the play and allowing Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Walker to overrun the Wanderers flanks it would have been a very different story.

What was striking was the pace Spurs played at – unbelievable – their militant and tireless pursuit of possession crippled any potential Wolves attacks and they were just as dangerous without the ball as they were with it.

Wolves hung on more bravely than many would under such incessant onslaught and McCarthy made 3 prompt substitutions as his players began to fatigue severely.

It was often as if Tottenham had a man or two over, and the luxury of bringing a pumped up Jermaine Defoe on as a substitute is frightening.

With such understanding, options and pace – there is no reason for Spurs not to set about their chase of Man City with aplomb. They are as fit and athletic as any of their rival title suitors.

The mercurial Modric and Van der Vaart combination is espoused with all the necessary supporting materials – four Olympic worthy wide-men, the complete post-playing centre forward and of course the productive Parker.

Wolves fans came away from Harry Redknapp's fortress with 2 very gratifying emotions – we'd earned a valuable point, and seen potential greatness in its coronation. Do or die Spurs. You can really do it this year.
Joe McNamara

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