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

Sunday 15th January 2012
Tottenham spurned the chance to go joint top after a disappointing draw with a resilient Wolves side. For the third season running, Wolves took the lead at White Hart Lane but unlike last season, Spurs couldn't reverse the deficit.

The return of Scott Parker was supposed to add dive and midfield stability. Instead, the England man was rusty and well below his best. To make things worse, Van der Vaart and Modric also had poor games. Wolves worked very hard, pressing high and pressuring Spurs in possession. Spurs' back four made numerous, uncharacteristic errors and were forced into long passes forward. With one notable exception; a fantastic Dawson pass to Assou-Ekotto, this tactic failed to deliver.

On one of their rare but notable surges forward, Wolves were awarded a corner. Replays showed the ball clearly touching the Wolves player before being shepherded out by Walker. Spurs defence was all at sea from the corner and after a Friedel save and a brief goalmouth scramble, Fletcher was on hand to score his 9th goal this season; the first goal Spurs had conceded in almost 300 minutes in all competitions.

Spurs responded by taking control of the match. Bale almost equalised immediately while Adebayor had a legitimate goal chalked off for an inexplicable offside decision.

Spurs continued to dominate in the second half and Modric pulled Spurs level with a fine strike from outside the area. With 40 minutes remaining, Spurs went up a gear and the crowd responded. The atmosphere was suddenly boiling as Spurs launched successive waves of attacks. They were just unable to break through.

Tottenham were thoroughly dominant in this match. They made three times as many passes as Wolves, won 29% more tackles and made 17 chances to Wolves' two. For all the statistical domination, Spurs couldn't break down a dogged Wolves defence. They looked tired. They looked every bit a team that has played 10 matches since December 11th. Wolves were more aggressive and more ambitious than recent visitors to White Hart Lane. They looked like they could do some damage on the counter attack. When they did attack, they committed bodies forward and were a legitimate threat. They showed the way to play against Spurs and earned their point.

Spurs will be disappointed and any talk of a title challenge will subside for now. Focus will return to the immediate goal of Champions League football.
Samuel Rooke

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