Saturday January 14, 2012 Day 21 Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

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    Time:90'
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    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • - Some may claim that Spurs bowed under the pressure of all the title talk this week, but in truth Wolves defended valiantly and were worth a point. Follow me on Twitter: @jonathansymcox
    • - Spurs on 46 points now, with the Manchester clubs on 48. Table
    • 90+6' Play continues following the goal-kick. The crowd demand that Spurs get the ball up... but it is too late and Wolves have held on for a 1-1 draw.
    • 90+5' Bale whips it over the wall - and way over the bar.
    • 90+4' Parker wins a free-kick 25 yards out. Looked harsh on Wolves. Last chance for Spurs.
    • 90+4' Hunt wins a header in his own box following a cross from the right, and Hennessey dives across to prevent a corner.
    • 90+3' When Spurs clear their lines, Adebayor is penalised for a foul on Johnson while challenging for the ball. He went down very easily.
    • 90+2' Kightly wins a throw in the corner to kill some time.
    • 90+1' Five minutes to be added on. "Come on you Spurs!" is the cry from the stands.
    • 90' Ref Mike Jones is calling for a drop-ball inside the box, to Wolves' chagrin. When it is taken a lot of players kick at the ball simultaneously! And Wolves have a free-kick and clear. Weird.
    • 89' Johnson down injured after a clash with Hennessey. Didn't look like much.
    • 88' Tottenham have had 21 attempts on goal to the five of Wolves.
    • 87' Van der Vaart kicks thin air as he arrives at pace to shoot first time.
    • 86' Wolves change: George Elokobi on for Jarvis.
    • 85' Only Fletcher up for Wolves as all his team-mates drop off to defend the box. It works here as Modric resorts to a strike from way out that flies over.
    • 84' Henry now booked for a blatant foul on Modric in the centre circle.
    • 82' Walker stampeding through the middle and shooting for goal - blocked for a corner, and it gets the crowd going.
    • 81' Wolves change: Nenad Milijas on for Edwards.
    • 80' Spurs change: Danny Rose on for Assou-Ekotto. Faith placed in the youngster by Redknapp.
    • 79' Johnson dispossesses Bale in midfield - that was a tired moment from the Wales star.
    • 78' Defoe cracks a low hard shot at goal from outside the box which Hennessey saves with his legs!
    • 77' Man Utd will end the day on 48 points you suspect now they have scored a second - Spurs need to win to join them and Man City at the top. Premier League latest
    • 76' Tottenham the only side looking likely to score, but will they run out of time? Modric's threaded pass runs through to Hennessey.
    • 75' Defoe has scored four goals in five Premier League appearances against Wolves. When the teams last met in September at Molineux he was also on the scoresheet. Report from that match
    • 74' Spurs change: On comes Jermain Defoe, for Lennon.
    • 73' Walker with a wild volley that flies off target. Worth a try from 20 yards.
    • 72' Adebayor plays the ball across the pitch to Bale on the right, who cuts in and picks his spot - his shot is well over.
    • 71' However Spurs don't score from theirs, so it doesn't really even anything up. Fabio Capello in the stands today, looking cold.
    • 70' Walker wins a corner - but it looked to be a goal-kick and Wolves are furious. Evens it up!
    • 69' Assou-Ekotto booked for pulling back the sprightly Kightly as he looked to counter.
    • 69' Hunt straight in with a hard tackle and the crowd are angry when Wolves are awarded the throw-in.
    • 68' Wolves change: Frimpong replaced by Stephen Hunt. Not a bad sub.
    • 67' Cheeky nutmeg from Van der Vaart and another clever flick follows as Karl Henry fouls him.
    • 66' Van der Vaart bends the ball around the wall but a yard wide of the post.
    • 65' Frimpong penalised for a foul on Lennon, but he won't get a second booking for that, whatever the crowd would like to see. Great position 30 yards out.
    • 64' Friedel does well to claim at the near post after Wolves find a path in behind on the right.
    • 63' Spurs have scored in each of their last 20 PL matches – their longest ever run of scoring in consecutive matches in PL history, and longest in the top flight in 25 years since a 26-match streak from November 1986 to April 1987.
    • 62' Chaos in the away box. Bale nods a Lennon cross into the middle and Van der Vaart misses the ball with an overhead kick. Adebayor then cannot quite get to the loose ball.
    • 61' Over the bar from Bale as he attacks a cross from the left.
    • 60' Hennessey loses the ball under pressure following a Walker centre, but a defender is there to clear.
    • 59' Wolves need to keep the ball better than this - an over-eager Kightly looking for a diagonal ball that Walker is always going to win.
    • 58' A long run-in for Wolves in this match now as Spurs build up a head of steam.
    • 56' Bale with a brilliant ball down the right for Walker, who has Adebayor arriving in the box - the Togolese leaves the ball with a dummy and Wolves clear easily. Subsequently a Walker cross is awry and runs out for a goal-kick.
    • 55' Wolves have won only two of the last 18 stretching back to mid-August.
    • 54' Opta Joe: Tottenham have won all six previous PL matches at White Hart Lane when Modric has scored. It was his scored his second PL goal of the season, and first since netting against Liverpool in September.
    • 53' So close to number two for Tottenham! Bale's cross from the left goes all the way through to Lennon, who sets up Modric for another strike. Hennessey cannot hold it and Lennon has half the goal to aim at on the rebound, but it is too close to the keeper and he pulls off a great save!
    • 51' Big moment for Spurs that - perhaps it will settle the nerves of the home side.
    • 50' GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM! 1-1! Modric slams home! The ball is fed to him from the left and his shot from just outside the box proves too hot for Hennessey.
    • 49' Bale down hurt but gets up gingerly as Spurs take a quick free-kick. Frimpong arrives late to meet a cross on the volley and Friedel stands up well to beat it away!
    • 48' Lennon centres from the right, but there is no decisive header on it and Assou-Ekotto will try again. His squared ball is blasted over the top by Bale!
    • 47' Frimpong involved again, putting Modric on his backside. There wasn't much in it. No second yellow card.
    • 46' Kightly brings the ball into the Tottenham half, but his pass out to the left is wayward and into touch.
    • 46' The second half under way, with Wolves now attacking the goal to our left.
    • 45+4' And the half ends with the score 1-0 to Wolves. Tweet me your thoughts on the game. Follow me on Twitter: @jonathansymcox
    • 45+3' Van der Vaart frustrated, fouling Johnson after he just loses out in the box. He is lucky not to be booked. And Blackburn have also scored now.
    • 45+2' Frimpong on the left, looking to shoot for goal inside the box - blocked well by Kaboul.
    • 45+1' The fewest ever goals scored in the first half of matches on a single day in the division (with at least 7 matches) is two goals. It last happened on March 5, 2005. (Opta Joe) But it won't today - Norwich have scored, and so have Man Utd. Through Scholesy!
    • 45' Three minutes to be added on.
    • 44' Spurs have the ball in the net, but it is disallowed! Assou-Ekotto cuts back to Bale from the byline and his cross-cum-shot, on target, is finished brilliantly by Adebayor into the roof of the net - but he was just offside. Bale thinks he should have left it alone, but Hennessey would probably have made the save. Probably.
    • 43' Kaboul cuts in from the left and shoots low to the near post, but won't beat Hennessey with that.
    • 42' This is something of a novel position for Wolves - they have picked up 10 points from losing positions this season, more than any other club in the division.
    • 41' Frimpong on the charge! Kaboul heads off his run and he gives the ball to Kightly on the right; he cuts into the box and shoots wide of the post as he falls off-balance. /// Owen: "wolves are going to win now with frimpong holding the­ midfield with power"
    • 40' Before Wolves begin to think they will keep a clean sheet: they have scored and conceded in each of their last seven PL matches stretching back to the end of November.
    • 39' Kaboul again marauding forward, but miscues this pass and the ball runs straight put of play. Head in hands - the crowd get behind Spurs as they recognise that anyone can make a mistake.
    • 38' Jarvis cannot get the better of Walker near the corner flag and Spurs have a throw.
    • 37' No further goals in the top flight, but plenty in the Championship to read about. Championship scores and scorers
    • 36' Another cross headed away by the away defence. At the other end the ball is worked into the middle after Fletcher wins a header - Johnson is there, for some reason, but opens his body too much while shooting and a great chance goes begging with the shot wide of the far post!
    • 35' Wolves have picked up one away win this season, and six away points in total – equal-worst record this season alongside Swansea.
    • 34' Wasted cross by Modric from the left. Bale is not really finding space out there, but pulling into the middle, with Assou-Ekotto the main danger to the visitors.
    • 33' The set-piece is cleared by Wolves. Back come Spurs again though, through Assou-Ekotto on the left... ultimately Modric's volley from 18 yards thumps into the midriff of Hennessey, who holds the ball well.
    • 32' The ball bouncing next to Van der Vaart 30 yards out, and that can only mean one thing - his half-volley is blocked and wins a corner.
    • 31' Wolves doing a superb job and breaking up Spurs' play and retreating to defend their box when necessary. 'Arry Redknapp sits glumly in his seat.
    • 30' In perhaps the most predictable event of the game - indeed I called it before kick-off - Frimpong goes into the book after taking out Bale with a late tackle. And boy is he furious!
    • 29' Spurs players lining up to shoot, but none can do so, with Adebayor a main culprit.
    • 28' Hennessey (105) was the first goalkeeper to make over 100 saves in the PL this season.
    • 27' Van der Vaart fires at goal from 30 yards, way off target. He then aims an air shot in frustration.
    • 26' "We'll score when we want!" is the cry from the Wolves faithful. They are looking to move away from the relegation zone today. Table
    • 25' Tottenham become the first team to concede 1,000 Premier League goals with that opener.
    • 24' Modric with a nice outside-of-the-foot pass to give Bale room to strike first time - low and saved by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 23' Dodgy corner it was too - Johnson claimed it successfully, but it looked like it was shepherded out for a goal-kick by Walker.
    • 22' WOLVES HAVE THE LEAD! 1-0. Steven Fletcher from a yard out. Roger Johnson meets a corner from inside the six-yard box with his head and Friedel makes the save, but the Scotland striker is there to finish!
    • 20' Lennon running at Wolves, squaring to Modric whose shot from 25 yards out is a few yards off target.
    • 19' Parker on the right byline digs out a cut-back, but the man in the ball's path does not wear a white shirt.
    • 18' Spurs cross into the box after Kaboul plays in Adebayor, and Wolves are all at sea - but somehow hack it away after Modric leaves the ball behind him. Gareth Bale, quiet up to now, then has a shot deflected a few yards wide for a corner...
    • 17' Excellent closing from the men in old gold, with David Edwards chasing all over here to put pressure on Modric.
    • 16' One goal so far in this afternoon's top-flight matches - and it has come at Chelsea. Premier League latest
    • 15' Spurs have kept two PL clean sheets in a row for the first time since September. They last kept three successive clean sheets from December 2009 to January 2010, when they were on PL club record run of five games without conceding.
    • 14' Frimpong legging back to defend on the left and smashes the ball across his own box - and into the face of Van der Vaart! The Dutchman down holding his head for a spell, with the physio in attendance.
    • 13' Tottenham building pressure. With two banks of players in front of them, Younes Kaboul charges forward to try and unlock something... a clever diagonal ball between centre-halves and right-back Kevin Foley is just out of play as Assou-Ekotto gets to it.
    • 12' The play is accelerated as Adebayor sprints in with the ball from the left and looks for the diagonal run of Parker in the box. He flicks into the area expertly, but Wolves deal with the danger.
    • 11' Spurs have the best disciplinary record in the league this season after picking up 25 cards.
    • 10' Kightly on the right looks to find a man on the far side of the box, but his cross is deflected and Friedel is down to smother the ball.
    • 9' Mike Jones was also the referee for this fixture in September 2010, which Tottenham won 3-1.
    • 8' Boisterous tackle by Michael Kightly on Assou-Ekotto as the home left-back chests down and cuts in from the touchline. He got the ball, and a little bit of the man. Treatment for him too. /// Richie: "Everyone seems to talk about our goal difference being­ a problem to win the premiership. No probs because we­ will the the title on points."
    • 7' Emmanuel Adebayor catches Christophe Berra as the Wolves defender leaps, and the latter falls awkwardly. He is okay to continue after treatment.
    • 6' Matt Jarvis speedy on the left, to the byline and crossing low - well claimed at the near post by Brad Friedel.
    • 5' Spurs are level with Manchester United in second place with 45 points from 20 PL matches. This is the first time they have ever had the same or more points as United at this stage of a top flight season since 1990-91 when they both had 33 points from their 20 matches in old Division One. This is the first time in PL history that as many as three clubs have had 45 or more points after 20 PL matches.
    • 4' So close to the opener from Luka Modric! Kyle Walker pulls back to Aaron Lennon, who finds the Croatia star 30 yards out... and his grass-cutter is just wide of the post.
    • 4' Assou-Ekotto picks up the ball in space on the left, but his pass across the face of the box goes straight to a Wolves defender.
    • 3' Benoit Assou-Ekotto into the feet of Rafael Van der Vaart, who turns with a Cruyff flick - and Frimpong fouls him on halfway.
    • 2' Michael Dawson captains Spurs as he slots back in following a hamstring injury to skipper Ledley King.
    • 1' Off we go, with Tottenham attacking the goal to our left in the first half.
    • 14:57 And the teams are now out. It will be interesting to see how the sometimes hot-headed Arsenal player Frimpong - on loan at Wolves - copes with this fixture at the home of the Gunners' big rivals.
    • 14:55 Kick-off not far away now with the teams ready to come out. /// Webber: "There's been so much made of Spurs going for the­ title on the TV today, I can't help but feel they­ are going to slip up. 1-0 wolves with Jarvis getting­ the winner! Come on you Wolves!!!!"
    • 14:53 What do you think will happen? Tweet me or leave a comment below. /// Optimistic reader comment from below so far comes courtesy of Jack Ingrouille: "Spurs probably got too much pace for the Wolves­ defence. Hopefully Frimpong can grab a cheeky hat-trick­ today!" That is so not DENCH.
    • 14:50 My colleague Sean Fay says: "My bold prediction of the day is for Wolves to get a result at Tottenham. This Spurs title talk has jumped the shark. 1-0 Wolves, 30-1." /// Reader Dean reckons: "Strongest possible line up for Spurs, sorry Wolves."
    • 14:45 The stats overload continues: Wolves have won one of their last 10 top flight league matches against Tottenham at White Hart Lane – the 1-0 victory in December 2009 when Kevin Doyle scored the only goal. Follow me on Twitter: @jonathansymcox
    • 14:40 Tottenham have completed the Premier League double over Wolves once before - in 2003-04 when they won 2-0 away and 5-2 at home. Tottenham are unbeaten in their last three PL matches against Wolves, since a 1-0 defeat away in February 2010.
    • 14:36 Mick McCarthy has made six changes to the Wolves team that drew 0-0 at Birmingham in the FA Cup last weekend. Kevin Foley makes his first start of the season while Wayne Hennessey, Emmanuel Frimpong, Dave Edwards, Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher all return to the starting XI.
    • 14:35 Harry Redknapp makes one change to the team that beat Everton 2-0 on Wednesday night: Scott Parker replaces Jake Livermore. It is his first start for three games.
    • 14:34 Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale, Adebayor, Van der Vaart; subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore /// Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Kightly, Frimpong, Henry, Jarvis, Edwards, Fletcher; subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Milijas, Doyle
    • 14:30 Wolves are the only team in the Premier League without a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a match this season, while Spurs have netted the joint-most in the same period (seven). In contrast, no side has conceded as many goals in the opening 15 minutes this season as the Wanderers. Premier League fixtures and team news
    • 14:25 No side has stopped Spurs from scoring in their last 19 Premier League outings; Jermain Defoe has scored four goals in five Premier League appearances against Wolves. Spurs results and fixtures
    • 14:20 Wolves have won just two of their last 18 Premier League games (W2 D5 L11) and gone 17 games without a Premier League clean sheet. Wolves have also won just two out of 17 Premier League away games in London - but one of those came in December 2009 in a 1-0 win over Tottenham. They have also won none of their last nine away games (W0 D3 L6), though they have drawn the last two. Wolves results and fixtures
    • 14:15 Tottenham Hotspur won 2-0 when the teams last met in September at Molineux. Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor scoring the goals. It was one of three games this season in which both these strikers have scored in the same game. Adebayor scores as Spurs win
    • 14:10 Welcome to coverage of Tottenham versus Wolves from White Hart Lane, where the home side could move level on points with Manchester City and Manchester United at the top of the Premier League today. Table
  • Summary

    • 90+5' Bale whips it over the wall - and way over the bar.
    • 90+4' Parker wins a free-kick 25 yards out. Looked harsh on Wolves. Last chance for Spurs.
    • 78' Defoe cracks a low hard shot at goal from outside the box which Hennessey saves with his legs!
    • 53' So close to number two for Tottenham! Bale's cross from the left goes all the way through to Lennon, who sets up Modric for another strike. Hennessey cannot hold it and Lennon has half the goal to aim at on the rebound, but it is too close to the keeper and he pulls off a great save!
    • 50' GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM! 1-1! Modric slams home! The ball is fed to him from the left and his shot from just outside the box proves too hot for Hennessey.
    • 49' Bale down hurt but gets up gingerly as Spurs take a quick free-kick. Frimpong arrives late to meet a cross on the volley and Friedel stands up well to beat it away!
    • 44' Spurs have the ball in the net, but it is disallowed! Assou-Ekotto cuts back to Bale from the byline and his cross-cum-shot, on target, is finished brilliantly by Adebayor into the roof of the net - but he was just offside. Bale thinks he should have left it alone, but Hennessey would probably have made the save. Probably.
    • 22' WOLVES HAVE THE LEAD! 1-0. Steven Fletcher from a yard out. Roger Johnson meets a corner from inside the six-yard box with his head and Friedel makes the save, but the Scotland striker is there to finish!
    • 4' So close to the opener from Luka Modric! Kyle Walker pulls back to Aaron Lennon, who finds the Croatia star 30 yards out... and his grass-cutter is just wide of the post.
    • 14:34 Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale, Adebayor, Van der Vaart; subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore /// Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Kightly, Frimpong, Henry, Jarvis, Edwards, Fletcher; subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Milijas, Doyle

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