Saturday September 10, 2011 Day 4 Finished Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Adebayor 67’
  • Defoe 80’

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  1. Adebayor scores as Spurs win

    Adebayor scores as Spurs win

    Emmanuel Adebayor scored on his Premier League debut for Tottenham Hotspur as the Londoners beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molineux. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Tottenham Hotspur
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    • 90+4' The final whistle goes, and Tottenham have their first win of the season. Their first points, in fact! Wolves are condemned to their first defeat of the campaign.
    • 90+2' Harry Redknapp is just two minutes away from his first Premier League over Wolves at Molineux, while Mick McCarthy will suffer his first defeat to Sours in the top flight.
    • 90' Four minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 89' Wolves fail to clear a Spurs corner and the ball is played into Bale's feet inside the box, but heis shot is deflected away from goal.
    • 88' Tottenham substitution: Giovani dos Santos replaces Defoe. It's the Mexican's first Spurs appearance for a year.
    • 87' Spurs are doing a good job of seeing this game out now. Wolves are struggling to get too much significant possession in the visitors' half.
    • 85' Adebayor puts in a low cross that Bale tries to flick toward goal with the outside of his boot, but it rolls harmlessly wide.
    • 84' Tottenham substitution: Jake Livermore replaces Parker.
    • 83' A poor tackle from Johnson on Defoe. The Wolves skipper was late and sent the Spurs striker flying. A deserved booking.
    • 82' Hammill clips in a cross from the right but it sails out for a goal kick.
    • 81' Wolves substitution: Sam Vokes replaces Fletcher.
    • 80' GOAL!! DEFOE DOUBLES TOTTENHAM'S LEAD! Kranjcar slides a sideways pass into the feet of Defoe, who turns and fires past Hennessey from close range!
    • 79' Sterman goes into the book for what could be described as a rugby tackle on Bale.
    • 77' Fletcher surges forward through the middle but Parker chases him all the way and the Scot eventually sends a tame shot wide.
    • 75' Wolves substitutions: Matt Jarvis and Adam Hammill replace Kightly and Hunt.
    • 74' Good spell of possession here from Spurs as they aim to stop Wolves building up any momentum as they go in search of an equaliser.
    • 72' Great hold-up play from Doyle once again and he lays it off to O'Hara, but the long ball forward is too long for hunt.
    • 71' O'Hara whips in the delivery but Kaboul boots it clear.
    • 70' Parker goes in late on Kightly as Wolves look for an instant reply. free-kick to Wolves deep on the right.
    • 68' So, Adebayor has now scored on debut for Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham. The only blemish on his record is his first game for Real Madrid last season, a 1-0 defeat at Osasuna.
    • 67' GOAL!! ADEBAYOR SCORES ON HIS DEBUT FOR SPURS! Parker prods the ball through to the Togolese striker, who nips around Hennessey and taps into the unguarded net!
    • 66' Assou-Ekotto shepherds doyle to the corner flag and wins a goal kick off the Wolves forward.
    • 65' Adebayor's first touch inside the box was heavy, but he still wins a corner off Berra. Johnson heads away and Wolves play their way out of trouble.
    • 64' Lovely ball out wide from O'Hara for Hunt to chase. Walker gets in ahead of the Irishman, who wrestles with the full-back on the ground long after the ball has gone out of play!
    • 63' If Wolves keep a clean sheet today they will break a 49 year old club record by conceding only once in the first four matches of a top flight season. They conceded twice in 1962/1963.
    • 62' Walker rises to meet the corner but heads well over the bar.
    • 61' Modric picks out Adebayor with a lovely reverse pass. The striker twists and turns before his shot is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 60' Foley digs out an inviting cross for Kightly to meet with a header, but the midfielder mistimes his leap and Spurs survive.
    • 59' King meets Bale's corner with his right boot but can't get his foot around the ball enough to send it on target.
    • 58' Wolves building some pressure now, but Parker hounds Henry and sends the Wolves man heading away from goal. That's the sort of tenacity for which Spurs signed him. Henry makes amends by getting in a great tackle on Bale in the box after a great cross from Kranjcar. Spurs have a corner though.
    • 57' The cross after a short corner routine is headed away, and Bale's second ball sails way over the bar.
    • 56' Modric and Kranjcar link up well and play comes across to Bale. The Welshman surges for a byline but Ward gets in a well-timed tackle. Corner to Spurs.
    • 55' O'Hara puts in a rugged but fair tackle on Walker that is met with approval from the home crowd.
    • 54' Modric takes a nasty knock to the ankle, but play only stops when Defoe is caught offside. Modric limps away. Spurs could do without picking up any more injuries.
    • 53' Doyle hustles Kaboul well and stops the France defender from clearing the ball. No shortage of work ethic from the Irish striker.
    • 52' Assou-Ekotto gets his clearance all wrong and Friedel has to step out of his area to head the ball clear.
    • 51' Wolves have kept back-to-back Premier League clean sheets for the first time since April 2010 and only the third time ever in the division. They have not kept three in a row in the top flight in over 30 years (since January 1981).
    • 50' Walker does well to get his head to Kightly's cross, but the ball drops for O'Hara to strike... it's right at Friedel, who makes the comfortable stop.
    • 49' Defoe and Kranjcar combine to tee up Modric for a shot from range, but the Croatian's curling effort is high and wide.
    • 48' Henry loses out to Parker and Adebayor chases the forward pass, but Hennessey is off his line quickly to slide in and clear the ball. Great lertness fromt he Wales number one there.
    • 47' Tottenham have only gone on to win one of their seven Premier League matches in 2011 which were goalless at half-time.
    • 46' Wolves get the second half underway! No changes by either manager at the break.
    • 45+1' The whistle goes for half-time at Molineux, and an entertaining first half ends goalless.
    • 45+1' Adebayor slips Bale into the box on the right. The Welshman checks his run but hesitates in getting his cross in, so has to resort to a hopeful near-post shot that goes wide.
    • 45' Just the one minute of added time is signalled.
    • 44' SAVE BY HENNESSEY! Defoe catches a Wolves defender in possession and hits a low strike on goal that the Wolves keeper tips around the foot of the post!
    • 44' Assou-Ekotto drives into the box from the left but he is tackled well by Stearman.
    • 43' O'Hara clips a goos diagonal ball up to Fletcher int he Spurs box, but the Scotsman misjudges the flight of the ball and completely misses with his attempted take.
    • 42' Parker goes in hard on Doyle but doesnt win the ball. The new Spurs man is fortunate to escae a booking there, condiering what Walker was shown a yellow card for.
    • 41' Spurs have never before lost their opening three Premier League matches.
    • 40' From a Wolves corner, Johnson arrives late and gets a good header on target that Modric heads away at the near post.
    • 39' Parker jinks around as he tries to shield the ball from two Wolves players, but he can only do so for so long before he is robbed of the ball. No Spurs players were making themselves available for Parker.
    • 37' Despite having a game in hand, Spurs have conceded more headed goals than any other Premier League team this season (three).
    • 36' GREAT CHANCE FOR WOLVES GOES BEGGING! Kightly whips in a teasing free-kick to the far post and neither Johnson nor Fletcher can get their heads to it! The ball whistles past Friedel's far post and out for a goal kick.
    • 35' Solid tackle on Bale by O'Hara and Wolves throw men forward. Doyle hares down the left wing and Walker hauls him down. The England U21 gets the game's first booking. A tad harsh.
    • 34' Walker turns swiftly past Hunt but his cross is headed away by a defender. The frenetic early pace of this match has subsided somewhat now.
    • 33' Defoe drops deep to win the ball and feed Bale. Some good pressing play from Wolves sees the move break down though.
    • 31' Modric links up well with Bale, but the Welshman runs into a cul de sac. Walker weaves his way into the Wolves box but his clipped cross is skewed over the bar.
    • 30' Just realised Johnson is wearing the captain's armband for Wolves. McCarthy said when he signed him that they once had a row on the touchline while Johnson was a Birmingham player. He obviously liked his strength of character.
    • 29' The referee penalises Defoe for catching Johnson late as the Wolves defender clears, but in truth the Spurs triker made no contact.
    • 27' Adebayor scored on his debut for both Arsenal and Manchester City. spurs fans will be hoping he repates that feat here today, but he won't with efforts like that.
    • 26' Modric motors down the left to chase the ball and flicks it deflty into Adebayor's feet. The shot from the edge of the box was tame and it rolls safely to Hennessey.
    • 25' Spurs clear the corner and break, but Christophe Berra gets to Bale's through ball before Defoe can reach it.
    • 24' Assou-Ekotto can't clear the ball before it goes behind for a corner, although replays then show the linesman was too quick to raise his flag. The whole of the ball had not crossed the byline.
    • 23' Ledley King rises unmarked to head towards goal, but he sends the ball down into the ground and it bounces over the bar.
    • 22' Kranjcar strikes... The ball deflects off Stearman's head and out for a corner.
    • 21' Kranjcar is fouled by Henry, but it's a harsh decision. Kranjcar played for that. Still, Spurs have a dead-ball opportunity here, ina central area about 204 yards from goal. Kranjcar looks as though he'll take this...
    • 20' Adebayor charges towards Hennessey and forces the keeper to boot the ball into touch. That's right, real work rate from Adebayor there. His last Premier League goal came at Molineux – he scored a penalty to put Manchester City 1-0 up in October 2010 – they eventually lost 2-1.
    • 19' Wolves are beginning to take the upper hand here. Spurs reduced to attacking on the break just now.
    • 18' Hunt latches on to a through ball into the area and goes to ground... NO PENALTY! referee Peter Walton rightly waves away the appeals.
    • 17' Really end-toend stuff at Molineux right from the get-go. It can't stay goalless for much longer.
    • 16' Hunt floats a cross to Michael Kightly at the far post, but the header does not have enough power on it to trouble Friedel.
    • 15' Before kick-off, the stat was that Friedel has made more saves per 90 minutes than any other keeper this season (7.5). He's just dragged that average up. He has also shipped eight goals in two league games for Spurs, mind.
    • 14' ANOTHER SAVE BY FRIEDEL! Henry comes in from the right and aims for the far bottom corner, but Tottenham's 40-year-old keeper shows great agility to get down low and turn the ball around the post!
    • 13' FRIEDEL SAVES! Kranjcar is caught in possession by Richrd Stearman and the Wolves man moves forward. He has his shot blocked but O'Hara fires the loose ball on goal and Brad Friedel punches the strike clear!
    • 12' Kranjcar and Bale are regularly swapping wings. Bale played on the right for Wales in both their games during the international break. Is Redknapp taking his cues from Gary Speed?
    • 11' Tottenham have won only one of their last 24 Premier League away games in the month of September and none of the last 15 since beating Sunderland in 2001. Wolves have the worst record in September of all teams to have played more than one season in the Premier League, averaging just 0.4 points per game in the month so far. (Opta)
    • 10' The Spurs corner doesn;t amount to much, and Wolves can come forward. Hunt pops up on the right this time as play moves from one flank to the other. Fletcher gets the better of Younes Kaboul but his low cross to Kevin Doyle is intercepted and cleared for a throw.
    • 9' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Modric sends Assou-Ekotto free down the left with a weighted pass. The left-back's low cross is almost turned in by Roger Johnson, but Hennessey blocks it and Kranjcar's follow-up effort is defelcted over the bar!
    • 8' Nie sweeping move forward by Spurs instigated by Luka Modric and Parker. Defoe whips in a low ball but Wayne Hennessey was always going to reach that before Adebayor.
    • 7' Karl Henry fells Parker in midfield. The England midfielder chips the ball forward for Adebayor to nod down, but the move fizzles out with Walker's wayward pass.
    • 6' Emmanuel Adebayor looks incredulous as he is penalised for fouling Hunt. The Togolese bundled clumsily into the back of the Irishman.
    • 5' Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara is tripped in midfield by Parker. The free-kick is taken quickly but Stephen Hunt loses posession.
    • 4' First attack from Wolves. Ward's cross is bound for Steven Fletcher, but the Scotland striker is nudged in mi-air by Benoit Assou-Ekotto and can;t meet the ball with a header.
    • 3' Jermain Defoe scored four league goals last season – all from outside the box, including both at Molineux last season. His last goal from inside the box was a penalty v Chelsea in April 2010. His last from open play in box was in 3-1 home win v Blackburn on March 13, 2010.
    • 2' Niko Kranjcar's corner is headed away and Stephen Ward heads away to clear the second ball. Jermain Defoe has a pop from range and the shot is delfected for another corner. The corner goes over everyone's head and out for a goal kick. it was a Scott Parker tackle that set up Defoe's shot, by the way.
    • 1' Tottenham kick-off and we're underway on a sunny but blustery day at Molineux! Immediately, Kyle Walker sends Gareht Bale running down the right channel and the Welshman wins a corner.
    • 14:57 The teams are out on the field now, going through the obligatory handshakes before kick-off. Any team that comes to Molineux knows they are in for a game. Mick McCarthy's men never make it easy for the opposition. This could be a good game.
    • 14:55 So, how do you see this match going? Can Spurs finally get their season up and running, or will Wolves continue their great start to the campaign? share your thoughts either via the comments box below or by contacting me via Twitter @tony_mabert. Get in touch!
    • 14:50 Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has a poor record against Wolves – winning one of six career Premier League matches against them (two defeats). He has never won in all three visits to Molineux.Mick McCarthy is unbeaten in all three previous Premier League home matches against Tottenham as a manager, for Wolves and Sunderland.
    • 14:45 Today's referee at Molineux is Peter Walton. The Northamptonshire offical has taken charge of just one Premier League fixture so far this season. That was the bitter 0-0 draw between Newcastle and Arsenal, in which eight players were booked and Gervinho was sent off.
    • 14:40 HEAD-TO-HEAD: These two clubs have met 80 times in the league. Wolves have one 26 times, Spurs 39, and there have been 15 draws. When these two sides met at Molineux back in March it was a belter of a game - both Kevin Doyle (Wolves) and Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) scored twice in a 3-3 draw. In the 2009-10 season, Wolves did the double over Spurs, winning 1-0 both home and away.
    • 14:35 Wolves make one change from the side which drew 0-0 at Villa Park last time out, with Michael Kightly starting on the left wing with Matt Jarvis dropping to the bench. Kightly has played just 16 times for Wolves since they were promoted two years ago after being sidelined with a series of serious injuries. Wolves team page
    • 14:30 So, as expected, Adebayor and Parker both start as Spurs revert to a 4-4-2 in the absence of the injured Rafael van der Vaart. Ledley king makes his first appearance of the season at centre-back alongside Younes Kaboul, while Kyle Walker is at right-back following Alan Hutton's move to Aston Villa. Niko Kranjcar will play on the right wing. Youngsters Jake Livermore, Andros Townsend and Yago Falque are all on the bench. Tottenham team page
    • 14:25 Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Kightly, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Hammill, Milijas, Vokes, Foley, Jarvis /// Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Parker, Modric, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Livermore, Pavlyuchenko, Townsend, Falque, Giovani.
    • 14:20 Still, they have new signings Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor to call upon for this match, but it won't be easy. Wolves have started off the season in great form, winning away at Blackburn and at home to Fulham before securing a goalless draw at Aston Villa. The summer addition of Roger Johnson has helped give them some much-needed stability at the heart of their defence.
    • 14:15 It's been quite a tumultuous start to the season for Spurs. They eventually won their battle to keep star playmaker Luka Modric, but the Croatian allegedly asked not to play against Man City last time out. That match ended 5-1 to City, with Edin Dzeko scoring four times. That result followed a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in their first game of the season after the London rioting put paid to their opening day fixture with Everton. How they could do with a win today.
    • 14:10 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live coverage of the Premier League clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux!
  • Summary

    • 80' GOAL!! DEFOE DOUBLES TOTTENHAM'S LEAD! Kranjcar slides a sideways pass into the feet of Defoe, who turns and fires past Hennessey from close range!
    • 67' GOAL!! ADEBAYOR SCORES ON HIS DEBUT FOR SPURS! Parker prods the ball through to the Togolese striker, who nips around Hennessey and taps into the unguarded net!
    • 44' SAVE BY HENNESSEY! Defoe catches a Wolves defender in possession and hits a low strike on goal that the Wolves keeper tips around the foot of the post!
    • 36' GREAT CHANCE FOR WOLVES GOES BEGGING! Kightly whips in a teasing free-kick to the far post and neither Johnson nor Fletcher can get their heads to it! The ball whistles past Friedel's far post and out for a goal kick.
    • 14' ANOTHER SAVE BY FRIEDEL! Henry comes in from the right and aims for the far bottom corner, but Tottenham's 40-year-old keeper shows great agility to get down low and turn the ball around the post!
    • 13' FRIEDEL SAVES! Kranjcar is caught in possession by Richrd Stearman and the Wolves man moves forward. He has his shot blocked but O'Hara fires the loose ball on goal and Brad Friedel punches the strike clear!
    • 9' CHANCE FOR SPURS! Modric sends Assou-Ekotto free down the left with a weighted pass. The left-back's low cross is almost turned in by Roger Johnson, but Hennessey blocks it and Kranjcar's follow-up effort is defelcted over the bar!
    • 14:25 Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Kightly, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Hammill, Milijas, Vokes, Foley, Jarvis /// Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Parker, Modric, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Livermore, Pavlyuchenko, Townsend, Falque, Giovani.

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