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18:18 18th September 2010

More Late Heartbreak

Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Van der Vaart-pen 77, Pavlyuchenko 87, Hutton 90)

Wolves 1 (Fletcher 45)

For the second successive Saturday late goals meant that unlucky Wolves left London as losers after forfeiting interval leads. This time it was Tottenham Hotspur who took the spoils with three goals in the final 15 minutes after Stephen Fletcher had put Wanderers ahead on the stroke of half-time.

There were three changes in the starting line-up with Richard Stearman coming in for the suspended Christophe Berra, and Fletcher and David Jones for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Jelle van Damme who both were named as substitutes.

Spurs kicked-off attacking the end of White Hart Lane that housed the visiting supporters.

Stearman had to clear an early cross from Younes Kaboul and then Stephen Ward reacted with disbelief when he was penalised for a challenge on the defender. Tottenham's new signing, Rafael van der Vaart, pumped the free-kick into the box but the pressure was relieved by a flag for offside.

Wolves had strong penalty appeals rejected after Matt Jarvis jinked his way into the box and went down under a challenge from William Gallas.

Jody Craddock blocked a dangerous shot from Robbie Keane before Kevin Foley was shown the yellow card for a challenge on Gareth Bale.

Kaboul fouled Kevin Doyle to the left of the Spurs box but Jarvis's free-kick was headed clear, and Marcus Hahnemann was forced into action as he blocked Bale's low cross.

The loose ball fell to Keane who took a touch before Foley won the ball at the expense of a corner.

Hahnemann made a fine save to keep out a drive from Van der Vaart and the keeper was at it again in the 33rd minute as he touched over Peter Crouch's header after the striker had connected with Bale's centre.

The Wolves keeper made a more routine save from a Bale free-kick after Stearman had tripped Crouch some 30-yards out and it was Bale that provided the cross for Keane to head wide from a good position in front of goal.

Tom Huddlestone was booked for hands after a Jarvis cross had struck him five-yards outside the Spurs area. Jones took the free-kick but the ball was cleared by the home defence.

Hahnemann had to cut out a driven cross from Kaboul at his near post before Wolves moved into a 45th minute lead.

Foley hit a low cross from the right and Fletcher ran in to clip the ball past Carlo Cudicini from inside the six-yard box.

Half-Time: Spurs 0 Wolves 1

Jermaine Jenas provided the first moment of danger after the break but an excellently timed tackle from Craddock diverted the ball away as the midfielder was about to shoot.

Then Tottenham substitute Alan Hutton drilled a cross-shot across the face of goal with the ball flying a yard wide of the far post.

Jarvis, who had taken a knock, was replaced by Van Damme in the 54th minute shortly before Van der Vaart drove a shot narrowly wide.

Keane headed wide after a Bale cross and then Mick McCarthy made a second change with Dave Edwards taking the place of Fletcher.

Foley had to receive treatment after a block tackle with Jenas, before Van der Vaart went into the book for a late challenge on Van Damme.

Michael Mancienne took the ball off Keane as he raced into the Wolves area and was about to shoot just before the former Molineux star was replaced by Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Cudicini was lucky that the ball fell to a team-mate as he fluffed a punch in attempting to clear Van Damme's long throw, but Spurs drew level on 77 minutes after Ward had tripped Hutton in the box. Van der Vaart took the spot kick sending Hahnemann the wrong way.

Within a minute Hahnemann didn't have to move his feet as he took Huddlestone's shot on the turn, and at the other end Edwards just failed to get his head to Ward's probing centre. Van Damme was booked as he attempted to block Cudicini's clearance.

Jones wasn't far away with a curling free-kick from 22-yards that went past the defensive wall but narrowly wide, as Wolves pressed hard to regain the lead.

But the Molineux men were dealt a mortal blow in the 87th minute as Huddlestone's short cross appeared to bounce off Craddock before falling to Pavlyuchenko who made no mistake.

The Russian was booked for removing his shirt as he celebrated and Hahnemann also saw yellow for dissent.

In stoppage time Hutton got a foot to Stearman's attempted clearance and the ball ballooned into the net to give the final scoreline of 3-1 a somewhat flattering look in Tottenham's favour.

Spurs: Cudicini, Bale, Kaboul (Hutton 45), Huddlestone, Jenas, Keane (Pavlyuchenko 67), Van der Vaart (Lennon 86), Gallas, Crouch, King (capt), Assou-Ekotto.

Unused subs: Pletikosa, Palacios, Bassong, Kranjcar.

Bookings: Van der Vaart (66 - foul), Pavlyuchenko (87 - removing shirt),

Wolves: Hahnemann, Foley, Ward, Mancienne (Bent 90), Stearman, Craddock, Jarvis (Van Damme 54), Henry (capt), Fletcher (Edwards 58), Doyle, Jones.

Unused subs: Hennessey, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Guedioura.

Bookings: Foley (19 - foul), Van Damme (84 - foul), Hahnemann (87 - dissent).

Referee: M. Jones.

Attendance: 35,940.

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