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On This Day: 2011

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10:00 6th March 2013

An emotional afternoon at Molineux

Two years ago today, Wolves and Spurs played out a 3-3 draw at Molineux that was full of both entertainment and emotion.
Dean Richards, the defender who had represented both clubs with distinction during his playing career, had passed away the previous week at the age of just 36.
Wolves used the fixture between two of his former clubs to celebrate the popular centre-half's life, with his family, former team-mates and managers all taking part in touching tributes before kick-off at Molineux.
When the action got underway, the fans were treated to arguably the most entertaining game of a campaign which ultimately ended in dramatic Premier League survival for Mick McCarthy's team.
Kevin Doyle opened the scoring for Wolves, heading home a Nenad Milijas cross, but the visitors soon turned the game on its head, thanks to two superb goals from Jermain Defoe.
The England frontman ended his long wait for a league goal by curling home a glorious effort from 20 yards on the half hour, before scoring with an equally stunning finish five minute later.
Wolves had the last word in a pulsating first half though, as Doyle scored his second from the spot after Milijas was pulled back in the penalty area.
Spurs nudged back ahead just after the restart, when Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko scored with a powerful shot that flew into the roof of Wayne Hennessey's net.
With Wolves chasing the game, the visitors had chances to extend their lead through both Gareth Bale and Defoe, with the latter hitting the post as he looked to wrap-up his hat-trick.
The Tottenham woodwork was also rattled though, through Milijas, before Richard Stearman thought he had headed home a deserved late equaliser, only to be thwarted by a controversial refereeing decision when Mark Halsey gave Spurs a free-kick for a foul on goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
However, McCarthy's team weren't to be denied the point their display merited, and were back on level terms with three minutes left, when Steven Fletcher converted Matt Jarvis's cross with a header that looped over Gomes and into the far corner.
Wolves won their next game in the league - 1-0 at Villa Park - before going on to clinch survival on the final day, with Spurs - and Pavlyuchenko - again playing a part by beating Birmingham City at White Hart Lane - meaning that Wolves' narrow defeat to Blackburn was enough to keep them up.  

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