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Wolves 'Lose It' At Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur
Wolverhampton Wanderers

White Hart Lane

September 18th 2010

Attendance: 35,940


Wolves suffered their second consecutive defeat in London today, giving up a half time lead for the second game in a row.

Whilst Mick McCarthy later insinuated that the scoreline flattered Tottenham, Wolves might think a little differently once they review the video.

Tottenham had no less than twenty efforts at goal, and how they went in at half time a goal down was nearing absurd.

The home side spurned a host of chances, and based on this performance, Robbie Keane may as well have been wearing a Wolves scarf around his neck.

Wolves appeared a well organized unto from the the start but Tottenham caused havoc down the left with Bale in outstanding form, turning in an excellent performance.

Going forward, Matt Jarvis proved Wolves greatest threat in front of watching England manager Fabio Capello.

Both sides were operating predominantly through the left channels and soon enough Spurs were finding cracks in the Wolves defense. Marcus Hahnemann pulled off two exceptional saves that kept Wolves in the game, and if he did not make his saves look so easy, with his excellent positioning and reflexes, his saves may have drawn great praise.

Without suggesting Wolves backed out of any challenges, because they didn't, the media storm appeared to have had some effect as they approached their tackling with greater restraint than we have been used to.

Wolves enjoyed some purple patches with some pleasant passing but Spurs were the side on the front foot and continued to threaten the rearguard. On the stroke of half time, David Jones, who was relatively ineffectual for most of the first half, cut a precise pass onto the overlapping Kevin Foley who's pin point cross was steered into the net by record signing Stephen Fletcher who had stole half a yard to put himself in front of his marker.

Harry Redknapp later told BBC Sport that during his half time team talk, he told his players that if they continued playing as they had in the first they would go on to win, and whilst Wolves fans may have anticipated shutting up shop and scoring a third consecutive one nil win over the Champions League outfit, they were left with a bitter taste of reality by the time the game was over.

When Matt Jarvis hobbled off on 54 minutes, Wolves appeared to lose their shape and on several occasions Richard Stearman was three yards off his marking, allowing further efforts to stream through on goal, with Robbie Keane the culprit for missing some of Spurs best chances.

Jelle Van Damme brought some aggression into the game, yet whilst his tackling was effective, his distribution was poor and his misplaced passes left Wolves back peddling on several occasions. Dave Edwards replaced Fletcher just before the hour, and despite his industry, the change only appeared to further dissemble Wolves shape.

Tottenham continued to burst through and threaten but as the clock wore down the neutral would observe that possibly for Spurs it was going to be 'one of those days.'

Full back Alan Hutton however, ran through several Wolves players unchallenged from the middle of the Wolves half, until he was hacked down inside the area by Stephen Ward. Wolves had several players who could have put in a tackle prior to Hutton's advance, but the first one that came, crudely mistimed, came from Ward, for a clear as day penalty.

Van Der Vaart, another stand out exception, made no mistake from the spot and suddenly, the hosts were set to take the game by the neck and earn their just rewards.

Some poor defending led to Paulyuchencko steering home a second, and probable winner for Spurs, although into injury time, Richard Stearman dropped a clanger leaving the ball for an unprepared Marcus Hahnemann when he could and should have put the ball into the stand. Hutton happily stole in on the error to nail a third and end the afternoon.

New York City Wolf

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Player Ratings

Hahnemann (9)

Commands his box with absolute authority and pulled off three stunning saves.

Foley (7)

Booked, and lucky not to get sent off following his silly challenge in the second half, but crossed for the winner and steadily eased Wolves out of several dangerous situations.

Craddock (7)

Gave Peter Crouch a game of it. Got caught a couple of times, but it is hard to imagine him losing his place in the side considering his continued form.

Stearman (6)

Was caught repeatedly through the game, often three yards off his marker. After being sent off against Wigan this was his first start since (in 22 games) and his late calamity may see him sit out the next 20. Did not take his opportunity.

Ward (7)

Industrious throughout and held the line well. Links up great with Jarvis, but not so well with Van Damme- it will take time. Good going forward and strong in the tackle.

Mancienne (6)

Will take time for him to find his feet. His anticipation and pace usually proves for a sterling holding position but he was caught on several occasions and seemed a good half yard behind the game.

Henry (7)

Buzzed around the midfield and let his presence be known without anything spectacular. Held it together and put his tackles in. Little he could do to ensure the lead.

Jones (7)

Mostly ineffective through the fist half until his precise pass found Foley down the line which led to the goal. As the anticipated play maker he found it difficult to cut through the Spurs back line for the remainder.

Jarvis (8)

Can not have done his case for an England call up any harm in front of the national coach. Proved his menacing self in the first half, and the side significantly lost it's balance after his unfortunate knock just into the second half.

Fletcher (7)

Seemed to have done little through the first half before popping up to score a classic striker's goal. Still does not look fit, and was replaced just before the hour.

Doyle (7)

Held the ball up tremendously and showed his typical vision that is sometimes a step ahead of the others? Was closely marked today which is most likely a pattern of the future.

Van Damme (7)- 54 mins

Great in the tackle. Distribution was generally poor for his first 15 minutes, but improved as the game wore on and his 25 yarder was not far off the mark.

Edwards (6)- 58 mins

Ran himself into the ground but with the tide strongly against them, was unable to stop Spurs through the middle. Good to see him back

Bent (6)- 90 mins

What he was expected to achieve in a minute is beyond me.

Writer:New York City Wolf
Date:Sunday September 19 2010
Time: 8:41PM

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Nice honest summary. Personally, like Harry I saw no problem, and have seen no problem in your tackling...but the media crap clearly got to MM, and that probably means it's got to your players too...I look forward to doing the double over you this year and getting some payback for last year!
19/09/2010 20:47:00
I wish Robbie Keane was wearing a Wolves shirt! Hes *****in dreadful!
19/09/2010 20:48:00
Good luck this season though. Unlike your Stokes, Boltons and Blackburns etc you like to play football aswell as being firm in the tackle.
19/09/2010 20:52:00
Thanks for the feedback. We were well beaten. I'd like to hear more from Spurs fans regarding Keane, and his future at the club.
New York City Wolf
19/09/2010 20:56:00
Thanks Yiddo. The media whipped up the storm because they had nothing better to write about. It was noted on The Guardian that last season, when Dave Jones scored the winner against you at our place, it followed 18 passes, the most recorded leading up to a goal throughout the entire season. We play nice football but we mix it up, and if given the opportunity I think most of us would like to put the boot in on Barton. For the record.
New York City Wolf
19/09/2010 21:06:00
Huddersfield: You are too kind! Okay, you didn't rough it up quite like Bolton, Blacburn and Stoke, but not far from it, and F****g Hahneman spent 50 seconds on the ball every time he got it, and like the author says, we had over 20 finishes. It's one thing doing it when there is 10 minutes left or less, but the entire game he did it...a disgrace to football. A proper ref would have booked him in the first half so he would have to stop it! Regarding Keane: It's been two year since his last one-on-one in a game now. Always backpasses, getting slower, looks like he doesn't care, and it rubs off, we don't care about him anymore! Wow - what an angry post...sorry about that, but had to point out that time-wasting-keeper of yours!! Good luck for the rest of the season! Stoke, Bburn, Wigan, WHam are more likely to relegate than you!
19/09/2010 21:49:00
Wolves will be fine again. Hard in the tackle? you bet, but it's a valid tactic that works. There's a difference between hard tackles and what stoke do, they're just told to go out and hurt people. Mick McCarthy is a legend, i love his outlook and to the author, nice honest match report mate, nice one.
19/09/2010 21:58:00
Special thanks to NorwaySpurs and Himwhatwhats. There is no point in dressing things up. I tell it like I see it. I agree that West Ham in particular are doomed, this years Portsmouth, and I think/hope we can see the back of Stoke and Wigan, two ugly clubs with no tradition and nothing admirable in the slightest. Thanks again for your input folks. I like Spurs. Good club, rich with tradition. All the best for the season.
New York City Wolf
19/09/2010 22:42:00
Good article by a fair Wolves supporter, Only one side wanted to win this game, that was Spurs. Like Wigan in Spurs previous home game Wolves came for a point, if they got three like they did last season they would have been very happy. I agree with a previous comment that Hahneman spent nearly a minute every time he took a goal kick or free kick to get the ball back into play. Then he tried to say when Hutton was brought down it was outside the penalty area, then he had the unbelievable balls to complain that Spurs were time wasting after Pav scored the 2nd goal, for which he was booked. I realise teams must play to their strengths and Wolves do not have the quality players that Spurs have, but on the day only one side tried to win the game. I went to Wolves last season and Spurs got what they deserved on the day, NOTHING, they were poor and Wolves were the better side on the day. Yesterday, the better side won and only the most blinkered Wolves supporters would think otherwise.
Ox Yid
19/09/2010 22:45:00
Ox Yid- again thanks. After losing at Fulham I indeed think we were there for a point with the chance we might nick three, which may have been the case of it was not for our late collapse. Most Wolves fans I think would agree that we got our just rewards. We skated on very thin ice and there can be no complaints with the outcome.
New York City Wolf
19/09/2010 23:10:00
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